The new Nelson Place Elementary School project consists of a new pre-kindergarten through sixth grade elementary school, constructed behind the existing, fully-occupied Nelson Place School. This project was successfully completed just behind the existing school without causing disruption to the school or the surrounding neighborhood. At its closest point, the new building was erected only 55 feet from the former school building. Utilizing “blackout hours,” Fontaine restricted construction vehicle and delivery traffic to specific times to ensure that there were no interruptions to the school day.
During the summer prior to construction, Fontaine instituted an early site enabling package that included relocating existing parking and play areas, as well as rerouting traffic circulation and bus loops. No change orders were generated and there were no coordination issues due to the early release package. Over 40,000 CY of dirt, rock, and ledge were removed to achieve subgrade within the new building footprint. The building’s framing is constructed of structural steel, and the building envelope is comprised of brick veneer and insulated composite panels, along with aluminum windows, curtainwall systems, and PVC roofing. Additional site improvements included several play areas, parking areas, and extensive grading and landscaping. The final phase of the project included the abatement and demolition of the existing school while furniture and technology deliveries continued to the new building. This project was designed and constructed according to the sustainability guidelines of LEED v4 with the goal of achieving LEED Silver. The building was constructed using low-emitting materials, utilizes high efficiency building systems, and is primarily powered using rooftop solar panels. It is expected to be one of the first LEED v4 certified schools in Massachusetts.