Newton North High School
Newton, Massachusetts

Trip Elmore, while working for Turner Construction Company, was the project executive in charge of Owner's Project Management (OPM) services for the new Newton North High School, the Commonwealth's first completed LEED-for-Schools™ project. Dore & Whittier was the Architect of Record for the 412,753 sf project that included 60 regular education classrooms; 16 science classrooms; 22 special education classrooms; career technical education spaces for carpentry, automotive, culinary arts, green engineering, and other specialty spaces; television studio; language lab; lecture hall; and food service/cafeteria. A full sports facility consists of an indoor track, a 12,500 sf competition gym, natatorium, wrestling room, dance studio, exercising room, 10 outdoor tennis courts, a stadium with a synthetic turf and 2,000 seats, assorted playing fields, and 6 team lockers rooms. The performing arts component includes a 600-seat theater with a full fly loft and a black box performance space. Newton North was the first school in the State to receive LEED™ Gold certification. Prior to construction of the new building, significant underground asbestos abatement was required and 80% of the existing school required abatement during its demolition.

This project was constructed under MGL Ch. 149A with a Construction Manager-at-Risk delivery method. This approach saved significant time, provided financial transparency, and contributed to a very successful project with no subcontractor claims. This major project was carefully planned so as to not disrupt ongoing high school educational operations abutting the site. The project was completed ahead of schedule and under budget.

Dore + Whittier Architects also designed the project. View the completed school on our Architecture Website.

OPM services provided include:

  • Program management
  • Coordination with the MSBA
  • Community relations
  • City department coordination
  • Designer and CM selection
  • Design reviews and value engineering
  • Prequalification of CM and subcontractors
  • Budget reporting and forecasting for Owner
  • Full-time, on-site Project Manager
  • Quality control oversight and reporting
  • Project meetings and record keeping
  • Schedule review and management
  • Coordinated Owner-provided testing and other services
  • Review and negotiation of change orders
  • Review of all payment application
  • Commissioning oversight
  • Punchlist management
  • Warranties/training coordination
  • FF&E procurement/coordination
  • Owner move-in

Project Details

Owner City of Newton
Completed Building 2010; Demolition 2011
Cost $197.5 million
SQ. FT. 412,000