Despite Coronavirus, Construction Continues at New Fuller Middle School

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The following is a media release from the Framingham Public Schools

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FRAMINGHAM – Construction of the new Fuller Middle School is taking shape. Structural steel members are rising on the three-story classroom building and the concrete masonry walls are in place at the gymnasium.

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Baker issued a “Stay at Home” order to the Commonwealth on March 23 for certain businesses and workplaces.

The order identified a number of essential services and activities which included many forms of public construction, that were to remain open.

This order was further detailed on March 25 and the list of essential services was clarified to specifically allow public school construction to continue.

In designating public school construction as essential, the Governor’s order included a detailed list of health and safety measures which Consigli Construction has implemented and is managing on a daily basis at the Fuller Middle School project site.

These measures and protocols, to enhance worker safety and mitigate the chance of infection, follow CDC recommendations and Governor Baker’s COVID-19 Essential Services emergency order and subsequent construction-specific guidance.

Construction has continued this past month in a safe and healthy manner. There have been no COVID – 19 related infections and the workers are following the Site-Specific COVID-19 Safety Plan developed by Consigli.

While there have been a few steel member delivery delays due to a slowdown at the fabrication plant, Consigli has indicated the school is still on track to open in the summer of 2021. 

The new Fuller Middle School features a learning commons/cafeteria surrounded by collaboration spaces fronting a perimeter of classrooms, an 8,300-square-foot gymnasium, 420-seat auditorium, and full building air conditioning.

The MSBA is providing a grant of approximately $39.5 Million. The approximate total project cost is $98.3 Million with the City’s share after the grant from the MSBA estimated to be $58.8 Million.

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