Clark Avenue Middle School


The Clark Avenue Middle School represents one of the most logistically-complex and challenging undertakings in W.T. Rich's recent history. The new, 5-story, 115,200 square foot middle school was to be constructed in the same location as the existing, operational, middle school building. Because the City of Chelsea was unable to arrange for economical, off-site swing space, the existing middle school needed to remain occupied and operational throughout the construction project. Thus, the new school was built in two phases.

In Phase 1, one wing of the existing school was demolished. In its place, W.T. Rich constructed a 5-story, 75,000 square foot academic wing. School operations relocated from the existing school to the newly constructed building during the Christmas 2016 school break.

Phase 2 commenced in January 2017 with the abatement and demolition of the remaining wing of the existing building, followed by construction of the new gymnasium, locker rooms, media center, and administrative office space. This project achieved LEED Silver certification.

Project Information

Location: Chelsea, MA

Completion: August 2018

Contract Value: $47 million

Size: 115,200 SF

Type: Phased/Occupied - New Construction

Owner: The City of Chelsea

Designer: HMFH Architects, Inc., Cambridge, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (MGL Chapter 149A)