Norton High School


The Norton High School project consisted of the comprehensive renovation of the existing 130,000 square foot high school along with a new 27,000 square foot cafeteria and science wing addition. The new addition scope of work included five state-of-the-art science and laboratory classrooms, including separate laboratory prep rooms, a complete laboratory waste system, acid neutralization system, fume hoods, and energy recovery units for the exhausted air supply. The new addition was the first phase of work and was expedited to create swing space for the renovation work phases.

The renovation scope of work included a comprehensive replacement of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing equipment and systems, including a new DDC temperature control system and a completely new fire protection system. The project included the complete replacement of all window and storefront systems throughout the school along with a new vestibule at the existing main entrance.

The new science wing and cafeteria addition was completed on time and on budget on February 15, 2013, allowing the school to move in over February school vacation. The remaining high school areas achieved full occupancy and operation of all classrooms and support spaces by November 2013 - one month in advance of the December 2013 deadline.

Project Information

Location: Norton, MA

Completion: 2013

Contract Value: $28.3 million

Size: 157,000 SF

Type:  Addition and Renovation

Owner: Town of Norton

Designer: JCJ Architecture, Boston, MA

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

“The fact that W.T. Rich could construct a new addition, completely renovate the existing school, and install new mechanical, electrical, plumbing and sprinkler systems to a facility that was 100% occupied and without the students or the programs being interrupted by even one day was truly amazing. Their organized approach to planning, communication and safety, along with their ability to execute their plan flawlessly, made the process easy for all involved.”   

Deborah Marai, Pinck & Co., Inc.
Norton High School