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Source: Foster’s Daily Democrat, fosters.com

WOLFEBORO — North Branch Construction of Concord has completed the phased $43 million additions and renovations to the Kingswood Regional High School, Middle School, and Technical Center.

Despite the challenges of working on an occupied school campus, North Branch completed this project for the Governor Wentworth Regional School District four months ahead of schedule. This project has been called the “most complicated public school project in the history of the state” by the Governor Wentworth Regional School District Superintendent John Robertson.

North Branch was already on site for Phase 1 building a new multi-purpose building, new synthetic and natural turf athletic fields as well as a Geothermal Ground Heat Exchanger (GHE) piping system to serve the entire campus. The $18.2 million multi-purpose building includes a 900 seat auditorium with classrooms and locker rooms. Phase I Construction was completed in November 2010 and won the Award of Merit in Construction for the ‘Institutional Over $10 Million’ category at the 2011 ABC NH/VT Excellence in Construction Awards.

This project was built to meet the energy efficiency and environmental standards of the Northeast Collaborative for High Performance Schools (NECHPS State Funding for School Construction). Phase 2 of construction began in June 2010 and included major underground site utility reconstruction bringing the geothermal system (wells drilled in Phase 1) to all three schools. Over 300 construction workers were on site daily when students left for the summer of 2011 school vacation. The High School and Middle School schedules were fast-tracked in order to be ready for the 2011 fall semester.

This two year project included 90,000 square feet of additions and nearly 270,000 square feet of renovations to the Middle School, High School and Technical Center. All three schools were re-roofed and renovated. The high school underwent a total gut renovation, including asbestos abatement. The Middle and High Schools’ exterior facades were replaced, upgrading the thermal envelopes. CMK Architects of Manchester were the architects for this project.

Where EnviroVantage comes into the picture….

EnviroVantage had to  complete its assigned abatement and demolition work around the work of all the other trades.  In addition, the schedule was by no means an easy one—EV had to finish 125,000 square feet of abatement in 8-10 weeks so that students would be able to attend school in the Fall.  This required careful daily planning, excellent teamwork, long hours, and strong leadership skills.

At the end of it all,  over 296 tons of ACM (asbestos containing material), 6,000 cubic yards of construction debris, and 2,000 cubic yards of concrete debris were hauled off the site. EnviroVantage believes in having sustainable practices,  and this can be proved in numbers.  Over 1,000 tons of concrete and masonry, 20,000 linear feet of  light bulbs, and a couple tons of ballasts  were recycled throughout the Kingswood project.  If EV could recycle the materials instead of wastefully throwing them away,  then they did so.

 Finally, EnviroVantage was able to complete this large scale project in such a timely fashion while exceeding client expectations, because the employees possess an extensive amount of knowledge and experience. EnviroVantage has been in business for over 30 years, so we know what it takes to get the job done right.  That is the reason EV was selected for this project—their fellow contractors know that they can and will solve customers’ problems quickly while being safe at the same time.