Boston – On Wednesday, December 18th, BOND celebrated the topping off ceremony for the Town of Wakefield’s Galvin Middle School. The new facility will replace the nearly 60 year-old existing Galvin Middle School, providing enhanced technology and educational services for Wakefield students in grades 5 through 8.
The new 187,733sf Galvin Middle School is being built directly adjacent to the existing, fully-operational middle school, creating the necessity for a strict focus on safety and quality throughout construction. BOND is collaborating with Town of Wakefield representatives, owner’s project manager Joslin Lesser + Associates and design firm Tappé Associates to complete the new facility that will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, a media center, cafeteria, gymnasium, auditorium, technology labs and spaces for special education, art, music, science, guidance, and school administration.
Galvin’s Middle School’s construction is being completed in five phases to minimize disruption to the existing school and allow continued operations through the 2013-2014 academic year. BOND is currently in the midst of the project’s third phase, focused on the interior fit-out of the school’s academic wing; steel erection for the auditorium and music wing; and roof installation for an area of the school that will house academic classrooms, a library, cafeteria and administrative space. The team also completed a turf field prior to the start of building construction.
Future phases of work will include the abatement and demolition of the existing Galvin Middle School to make way for the new facility’s gymnasium, as well as the fit-out of the remaining incomplete interior spaces. BOND will also build a second turf field for the campus. Final project completion is scheduled for summer 2015.
The entire student body of the existing Galvin Middle School joined members of the Massachusetts School Building Authority, the Wakefield Board of Selectmen, Wakefield Permanent Building Committee, Wakefield School Committee and Galvin Middle School Administration and Building Advisory Committee to commemorate this milestone in the construction of their new school.
“As a Wakefield resident, I am proud that BOND is playing such an integral role in updating and revitalizing the Galvin Middle School,” said BOND Executive Vice President Frank Hayes. “We look forward to delivering a premier facility for the Town’s students and faculty.”