Colantonio renovated the former North Bennet Street School building, in the heart of the North End, for the Eliot Upper School.
The project was part of Boston Public Schools’ expansion plan for the Eliot K-8 Innovation School, which has grown from 150 K-5 students in 2007 to 500 K-8 students in 2014. The school’s other two locations – 16 Charter Street and 585 Commercial Street – serves students in grades K-2 and 6-8 respectively.
The four-story masonry and wood-framed building, originally built in 1879, was completely gutted. We executed a complex shoring plan to support the exterior while the interior was demolished. The new space features modern classrooms, a cafeteria, kitchen, computer labs, a multi-purpose room and media center. Exterior changes include masonry repair and repointing, new windows, doors and a new public entrance where the former NBSS gallery existed.