Fuller's Grand Opening Celebration: Photos and Videos
Framingham Public Schools
Robert A. Tremblay, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools
Contact: Rochelle Santos
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Farley Building, 19 Flagg Drive
Framingham, Massachusetts 01702
Framingham Public Schools is Proud to Share Photos and Video from the Grand Opening Celebration for the New Fuller Middle School
September 30, 2021 (Framingham, MA): Representatives from Framingham Public Schools, School Committee, Fuller School Building Committee, City Council, the City of Framingham, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the public gathered this past Sunday for the Grand Opening Celebration that commemorated the official opening of the new Fuller Middle School.
Photos capturing this milestone event are available, courtesy of SaRah LaRue BoweRs of LaRueBoweRs Photography. The PR / Community photo gallery is available here. (www.laruebowers.com | Complete Grand Opening Gallery).
The Grand Opening Celebration began with music performances from Fuller Alumni and a demonstration from the Massachusetts National Lancers. The National Anthem was performed by students Aila Hernandez, Amelia Klippenstein, and Olivia Palmer. The speaking program featured remarks from Mayor of Framingham Dr. Yvonne M. Spicer; Co-Chair of the Fuller Middle School Building Committee David Miles; Chair of the Framingham City Council George King; Chair of the Framingham School Committee Adam Freudberg; Principal of Fuller Middle School Kerry Wood; Fuller Family Representative Dr. John L. Fuller; Executive Director of the Massachusetts School Building Authority Jack McCarthy; and Massachusetts State Senate President Karen E. Spilka.
Following the remarks, attention was turned to the main entrance stairs where students Guilherme Alves dos Santos, Ana Carolina da Silva Peres, and Hygor Silva performed the ribbon cutting to mark the official opening of the new school. Under the direction of Dr. Manuella Homsby, Bilingual Educator at Fuller Middle School, these three students were recently honored for their participation in the Portuguese as a Heritage Language Olympics.
“As I was handing out the ceremonial scissors to the Fuller Middle School student representatives in grades 6, 7, and 8 in anticipation of the ribbon-cutting, I could feel the excitement and energy as the hundreds of onlookers waited for that long-anticipated moment,” said Superintendent of School, Dr. Robert A. Tremblay. “It was pure joy. It was the look of a child being handed a gift that you knew in a moment was magical. It will forever be a time-stamped moment in my career as a school superintendent and I was so proud to be a part of it.”
Community members were then invited into the new school for student-led tours. As part of the indoor experience, they were able to see art on display from Meta Vaux Warrick Fuller courtesy of the Danforth Art Museum and they were invited to add submission ideas to the Fuller Time Capsule.
“This past Sunday's Grand Opening Event for Fuller Middle School was an opportunity for us to share with the community our beautiful new school and the hopes we have for our students and our educational community,” said Kerry Wood, Principal of Fuller Middle School. “The vision statement for Fuller Middle School is centered around the sense of pride and unity we have for our diverse community. We believe this school is a place where students are innovators and architects of their own learning and future. This amazing new building is the brick and mortar embodiment of that vision. The unity that we strive to create within our school community is enhanced by the way students and faculty physically move around the building. The physical structure of the building requires us to see each other and to interact with people outside of our own grades or classes - people we would never see within a traditionally designed school are now available for us to see and interact with daily. We are so grateful to teach, learn, connect, and collaborate in this new space today and for all the years ahead.”
For anyone who missed the indoor portion of this event, a pre-recorded video segment was created to provide a shared experience. This can be viewed here: Fuller Middle School Highlights: Beam Raising, Time Lapse, Time Capsule, and Fuller Family Interview [video]
Long before the formal process began it was clear that the Fuller Middle School would need to be replaced. It no longer met today’s building codes, had structural deficiencies, inefficient and inoperable systems and did not adequately support our educational curriculum. It took significant time and efforts of hundreds of people over many years for education and building advocates to move this project forward. With experience, dedication, and commitment from the School Building Committee; partnership with chosen vendors SMMA as the Owner’s Project Manager (OPM), JLA as the Architect, and Consigli Construction; and support from the majority of Framingham’s voters, Framingham was able to utilize $39.5 million in state funding provided by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA). Now in September 2021 - both on-time and currently under budget, the District is proud to open the doors and classrooms of the new Fuller Middle School to staff, students, and the Framingham community.
“The ceremony was a wonderful event that brought together on a beautiful day, in a beautiful setting, folks representing all the groups who had been working so hard for so long on one common goal,” said David Miles, Co-Chair of the School Building Committee. “While we celebrated the end of the building construction, we also celebrated the start of many decades of first-class education in the new Fuller Middle School.”
“We are proud of the work accomplished at Fuller Middle School,” said Anthony Consigli, CEO of Consigli Construction, Co., Inc. “The culture of collaboration and professionalism was established early on by the City, SMMA, and the architect JLA. Their work, along with the outstanding craftsmanship by hundreds of trades-people resulted in a space that will undoubtedly be central to the community for years to come.”
The complete video of the Grand Opening Celebration is available on the Framingham Public Schools Facebook Page and will be available for playback on demand on the FEC-TV website. The community can also watch the compiled Beam Raising Video with Construction Timelapse produced by Maddie Tremblay.
About Consigli Construction Co., Inc.
Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is a leading construction manager with offices in Washington, D.C., Boston and Milford, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Hartford, Connecticut and New York State serving clients throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. A fourth-generation family-led business, Consigli provides construction management services for corporate, academic, health care, institutional, life sciences, and government clients. Consigli is recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the 100-largest in the country, and has received numerous awards and recognition for its craftsmanship and employment practices. For more information, visit consigli.com.
About The Fuller Middle School Building Project
Fuller Middle School has served the community for over 60 years. The school has reached a point that it no longer meets today's building codes, has structural deficiencies, inefficient and inoperable systems, and does not adequately support our educational curriculum. The MSBA and the City of Framingham undertook a multi-year study to develop a cost-effective, sustainable, and educationally appropriate solution for the aging Fuller Middle School.
The new Fuller Middle School is a three-story building with a learning commons/cafeteria at the core surrounded by collaboration balconies fronting a perimeter of classrooms, an 8,300-square-foot gymnasium, 420-seat auditorium/performing arts center, full-building air conditioning and state of the art ventilation system, ADA Accommodations, outdoor amphitheater, and in 2022 once the old Fuller is removed and replaced - turf athletic fields, and solar and battery clean energy projects. Additionally, there will be space for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics (STEAM) instructional areas. No swing space was required during construction which meant a lack of neighborhood interference, and there was no need to temporarily move students to an alternative location. The MSBA has agreed to provide a grant of $39.5 million towards the total project cost of $98.3 million. After the MSBA grant, the City’s share is $58.8 million.
For more about the project, visit https://www.framingham.k12.ma.us/Page/6704.
About Framingham Public Schools
The mission of the Framingham Public Schools is to educate each student to learn and live productively as a critically-thinking, responsible citizen in a multicultural, democratic society by providing academically challenging instructional programs taught by highly-qualified staff and supported by comprehensive services in partnership with our entire community. For news, updates, and announcements, follow Framingham Public Schools (@FraminghamPS) on Facebook, Twitter, and (@framinghamschools) on Instagram. You can also join the conversation using #FraminghamSchools.
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