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Gilbane Building Company Breaks Ground on Two K-12 Projects in Massachusetts

The New West Elementary School and Shawsheen Pre-School (Photo courtesy of SMMA)
The New West Elementary School and Shawsheen Pre-School (Photo courtesy of SMMA)
Florence Roche Elementary School (Photo courtesy of Studio G)
Florence Roche Elementary School (Photo courtesy of Studio G)
ANDOVER, MA — Gilbane Building Company recently celebrated important milestones with two communities in the Commonwealth as the firm officially broke ground on the new West Elementary School/Shawsheen Pre-School in Andover, Massachusetts, and the new Florence Roche Elementary School in Groton, Massachusetts.
The New West Elementary School and Shawsheen Pre-School - Andover, Massachusetts
Local and state officials joined representatives from the Andover School District, the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA), PMA Consultants, Gilbane Building Company, and SMMA, to celebrate the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new 170,000-square-foot West Elementary School and Shawsheen Pre-School.

Designed by SMMA, with PMA Consultants serving as owner’s project manager, the net-zero energy-ready facility will serve 130 pre-K and 925 K-5 students. Both student populations will be co-located in the new educational complex, with a separate two-story wing for pre-school students.

Set to be built directly behind the existing West Elementary School, with less than 30 feet between the new and old foundations, the site is also flanked by three distinct wetland boundaries. The Gilbane team has developed detailed site logistics, traffic management, safety, and project phasing plans to preserve parking, outdoor play space, bus circulation, and ensure that there is minimal disruption to school operations during construction.

The new school will feature modern, flexible educational spaces that promote student collaboration. Classrooms will be clustered by grade level and positioned around a central learning commons. To encourage nature-based learning, the school will also feature a roof garden and boardwalks that take advantage of nearby wetlands.

West Elementary School is set for completion in 2024.

Florence Roche Elementary School - Groton, Massachusetts
On June 6, 2022, officials from Groton Public Schools, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Town of Groton joined students, educators, and representatives from Leftfield, Studio G, and Gilbane Building Company to celebrate the official groundbreaking of the 110,000-square-foot Florence Roche Elementary School.
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Designed by Studio G, the school will be organized into grade-level learning neighborhoods and feature shared common spaces, such as a media center, an outdoor learning lab, a STEM lab with outdoor patio for student projects, and music and art classrooms. Through multiple design iterations and testing of different areas on the campus for the proposed new elementary school, the ideal location was determined to be behind the existing elementary school. Expert logistical plans have been developed by the Gilbane team to ensure construction remains on schedule with minimal disruptions to ongoing school operations prioritizing the safety of the campus population, as well as the surrounding community.

The new Florence Roche Elementary School is slated for completion in 2024.

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