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The mission of Newton’s Public Buildings Department is to maintain and improve City buildings to provide safe, accessible, and sustainable facilities that appropriately support City departments, programs and services for residents and visitors.

I spent the morning over at Gath Pool making sure everything is ready. Things are looking great! The pools are ready, th...
06/20/2024

I spent the morning over at Gath Pool making sure everything is ready. Things are looking great! The pools are ready, the finishing touches are happening in the Bathhouse, cleaning crews are doing a top-down on the building, the last of the fence is being installed around the pool deck, the spray features are in and the rubberized surfacing is about a week out, and the landscapers finished planting our new trees and shrubs. Sod will be going down out front on Monday morning, and the pools will open on schedule to the public Monday afternoon.

Some people have asked about the "pile of dirt." This is part of the project tied to the work around the splash pads. This area will remain fenced off and work will continue over the next few weeks while the pools are open.

A huge thank you to the crews from Construction Dynamics Inc and Weston & Sampson. We've been at it 7 days a week for a very long time to get this project completed on time.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

Mark Your Calendars! June 24th at 4pm the pools will be open for swimmers! Come join Mayor Fuller, staff from Parks and ...
06/13/2024

Mark Your Calendars! June 24th at 4pm the pools will be open for swimmers! Come join Mayor Fuller, staff from Parks and Rec, myself, your friends and neighbors, and many more as we open the doors and invite swimmers in for the very first time!

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Here's the formal Gath Pool Opening Announcement from the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department. Gath Pool Opening D...
06/12/2024

Here's the formal Gath Pool Opening Announcement from the Parks, Recreation, and Culture Department.

Gath Pool Opening Day: Monday, June 24th

The City of Newton is excited to announce the re-opening of Gath Pool for Summer 2024! The renovation project has added amenities including a new 8-lane lap pool, family friendly recreation pool, splash pad, diving boards, water slide, shade structures, gender neutral restrooms, fully accessible bathhouse and much more.

The pools and building will be open for use. The splashpad surfacing requires additional time for curing and will open as soon as our contractor gives us the green light.

Week 1 will follow a soft opening schedule as our lifeguards are finishing up their school year. Operating hours will be: M-F: 4pm-Dusk, Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 11am- 6pm
Week 2 (July 1) will run on the regular summer schedule and swim lessons begin.

The following info is available at www.newtonma.gov/aquatics:

A downloadable copy of the Gath Pool schedule
Summer memberships
Swim lesson registration
Scholarship applications

If you have any questions about the new facility our knowledgeable Front Desk Team is happy to assist when you arrive for your first visit!

*Please note the new phone # for Gath Pool Front Desk: 617-796-1520

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Reminder! Today at 10am there is a Topping Off Ceremony for the Lincoln-Eliot Project at 150 Jackson Road. Folks can par...
06/12/2024

Reminder! Today at 10am there is a Topping Off Ceremony for the Lincoln-Eliot Project at 150 Jackson Road. Folks can park on Jackson Road. While you're there, you can sign the steel beam that will be part of the gymnasium for the next century or more.

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I shared the following message with my staff and contractors this morning. It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inf...
06/11/2024

I shared the following message with my staff and contractors this morning.

It is with a heavy heart that I regret to inform you that Arthur Cabral passed away peacefully earlier this week.

Arthur started with the City of Newton in 1974. He worked for the Public Buildings Department for the vast majority of his career, but pinch hit as an acting department head for several departments anytime a need arose.

Arthur had an unrivaled work ethic and his loyalty to the City of Newton was unmatched. He gave everything he had to Newton for half a century. He had an encyclopedic knowledge of our buildings, their history, and the projects completed over the past century. He was always willing to help anyone that needed it, and he helped train countless employees over the years. Arthur was directly responsible for thousands of public buildings and school projects throughout his career. Before his passing, he shared with me that he was most proud of the work he put into the design and construction of Newton North High School, but there’s not a single public building or school that Arthur didn’t spearhead a project on.

How incredible was Arthur’s work ethic and commitment to Newton?

When Covid had shut down our world and we needed to get the HVAC in our schools ready for reopening, Mayor Fuller tasked me with making it happen. It was a near impossible task. We needed to service, adjust, and upgrade hundreds of thousands of HVAC components in our school buildings, and we needed to make it happen in three months. Newton’s children were counting on us. Arthur jumped right in to be my wingman knowing full well that it would require serious sacrifice. He worked right beside me, a few friends from Newton Public Schools, and more than a thousand contractors, from 2am to 10pm seven days a week for three months to upgrade the HVAC systems in 24 school facilities totaling 2.4 million square feet. He never complained, never stopped, and kept pushing night and day to get the job done.

Arthur was a great man, a wonderful colleague, and he was my friend. He will be missed.

