Fontaine Celebrates 87 Years in Business

On this day (July 22) in 1933, in the middle of the Great Depression (hardly the best time to start a business), two brothers decided to pursue their mutual dream of having their own construction company. Today, we celebrate 87 years in business. For more than eight decades, Fontaine has prospered and become one of the most highly respected builders in New England. While construction technology and our economy have changed so much over the past 87 years, our values as a company have remained true.

Wilbraham & Monson Academy Athenaeum Project is Complete

Achieving substantial completion during a global pandemic is not easy. While complying with all state and local guidelines, our team was able to complete the construction of the Wilbraham & Monson Academy Athenaeum. In partnership with Flansburgh Architects and David Owen (OPM), this project served as phase one of a multi-phase plan to enhance student life and gathering spaces on the WMA campus. We are thrilled that when students return to their campus, they will be met by warm, welcoming learning spaces.

Northfield Mount Hermon Gilder Center Project Breaks Ground

Have you ever attended a socially distant groundbreaking? With students away from campus due to COVID-19, a small group of campus leaders and project team members kicked off construction of the Gilder Center. This exciting project is going to transform STEM instruction on the NMH campus for years to come. While complying with all state and local guidelines, our team is in the ground and moving ahead on this fast-track project which has a strong eye towards sustainability. In partnership with Flansburgh Architects and CSL Consulting, this project will reflect the school's commitment to sustainability by limiting embodied carbons. The Gilder Center was designed to meet sustainability standards addressed in the “2030 Challenge for Embodied Carbon”. The Challenge includes targets for architects and builders regarding greenhouse gas and carbon footprint reduction. While aiming for LEED Certification, this building will be constructed with slate, granite, and cross-laminated timber, aiding in a more sustainable building instead of the typical concrete, metal, and brick.

Women in Construction

As we continue to celebrate Women in Construction Week here at Fontaine, we caught up with Fontaine's Project Manager Rachel Stratford and the leaders from Compass and DRA at the Middleborough High School Project.

Fontaine kicks off Women in Construction Week 2020

Fontaine is kicking off women in construction week 2020 with a luncheon and tour of our Worcester South High School Project Site! This week is to highlight the talented women we have here at Fontaine and to highlight women as a viable component to the construction industry.

Kids Career Fair at Northbridge

This week students at the Balmer Elementary School in Northbridge participated in a multi-day Career Fair. Dozens of adults from the community volunteered to discuss their careers and answer questions from the students. Members of the Fontaine project team and our partners at Guigli & Sons met with students to share our experience in the construction industry. On the first day of the event, the Fontaine project team welcomed third graders and answered many great questions. The view from Classroom 27 was a perfect angle to observe what exactly was happening on the jobsite right outside their windows. The students heard about the importance of teamwork, planning, and organization as well as the many practical applications of math and science. On day two, students had a chance to go outside and check out the machinery and equipment Guigli is using to build their new school! What an amazing learning opportunity for the Balmer Elementary School kids!

Students Tour Beal Project Site

This week, our Beal Elementary School project team in Shrewsbury hosted an enthusiastic group of local second grade students. The students had the opportunity to walk the site with Superintendent, Jim Morin and Project Manager, Frank Payeur to see how the project is progressing and see the structural steel being erected. The students are participating in the FIRST LEGO League Jr. program where this year’s challenge is called “Boomtown Build”. The students meet weekly to explore STEM concepts in their community leading up to a presentation of their projects to be held at Shrewsbury High School in the spring. Good luck kids!

Awarded Northfield Mount Hermon Gilder Center Project

Fontaine has recently been awarded the Northfield Mount Hermon Gilder Science Center for Integrative Math and Science Education. As currently programmed, the building is envisioned as a 48,000 SF structure that will include mastery classrooms, labs for design, construction and research, prep rooms, collaboration pods, studios, incubator spaces, standard math classrooms, seminar rooms, multipurpose rooms, facility office suites, and a central hub for student activity.

Awarded Deerfield Academy DeNunzio Dorm Project

The Deerfield Academy project will consist 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 consist of the renovation and upgrades to the adjacent 17,000 SF, 1989 Denunzio dormitory. Along with the addition and renovation, the existing, adjacent 1949 Dewey Infirmary will be demolished in order for the new addition to be built.

Steel Starts in Northbridge

Here are a few updates for the Northbridge Elementary School Project: -Steel Erection has officially started in the classroom section of the building -Electrical duct bank work has started -Currently tying in a huge waterline from the new building to North Main Street -East Retaining wall is in progress with one similar left to build -Concrete is expected to be completed in one week