To the Cabot Elementary School Community:

*** CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: As part of the ongoing effort to keep the Cabot Community apprised of upcoming construction activities, please note that a concrete slab placement is scheduled to take place this Wednesday, JULY 25, 2018.  Work is scheduled to begin shortly after 7:00AM. Every effort will be made to expedite the duration of the work to be complete prior to 7:00PM. A notification letter was delivered to neighbors on Monday, July 23, and is also posted to this website, under the “Construction Updates” tab.

On Thursday, July 13, 2018, at 6:30PM, the Newtonville Area Council met with representatives from 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 key milestones being met. At the 1929 building, underground mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) work is complete, the concrete slab on grade has been placed and roofing work is complete. On the 2nd and 3rd floors, MEP work is ongoing. Also, rafter work, insulation and plywood flooring are ongoing at the attic space in the existing building.  At the new Library wing, the slab on grade has been placed and exterior framing is ongoing. At the classroom addition, exterior framing and sheathing are ongoing throughout, with interior framing and MEP installations ongoing at the 3rd floor. At the gymnasium addition, the slab on grade has been placed and CMU block installation is complete.

As reported last month, the binder (intermediate) course was installed as scheduled at: Bridges Ave, the north end of the site (temporary contractor parking) and at Parkview Ave. Final paving will be done towards the end of the project in the Spring/Summer 2019. At Parkview Ave, installation of precast concrete planks over the Edmands Brook culvert (to protect the culvert) began earlier this week. The work is targeted to be complete by the end of next week, by July 20. When complete, the intent is for trucking activities to return to the Cabot Street entrance. The gates at Parkview will be locked and that end of the site will be used only on occasion when a truck is unable to enter or exit the site via the Cabot gate, per Owner permission.  It was noted at the June update meeting that construction access at the north end of Parkview, which had been approved by NPD and presented to the City Council previously, has been utilized to avoid heavy trucking over the culvert until the precast planks are installed.

It was also discussed that work at the Little League field is complete. When the project is complete, there will no longer be a fence between the school site and the field so players will be able to retrieve foul balls.

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

Camera 1: – view from Bridges Ave.

Camera 2: https://app.oxblue.com/open/wtrich/cabotschool – view from Parkview Ave.

The Newtonville Area Council will not meet in August. Therefore, the next Community update will be on Thursday, SEPTEMBER 13, 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