The wake will be on Sunday, June 23rd from 2 pm to 5 pm at Chesmore Funeral Home, 854 Washington Street, Holliston.

The Mass will be on Monday, June 24th at St. Mary's Catholic Church, 8 Church Street, Holliston.

Interment will be after the Mass at St. Mary's Cemetery, on Cemetery Road, Holliston. The entrance to the cemetery can be found on the corner of Central Street and Fiske Street.

Mayor Fuller joined us for a tour of the Gath Pool Project today. The weather was gorgeous, and it was a great chance fo...
06/07/2024

Mayor Fuller joined us for a tour of the Gath Pool Project today. The weather was gorgeous, and it was a great chance for her to see the progress and thank all the contractors who helped make it happen.

On the right side of the picture you can see that the slide is being assembled and installed.

The Mayor and I were standing in front of the zero-entry pool, and she was in awe thinking about the tens of thousands of children that will learn to swim in the new pools. What an incredible investment in Newton and our children.

We're counting down the days.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

Major building projects take several years to design and the community typically see snapshots of the progress each mont...
06/07/2024

Major building projects take several years to design and the community typically see snapshots of the progress each month when we meet. The Countryside School Project design team from Dinisco has been hard at work with the interior finishes and colors over the past month, and the progress renderings were too nice not to share.

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I had the pleasure of attending the Underwood Elementary School 100th Birthday Celebration today. The kids did an incred...
06/06/2024

I had the pleasure of attending the Underwood Elementary School 100th Birthday Celebration today.

The kids did an incredible job with tons of artwork and music, the Underwood School PTO was amazing in pulling it altogether, it was great seeing former students and teachers spanning more than 75 years, and of course Principal Talukdar is always amazing and a bundle of positive energy.

Another very productive day over at Gath Pool. We're pouring one of the last few sections of concrete pool deck, the plu...
06/05/2024

Another very productive day over at Gath Pool. We're pouring one of the last few sections of concrete pool deck, the plumbing is wrapping up for the splash pads, and equipment deliveries are arriving constantly.

Fence poles around the pool deck will be going up this week, and the fence mesh is going up next week along with the installation of the diving boards, slide, and shade structures.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

The Gath Pools are being filled! (Not just from the rain either.)The plasterers stayed late last night and wrapped up th...
05/30/2024

The Gath Pools are being filled! (Not just from the rain either.)

The plasterers stayed late last night and wrapped up the competition pool. This allowed us to start filling both pools.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

Over at the Lincoln-Eliot Project the building addition is really moving and you can start to see the various spaces tak...
05/24/2024

Over at the Lincoln-Eliot Project the building addition is really moving and you can start to see the various spaces take shape.

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The Gath Pool Project is really picking up steam. There were crews everywhere I looked today! The tile for the lap lanes...
05/22/2024

The Gath Pool Project is really picking up steam. There were crews everywhere I looked today!

The tile for the lap lanes is going in, there's a large crew either pouring concrete deck or preparing for the next pour at all times, there's another crew working on the stormwater tie-ins, there's a large team in the basement connecting the pool systems, and the new ceilings are all getting installed today.

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The Cooper Center Project is taking shape! City of Newton MA - Mayor's OfficeNewton Senior Center
05/22/2024

The Cooper Center Project is taking shape!

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The pool decks are being poured over at the Gath Pool Project. With a favorable weather outlook the site will transform ...
05/20/2024

The pool decks are being poured over at the Gath Pool Project. With a favorable weather outlook the site will transform quickly with concrete pours happening every other day for the next few weeks.

Crews are showing up tomorrow to start tiling in the pools, and the last of the pool equipment will be loaded into the mechanical room tomorrow as well. New ceilings will be installed in the bathhouse this week.

Next week the pools will be plastered, and the week after that we will be filling and treating the pools, installing the diving boards and slide, and the fences will all go up.

There's a lot more happening in the next few weeks, but the above are the high points.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

The Cooper Center for Active Living has been nominated for the People's Choice Award for the Massachusetts Clean Energy ...
05/16/2024

The Cooper Center for Active Living has been nominated for the People's Choice Award for the Massachusetts Clean Energy Center Embodied Carbon Reduction Challenge. The deadline to vote for the Cooper Center is May 20th.

To read up on the Cooper Center Project embodied carbon reduction highlights please click the following link: https://drive.google.com/file/d/14-EtMJUhW05PEWPbe3l2L7C_YY_8Hxq0/view

To vote for the Cooper Center Project please click the following link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/Z2TP7RT

Arthur Cabral started with the Public Buildings Department a few months shy of 50 years ago. This week he hung up the ha...
04/27/2024

Arthur Cabral started with the Public Buildings Department a few months shy of 50 years ago. This week he hung up the hard hat for the last time to transition to his retirement.

