Erland Completes Science Center Renovation

The Fessenden School Science Center - collaborative classroom

Newton, MA – Returning for their third project together, Erland Construction, Riser11, and CBT Architects were selected by The Fessenden School, an independent boys’ boarding and day school based in West Newton, to transform 12,275sf of an existing academic building into a state-of-the-art Science Center.

Central gathering area

The new Science Center houses classrooms, an exploration lab, a central gathering area, and multiple breakout spaces designed to provide students the opportunity to focus, create, and collaborate. Construction was completed in phases to accommodate the additional shoring, new footings and slab required to renovate the space. The scope of work also included the installation of a new VRF system, lighting, ceilings, flooring, a lab fume hood and associated casework, rolling glass partition walls, custom millwork, painting, and a retaining wall as well as the completion of two new restrooms.

Flexible science lab space

Representatives of Erland say the team took great care in mitigating any disruption to Fessenden’s campus, which remained occupied throughout construction.

“We’re proud to have partnered with Fessenden, Riser11, and CBT Architects to support the school’s growing academic needs,” said Steve Craft, academic group manager, Erland. “Our team felt great satisfaction in transforming this space into a state-of-the-art science center where students will be able to create, innovate, and collaborate for years to come.”

“Success is always driven by people, and the teams that Erland assembled for this project is unrivaled in my personal experience,” said Mike Grossman, COO, Fessenden School. “Not only were they a true pleasure to partner with but their ability to also problem-solve and work collaboratively with us, our architects, owner’s representatives, and other consultants allowed for timely and cost-effective solutions which was greatly appreciated. Without such an approach, the project would not have been a success.”