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Suffolk breaks ground on colorful charter school in Boston

July 14, 2009 |



Suffolk Education has broken ground and began renovations and construction of a new $39.6 million facility to house the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School. The Suffolk team is renovating an existing, three-story mill building and warehouse in the Hyde Park section of Boston, Massachusetts, and constructing a 20,000 square-foot addition.

The Boston Renaissance Charter Public School is the largest charter school in Boston, serving children from 10 city neighborhoods. The school is divided into three smaller schools, consisting of the Kinder School for grades K1 and K2, the Primary School for grades 1 through 3, and the Elementary School, for grades 4, 5 and 6. Classrooms for each of these smaller schools will be housed on a separate floor of the mill building. The warehouse building will house a gymnasium, a cafeteria, a multimedia center, music classrooms and dance studios. The addition will contain a new administrative wing, the K1 wing, a connecting corridor and support facilities.

Suffolk Education is reaching out to the community to recruit local participants for the school’s construction. Suffolk held a town meeting on May 12, 2009, at Suffolk’s Training facility to attract and employ minority workers and independent contractors on this project. The team is also working closely with school officials to employ parents of students who are either interested in construction work or have construction experience. “We went through a comprehensive process to select the contractor for this project and Suffolk Construction was our unanimous first choice,” stated Dr. Roger F. Harris Superintendent and CEO of the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School. “The leadership of Suffolk CEO John Fish and his team guarantees that the project will be of the highest possible quality and the community’s needs are met.”

“We are honored to provide the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School with a new facility,” stated Angus Leary, Vice President of Suffolk Education. “I am confident that our in-depth experience building academic facilities will ensure a seamless construction process and a beautiful facility for the Boston Renaissance Charter Public School.”

Suffolk Education’s project team is partnering with Boston-based Janey Company on the construction of the school. Designed by HMFH, the new facility is scheduled to open to students in September 2010.

About Suffolk Construction

Celebrating more than 25 years of transforming city skylines, Suffolk Construction Company, Inc., is one of the leading privately held building contracting firms in the country, with main offices on the East Coast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast and West Coast regions of the country. Suffolk provides preconstruction, construction management, design/build and general contracting services and has a strong reputation for delivering challenging building construction projects in the assisted living, commercial, education, entertainment, government, healthcare, hospitality, residential and retail sectors.

Suffolk employees are experienced construction professionals and are committed to client service and relationship building. They are influencers in the construction industry and in their local communities, and consistently lead by example while striving to exceed expectations with clients, partners and the people and businesses in the surrounding neighborhoods.

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