NV5’s Watertown project management office completes the $92 million, 181,847-square-foot, Thurgood Marshall Middle School

NV5’s Watertown Massachusetts office was awarded the Thurgood Marshall Middle School project in May 2012. The City of Lynn (City), in collaboration with the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), undertook the project to replace the 1923 Thurgood Marshall Middle School, which served grades six through eighth. The MSBA and City voters approved the $92 million, 181,847-square-foot school to house 1,100 students after extensive community outreach.

NV5 worked with the School District, School Building Committee, Architect, Construction Manager, and the City to develop a cost-effective school to meet the long-term needs of the City. Active MBTA tracks were located behind the new school location and substantial coordination was required to ensure the tracks remained unobstructed. The project included costs associated with site acquisition, abatement and demolition of the existing school, and associated site restoration. Construction began in April 2014 and was open to students in April 2016. Abatement and demolition of the original 1923 school will be completed during summer 2016.

The new Thurgood Marshall Middle School was designed to meet LEED® Gold standards and is awaiting certification. It was built 49 percent more energy efficient than Massachusetts energy code requirements. Substantial completion was achieved six weeks ahead of schedule allowing the school to open five months earlier. The project was delivered approximately $4 million under budget and with no change orders.

Project Team:

Principal-In-Charge: Stuart D. Lesser

Project Director: Jeffery A. Luxenberg

Senior Project Manager: Lynn Stapleton

Assistant Project Manager: Tim Baker

Site Representative: Stephen Shaughnessy

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