Wakefield, MA – Superintendent David DiBarri and the Northeast Metro Tech (NEMT) Building Committee announced that Gilbane Building Company has been hired as the construction manager at-risk (CMR) for NEMT’s new school project.
Designed by architect Drummey Rosane Anderson, with PMA Consultants serving as the owner’s project manager, the new school will allow NEMT to grow its enrollment from 1,270 to 1,600 students. The project is estimated to cost $317.5 million.
The new school will feature 21st-century learning environments, improved Individualized Education Program accommodations, state-of-the-art shop space, expanded program offerings, a new primary access roadway from Farm Street to reduce traffic congestion, a full-size gym, a 750-seat auditorium, outdoor space for learning, and a new cafeteria.
The project is targeting LEED Silver+ certification with energy-efficient mechanical systems, provisions for solar panels, and vegetated roofs. The compact, 4-story design will feature an upper-level courtyard, roof decks, and a double-height library rotunda.
“Having worked with both PMA and DRA in the past on similar successful projects, we’re confident we can work together through the next phases of design and construction to build a contemporary school the NEMT district communities will be proud of for years to come,” said Mike O’Brien, senior vice president and Massachusetts business unit leader for Gilbane.
The project is made possible by the Massachusetts School Building Authority, a state agency that supports the funding of capital improvement projects in the Commonwealth’s public schools.
“Hiring a construction manager is a significant step forward in the Northeast Metro Tech building project,” DiBarri said. “With Gilbane on board, we can now begin to move forward with the fine-tuning of our schematic design drawings and cost estimate to build the project. We look forward to sharing these details as they are finalized with our communities in the coming weeks and months through forums, events and regular updates.”