Laconia Middle School

Laconia Middle School

Laconia, NH

Harvey was hired by the Laconia School District to construct a new middle school on the existing school’s location.  The new school, totaling 118,00 square feet of new space, is being constructed in three phases to accommodate on-going academic and school activities:  Phase 1 included constructing 75,000 square feet of new educational space; Phase II included demolition of the existing main classroom building; Phase III includes construction of 43,000 square feet of core space; and Phase IV includes demolition of the remaining existing school and final site improvements. By carefully phasing the work and despite a brutally cold and snowy winter, Harvey was able to deliver Phase I early and the final completion date two months prior to the contracted date.

The first phase of construction resulted in a new three-story academic wing.  The new space houses administrative offices, classrooms, science labs and a media center.  To expedite the project schedule Harvey suggested alternative phasing schemes which reduced the project by two months enabling the District to open the school at the beginning of the academic year instead of mid-way through the second quarter.

The middle school is a “high performance school.”  High performance schools incorporate a high level of standards in building performance including energy efficiency, quality construction and sustainable design. Laconia achieved the designation of CHPS – high performance – and will receive up to 3% in financial reimbursement from the State for meeting CHPS criteria. A critical element to LMS qualifying for CHPS funding was the construction waste management plan which was implemented and executed by Harvey. Since the project involved constructing a new school and demolishing the existing school, substantial construction waste was generated. Our construction waste management plan resulted in more than 97% of the project’s waste being recycled. In addition to reusing, salvaging and recycling materials, Harvey’s team minimized waste sent to landfills and utilized locally manufactured materials which reduced fuel requirements and supported the local community. 


Design Team: RFS/Lavallee Brensinger Architects

Completion Date: July 2009