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Project Overview

Through the Massachusetts School Building Authority, Green Repair Program, both the Francis X. Collins Middle School and Saltonstall School were awarded funds in July 2011 to secure the building envelopes and to improve the energy efficiency of the schools.  This new state funding program provides 78% reimbursement to the City of Salem for the projects. 


The work will focus on either replacing or repairing roofs, skylights, exterior masonry, windows, lighting, flooring, fire suppression and electrical systems and information technology upgrades.  Another long-awaited feature for both schools is the upgrading of the heating and ventilating systems, and the introduction of air conditioning.  The projects are located not far from each other - Collins Middle School at 29 Highland Avenue and Saltonstall School at 211 Lafayette Street in Salem, Massachusetts.  Both projects are under the guidance of the same team:  Reinhardt Associates, Agawam, architect; KVAssociates, Inc., Boston, owner’s project manager and Gilbane Building Company, Boston, construction manager under a construction manager-at-risk contract.


Although Collins and Saltonstall will be completed under the same program, these schools differ in schedule and scope of work, and therefore a webpage has been provided for each of the schools at the top of this page.

The Project

The renovation projects are complex and will require multi-year programs.  The Collins Middle School will remain occupied throughout the project, as it was during its 1991 – 1994 construction and renovation and much like the recently completed Salem High School project.  The multiple phases have been designed to accommodate the regular school year schedule and to minimize any impact to the occupants.  


The work at Saltonstall School will be performed while the school is unoccupied.  The Saltonstall students and faculty are housed at 160 Federal Street, which was the home of both the Federal Street School and the Witchcraft Heights Elementary School in the past.



The Website

This website is designed to provide the Salem community with information and updates on the current construction activities.  Information on upcoming work and the completed work will be posted to this site on a regular basis.



The website is formatted into multiple pages which include some of the following:

·            Project Updates – Monthly updates on schedule; those activities accomplished and those forecasted.


·            Construction Photos - Photographs showing completed and ongoing construction work.


·            Site and Phasing Plans – Tools to help educate the public on what they can expect when arriving on site.


·            Project Team – Information on the primary project team members.







City of Salem, MA: Salem School District