DRA Celebrates Topping Off of Marathon Elementary School

20170519_Hopkinton Topping Off_013 smallerThe Marathon Elementary School construction project recently hit another milestone. A small group of people, including town and school officials and project team members, gathered to celebrate the topping off ceremony of the new 88,700 square foot school located on 129 Hayden Rowe Street near EMC park.

The two-story school is being built for pre-K, kindergarten and first-grade students and will replace the Center School on Ash Street, that was built in 1927. The design features a cafetorium, gymnasium, media center and other specialized spaces including an art and music room.

Targeting LEED Silver certification, the early elementary school will include many sustainable features, including a photo-voltaic array on the roof, outdoor and indoor water use reduction, controllable interior lighting, and designated parking for green vehicles.

The $44.7 million building is scheduled for completion for the 2018/2019 school year. The project team includes Compass Project Management (Owner’s Rep); Colantonio (Construction Manager), and DRA Architects (Architect).


DRA Celebrates Orchard Hill Elementary School’s Topping Off Ceremony

cropped version of beam placementSOUTH WINDSOR, CT – Drummey Rosane Anderson (DRA), a multi-disciplinary planning, architectural, and interior design firm with a studio in South Windsor, recently participated in a topping off ceremony for the new Orchard Hill Elementary School.

The $26.4 million project is part of the district’s 10-year plan to update all the elementary school facilities in town. The 72,000-square-foot school is being constructed on the 83-acre campus of the old Orchard Hill School and Timothy Edwards Middle School.  The first students will be attending the new elementary school in the fall of 2017. Continue reading “DRA Celebrates Orchard Hill Elementary School’s Topping Off Ceremony”

DRA has been selected by Cromwell Public Schools to perform a School Conditions Study


Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA) has been selected by Cromwell Public Schools to complete a Conditions Study for Edna C. Stevens Elementary School and Cromwell Middle School. This Assignment serves as a continuation of DRA’s experience in serving the Cromwell Community.  DRA has previously completed re-roofing, facility maintenance, and energy conservation projects for Cromwell Public Schools. “As a firm we highly value opportunities like those experienced serving Cromwell Public Schools,” said James A. Barrett, AIA, Principal, DRA. “We look forward to continuing this relationship where our team, school administration and leadership, and the Cromwell community work closely to attain the goals set forth by the District.” The scope of services for the Conditions Study includes facility review and conditions assessment, review and analysis of enrollment projections, educational planning and programming. Services will also include utilization assessment, exploration of deployment options and alternatives, community workshop facilitation, planning, and study services.

DRA Announces Senior Leadership Staff Promotions

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Drummey Rosane Anderson, Inc. (DRA), a full service, planning, architecture, and interior design firm, today announced two key promotions. Scot Woodin and Vladimir Lyubetsky have been promoted to Principals. “Both of these individuals have contributed significantly to the overall growth and evolution of DRA,” said Carl Franceschi, President, DRA. “On behalf of the Senior Management Team at DRA, we are pleased to recognize the contributions of these two key members of our team with well-deserved promotions.” Continue reading “DRA Announces Senior Leadership Staff Promotions”

DRA Architects selected to design the new Early Elementary School in Hopkinton, MA.

Hopkinton Aerial 4DRA Architects, a full service, planning, architecture, and interior design firm, is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the Town of Hopkinton’s Elementary School Building Committee (ESBC) to design the new Early Elementary School in Hopkinton, MA. The 83,250SF, $35M (Construction Cost) project will house the Pre-K, Kindergarten and 1st Grade classrooms for the Town.  The building also includes a cafetorium, gymnasium, media center and other specialized spaces including an art and music room.  The project is scheduled to be completed in time for the 2018-2019 school year.

“It has been my pleasure to work with the Elementary School Building Committee in helping them develop their vision of the new Early Elementary School in Hopkinton,” said Judd Christopher, DRA Project Manager. “They have a very clear and exciting vision for how this school will provide flexible space to allow for differentiated instruction to the youngest students of the Town.”

DRA Architects breaks ground on Miss Porter’s School Admissions Office

Grist Mill Rendering_Upper View (Website Version)DRA Architects, a full service planning, architecture, and interior design firm, today announced construction has begun on the new admissions building on the Miss Porter’s School campus in Farmington, CT. DRA’s team is providing architectural and engineering services as well as landscape and civil design for the project which is scheduled to be completed in September 2016. DRA completed a campus master plan for Miss Porter’s School in 2013. The project has navigated a myriad of technical and permitting issues associated with repurposing a historic structure. Constructed originally as a Gristmill on the Farmington River in the mid 1600’s, the building has served various functions through the years with minimal structural and systems upgrades. This project as a result required comprehensive renovations to satisfy its new program and to bring the building up to current standards for code compliance and sustainability. The new admissions building, with its historical significance and its prominence on the landmark Farmington River will provide the new “threshold experience” for new candidates and students. The building aims to define the school paradigm of paying homage to its rich history while being a leader in education and technology.

“It is an honor to work with Miss Porter’s on the implementation of this project as the initial step in their new campus masterplan. This client has an exciting vision for the future of the school and a dedication to the facility needs of its students,” said Angela Cahill, DRA Senior Project Manager. “This project reflects the client itself in many ways. It is unique, challenging, beautiful, and has the deep historic value that is so important in the culture of Miss Porter’s.”

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DRA Architects to exhibit at the MASC/MASS 2015 Annual Joint Conference

DRA Architects will be well represented at the MASC/MASS 2015 Annual Joint Conference in Hyannis, MA November 4-7, 2015. The MASC/MASS 2015 Annual Joint Conference is one of the largest annual gathering of education leaders, featuring a program of nationally known panel sessions offering professional development opportunities and in-depth discussion of the critical education issues of today, plus a host of vendors and exhibitors, demonstrations on instruction and management best practices and a chance to network with other school leaders! Come see us at Booth #1.

For more information about the conference please visit: http://www.masc.org/events-and-conferences-2/annual-joint-conference

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