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Kaila Braley Herald News Staff Reporter
MARSHFIELD – The latest roof-repair cost estimate for the Furnace Brook Middle School tops $8 million – more than double the original estimate. The increase is attributable, in part, to to the complicated nature of the roof, and to the extensiveness of the work that would have to be done to bring the roof up to code, said project manager Greg Walsh of Boston-based Potomac Capital Advisors.”It’s a significant project,” he said. The school department is seeking reimbursement for the project through the Massachusetts School Building Authority’s Accelerated Repair Program. It will find out whether its request has been approved after the authority meets in mid-February. Continue Reading. . .
Kevin P. O’Connor Herald News Staff Reporter
FALL RIVER — It is not that he ever had doubts about packing up Civitects and moving to the city, Michael Keane said. Keane is a hometown boy. He knows Fall River’s charms. But moving gives even the most stalwart pause. So one afternoon last week Keane abandoned the moving boxes and half-built desks to walk to the Pink Bean on Purchase Street for coffee. Along the way he ran into the new mayor, Jasiel Correia II, who walked with him for a block to the coffee shop, all the way asking him what the city could do to make Civitects feel more at home. Continue Reading. . .
Marc Munroe Dion Herald News Staff Reporter
FALL RIVER — As renovations proceed briskly on everything from squash courts and the swimming pool to a new fourth floor dedicated to academic pursuits and assistance, the Fall River YMCA is investing in the city’s 21st century in new ways. The YMCA runs an after-school program that currently has 95 children enrolled. When the renovation is complete, there will be room for 150 children on the upper floors, which will be dedicated to the program. Continue Reading. . .
DARTMOUTH — The future is now at UMass Dartmouth’s bioengineering lab, where students and staff are working on things that were once the stuff of science fiction. And they’re doing it in a lab that allows them the space and equipment to do cutting-edge research in a field that’s the fastest-growing major at UMass Dartmouth. “I think it’s changed dramatically,” said Nick Macedo, 21, a senior working on cell cultures in the lab that was inaugurated last September on the second floor of the former textile building. Continue Reading. . .
DARTMOUTH — Sheri McCoy, who graduated from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 1980, credits many of her successes to the experiences she had as a student there. As a resident assistant at UMass Dartmouth, she learned how to deal with peers. As a student working toward a bachelor’s degree in textiles chemistry, she learned that others saw in her a potential that she did not yet realize. Continue Reading. . .
Senator Elizabeth Warren toured the recently completed Bio-engineering Labs at UMass Dartmouth. The labs were designed by firm principal Michael Keane, and feature laboratories used for research and educational purposes.
The Lawrence School Window Replacement, in Falmouth, MA, is nearing completion. The project was completed as part of the MSBA’s Accelerated Repair Program. The School’s existing 30 year old windows were replaced with 20,000 sqft of new thermally broken aluminum windows with energy efficient glazing. The existing exterior doors and frames of the school were also replaced with new aluminum frames and doors. Additionally 8 octagonal windows were re-glazed, and a boarded up clerestory in the gymnasium was replaced with a new energy efficient glazing system. 1,100 sqft of skylights were infilled with a new EPDM membrane roofing system.
The McCarthy School Window Replacement, designed by architect Ann Keane, has been completed. The project was completed as part of the MSBA’s Accelerated Repair Program. Seals on the original windows and curtain walls had failed, and areas of existing plexiglass had become clouded. The old single glazed system was replaced with new thermally broken window, storefront, and curtain wall systems, totaling 9,000 sqft of opening replacement.
Civitects also oversaw the replacement of the roof at the McCarthy School in 2015.
Accessible Unit Conversion for the New Bedford Housing Authority,designed by Principal Michael Keane, has been completed. The Projects converted two existing units, at the Housing Authority’s Hillside Court development, into a New Accessible Unit. The Unit received new kitchen / bathroom fixtures, appliances, and cabinets. All work was completed in accordance with ADA and AAB guidelines.
The Nantucket Field Station for UMass Boston, designed by Principal Jane Gleason, has been completed. The newly renovated Field Station falls within the Nantucket Historic District, which required coordination with the local historic society in order to move forward with the project. The exterior of the building was repaired, in areas damaged by rot, and new siding was installed. New equipment was installed along with refurbished millwork.
Civitects has recently completed overseeing renovations to our new office space. The new office is located at 66 Troy Street in Fall River, in the Merrell Building (formerly a mill for the union belt factory). The suite was designed by Principal Jane Gleason. The renovated space features exposed heavy timber beams and brick walls, to compliment modern furniture and equipment.
Civitects has completed design and oversaw the renovation and expansion of the existing Fall River YMCA building. The renovations included new squashcourts, after-school / daycare spaces. wellness center, and renovations to the existing natatorium and gymnasium. Historic tax credits were utilized to help fund the project.
The new bio-engineering labs at UMass Dartmouth, designed by firm Principal Michael Keane, have been completed The labs were designed and constructed in two phases. The first phase focused on the design of two teaching laboratory spaces and a portion of the surrounding support spaces. The second phase focused on the creation of two new research labs and the remaining support spaces required for the laboratories.