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the process. Look for unique opportunities to somehow tie construction back to everyday learning or activities.
This approach was recently implemented during a multi-phase
lower school expansion and renovation at the Brookwood School in
Manchester, Mass. The project included the addition of nine classrooms, breakout space and a large atrium, as well as a new dining
room, all constructed while school was in session.
In an effort to turn the process into a learning opportunity,
school administration and the contractor elected to incorporate
the design/build project into the students' curriculum. Instead of
cordoning off the space, students assisted in the school's groundbreaking, then participated in weekly tours of the construction
site, created update reports, shot weekly videos of the progress
and attended the topping-off ceremony, signing the final beam
before installation. Additional methods for integration at Brookwood included:
* Students played cub reporters interviewing the contractor
and subcontractors to learn more about specific aspects of the
project such as concrete, steel, levers and pulleys.
* Windows of the classrooms abutting the construction site were
left without blinds so students could observe construction.
* The construction team discussed the sustainable and green elements of the project to students and parents at school events.
* A hatchway was installed in the floor for a time capsule.
* Through an all-school reading program, the book, "Dreaming Up," was presented to students. The book illustrates how
children's constructions, created as they play, are reflected in
notable works of architecture around the world.
Brookwood tied the construction project to curriculum in every
single grade. While Pre-K and Kindergarten learned about pulleys
and levers, third-graders incorporated math lessons and seventh-graders took on a creative writing assignment.
Integration benefits the construction crew as well. When
subcontractors see face to face who they're building the school for
and why, they are more invested in the process and it becomes a
much more rewarding experience. They're no longer just putting
up a building - they are improving the learning environment for
the faces they see every day. This collaborative spirit helped the
project to be completed on budget and ahead of schedule.

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Okland Construction -
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Buildings by Design
Brookstone
T.A. Loving - Vidant Cancer Center
G.L. Bruno Associates - Rio Bravo
Cancer and Imaging Center
Torcon - Holly Pointe Commons
White Construction Group -
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Lacy Construction Co.
Turner Construction Company VA Denver Replacement Medical
Center Facility
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required the removal of historic trees that
were planted by the founding Brothers early last century. Understanding the concern
of losing this connection with the school's
history, the construction team reclaimed
the wood and used it to build a reception
desk for the school's main office. The goals
of a school and a builder can often seem in
conflict, but when on-campus construction
is incorporated into the student curriculum, both objectives can be achieved in a
more meaningful way.

Embracing Campus Culture
Integration can be as extensive as a school chooses. Understanding the culture and what makes a campus thrive can determine a
successful partnership. This was proven true during a project at St.
John's Prep, a Xavierian Brothers Sponsored School for young men
in grades 6 through 12 in Danvers, Mass. The construction plan

Stuart Meurer is executive vice president and chief operating officer of Windover
Construction, a leading full-service construction management firm in New
England, focused on academic, nonprofit, commercial and residential projects. For
additional information call 978-526-9410, visit the company website at www.
windover.com or email info@windover.com.

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