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Middle School Holds Topping Off Ceremony

The BOND Building team at the topping off ceremony for Maria Weston Chapman Middle School (l-r): Mike West; Brendan O’Malley; James O’Brien; Tommy Lee; Joe Authier; Frank Hayes, president; Kyle Cataldo; Matt Hines; Serina Medeiros; Kristen Carroll; Dave Capaldo, director of public education; and Tony Bond, president and CEO

Boston – BOND Building Construction, Inc. (BOND Building), a building construction firm in the Northeast, has completed the structural steel work on the new Maria Weston Chapman Middle School in Weymouth, Mass.

BOND Building celebrated this milestone alongside members of the school, elected officials, and community members at a topping off ceremony on April 7, at which the final steel beam was placed into position signifying the successful completion of the framing of the structure. The ceremony took place outside, with face coverings required and social distancing guidelines enforced.

Chapman Middle School topping off

Chapman Middle School will host 1,470 students in grades 6-8. Designed by HMFH Architects, Inc., the $164 million, 252,170sf facility features three distinct academic wings which will surround centrally located exploratory labs.

These labs will be built around the school’s ‘Town Square,” a central gathering area that functions as the dining facility. Wings to the west and south of the Town Square will house an auditorium, a central kitchen, administrative offices, music spaces, and a fully renovated gymnasium and fitness area.

The project included the demolition of the former Maria Weston Chapman Middle School, originally built in 1961, except for the gymnasium which will be fully renovated. The demolition, new construction, and renovation is taking place in close proximity to the surrounding neighborhood. While keeping safety at the forefront, BOND Building is also making sure to minimize disruption, implementing several construction mitigation strategies including noise mitigation and monitoring, dust control and monitoring, vibration monitoring, traffic management plans, and a community outreach and notification system.