In November 2022, Burlington residents overwhelmingly approved a bond to support the construction of a new high school and technical center in the Queen City. The new campus will be located on Institute Road and will be designed to be a flexible, accessible, and sustainable school, supporting deep learning for 21st Century students. Learn more about this project below, or see the menu to access current project documents and past project archives.
Please note, we are working hard to open our new school as soon as possible! That said, this is a large project with many moving pieces. The projected timeline below was shared March 30, 2023 and remains subject to change. Thanks for understanding!
Pictures and Videos of Current Work
These renderings were created in the fall of 2022, well before the completion of Construction Drawing documents. They are for conceptual purposes only and many of them will likely change substantially. We anticipate updated conceptual renderings to be presented in the fall of 2023.
One Page Project Update (September 2023)
White + Burke Project Cost Update, Revised with New GMP Numbers (September 2023)
BHS/BTC Design Update (August 2023)
Updated Project Cost Estimate (May 2023)
Corrective Action Plan (for environmental remediation)
Project Cost Estimate (August 2022)
Other Public Documents (including site plans, needs assessments, etc.)
Presentation from Vermont DOC and Environmental Consultants (Fuss and O’Neill)
How We Got Here
In August of 2020, while planning for a major renovation project, BSD discovered extensive PCB contamination in the air throughout the high school and technical center campus, forcing the District to close the entire campus to in-person learning. We began thinking extensively about the next steps for the project, before ultimately deciding to abandon the renovation project and build a new high school and technical center.
In December 2021, the School Board voted to award the contract for architectural services to a team comprised of Freeman, French, Freeman, Colin Lindberg & Associates, and Drummey Rosane Andersen. The vote followed strong recommendations from the Superintendent and the Proposal Review Committee.
This group presented five design options to the Board in the Spring of 2022; the Board chose “Option C” which was supported by the community, was the least expensive option, and provided the best fit for students and staff. Plans for this building were further refined in June after the Board voted to allow BSD leaders to leverage a $10m Congressional Grant to move some BTC program spaces to a new Aviation Education Center at the airport; it is estimated that this move reduced the cost of the building by $20m. In July, the Board further voted to allow BSD’s two alternative high school programs to remain in their current, off-campus locations which are serving students well.
In August 2022, the school board voted to ask City Council to approve a $165 million bond request on the November ballot to go towards the total project cost of $190m. City Council approved this request on August 15th and on November 8, voters overwhelmingly approved the bond. The rest, as they say, is history!
You can dig into the story more by looking through the materials available in our Pre-bond Archive.
BSD is committed to raising funds so that we do not have to spend all of the $165m we’ve been granted authority to borrow! If you’d like to help reduce the impact this project will have on taxpayers, you can make a deductible donation through The Burlington Students Foundation. Please consider donating today!
Stay in the Loop
The District occasionally sends updates about this project, which are posted on this website. If you’d like to receive these updates directly, please send us an email and let us know!