Erland Partners with Lighthouse School on New Breakwater House

Breakwater House rendering

Chelmsford, MA – Lighthouse School has selected Erland Construction and TBA Architects to construct a new 23,000sf school building, designated the Breakwater House, on its growing campus in Chelmsford. Lighthouse is a 56-year-old not-for-profit institution providing bioeducational, vocational, and therapeutic services and treatment in a nurturing environment for students with special needs.

Rendering of classroom

“The new building will allow us to make the needed improvements in facilities, curriculum, and programs to keep Lighthouse School on the cutting edge of special education,” said Dr. Scott Bartis, chief executive officer of Lighthouse School. “We are thrilled to continue to meet the needs of our current and future students and excited to partner with Erland Construction as together we build the foundation of our future.”

Breakwater House, which will be built next to the school’s existing 50,000sf facility on Wellman Avenue, will accommodate curriculum and educational services currently being held in a leased space across town. The scope of work includes an indoor play space, library, art room, nurse and teaching offices, and additional classrooms to continue promoting total life development. Erland will also construct a parking lot in addition to the covered spaces the new building provides.

Breakwater House entryway

“This project underscores Lighthouse’s commitment to its students, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Ben McConchie, academic group manager, Erland. “We look forward to building relationships with the school’s faculty, staff, students, families, and board members and becoming part of their exceptional community.”

Breakwater House aims to bring all students and faculty together at a single location while allowing for future program expansion. Representatives of Erland say that, as with any project, it is committed to safety and minimal disruption to the school’s ongoing education and treatment services for the duration of the work.