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  Malden High School RenovationMalden High School Renovation


Flansburgh Architects
77 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114

General Description

Location: Malden, Massachusetts
Date Bid: Jan 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Nov 2011
Total Square Feet: 477,556 Site: 6.2 acres.
Number of Buildings: 3; 76 classrooms seating 25 per classroom; auditorium seating 992; gymnasium seating 2,136.
Building Sizes: Subterranean, 61,575; basement, 131,378; first floor, 99,803; second floor, 92,400; third floor, 92,400; total, 477,556 square feet.
Building Height: Basement, 14’; first floor, 13’2”; second floor, 13’2”; each additional floor, 13’2”; total, 66’8”.
Basic Construction Type: Renovation.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls: Brick, CMU, storefront. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Project Team

Structural Engineer: Engineers Design Group - 350 Main Street, FL 2, Malden, MA 02148
General Contractor: Gilbane Building Company - 7 Jackson Walkway, Providence, RI 02903
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer: TMP Consulting Engineers - 52 Temple Place, Boston, MA 02111
Cost Estimator: CostPro, Inc. - One Mifflin Place, Cambridge, MA 02138
Acoustics Consultant: Acentech, Inc. - 33 Moulton Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

The City of Malden retained Flansburgh Architects to design the renovation of the aging Malden High School. The high school consists of three existing buildings, two were built in the 1970s, and the third built in 1935 in the Art Deco Style, with a total of 477,556 square feet to accommodate 2,000 students. Flansburgh's design approach separated Grades 9-12 into four distinct houses, each with separate administrations, classrooms, production spaces, teacher prep areas, and entrances with core spaces shared among the four houses.

The renovation included the creation of a new entry and entry plaza, redesigned courtyards, resolution of ADA accessibility, and the addition of air conditioning and improved ventilation to various parts of the building. Malden elected to utilize the CM-at-Risk process based on the success of Flansburgh's Salem High School project, the first public school project completed in Massachusetts using this construction delivery method. Upon completion of the renovations, the project was almost $9 million under budget.

Due to the favorable bid climate in January 2009, the general contractor bid came in nearly $8 million less than the original construction estimate. The construction estimate was $62,967,000; the accepted bid was $50,002,000. As a result, the project was expanded to include $4.5 million in enhancements such as:

- new public gallery space
- updated science labs
- daycare facilities
- security upgrades
- gymnasium amenities such as lighting, bleachers, flooring, curtains

The scope of work required that the building remain occupied and fully functional during construction. Flansburgh developed a design that could be built in ten small phases without disruption to the students and staff. Careful planning of building systems and infrastructure were essential so that the older systems could remain operational until the new systems were placed online. The project scope also involved upgrades to HVAC, plumbing, electrical, data, handicap accessibility, interior finishes, reconfiguration of science labs, restoration of an historic Art Deco 1,412-seat theater, as well as renovation of academic and core spaces.

The project was completed on time and $8,378,000 under budget.

Product Information
Roofing: Firestone VCT Flooring: Armstrong Sports Floor: Mondo
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®
Skylight: CPI Elevators: Vertical Access

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