EXCEL Academy Charter High School


The EXCEL Academy Charter High School project in East Boston, MA consisted of the new construction of a 55,000 SF facility. The main two-story building is steel-framed with fiber cement veneer. The attached gymnasium is a pre-engineered steel structure with metal panel siding and a metal roof. Durable, cost-effective, low maintenance and practical finishes were used throughout, including, for example, linoleum sheet flooring throughout all classrooms and corridors.


Project Information

Location: East Boston

Completion: 2016

Contract Value: $16.4 million

Size: 55,000 SF
Type: New Construction
Owner: EXCEL Academy
Designer: Studio G Architects, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)


The project faced a tight schedule, with primary construction commencing in May 2015, and the project completion deadline 13 months later by June 2016. The construction commencement schedule was constrained by the fact that the owner was unable to proceed to GMP stage until the land acquisition was finalized and financing closed.

W.T. Rich was able to mitigate this by selectively awarding subcontractors to proceed with submittals so that that the project could hit the ground running once the GMP was executed in late April of 2015. W.T. Rich Company worked in partnership with EXCEL Charter School, Skanska (owner’s project manager), Studio G Architects, and their consultants to work harmoniously and collaboratively to find pragmatic solutions to the challenges we faced.



W.T. Rich was able to achieve substantial completion and certificate of occupancy on schedule by June 2016. In addition, as a result of strong buyout savings and cost-effective use of owner allowances, W.T. Rich was able to complete the project with a net credit change order balance, meaning the final contract sum will be less than the original GMP amount.  The project team is thrilled with the new school in terms of cost, quality, and schedule, and also appreciated the smooth, seamless manner in which the project was executed from start to finish.

“This was my first Chapter 149A CM at Risk job, and WT Rich exceeded all expectations. The partnership started on day one with the estimating, scheduling and buildability review. Once we were into construction and working out the field details, a sense of trust grew quickly due to a committed on-site team. They always had well thought out options in hand when notifying me about field conditions. In addition, priority requests for a quick turn around were made in moderation due to good planning by them. I valued the sincere, consistent exchange of information they offered all along the way. When I look at the overall picture, the words that come to mind are partnership, trust, and commitment.”   

Steve Michener, Project Manager
Studio G Architects
EXCEL Academy Charter School Project