Agostini/Bacon Completes New School

INTERIOR OF NEW J. HENRY HIGGINS MIDDLE SCHOOL

INTERIOR OF NEW J. HENRY HIGGINS MIDDLE SCHOOL

Peabody, MA – Agostini/Bacon Construction Joint Venture recently completed the new J. Henry Higgins Middle School, a $70 million, 226,000sf state-of-the-art building consisting of a new 500-seat auditorium, a 500-seat cafeteria, gymnasium, classrooms, and administrative spaces. 

The project was designed by Dinisco Design Partnership of Boston. 

The new school was built adjacent to the old middle school that was subsequently abated and demolished. New playing fields with additional site improvements are currently being constructed where the previous middle school was located.

The project exceeds the new standards under the commonwealth of Massachusetts sustainable building codes and will achieve LEED Silver certification.

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New campus gives Atlantis Charter solid footing, with a water view

FALL RIVER — It was part of the original vision of the founders of the Atlantis Charter School, to serve students from kindergarten through the 12th grade on a campus that has a connection to the water.

After more than 20 years in operation as one of the commonwealth’s oldest charter school, that dream is now becoming a reality as construction of a new $36 million project has begun on more than 40 acres located on the shore of South Watuppa Pond.

“That’s how the school was founded, with those ideas in mind. The school has done really wonderfully over the years, but we’re really excited now about finally feeling this can come to fruition,” said Atlantis Charter School Executive Director Robert Beatty.

On Monday, Beatty and Associate Executive Director Mike Lauro gave The Herald News a tour of the construction site where crews from Agostini Construction were working, including pouring concrete into already constructed forms.

Beatty said the anticipated opening of the new campus is March 2018. Ground was broken at the more than 40-acre site in late November.

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Push is on to deliver Beverly Middle School on time

Salem News - Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo - Mayor Michael Cahill, left, walks with Robert Gilchrist, the contractor's project site manager, during a tour Friday of the construction site for the new Beverly Middle School.  The school is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

Salem News - Ken Yuszkus/Staff photo - Mayor Michael Cahill, left, walks with Robert Gilchrist, the contractor's project site manager, during a tour Friday of the construction site for the new Beverly Middle School.  The school is expected to open in the fall of 2018.

BEVERLY — It still has a long way to go before its doors open to students and staff in the fall of 2018, but the new Beverly Middle School is taking shape.

Structural steel is going up, and Agostini Bacon, the general contractor, plans to power through the winter months to keep the project on schedule, according to Robert Gilchrist, the company's project site manager.

At $109 million, the new school will accommodate grades 5-8, and will include a new auditorium, gymnasium and "academic neighborhoods" for students with project space, plus outdoor dining and an amphitheater. It is being built on the site of the former Memorial Building on Cabot Street.

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URI opens new $68-million chemistry building

Ashvin Fernando, a Ph.D. candidate from Sri Lanka, works in one of the labs at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. - URI photo, Nora Lewis

Ashvin Fernando, a Ph.D. candidate from Sri Lanka, works in one of the labs at the Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences. - URI photo, Nora Lewis

SOUTH KINGSTOWN — State officials joined business leaders and the University of Rhode Island community Tuesday morning to mark the opening of the school’s new $68-million Richard E. Beaupre Center for Chemical and Forensic Sciences Center, which was funded mostly by a $61-million bond Rhode Islanders approved in the 2010 election.

The ribbon-cutting symbolizes the latest development in a building boom involving several Rhode Island-based schools that are making significant investments in improved teaching and research capabilities in the STEM disciplines: science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

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