Boston College High School – New Building Addition

Project :Boston College High School
Address :Morrissey Blvd., Boston, MA
Size :63,000 sq. ft.
Scope :Boston College High School's largest construction project in the school's 140-year history. Phase I of the project entailed a 63,000 s/f addition and some summer renovation work. The addition, located in the campus' central quadrangle, created desperately needed square footage, as well as links to the presently separated campus buildings. The new addition is a hub for campus life. It features a 5,000 s/f student commons atrium, a 650-seat cafeteria, a guidance center, a bookstore and a campus ministry center.

The addition also houses 4 state-of-the-art science labs; 18 additional classrooms -- all of which are equipped with presentation systems, high speed data and multimedia capability; 3 computer labs; and new administrative offices and an admissions suite.

Phase I also included the complete fit-up of the existing Loyola Building’s third floor to allow for the relocation of personnel and offices needed for the interface of the new building. All the work occurred while the second floor residences and first floor offices remained open. Phase I also entailed the summertime fit-up of the existing Cushing Building, which houses the library, offices and classrooms. Work was complete and the space ready for use at the start of the school year in September.

Phase II entailed renovations to approximately 20,000 s/f of existing campus buildings to supplement the new construction with scope ranging from cosmetic upgrades for the more recent buildings to complete systems’ upgrades for the more antiquated buildings. Some site work was also included in this phase. During Phase II, 50% of the classrooms on the upper level of the existing McElroy Building remained in full use during construction. The lower lever of the building was completely gutted and renovated.