I can't thank him enough for everything he did for the City of Newton and our department. Art stepped in to fill several positions, including heading up other departments, throughout his tenure. He has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of our buildings, processes, and projects. In many cases the loss of somebody like this would mean that we would lose an incredible amount of institutional knowledge, but Art was so giving of his experience and memories that he's left our department in an incredible position.

The dedication and work ethic that Art has brought to work for that last ~18,000 days is something that is nearly unheard of lately. We're a 24/7 operation, and Art answered the calls night and day for half a century.

When I started with Newton 17 years ago, I was fresh out of the Navy. Honestly, I had so much to learn to grow into my first position with Newton, and the following 5 positions as I moved up in the department. Art was there every step of the way, being incredibly supportive. I learned an incredible amount from this man, and I deeply appreciate everything he did for me, the Public Buildings Department, and the City of Newton.

I often reference my team in my posts and emails out to the community. We have so many people in my department that are quiet grinders that I can't thank enough. I am truly blessed to be surrounded by so many incredible partners. Art is one of the best.

I wish Art a happy and healthy retirement. He has certainly earned it.

The Lincoln-Eliot Project was buzzing with activity today. Apologies for the traffic impacts, but we were working on Jac...
04/25/2024

The Lincoln-Eliot Project was buzzing with activity today.

Apologies for the traffic impacts, but we were working on Jackson Road on the new water service. Thanks to the Newton MA Police Department for the details.

The crews are making great progress on the foundations for the building addition.

Inside the building we have new sprinkler systems, electrical, plumbing, and HVAC going in everywhere.

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Here are some pics from the Gath Pool Project with captions on each. The weather was great today, and the forecast looks...
04/25/2024

Here are some pics from the Gath Pool Project with captions on each. The weather was great today, and the forecast looks even better.

The pool gutters are wrapping up, the new pool deck is set to be poured next week, and the new diving boards have arrived. Work has begun on the foundation and walls for the splash pad, and we're set to start painting the interior of the bathhouse next week.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

The slide has arrived for the new Gath Pool! OK, maybe it's just me but I think it's awesome to think about how many kid...
03/21/2024

The slide has arrived for the new Gath Pool! OK, maybe it's just me but I think it's awesome to think about how many kids will have a blast going down that slide.

The new fully accessible main entrance is wrapping up, and so are the ramps that will lead competition spectators up to the pool deck. The pool water supply and return lines are installed, the areas around the pools are backfilled, and the gutter systems are arriving next week. That's a huge step because once the gutters go in the pool decks can be poured. That allows all of the pool elements, railings, stairs, and more to be installed.

Over the next few weeks the team will also pour the primary wall that defines and shapes the new splash pads. The splash pad elements will arrive soon too.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

The crews are taking advantage of the mild winter while they install a new roof on the Police Headquarters building. Som...
02/28/2024

The crews are taking advantage of the mild winter while they install a new roof on the Police Headquarters building. Sometimes the most important projects are the ones you can't see.

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The crews poured the front steps today and the interior doors were just delivered at the Gath Pool ProjectThe framing cr...
02/27/2024

The crews poured the front steps today and the interior doors were just delivered at the Gath Pool Project

The framing crew started hanging steel studs at the Lincoln-Eliot Project this morning, and interior door frames were delivered. Next week the HVAC ductwork will start being hung.

Over at the Cooper Center job site our construction sign arrived and was installed this morning.

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The crews are still working at the Jeanette Curtis West Recreation Center (The Hut) still. Things are going smooth and s...
09/07/2023

The crews are still working at the Jeanette Curtis West Recreation Center (The Hut) still. Things are going smooth and soon we'll be ready to paint.

We have included murals and artwork on each of our major school building projects. This image was the mural from the Cab...
06/28/2023

We have included murals and artwork on each of our major school building projects. This image was the mural from the Cabot School Project.

This morning Lincoln-Eliot Principal Maura Morse met with Art Teacher Jennifer Sutherland, Julie Loh from the PTO, School Committee member Emily Prenner, the muralist David Fichter, and I to begin the process of creating something wonderful for the Lincoln-Eliot School. It was great beginning to dream about elements that we can take inspiration from and things that are near and dear to the Lincoln-Eliot School.

Not only do I love being able to introduce art into our school projects, but these murals are projects that the staff and students literally help create themselves. This leaves an incredible display of memories that live on for decades after students graduate from each school. Someday parents who were once Lincoln-Eliot students will be able to bring their children into the school and show them the mural that they helped create.

