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City of Boston, Dearborn STEM Academy

Gilbane provided construction management services for the construction of a new 120,000 SF STEM Academy, the City of Boston’s first new school building in over a decade.

City of Boston’s first new school building in over a decade

The Dearborn STEM Academy, formerly a middle school, expended to become a science, technology, engineering, and math focused school for grades six-twelve preparing students for early college enrollment.

The scope of work included the abatement and demolition of an existing school built in 1918. Gilbane constructed a new 120,000 SF STEM Academy. The building created a number of collaborative learning communities focused on STEM-related career clusters.

Gilbane joined forces with Roxbury-owned partner Janey Construction Management.  As part of project, Gilbane and Janey focused on aligning with the City of Boston’s Boston Residence Jobs Policy (BRJP). The project is a collaboration between the COB Property and Construction Management Department, Jonathan Levi Architects, Daedalus and Gilbane.  Funding for the project  came from the City of Boston and the Massachusetts School Building Authority.

A few blocks away in Dudley Square, the City of Boston’s new Bolling Municipal Building provided many jobs for Boston residents and is a significant economic stimulus to the neighborhood and surrounding businesses.  “We look forward to building on the success of the Bolling project, creating more jobs and reinvesting more money back into our local economy,” noted Mayor Walsh.   “STEM careers are some of the fastest growing in Boston and it’s important that we provide high-quality education and learning opportunities to prepare students for the jobs of today and of the future.”

Additionally, Gilbane and Janey created a Mentor-Protege program where Gilbane serves as mentor to support the enhancement of capabilities of Janey Co as a Construction Manager and General Contractor, as well as a focused effort in gaining traction in the local market. As part of this program, Gilbane collaborated with Janey Co in the development of measurable goals as part of a one and three year business plan.

Read more about the project in this MIT Tech Review Article, Augmented Reality Could Speed Up Construction Projects.

Client Value

This new 120,000 SF academic building will create a number of collaborative learning community focused on STEM-related career clusters.