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.

Fontaine Bros. Names Wambui Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Community Impact

Increasing diversity in the construction workforce is an important topic and has become a measure of each project’s success just like schedule, budget, and safety. Fontaine Bros. Inc. has named Elizabeth Wambui to serve as the company’s Director of Diversity, Inclusion, & Impact. “Our approach, led by Liz, will go beyond the traditional General Contractor/Construction Manager line of looking to subcontractors to have all the answers”, explained David Fontaine Jr., Vice President of Fontaine Bros. Ms. Wambui will play 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. Fontaine Bros. will be partnering with the unions, trade schools, and other community partners to more actively promote and provide opportunities for diverse and local residents. “The key is to support these individuals throughout their careers so that as their time with one subcontractor or on one project comes to an end, they have every opportunity to connect with subs on another of our projects. By being more active throughout the entire diversity ecosystem, I believe we will not only meet and exceed our goals and expectations, but we will help to create and sustain great careers for the next generation of tradespeople in Springfield, Worcester, and throughout the Commonwealth,” said Wambui. Liz will immediately step in and support Fontaine’s work across the Commonwealth, including the new $242 million Doherty Memorial High School project and the new $75 million DeBerry | Homer Elementary School in Springfield. Before joining Fontaine, Ms. Wambui served as the Director of Advancement at the Nativity School of Worcester (a longtime Fontaine community partner). A graduate of North High School and the College of the Holy Cross, Liz is passionate about engaging with the community. She currently serves as a Board Member at the Bancroft School, Shine Initiative, Women in Development of Central Massachusetts, Worcester Historical Museum, and YWCA. Liz is also a Mechanics Hall Modern Mechanics Guild Member, Worcester Art Museum Corporator and she has served as a Greater Worcester Community Foundation Early Childhood Committee member and scholarship community reviewer. She was part of the Leadership Worcester Class of 2016-2017 and she has been recognized in the Worcester Business Journal’s 40 under 40.

ENR Top 400 Contractors 2021

Fontaine has been named to the ENR Top 400 Contractors List, which recognizes the 400 largest contractors in the country for 2021! We are thankful to our clients for supporting and trusting us and to all of our partners and team members for their hard work and dedication even through unprecedented times!

The Shrewsbury Library Receives Preservation Massachusetts Award!

Fontaine worked alongside LPA|A, PMA, and the Town of Shrewsbury to restore and expand the original 1903 Howe Memorial Library without giving up the conveniences of modern-day advancements and technology. The Robert H. Kuehn, Jr. Award recognizes “projects that meld collaborative partnerships with creative and cutting-edge ideas for the rehabilitation and active reuse of historic buildings.” Fontaine is proud to have taken part in this project, and thanks the project team for their time and talents that made this project such a great success.

Ludlow Cub Scout Visit Harris Brook Elementary

Yesterday, Fontaine's Mark Feeney led a pack of eager Ludlow Cub Scouts through the new construction of Harris Brook Elementary School. These five Cub Scouts came to Fontaine in hopes of receiving their Build It Badge. This badge requires them to learn about a construction career by visiting a jobsite and interviewing someone working in the industry! Fontaine was honored to be a part of their education and journey to receive their well-deserved badge!

Fontaine Bros. Completes Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority Project

Working with the Pioneer Valley Transit Authority and Wendel WD Architecture, this project consisted of a 227,000 SF Operations & Vehicle Maintenance Facility for the Pioneer Valley Transportation Authority. The building features a modern metal panel exterior with full-height curtainwall glazing, aluminum storefront/windows and a flat membrane roofing system.

Fontaine Bros. awarded Marlborough Elementary School

Fontaine Bros. was recently awarded the Marlborough Elementary School Project working with the City of Marlborough and Mount Vernon Group, Inc. The school is scheduled to be complete in June of 2020.

Fontaine Bros. Completes Granby Elementary School

Fontaine Bros. worked along side the Town of Granby and Jones Whitsett Architects to complete the Granby Elementary School in Granby, MA this past Fall, 2018. This project combined two elementary schools by adding 31,730 SF of new building, and renovation of the existing 37,030 SF East Meadow School building. The completed design of the addition consisted of new Pre-K through second grade classrooms, as well as new administrative offices, and a new gym complete with a new performance stage.

Fontaine Bros. Completes Pope Francis High School

Fontaine Bros. served as the Construction Manager working with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield and CBT Architects to deliver the new 114,900 SF four-story Pope Francis Preparatory School completed on-time in August, 2018. The project called for the complete abatement and demolition of a tornado damaged school. The new Pope Francis High School included energy efficient MEP systems and 21st Century Learning technology and collaborative spaces.

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