High School Renovation|
77 North Washington Street, Boston, MA 02114
Location: Malden, Massachusetts
Date Bid: Jan 2009 Construction Period: Apr 2009 to Nov
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
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.
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
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,
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
The project was completed on time and $8,378,000 under budget.
Roofing: Firestone VCT Flooring: Armstrong Sports
Windows, Entrances & Storefronts: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope®
Skylight: CPI Elevators: Vertical Access