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    Contract awarded for new Franklin High School

    The general contract for construction of the new Franklin High School was awarded last week to Agostini Construction Co., of East Providence, R.I., for $86.7 million, according to a project official.

     The company submitted the lowest of four bids received for the general contract. The winning bid is $1.1 million less than what was budgeted for the contract, said Tom Mercer, chairman of the Franklin High School Building Committee.

    “When we realized we were $1.1 million under budget, there was nobody around that was happier than I was,” he said.


    Mercer said the next lowest bid came from J&J Contractors Inc., of Lowell, for $87.7 million, followed by Fontaine Bros. Inc., of Springfield, for $88.6 million; and a joint venture between KBE Building Corp., of Farmington, Conn., and CTA Construction Co., of Waltham, for $89.9 million.

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    Agostini Construction has built four other high schools with layouts similar to Franklin’s design, which all replicate the “model school” plan of Whitman-Hanson Regional High School, Mercer said.

     The total cost of the Franklin project has been pegged at about $104 million, with local taxpayers contributing about $47 million with the help of a Proposition 2½ debt-exclusion override passed this spring. The Massachusetts School Building Authority has agreed to provide the balance.

    A ceremonial ground-breaking is scheduled for Oct. 17 at 3:30 p.m. next to the current high school, at 218 Oak St. 

    Dan O’Brien can be reached at danobrien155@gmail.com.