CTA Joins Webster in Celebrating New Park Ave Elementary School

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CTA Construction Co. Inc. of Waltham built the new Park Avenue Elementary School in Webster with energy-efficient features projected to achieve a 41 percent savings on heating and cooling costs.

Webster, Mass.: CTA Construction Co. Inc. joined state and local officials, as well as families and students, in celebrating the opening of the new Park Avenue Elementary School at a recent ribbon cutting ceremony. As the construction manager, CTA Construction delivered the $34 million, environmentally friendly elementary school in time for the start of the academic year.

The Park Avenue Elementary School was built to achieve a LEED Silver rating and is projected to save 41 percent off heating and cooling costs. The sprawling 109,067-square-foot school, referred to by school officials as a “college on a hill,” is nestled into the forest that surrounds the rural location.

“CTA Construction congratulates all the Webster community and the state, school and construction officials who collaborated to make this project a reality. This new school is a statement to the importance that Webster places in the education and future of its children. At CTA, we are proud that our work improves and enriches the education provided to the students of Webster and across Massachusetts.,” said Jeff Hazelwood, Project Executive of CTA Construction Co., Inc., based in Waltham and online at http://www.ctaconstruction.com.

The sustainable elements in Park Avenue Elementary were the work of the architects at Dore & Whittier, who designed the three-story building. Hill International served as the Owner’s Project Manager for this project. The Massachusetts School Building Authority will reimburse Webster schools for about 77 percent of the construction cost.

To achieve Silver in the LEED for Schools program, the building has an energy-efficient exterior envelope to reduce heating costs. The roof uses material with high reflecting and high heat emissive properties on 75 percent of the area to reduce cooling costs.

The new building has many of the features expected in a new school – media center, computer lab, classrooms, gymnasium, and cafeteria – as well as some unexpected, including:

  • High efficiency and waterless fixtures to reduce water use by 35 percent.
  • Use of daylight in 90 percent of the building spaces.
  • Classrooms and other learning spaces designed for optimum acoustics and to minimize noise pollution.

The Park Avenue Elementary is the latest in the portfolio of environmentally friendly projects by CTA Construction, which ranks among the greenest contractors in a national survey.
In addition to Webster, CTA Construction completed schools in Marlborough, West Bridgewater and Revere in time for the start of school. CTA is a leading construction manager on public school projects in Massachusetts, with a high customer-satisfaction rating, as compiled by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. CTA’s construction professionals are experienced in completing even the most complicated school projects, with a focus on environmental sustainability and minimizing disruption to ongoing classes in existing schools, while construction is ongoing at adjacent locations.

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