Building C & West Dorm

New England Innovation Academy


Marlborough, MA

Square Footage

200,000+ SF

Service Line

K-12 School

Zaino + Associates served as the Owner’s Project Manager for New England Innovation Academy to transform 238,000 sf former Verizon call center campus into a new private school, focused on innovative learning. Phase One of the transformation, referred to as Building C and West Dorm consisted of renovating 60,000 sf of space to create an environment that supports group learning, research, collaboration, and embraces diversity. The spaces included learning studios/classrooms, libraries, collaborative spaces, STEM and incubator space for hands-on learning, and a black box theater. Additionally, the project consisted of renovating 25,000 sf into dormitory space.  A new main school entrance was created, which shifted the existing entry from the east side of the building to the west. This 2,000 sf addition required extensive structural coordination, seamlessly transitioned between a 40+ year old masonry building to create a new modern metal panel and glazed addition as a grand entrance.  Subsequent phases include athletic fields, theater, and additional dormitories that will provide student and family housing. 

How did we add value to the construction process?

Our team played a significant role in pivoting from the work completed to date, selecting a new design approach, team, and bringing in a new construction manager so that the project could be completed utilizing the design-build method of construction.

How did you advocate for the client?

We are not only tasked with overseeing and managing the project from start to finish, but we also champion value engineering opportunities and voice constructability concerns with the project architects and engineers. We also, help with the education and helped determine how the space would intertwine with the school’s pedagogy.  This project had multiple design teams, and general contractors, with our help and guidance the project opened on time and with-in budget. 


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