Fontaine Bros. Awarded Walpole Middle School Project

Fontaine is proud and honored to have been awarded the Walpole Middle School Project in Walpole, MA. Scheduled to open in Fall of 2024, 162,000 SF new middle school has a projected construction budget of $120 million. With an expected enrollment of 1,000 students in grades 6 through 8, this new school will bring the students of both Bird and Johnston middle schools together into one building. The project is designed to be “Net Zero” ready and will be constructed on the grounds of the fully occupied Bird Middle School. The construction will be driven significantly by the logistics required to keep the existing Bird middle school and adjacent athletic fields operating safely. We are looking forward to working with the Town of Walpole and Compass Partners on this exciting project!

Women in Construction Week 2022

During National Women in Construction Week, Fontaine Bros. Construction would like to recognize and appreciate the hard work and dedication of all women in the construction industry. Fontaine Bros. is deeply committed to creating opportunities for all and supporting the long-term success of women construction. We would also like to express gratitude to our own Tracy Routhier, one of our Sr. Project Managers, and congratulate Tracy on her five year anniversary with Fontaine Bros.; we value her expertise, passion and countless contributions. Tracy’s advice for women who are considering a career in the construction industry…”surround yourself with people who support you.”

The story behind Beal Elementary School's Mural Wall

Fontaine is proud to have completed the new two-story Beal Elementary School in Shrewsbury! We are excited to tell the story of the work behind the creative “Mural Wall”; a main focal point of the building located in the main lobby and throughout the school. Peter Reynolds, a world-renowned children’s author and illustrator was hired to provide personalized artwork to be utilized on a mural that catches your eye when you first enter the building. The process involved him providing the artwork to which Fontaine had laminated onto a plastic laminate surface. This surface was then mounted onto a substrate and made into panels that were installed onto the walls from the floor to the ceiling, and in some cases two-stories high. This new technology was a huge success for the school. At the end of the project during the ribbon cutting ceremony, Mr. Reynolds attended and provided a copy of his book for all the students and staff as a keepsake. The wall mural’s unique, creative aspect came full circle as Peter Reynolds did the original artwork piece for the old Beal School, tying the old into the new.

Doors Open to the new Mountain View School

Fontaine is proud to open the doors and welcome students to the new Mountain View School in Easthampton, MA. Fontaine is serving as the General Contractor for this multi-phase 177,370 SF Pre-K through Grade 8 school located on the site of the existing White Brook Middle School. Now that students have started in the middle school, finishes are progressing in the Phase 1B portion of the new building and work to prepare the old building for demolition has started. The project will culminate with the construction of athletic fields and an outbuilding on schedule for summer 2022!

Topping off Ceremony at Shrewsbury Police Station

Whether it’s schools, libraries, fire stations, (or in this morning’s case) police stations, at our core we are community builders. We are proud and grateful to have built all of these facilities in the Town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts. The trust that the Town of Shrewsbury has placed in Fontaine over the years was on full display this morning for the topping off of the new Shrewsbury Police Station. Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito and a host of other local leaders were on hand to celebrate with a resounding message that this latest project, in a long line of Shrewsbury projects, is “on-time and on-budget”! Images Courtesy of Joshua Qualls/Governor’s Press Office

Topping off Ceremony at DeBerry-Swan School

On Tuesday January 4th, Fontaine along with state officials celebrated the Toping Off Ceremony for the new $95 million, state-of-the-art DeBerry-Swan Elementary School. Working with the City of Springfield and Dinisco Design, this 155,000 SF three-story school will serve 800+ students along with 120 pre-k students. This new school is located on the existing, fully occupied DeBerry School site and will remain fully occupied throughout construction. This new building will consolidate the two schools, while each maintaining their individual identity. This new school is on schedule to be completed by August of 2023.

Fontaine Supports South High's Andy's Attic

Today, Fontaine delivered the numerous clothing and toiletry items collected during our holiday drive to benefit South High School’s Andy’s Attic! Andy’s Attic is a student-run, non-profit organization based at South High and provides clothing and other necessities for Worcester-area children and adults.

Everyone was in full Christmas spirit! Even our very own Superintendent Matt Wilder…

Fontaine Completes MGM Springfield's Sports Lounge

Fontaine has completed the sports lounge for MGM Springfield this past October. This project consisted of the renovation of two existing areas of the MGM Springfield casino. The first area consisted of the renovation of a 4,586 SF gaming floor to provide a sports betting venue. Features included constructing a new betting counter, a new LED screen wall, new furniture, and modifications to the existing mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems. The second work area consisted of the renovation of 1,810 SF of the existing arcade (TAP Sports) into a new sports lounge. Work features included the addition of an LED screen wall, TV monitors and furniture.

Major Howard W. Beal School in Shrewsbury Opens

Fontaine has completed the Major Howard W. Beal Elementary School in Shrewsbury, MA. Fontaine has enjoyed an excellent working relationship with the Town of Shrewsbury dating back to 2006 with the construction of the Shrewsbury Fire Stations. Our work has spanned several administrations and involved work with multiple building committees. We are proud to say that with each project, our reputation for honesty, integrity, and craftsmanship has continued to grow. Fontaine is pleased to be a part of the new Beal school and to be a key piece of their work to offer full day kindergarten. “The design of this building promotes inclusion of all students, a connection with the natural world around us, an appreciation of the arts, and a commitment to healthy learning practices” says Superintendent of Schools, Joe Sawyer. “We are grateful to learn in a space that will prepare us for whatever the future brings, and we will be ready to meet every obstacle along the way with skill, grace, and a smile.”

Doherty Memorial High School Breaks Ground

On November 3, 2021 Fontaine+Dimeo along with city and state officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the new Doherty Memorial High School project in Worcester, the largest project in the City’s history! WPS Superintendent, Maureen Binienda said “The new Doherty will offer many new opportunities for its students. The programs and the designs are developed to meet the community goals that were built on several visioning sessions that all of us attended”. The Doherty Memorial High School is a 422,000 SF new state-of-the-art high school with a projected construction budget of $240 million. Fontaine is pleased to serve the City of Worcester again on such an impactful project and for the continued partnership with such a great client. The Doherty project is the first public project being delivered under the City of Worcester’s new construction diversity program. The project is off to a strong start and our team is very excited to ensure opportunities for Worcester residents and historically underrepresented groups. The Doherty project is also a reflection of the community’s commitment to sustainability. This project will be built to reduce or eliminate fossil fuels by using a HVAC and Solar PV design. John Odell the Energy and Asset Director shared with us, “After a careful review, the selected power systems (HVAC and solar PV), coupled with a superior envelope design will result in a better than net-zero facility. This means that the building is designed not only be carbon neutral, but to be carbon negative – the first municipal building in the city to achieve this distinction.”

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