CTA Starts Steel on New Maynard High School

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CTA Construction Co. Inc. of Waltham, Mass., has started constructing the steel frame of the new $36.7 million Maynard High School, an approximately 122,000-square-foot building that will serve 410 students.

CTA Construction Co. Inc. has started constructing the steel frame of the new $36.7 million Maynard High School after breaking ground on the project last fall. The approximately 122,000-square-foot school will serve 410 students.

“With the project on schedule, the faculty and students in Maynard are a major step closer to enjoying a modern facility that will help to facilitate a 21st century education,” said Jeff Hazelwood Jr., Project Executive for CTA Construction Co. Inc., based in Waltham, MA (http://www.ctaconstruction.com).

The two-story building with a glass wall entrance and brick-and-slate cladding features a 350-seat performing arts auditorium, a gymnasium with 600 seats on electric telescoping bleachers, a media center, art and music classrooms, and vocational technology classrooms. The new school will also include a radio and TV station that will be integral to the school program.

The skeleton of the new school will consist of 2,200 pieces of steel weighing 770 tons. It is being built adjacent to the existing Maynard High School, which is just 60 feet from the new building at its closest point. Following completion of the new facility, the former high school will be demolished and the site used as playing fields.

The close proximity to the occupied school involves intricate coordination of construction activities in order to minimize disruption to ongoing classes. CTA is experienced in successfully managing these conditions on numerous school projects.

Construction of the facility is scheduled for completion in fall 2013. The building was designed by Tappe Associate, Inc., a Boston-based architecture and planning firm. The project is participating in the Massachusetts Collaborative for High Performance Schools, a program that improves the quality of education by setting standards for the design, construction and operation of new, high-performance schools that are environmentally sustainable, healthy and comfortable. MA-CHPS is part of a nationwide program, the Collaborative for High Performance Schools, the nation’s first green building rating program developed especially for school learning environments.

CTA Construction Co. Inc. is an award-winning general contractor with a reputation for quality and professionalism built on a portfolio of more than 45 projects valued at $650 million. CTA Construction is currently the general contractor for several ongoing school projects including Tahanto Regional High School in Boylston, Weston High School’s science wing, the Marshall Simonds Middle School in Burlington, and Tewksbury Memorial High School.

In 2011, CTA won a Green Building Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter for its work on the East Elementary School in Hingham, which featured many environmentally friendly features including solar wall heating and recycled rainwater utilization. In addition, CTA last year won the Public Works Project of the Year from the American Public Works Association and the Eagle Award from the Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter.

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