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!

DeBerry-Homer Elementary School Breaks Ground

Fontaine celebrated the groundbreaking of the new DeBerry-Homer Elementary School located in Springfield, MA. Working with the City of Springfield and Dinisco Design, this 155,000 SF three-story school will serve 800+ students along with 120 pre-k students. This new building will consolidate the two schools, while each maintaining their individual identity.

Harris Brook Elementary School Ribbon Cutting

Fontaine celebrated the opening of the new Harris Brook Elementary School in Ludlow, MA. This 106,250 SF two-story elementary school accommodates approximately 630 students with a grade configuration of 2-5 including faculty and supporting staff. This project was successfully completed behind the existing fully occupied elementary school.

Beal Dedication Ceremony

The Beal Elementary School in Shrewsbury open the doors to their new school! On September 24th Fontaine celebrated along with the entire project team, stakeholders, community and the Beal students and teachers the dedication for the new Beal School.

Northbridge Elementary School Ribbon Cutting and Dedication Ceremony

Saturday, September 18th, Fontaine celebrated the ribbon cutting and dedication ceremony for the new Northbridge Elementary School. This 167,352 SF project was successfully completed next to the existing, fully-occupied school, closest point being seven (7) feet away. Congratulations to the Town and the entire project team!

Springfield Preparatory Charter School Hosts Ribbon Cutting

On September 23, 2021 Springfield Prep held a ribbon cutting ceremony for the opening of their school! Fontaine was happy to be a part of this amazing project right down the street!

Fontaine Awarded Deerfield Academy Simmons Dorm

The project consists of the construction of a new 33,000 SF dormitory, featuring 20 student rooms, four faculty apartments and plenty of common space all connected to the existing 1989 Denunzio dormitory. The project will also entail the renovation and upgrades to the adjacent 17,000 SF, 1989 Denunzio dormitory. Along with the addition and renovation, the complete building demolition of the existing adjacent 1949 Dewey Infirmary will take place in order for the new addition to be built. Rendering Courtesy of ARC

Youth Internship Program

Ruth and Javon are participating in the YouthWorks Summer Jobs program administered by the Worcester Community Action Council. Ruth (Doherty HS) and Javon (Burncoat HS) are rising seniors and participants in the Worcester Public Schools’ Innovation Pathways Program. Fontaine is proud to partner with this program and be able to help provide mentoring to these students as they explore their interests in the field of construction.

Fontaine Selected to Revitalize 31 Elm St. | Court Square Building

What a great day in Springfield! We were thrilled to join Mayor Domenic Sarno and U.S. Congressman Richie Neal to celebrate a major step forward for the redevelopment of the historic Court Square Building |13-31 Elm Street in Downtown Springfield. Mayor Sarno announced that Fontaine Bros. has been selected to work with the project’s developer WinnCompanies, of Boston as well as Peter Picknelly’s Opal Real Estate Group on the project. Much was described of the building’s long and storied history in the downtown neighborhood. “There’s no better view, there’s no better location in Springfield than 31 Elm Street.” Picknelly offered. The $51.3 million Court Square renovation project will renovate the building into retail space and six floors of more than 50 market-rate apartments. Mike O’Brien of Winncompanies commented on the addition of Fontaine to the team, “Fontaine Bros. are the real deal. They are hands-on partners and a master builder. We absolutely need them as we move this ball forward.” The Court Square project has been a long time in the making. And that message was clear at today’s press conference. “It’s really the story of commitment, of dedication, and of partnership. Ultimately, there’s been a commitment to get to this point and stick with this project. From state and local sources to all of the government entities, and now our joining Opal and Winn, this is a great team that has been put together.” added David Fontaine Jr. of Fontaine Bros. As part of their host agreement with the City, MGM Springfield is also a financial partner on the project. In recent weeks, the project has been called “the most important in the Commonwealth” by Governor Baker as he sees it as the key to continuing the revitalization of the Downtown area, and he made one of the largest investments of State of MA redevelopment money to date in solidifying the State’s support of it. Work on the project is anticipated to ramp up in the fourth quarter of 2021.

Fontaine Bros. Building the Future Workforce

We are having a busy summer of learning and growing the pipeline of future AEC employees here at Fontaine. Today, Rob Fairbanks (Carpentry Instructor at Worcester Technical High School) and Jacob Gogolinski (Construction Management major at Roger Williams University) spent time with Mark Bisson (our Director of Safety). Rob is spending time with us over the next several weeks as part of an externship funded by Fitchburg State University. He will be doing a series of rotations observing the latest trends and techniques in construction management to take back to his students. In addition to teaching carpentry at Worcester Tech, Rob is an instructor for the Construction & Engineering Students in the Innovation Pathways Program.

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