These mural projects require a significant amount of work from tons of people behind the scenes. These projects start with a meeting like we just had for Lincoln-Eliot, but that is just the beginning. At Angier, Zervas, Cabot, and many other schools, the Creative Arts and Sciences, CAS, arms of the PTO's put tons of hours and energy into fundraising, grant writing, and general organization of the efforts to make it all happen. It would be impossible to thank all of the people who help make these projects happen, but please know that none of these projects were possible without tons of volunteer efforts, donations from local businesses and residents, grants from organizations like the Massachusetts Cultural Council, research by the staff at Newton Historic, and lots of work done by our design teams, contractors, and staff.

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, Principal Beth Herlihy and the staff at Countryside are giving us s...
06/08/2023

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, Principal Beth Herlihy and the staff at Countryside are giving us some of their precious time to help move the design forward on spaces like the music and art rooms, gymnasium, and the library.

I'm over at the Franklin School working with our project design team, Principal Mark Chitty, and the dedicated educators...
06/07/2023

I'm over at the Franklin School working with our project design team, Principal Mark Chitty, and the dedicated educators for our second staff visioning session. This is an opportunity for the staff to roll up their sleeves and help us plan for the future of the Franklin School Project.

Projects come in all shapes and sizes. Mayor Fuller recently made funds available to make some modest improvements to th...
05/26/2023

Projects come in all shapes and sizes. Mayor Fuller recently made funds available to make some modest improvements to the Albemarle Field House and the Newton Center Field House, AKA "The Hut."

Both projects are starting in the next few weeks and will include exterior masonry, preservation, and painting.

City of Newton MA - Mayor's Office

Today we're reviewing interior and exterior finishes for the Lincoln-Eliot School Project. It's easier looking at masonr...
05/15/2023

Today we're reviewing interior and exterior finishes for the Lincoln-Eliot School Project. It's easier looking at masonry samples outside in the natural light. We're on the home stretch and breaking ground early this fall.

There's an unprecedented amount of capital work happening in and around our municipal and school buildings. Please click...
05/05/2023

There's an unprecedented amount of capital work happening in and around our municipal and school buildings. Please click the following link to see my latest comprehensive capital project update on the projects below.

https://www.newtonma.gov/home/showpublisheddocument/100587/638188941322922080

Countryside Elementary School Project
Lincoln-Eliot Elementary School Project
Franklin Elementary School Project
Horace Mann Elementary School Project
Newton Center for Active Living, NewCAL, Project
Gath Pool Replacement Project
Ward and Underwood Initiative - Facility and Enrollment Study

My team and I are thrilled to be able to work with the thousands of residents who help us make these community projects the best versions of themselves. Additionally, these projects are the collective work of well over a thousand staff across multiple departments. I am proud to be able to work with some of the best and brightest in their fields here in Newton.

Have a great weekend!

We had a great meeting of the Countryside School Building and Design Review Committees and Community last night. For any...
04/05/2023

We had a great meeting of the Countryside School Building and Design Review Committees and Community last night. For anyone who missed the meeting you can watch the recording here:

https://us02web.zoom.us/rec/share/caaVP-7Xac460WyM0YQ5oFWm_no3Yv9bPdlKXfyl8CUbRlQIb4KoI0eh-vTyoMi9.RutW2jv_QB7YO5vZ

Our project architectural team from Dinisco recapped the process to date, explained what we have done, what we are doing, and what we will be doing going forward. There were questions and suggestions from many members of the committees and community. We discussed the flood zones and stormwater approach, parking lot configuration and location, whether the ballfield should be included in the new project, the preservation of existing trees, and traffic, parking, buses, and vans. Most of the comments and questions were really focused on the next phase of the project where we will get to work on the site plan with the goal of seeking Site Plan Approval at the end of 2023, or early in 2024.

The members present of the Design Review Committee and Countryside School Building Committee then took straw votes to unanimously support option 6A. As I mentioned in the meeting, there were several members of both committees who reached out to me expressing that they also support option 6A even though they were not able to attend the meeting to vote. What this vote really means is that the two committees agree that the basic building footprint and location of the site makes sense. We still have lots of work to do before we nail down the entire site plan and building design.

The next step will be to present an update to the Public Facilities Committee of the City Council on April 12th, followed by our next Countryside School Building Committee on April 25th where the Countryside School Building Committee will formally vote to select the preferred site concept and submit the Preferred Schematic Report, PSR, to the Massachusetts School Building Authority, MSBA.
To register for the April 25th meeting, please click the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Uypx8FuZSZmsx7D5lDEPPg

Countryside Elementary PTO We have a Countryside School Building and Design Review Committee and Community meeting tomor...
04/03/2023

Countryside Elementary PTO We have a Countryside School Building and Design Review Committee and Community meeting tomorrow night at 6:00pm. If people haven't registered already, you can do so by clicking the following link:

https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_Uypx8FuZSZmsx7D5lDEPPg

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(The rendering included in this post is one of the conceptual options being studied.)

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