Major Howard W. Beal School in Shrewsbury Opens

Fontaine has completed the Major Howard W. Beal Elementary School in Shrewsbury, MA. Fontaine has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Town of Shrewsbury dating back to 2006 with the construction of the Shrewsbury Fire Stations. Our work has spanned several administrations and involved work with multiple building committees. We are proud to say that with each project, our reputation for honesty, integrity, and craftsmanship has continued to grow. Fontaine is pleased to be a part of the new Beal school and to be a key piece of their work to offer full day kindergarten. “The design of this building promotes inclusion of all students, a connection with the natural world around us, an appreciation of the arts, and a commitment to healthy learning practices” says Superintendent of Schools, Joe Sawyer. “We are grateful to learn in a space that will prepare us for whatever the future brings, and we will be ready to meet every obstacle along the way with skill, grace, and a smile.”

Doherty Memorial High School Breaks Ground

On November 3, 2021 Fontaine+Dimeo along with city and state officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Doherty Memorial High School project in Worcester, the largest project in the City’s history! WPS Superintendent, Maureen Binienda said “The new Doherty will offer many new opportunities for its students. The programs and the designs are developed to meet the community goals that were built on several visioning sessions that all of us attended”. The Doherty Memorial High School is a 422,000 SF new state-of-the-art high school with a projected construction budget of $240 million. Fontaine is pleased to serve the City of Worcester again on such an impactful project and for the continued partnership with such a great client. The Doherty project is the first public project being delivered under the City of Worcester’s new construction diversity program. The project is off to a strong start and our team is very excited to ensure opportunities for Worcester residents and historically underrepresented groups. The Doherty project is also a reflection of the community’s commitment to sustainability. This project will be built to reduce or eliminate fossil fuels by using a HVAC and Solar PV design. John Odell the Energy and Asset Director shared with us, “After a careful review, the selected power systems (HVAC and solar PV), coupled with a superior envelope design will result in a better than net-zero facility. This means that the building is designed not only be carbon neutral, but to be carbon negative – the first municipal building in the city to achieve this distinction.”

The new South High Community School is open for students and staff!

This $210 million, 360,000 SF building replaced the old South High originally built in the late ‘70s. The new school provides a modern, state-of-the-art teaching and learning environment including vocational programs in Diesel Technology and Culinary Arts which will prepare students for entry level jobs upon graduation. Despite challenges presented by the coronavirus pandemic, the Fontaine Brothers/W.T. Rich joint venture delivered the project on-time and millions of dollars under budget. As the name suggests, South High is a community in the most diverse sense of the word. A prominent feature which has been carried forward from the old school is the display of nearly 50 flags representing the countries and languages of this diverse 1,400 student body. This commitment to community is further reflected in the expanded space for “Andy’s Attic”, a student-run non-profit organization based within the South school that provides clothing for Worcester-area children and adults in need. The project is capped off by the dedication of Paul Moosey Way. The drive leading to the school is dedicated to the late Paul J. Moosey, the City’s longtime commissioner of public works. Our team is honored to help celebrate Mr. Moosey’s legacy as he was a longtime client and friend; having worked with him on many projects including Nelson Place Elementary School and the Franklin Street Fire Station. Fontaine is proud to be a part of such a successful and meaningful project that will significantly improve the learning environment for the students in the City of Worcester for the next 50 years.

Construction Inclusion Week Day 5

As a construction management firm that specializes in educational construction, we have been deeply rooted in every community where we have a presence. From hosting student tours of our building sites and internship program, we aim to engage students and other members of our local community. Relationship building has been at the core of everything we have done for over 88 years in the industry. Through partnerships with unions and other community organizations, we are working diligently to create a workforce development program to introduce individuals, especially those from underrepresented communities to the construction trades. In turn, creating a path that will lead to employment opportunities within our industry. This is about making sure that all members of our community thrive and benefit from all the investments that we are seeing across the Commonwealth. This is part of our DNA at Fontaine, to create and sustain great careers for the next generation of tradespeople in every community we are engaged in. Finally, Fontaine Bros. is committed to helping foster stronger communities by partnering with organizations that address the needs of individuals within their community, and to help them thrive despite challenges they face. We engage our financial resources to help these organizations make a difference in the lives of populations they serve. We are honored to play a small part in helping organizations achieve their missions and make an impact. #constructioninclusionweek

Construction Inclusion Week Day 3

Today is day 3 of Construction Inclusion Week! Today’s topic is Supplier Diversity. Fontaine is committed to creating a path that will lead to employment opportunities within the construction industry which in turn, creates a more diverse and inclusive environment. Increasing diversity in the construction workforce has become a measure of each project’s success just like schedule, budget, and safety. Fontaine's Elizabeth Wambui serves as the company’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Impact. Our Vice President, David Fontaine, Jr. said “Ms. Wambui plays a critical role in leading Fontaine’s projects and project teams to maximize opportunities for Minority | Women-Owned Business Enterprises as well as attracting a more diverse workforce.” #constructioninclusionweek

Construction Inclusion Week 2021 Kicks Off

Today kicks off Construction Inclusion Week 2021! Fontaine has taken the pledge to support and participate in inclusion week and is looking forward to engaging in learning opportunities and ways to advance diversity, equity, and inclusion in the construction industry.

South High Dedication Ceremony

Last Sunday, October 17th, Fontaine along with the project team celebrated the opening of the new South High Community School in Worcester, MA. The new, $210 million, 360,000 SF state-of-the-art South High Community School replaced the old school that was originally built back in the late 70s. The new school offers many unique features that provide an improved space for learning for the students in the City of Worcester.

Dedication Ceremony for Northfield Mount Hermon Gilder Center

Beautiful evening for the dedication ceremony of the new Gilder Center at Northfield Mount Hermon School last night! The building is stunning and the team moved mountains to deliver this project on time and on budget in just 22 months from designer / CM selection to completion. Many beautiful and sustainable elements including the granite facade sourced from New Hampshire, slate siding sourced locally from Vermont, and of course the hybrid Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) structure. Great TEAM effort with Flansburgh Architects and Scalora Consulting Group!

Shrewsbury Police Station Project Takes Shape

The Shrewsbury Police Station project will consist of a two-story building with steel framing constructed on spread footings with masonry veneer. The existing Police Station and department will remain fully occupied and in operation at their current location while construction is being completed. Some of the project features include spaces for dispatch, records, roll call, report writing, offices, interview rooms, locker/training rooms, as well as public-use conference rooms and classrooms. Courtesy of Marc Serra of SMC

Doherty Students Tour New Site

Students of the Doherty High School Envirothon Team walked the new Doherty Memorial High School Wednesday September 29th, 2021. Thanks to our Fontaine+Dimeo Superintendents for sharing the project details on soils and soil layers currently on their site!

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