Graham and Parks School Improvements

 

Spring 2016

Contract currently back out to bid for completion of Phase III.


August 2015

During the month of July 2015, the City's contractor, Northeast Tank & Environmental Services, will abandon the underground 55,000 gallon oil fuel tank in place. The underground tank is located in the rear of the school on the Walker Street side. Existing trees will be protected during this work and it is expected to be completed by the end of the month.

 

Boiler Replacement (Phase I) - COMPLETE
Scope of Work:
Eversource Gas (completed – April)
• Upgrade the existing gas service to the school. Walker Street side (completed April)

Cam HVAC (April – early July)
• Convert fuel source from oil to natural gas.
• Demolition of the existing oil fired boilers and associating piping and replacement with new gas fired high efficiency sealed combustible boilers, within the walls of the schools boiler room.
• New boilers will meet or exceed utility ratings for energy efficiency.
• Boiler conversion will accommodate the existing hot water demand.
• New boiler controls with be connected to BMS system

Underground Storage Tank Abandonment (Phase II)COMPLETE
Scope of Work:
Northeast Tank and Environmental Services (July start date to be determined based on contract execution)
• Abandon one 55,000 Gallon oil fuel tank and associated piping “in-place.”
• The underground storage tank is located at the rear of the school, in a section of school yard, Walker street side.
• Work includes, pumping tank out and disposal of residual fuels, cleaning of tank, soils analysis, filling the tank and piping with concrete slurry, backfilling voids with concrete to grade.
• Existing trees to be protected, temperately fencing to be erected, voids to be plate covered and work zone to be secured at end of work day.
• Work and soil analysis to expected to take one week to complete.

Front Entry and Back School Yard ADA Improvements and Repairs (Phase III)OUT TO BID
Scope of Work:
ADA accessible entrances and access to both the front entry and rear schoolyard. The improvements to the schools front entrance include the removal and replacement of concrete pavement, a new concrete ramp and stair system, new brick veneer masonry walls and the installation of concrete units paves to replace the existing bluestone paving. Improvements to the back school yard include the demolition of existing stairs and landings, and the construction of new concrete walls, ramps, and stair systems. The work also includes the replacement of three building doors and thresholds, new playground drainage and surfacing, asphalt and concrete paving, installation and repairs of new and salvaged site furnishings, installation of new handrails and guardrail, pruning of existing trees, and installation of new trees.
Plans: post

In an effort to make the heating source at the Graham and Parks School more energy efficient, the school will be converting from oil to natural gas. Take a look at the benefits of this conversion:

  • New gas equipment is more efficient, the City will use less energy and save money on heating costs. We’ll get rid of the oil tank, and all its associated hazards and liabilities. No more worrying about fuel deliveries – we’ll have a constant supply of energy to the school.
  • Natural gas is the cleanest burning fossil fuel – it produces no soot or fumes. Converting also reduces emissions that deplete the ozone and contribute to respiratory illnesses like asthma.
  • Natural gas can do more than heat the school building. It can also be used for water heating as well.
  • Cleaner heating equipment means less maintenance and repairs to the system. With gas heating equipment, the City can save on maintenance costs year in and year out.

In addition to the conversion from oil to gas, we will be construction ADA accessible entrances and access to both the front entry and rear schoolyard. The improvements to the schools front entrance include the removal and replacement of concrete pavement, a new concrete ramp and stair system, new brick veneer masonry walls and the installation of concrete units paves to replace the existing bluestone paving. Improvements to the back school yard include the demolition of existing stairs and landings, and the construction of new concrete walls, ramps, and stair systems.

Lastly, there will be some improvements made to the playground.

For more information, please contact project manager, Jane Demoulas, at 617-349-4871 or via email at jdemoulas@cambridgema.gov.

 

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