By SCN Staff
TAUNTON, Mass.—When completed next summer, the new $42.5 million Mulcahey Elementary School in Taunton will showcase a one-story building with core areas for the art and music classrooms, gymnasium, cafeteria and associated kitchen and support spaces. A three-story classroom wing will include a one-and-a-half story media center and administration offices.
Spanning more than 119,000 square feet, construction includes a combination of steel frame construction and masonry bearing wall construction at the gymnasium area. A fire wall will bisect the project into two buildings.
Exterior finishes will include brick and cast stone masonry with limited areas of fiber cement panel siding. Windows and entrances will be aluminum framed systems. Roofing will be low-slope single-ply membrane throughout, with a combination of metal and prefabricated FRP cornices.
The new school has been sited to allow for the ongoing use of the existing school. Phased construction will be required to complete the new construction, provide temporary site features, and complete demolition and remaining site work once the new structure is complete and occupied.
Agostini Construction is the general contractor on this impressive project. Dore & Whittier Architects is the architect.
The new school is registered with a goal to receive LEED Silver certification under the LEED-S v4 rating system.