NA to host Open House tonight to tour new facility


    Years of planning and construction have finally paid off, and area residents now have the opportunity to view the results for themselves. North Adams Community Schools will hold a ribbon cutting ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in the Erekson Theatre, followed by an open house until 7 p.m., where guests will have the opportunity to tour the new one-campus facility
    “With the support of our community, we have been given an opportunity to invest in our district in a way that will serve our students and our community for many years to come,” said Superintendent Brent Lehman. “We wish to welcome our community to celebrate this historic milestone in our district with us, and take part in a celebration of the support that we have received to bring our district to this momentous place in its history.”
    North Adams recently completed the $35 million one-campus project, which included major renovations to Bellmont High and Middle schools, originally constructed in 1968 and 1991, respectively. The elementary schools — Northwest and Southeast — were moved to the Bellmont campus and are now named Bellmont Elementary School. The new elementary school opened in August 2019.
    “The pride that exists in our school community is enthusiastic,” Lehman said. “While we closed a chapter in the history of our Northwest and Southeast elementary schools, the pride and the spirit that remains for our district and our school is no lesser. We opened a new elementary with equal heart and excitement for what the education and future of our district holds. Our passion for educating students is our foundation. Our strength in the unity of our campus is greater. And our pride is unprecedented. I am so proud to be a part of this team and I am grateful to celebrate all that we will accomplish together, as one Bellmont.”

    Aside from the new elementary school, a large portion of the design-build project concentrated on renovations to the high school, including mechanical, electrical, plumbing infrastructure and a reconfiguration of learning spaces and site improvements at the high school.
    The middle school received interior renovations as well, and included 21st-Century learning environment spaces, which are flexible learning areas conducive to different learning styles and instructional strategies.
    Performance Services — the company hired to oversee the project — partnered with Barton-Coe-Vilamaa, Context LLC, Veridus Group, Lynch, Harrison & Bumleve, MLS Engineering, C&T Design and Equipment, Gaylor Electric, Heapy Engineering and Technology Dynamics.