(by Peter Caruso)
The City of Worcester is undertaking some very large construction projects at this time.
One of them is the new South High Community School. At 360,000sf, it will be one of the largest schools in the City; a project of this scale has a lot of components and takes several years to complete. In August, WCCCSI provided a tour of South High while under construction. Guided by Peter Caruso of Lamoureux Pagano Associates, the architects, the tour gave the attendees an opportunity to see firsthand the construction progress in a wide range of stages. On one end of the building, wall tile is being installed while on the other end of the building, the attendees were able to see the immense scale of the steel framing as it stands before being covered up with finishes.
The program, which was AIA approved for 1 HSW credit, helped attendees recognize emerging trends in design of high schools, identify sustainable design opportunities, and observe logistical challenges associated with building a new school on the same site as an existing school.
The program was very well attended by Architects, Contractors, and vendors alike and concluded with some pizza and beverages while socially distancing at the construction site.
WCCCSI would like to thank Mark Hogan at Fontaine Bros. for hosting us and making sure that the tour was as successful as it was. A follow up tour in late Spring or early Summer of 2021 may be possible so stay tuned!