Academic Case Study

Xaverian Brothers High School

Westwood, Massachusetts

CM&B was selected by Xaverian Brothers High School, a premiere college preparatory school for boys, to complete the addition of a new academic wing. The expansion is part of the school’s strategic master plan for campus improvements and supports the school’s initiative to broaden its science and engineering program.

Project Highlights:

  • Prior to construction, school administrators and science faculty visited several collegiate laboratories at Boston College, Stonehill College and Saint Francis University for design inspiration.
  • The final concept included three new 1,700-SF science and engineering labs, complete with state-of-the-art equipment, 8-foot fume hoods and gel electrophoresis equipment for analyzing DNA.
  • The expansion also includes the addition of 5 new classroom spaces totaling 4,150-SF.
  • The CM&B team was challenged to complete the project within a short 24-week period. The permitting process took six weeks longer than anticipated, which caused further schedule acceleration to accommodate the start of the new school year.
  • Demolition, concrete foundations and steel erection all took place while the school was still in session, and the interior was completed once the school was emptied for summer vacation at the end of June.
  • The site logistics were challenging, as access to the building was by means of a narrow fire lane winding around the rear of the campus site.

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