John J. Partington Public Safety Complex
1391 Diamond Hill Road, Cumberland
The $11.5 million project for the new John J. Partington Public Safety Complex, which will replace the current police station located across the street, is a few months away from completion. The project is being financed through a $12.5 million bond. The wooden frame of the structure is being erected and the building is starting to take shape. Ground broke on the 21,000-square-foot station in November 2017, with the project expected to be completed by December. Kaestle Boos Associates Inc., of Foxborough, Mass., is the architect for the project, while Calson Corp., of Johnston, is the general contractor. ABM Group of Warwick is the project manager. Among the features the new complex will have are a state-of-the-art dispatch center, a community meeting room that will also be Cumberland’s emergency operations center, storage areas to secure and process evidence, a detention area to process and secure prisoners, private interview rooms and administrative offices. The facility will also house administrative offices for the fire department, with one apparatus bay, support spaces for fire operations and sleeping quarters. The town’s rescue service will be headquartered in the new complex.
1923 Mineral Spring Ave., North Providence
The bank’s newest branch is quickly coming to fruition next door to the CVS Pharmacy on Mineral Spring Avenue. The metal support beams were upright not long after ground broke on the project May 2, and the structure was about 70 percent completed as of mid-June. The 2,500-square-foot branch is expected to be open for business by the fall. The Torrey Co., of Attleboro, is leading the project’s construction, which is costing approximately $1.5 million to build, according to town records. Boston-based Bergmeyer Associates is the project’s architect and Bohler Engineering, which has offices in Boston and Southborough, Mass., is the engineer. Once completed, the bank will have a three-lane, solar-powered drive-thru with an ATM lane, a 24-hour ATM lobby, a concierge/greeter desk with full-service capabilities and a complimentary coffee bar and water-bottle refill station. It will also have a free charging area for tablets and personal devices, an employee breakroom with a full kitchenette and windows offering natural light into the room, and a large-scale mural of a photo taken in 1910 of Smith Street in Centerdale, less than a mile from the branch.
Barrington Middle School
261 Middle Highway, Barrington
Work on replacing the aging middle school with a new state-of-the-art facility is underway. The metal frames and many exterior walls are now up around the building. Construction on the new 142,500-square-foot middle school began in May 2017, with the school expected to open to students and faculty in September 2019. The current middle school, first built in 1958, is deteriorating and does not support current education methods and does not meet several state and federal codes, including access under the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. The $68.4 million project is being paid for through a voter-approved municipal bond, and the state is expected to reimburse between $16.2 million and $18.1 million of “eligible costs.” The new school will have flexible classroom spaces for project-based learning, as well as areas to enhance science, technology, engineering, arts and math learning. The building will also have modern science labs, an auditorium with a performance stage available for community use, visual arts rooms, technology and arts areas, and athletic facilities. Upgraded safety and security features, plumbing and HVAC will also be part of the school’s infrastructure. Brait Builders Corp., of Marshfield, Mass., is the general contractor for the project. Kaestle Boos Associates Inc. of Foxborough, Mass., is the architect; Birchwood Design Group Inc., of Providence, is handling the landscape architecture and site design; Odeh Engineers Inc., of Providence, is the structural engineer; Sudbury, Mass.-based Cavanaugh Tocci Associates Inc. is the project’s acoustic consultant; Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa Inc., of North Dartmouth, is performing the mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection and security work; Vanasse Hangen Brustlin Inc., of Providence, is the civil environment and transportation engineer, and land surveyor; Schiavone Designs LLC of Holbrook, N.Y., is the food-service consultant; Frank Locker, of Boston, is the educational planning consultant; Universal Environmental Consultants, of Framingham, Mass., is the hazardous materials consultant; and Daedlaus Projects Inc., of Pawtucket, is performing cost estimates for the project.