Connecticut Education

CM Selected for CT Elementary School Project

Madison, CT – Gilbane Building Company announced it has been selected to serve as construction manager for the new, 87,507sf elementary school in Madison.

Town of Madison elementary school

Designed by Tecton Architects, with Colliers serving as owner’s project manager, the facility will serve 640 students in grades PreK through five and will include updated educational spaces and sustainable energy technologies, including geothermal wells, in an effort to achieve net zero. The new school will be built on newly acquired property over a 15-month schedule, and is set for completion in 2025.

Gilbane also announced it has completed the John F. Kennedy Middle School project under budget. The addition and renovation project featured a “like-new” renovation of the 179,000sf existing school, encompassing 36 classrooms, 12 science spaces, 10 special education classrooms, and gymnasium. The new, 18,610sf addition includes an auditorium and public access lobby, a new cafeteria, kitchen, and administrative offices.

John F. Kennedy Middle School

Originally constructed in 1969, the completely updated building features a state-of-the-art facility inclusive of STEAM learning, as older space has been repurposed and transformed into new technical education spaces, including a robotics lab, material testing labs, and design and modeling labs.

The new cafeteria now has portable partitions that can be used to section off eating areas for the different grade levels and then moved apart when there’s an event in the space, and the entrance features garage-style doors that provide natural light and a sense of openness. The gymnasium, with retractable bleachers on both sides, has been expanded and has an adventure area for skills such as rock climbing.

Representatives of Gilbane say excellent financial management of site services costs, a very tight buyout of the project, coupled with tough minded management through the construction process resulted in approximately $2 million from the project GMP being returned to the Town of Enfield. This allowed for a field house to be planned at the athletics fields behind the school.