EXCEL Academy Charter High School


W.T. Rich Company has had the privilege of working with many different charter schools over the years, and has come to deeply respect and admire not only the mission that these schools represent, but also the cost-effective manner in which the owners of such schools construct high quality and efficient schools to carry out that mission.

The Excel Academy Charter High School project in East Boston embodied these same principles and philosophy. The project consisted of the new construction of a 55,000 square foot facility. The main 2-story building is a steel-framed building with light gauge metal framed backup and fiber cement building 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.

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 the 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 the project could hit the ground running once the GMP was executed in late April of 2015.

Project Information

Location: East Boston, MA

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 (MGL Chapter 149A)

“W.T. Rich exceeded all expectations. The partnership started on day one with the estimating, scheduling and buildability review. When I look at the overall picture, the words that come to mind are partnership, trust and commitment.”   

Steve Michener, Studio G Architects
EXCEL Academy Charter High School