• Building Construction Tour: The New Doherty Memorial High School

Building Construction Tour: The New Doherty Memorial High School

  • 16 May 2023
  • 5:00 PM
  • Doherty Memorial High School, Worcester, MA

WHEN: Tuesday, May 16, 2023

5:00 – Networking

5:30 – Program

Pizza and soft drinks will be provided

WHERE: Doherty Memorial High School

(Construction Site)

299 Highland St

Worcester, MA 01602

COST: Free to all participants

Join the Worcester Chapter of CSI and Central Mass AIA, for a tour the new Doherty Memorial High School, designed by Lamoureux Pagano Associates | Architects of Worcester.  The construction is joint venture between Fontaine Brothers and Dimeo Construction.

This new 420,000 square foot building will support an educational program for 1,670 students with spaces for Chapter 74 vocational programs including Engineering & Technology, Construction Craft Laborer, Programming and Web Development, and Marketing Management and Finance. The new building will also support significantly expanded STEAM facilities, including a Blackbox Theater, a Biotechnology Lab, and a Multi-Media Makerspace. With a construction cost of $240M, the new facility, which is targeting LEED Gold Certification, will replace the outdated existing Doherty Memorial High School from the mid-1960’s with modern teaching facilities for grades 9 – 12.

This month’s program will be presented by Robert Para, Jr., registered architect and principal at LPA|A with more than 35 years of experience. Rob leads project management and construction administration for the firm and has had key roles on a diverse array of projects including many public-school projects for the City of Worcester. In addition to his work on Doherty Memorial High, he was a key team member on the Worcester Technical High School and Nelson Place Elementary School projects. Few people are as knowledgeable about the built environment and history of Worcester. An active member and former board president of Preservation Worcester, Rob has volunteered countless hours in service to historic architecture throughout the city.

The program is pending approval by AIA for 1 HSW continuing education credit. After participating in this program, attendees will be able to:

1. Recognize emerging trends in the design of high schools to provide safe and secure learning environments.

2. Identify opportunities to meet LEED requirements and provide energy efficient and sustainable schools.

3. Better understand the Massachusetts CM-at-Risk process of project procurement.

4. Plan for the logistical challenges of construction on an active school site to ensure the safety of students, faculty, and other occupants during the construction process.

**All participants will be required to wear sturdy boots and long pants. Additional Personal Protective Equipment such as hardhats and high visibility vests will be provided.**

RSVP to Terri at neregcsi@gmail.com by May 9th.

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