City of Taunton, MA Hosts Ribbon Cutting
Historic Restoration of City Hall Completed
Mayor Shaunna O’Connell helped cut the ribbon on the reopening of Taunton City Hall that was held on Saturday, Oct. 24. In keeping with COVID-19 guidelines, the ribbon-cutting ceremony was not open to the public, but a few special guests, integral to the building of the new City Hall, were present to witness the historic moment, including former mayor Tom Hoye, project manager Dan Tavares (right) and his team from CGA Project Management, and Martha Werenfels and her team from DBVW Architects.
The majestic granite structure that defines the downtown area replaced the original brick building in 1896 and has been the center of downtown Taunton for over 170 years. O’Connell emphasized the importance of honoring Taunton’s rich history and City Hall’s commitment to serving the public, in particular kids, families, seniors and businesses. In keeping with this commitment, O’Connell invited local business owner Greta Ferreira, Taunton High student Brayden, and Taunton resident Jeff Babbitt to make brief comments about what Taunton means to them. Babbitt, who O’Connell refers to as Taunton’s “other Mayor,” assisted O’Connell in officially cutting the ribbon. O’Connell asked city residents to remember Taunton’s great supporters who are no longer with us, but remain in our thoughts and our memories: Mayor Charlie Crowley, Mayor Ted Strojny, City Solicitor Jason Buffington and City Councilor Dan Dermody.
In addition, photographs of the ribbon-cutting ceremony are available on Facebook, and video is available at vimeo.com/472718725
Mulcahey Elementary School To Open in September
On-time & Under Budget
(Repost and condensed from an earlier Taunton Gazette news article)
Construction of the new James L. Mulcahey Elementary School is in the final weeks of completion, is on schedule and will cost the city $6.4 million less than initially expected, according to officials. “This project landed very well,” is how project manager Daniel Tavares puts it.
Tavares, principal for Fall River-based CGA Project Management LLC, says what initially had been estimated as a $65 million project now stands at less than $57.4 million.
The city’s financial obligation, he said, has dropped from $22.6 million to $16.2 million, while that of the Massachusetts School Building Authority has decreased $1.2 million, he said.
The city eventually stands to be reimbursed by the MSBA for the balance of the $41.2 million being borrowed by means of municipal bonds.
Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. — who delivered the good news to the City Council a few months ago — said he’s pleased with where things currently stand.
“We’re on target and will be ready for September 2020,” when classes begin, Hoye said.
Westport Middle-High School Progress
CGA Project Management in partnership with Daedalus Projects is the OPM for the new Westport Middle High School, which will serve 860 students grades 5 through 12. The design integrates 21st century learning environments with the creation of learning and cohort commons, vocational labs, maker-spaces, boat building, and a fully sustainable building. The campus is shared with the Westport Elementary School and Public Library which will remain fully occupied during construction activities. Project is scheduled to be complete in 2021.
Taunton City Hall Nearing Completion (View Drone Flyover Below)
In a few short months, the historic renovation of Taunton City Hall will be complete. Ground breaking for the project was March 2019, and it remains on schedule and under budget. The original 1848 portion of City Hall, which for years had housed council chambers and offices including that of the mayor, was demolished in 2018. A brand new four-story rear addition is now in place and is undergoing final interior work.
When it open in September 2020, the $27 million dollar Taunton City Hall will feature a new four-story rear section that will merge with the front edifice, and a separate municipal council chambers building with a connecting walkway that will sit next to the main structure. That stand-alone building will occupy space that was once occupied by the circa-1870 Leonard Block — a four-story commercial building with a theater and offices that later came to be known simply as the Star Theater.
A large, new rear addition will be attached to the front building and a separate, smaller building closer to the street will connect to the granite building via a walkway. That single-story building with its basement and attic will be the new home of the Chester A. Martin Municipal Chambers. So what used to be recognized as a three-floor building will be transformed into a bona fide four-story edifice. ¬Two adjacent buildings during the past five years were demolished to open up space for the new construction. The new City Hall is scheduled to open in September 2020.
East Providence High Under Budget & Taking ShapePosted: 4/16/2020
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The East Providence School District is taking shape with steel erection underway. Peregrine Group is the Owner's Project Manager in partnership with CGA Project Management, LLC. New EPHS Building Committee co-chairmen Nate Cahoon, a city councilor from Ward 3, and Joel Monteiro, the at-large member of the school committee noted the project remains on schedule and slightly under budget. They cited the school as a “bright spot in these somewhat grim times,” adding the steel structure “can be seen for miles around, and stands as a testament to East Providence’s commitment to progress, and to its residents.”
Messrs. Cahoon and Monteiro added, “While steel erection is currently the most visible aspect of the project, work will proceed in the coming days and months on many of the less obvious, but crucial, elements of the new building, underground utilities, plumbing, etc. This is truly an exciting time for East Providence, and like all the other Townies out there, the Building Committee can't wait to tour the finished product.”
At the moment, the frame of the new high school is beginning to be defined. The staircases at either end of the building capped with their decorative forms. A deeper look inside into what is the south section of the new EPHS, closest to the adjacent Providence Country Day School property, reveals part of the concrete tiered seating section of the future auditorium becoming visible. The center of the building, where the main entrance will be located with access to the new cafeteria then leading at the rear to the planned outdoor students commons area along with what will be the reconstructed athletics stadium, is also starting to be easily conceptualized.
“The framework of the building is just about complete, which I’m excited to see happen,” said Superintendent Kathryn Crowley. “The next step is enclosing the building, which makes me happy too. And the fact that it all means we’re still on-time and ready to be open in 2021 makes me happiest of all.”
East Providence High School Building Project
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The East Providence School District is building a new, state-of-the-art, comprehensive high school. CGA Project Management is the Owners Project Manager. The building is scheduled to open in 2021.
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Taunton’s Mulcahey school project under budget and on schedule
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Construction of the new James L. Mulcahey Elementary School is running on schedule and will cost the city $6.4 million less than initially expected, according to officials. “This project landed very well,” is how project manager Daniel Tavares puts it. Tavares, principal for Fall River-based CGA Project Management LLC, says what initially had been estimated as a $65 million project now stands at less than $57.4 million.
The city’s financial obligation, he said, has dropped from $22.6 million to $16.2 million, while that of the Massachusetts School Building Authority has decreased $1.2 million, he said. The city eventually stands to be reimbursed by the MSBA for the balance of the $41.2 million being borrowed by means of municipal bonds. Taunton Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. — who delivered the good news just over a month ago to the City Council — said he’s pleased with where things currently stand.
“We’re on target and will be ready for September 2020,” when classes begin, Hoye said. Tavares said construction of the building, which is now 30 percent completed, will wrap up by mid-June of next year. He estimates it will take until early August for furniture and equipment to be placed and installed so that faculty and other staffers can begin working in the new school building. The new structure is being built next to the still-functioning, original Mulcahey school that opened in 1954.