The City of Boston updated the community this week on the construction progress at the Eliot Upper Innovation School (former North Bennet Street School). Officials covered the final project timeline, current status of construction progress, and the final impacts on the community during the upcoming months.
The meeting started with the fact that although the expected completion date has been pushed from pushed from September 2016 to “late winter, early spring” there have not been any further hiccups since the last update.
Above: Watch the full meeting video, held on July 12, 2016.
Currently, the roof is complete, the masonry work and windows are both 90% done and contractors are working on the interior while mechanical, electric and plumbing gets underway. Dry wall work continues on the second floor, where painting is scheduled to start next week.
Officials from the City of Boston continued to assure parents and stakeholders that despite the delay, progress is being made and they will continue to push vendors and contractors as fast as possible without sacrificing quality. The city is considering second shifts, and possibly having work on Saturdays to expedite the completion date. When asked for a hard date of completion, project managers and city officials were tentative to answer, but placed a March 1st estimated time as a rough estimate. Officials are optimistic that construction could be completed earlier and pointed out that the construction contract has penalties for delays. The city intends to utilize all their options regarding their contractual obligation(s).
Working to minimize street shut downs, constant deliveries of material and equipment have been a challenge. This September, drainage and sidewalks will be installed and replaced along the affected perimeter of the building. Below are renderings, design concepts and construction photos:
Questions from the audience ranged from details of square footage, open space for physical education, to the safety of the school entrances and exits. When asked about the possibility of a site walk-through, officials were hesitant due to liability issues of entering a construction zone, but mentioned that there could possibly be one closer to completion.