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Construction firm chosen for new Minuteman High in Lincoln

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The Minuteman School Building Committee has selected Rhode Island-based Gilbane Building Co. as construction manager for its new vocational-technical high school in Lincoln, which will replace the existing Lexington building. Construction is expected to start this spring and be completed in time for the start of the 2019-2020 school year, a full year ahead of previous estimates, according to a news release issued by school officials. The project is expected to cost $144.9 million, with the state paying about $44 million. The balance will be paid by member towns through annual capital assessments and by nonmember towns that send students to Minuteman through revenue generated by a new state-imposed “capital fee.’’ The new school will accommodate up to 628 students and will include two career academies with 16 career and technical education majors, ranging from biotechnology and robotics to advanced manufacturing and multimedia engineering. Pending permitting approval from Lincoln officials, groundbreaking would take place this spring.

Jennifer Lefferts can be reached at jflefferts@yahoo.com.