CTA Tops Off Douglas Elementary School

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CTA Construction Co. Inc. topped off the steel frame of a new elementary school in Douglas, Mass., marking an important milestone in the $36.2 million project.

CTA Construction Co. Inc. marked an important milestone in the construction of a new elementary school by placing the last steel girder during a topping off ceremony attended by school, town and state officials. The steel beam, signed by students and officials, was raised, along with the traditional American flag and a fir tree, five months after the project groundbreaking.

A Waltham-based general contractor, CTA is building a new 83,100-square-foot elementary school and renovating an 88,245-square-foot middle school for the Douglas public schools. The project architect is DiNisco Design Partnership Ltd., and the owner’s project manager is Heery International.

“The turnout of local and state officials, along with students and the members of the construction team, show a tremendous level of enthusiasm and cooperation that are important to the success of the project. CTA Construction is proud to bring to life the vision of the local community and the architect,” said Lyle Coghlin, Principal of CTA Construction.

The total project cost for the new school and the renovation of the middle school is estimated to be about $36.2 million. The new elementary school, designed for 550 students, is scheduled to open in fall 2013. The renovated intermediate school, for grades 6-8, is scheduled to follow in January 2014. The athletic fields and site work are to be completed by the summer of 2014.

The pace of construction was praised during the topping off ceremony. “We went from dirt to a building over summer break,” said John Jumpe Jr., director of project management for MSBA, according to the Telegram and Gazette newspaper. “I’ve worked on a number of projects and I think this one turned out quite well.”

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