City officials today opened the final bids for the high school project. According to the Beverly Citizen, the bids were in line with what was expected, with the low bid, submitted by Brait Builders Corp. of Marshfield, at $65.9 million.
The city now has up to 30 days to sign a contract, and the project is currently scheduled to break ground by the end of October.
If you'd like to follow the progress and see the plans for the project, the administration maintains a high school construction page on their website.
The above photo shows the approved building design.
9/15 UPDATE: Monday's Salem News has more on the project status.
9/16 UPDATE: Tuesday's Salem News reports that the estimated price, with additional costs not in the base contract has now risen to $83 million. These items include architectural and engineering fees, furniture fixtures and equipment, technology and "contingencies."
That is still only halfway to Newton's Big Dig, but still nearly a $20 million increase from the original price tag, before ground has broken.