On Thursday, March 8, 2018, at 6:30PM, the Newtonville Area Council met with representatives from the City of Newton Public Buildings Department, NV5 (Owner’s Project Manager) and WT Rich (Construction Manager). Below is a recap of the meeting:

WT Rich provided an update of the construction progress. The project is on schedule with foundation and steel work well underway. The existing 1929 building continues to be heated with diesel fuel heaters which are maintaining a minimum indoor temperature of 40 degrees. Steel erection is nearing completion at the Classroom wing. Foundation work is almost complete at the Library wing in preparation for steel erection which is anticipated to commence in mid-March. Foundation work is ongoing at the gymnasium. Coordination efforts are underway for the relocation of the water line as well as for underground MEP building systems. Also note that utility poles have been removed from the site.

As discussed at the February 8 update meeting, construction activities at the gymnasium will obstruct trucking access around the job site. The traffic plan which was presented at the last meeting has since been approved by Sergeant Babcock and a  notification letter was distributed to neighbors. The letter has been posted and can be downloaded from the “Agendas” tab herein. Essentially, per the letter: “The construction team will begin utilizing the Northern site gate on Bridges for access to the North end of the job site. The site gate on Parkview Ave will begin to be used for drywall, metal framing and soil deliveries/trucking. The updated plan will begin to be implemented starting March 5, 2018.” WTR handed out copies of the letter to those in attendance.

It was discussed that there are City initiated projects ongoing nearby, unrelated to the Cabot School project, which may occasionally cause a few blocks on Cabot Street to temporarily close down.

Note: Security/time lapse cameras are installed. Feel free to log on 24/7 and view construction activities via this UPDATED LINK:

Camera 1: – view from Bridges Ave

(Note that the connection to Camera #2 is being repaired. When repaired, the link will be posted.)

The next Community update meeting is on Thursday, April 12, at 6:30PM in City Hall Room 211.

As always, for general project inquiries, please contact: Alex Valcarce, City of Newton Project Manager at (617) 796-1600.

Thank you,

The Cabot Elementary School Project Management Team