New PMA Gym/Arts Center can’t be Seen from Lowell Road, but Wait ‘til Fall
July 28, 2017
by Len Lathrop
With all the summer leaves in full bloom, readers can’t see that the progress on the Thompson Center for Athletics and Performing Arts at Presentation of Mary Academy is 60 percent completed. While the pictures show what you can’t see from Lowell Road, a meeting with Tim Burke, construction superintendent from Bonnette, Page & Stone of Laconia, confirmed what progress has been made.
While it is still just the steel superstructure, the rubber roof was being installed Tuesday morning; it is beige in color to reflect the sun for better heating and cooling of the build. Burke mentioned that all the concrete for the floors will be poured in the next couple of weeks, and the blocking will most likely be completed before school starts. While the glass front of the building will be the last to be installed, the building will be closed in before winter arrives in Hudson.
Burke mentioned that once the exterior was done that the interior walls and mechanical system would go very fast. BPS uses local contractors when possible at the PMA project. Steel work is being done by Chasse, while Longchamp is on electrical and LDG Corporation is the mechanical contractor. While BPS has GIS as their on-site inspectors and materials testing, Dave Herbert is the building inspector for the town of Hudson, who was at PMA Tuesday to check some plumbing connection that will be under the gym floor when the building is complete.
While the gym itself is over four stories tall, its roof line is at the second-floor level. This allows access to new bathrooms and concession stands from the athletic field on up a very small grade. There are walkways from every floor to the new elevator, which is large enough from all public safety needs that might arise in either building.
New driveway and pathways are taking shape, and extra care has been taken to match the bricks on the upper sections of the school and the granite blocks that formed the foundation.
PMA Principal Sister Maria Rosa commented, “I am extremely pleased with the progress of the project and anticipate that we are on schedule for opening the complex in November in time for the basketball season and our first Christmas Concert in December …”