Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Accelerated Renovations

November 17, 2022


Saint Thomas Aquinas High School Phase 1 Renovations Completed in 10 Weeks

Gilford, New Hampshire – November 1, 2022:  Meridian Construction is serving as construction manager for major building renovations at Saint Thomas Aquinas High School in Dover, NH. With the first phase completed in time for the 2022-2023 school year, additional construction work is scheduled for the gymnasium and two new additions over the next 2 years.

Accelerated Timeline

When the school session ended in June of this year, Meridian Construction went to work and renovated 80,000 square feet of interior space. In only 10 weeks and before school resumed, the newly renovated interior was ready. Students were welcomed back to freshly upgraded, safer and more energy-efficient athletic spaces, locker rooms, hallways, bathrooms and classroom facilities.

Renovations included:

  • Demolition and abatement of HazMat
  • New life safety sprinkler systems throughout half of the school
  • New acoustical ceilings
  • New flooring
  • Electrostatic painting of Hallway lockers
  • Modern LED Lighting replaced throughout
  • New signage installed and painted
  • 8 fully renovated student bathrooms
  • Girls locker room renovation
  • New stair treads installed on 5 stairways

During a recent project debriefing, Meridian’s president, Tim Long stated, “We are truly honored to have earned the trust and confidence of the St. Thomas Aquinas Board, their leadership and staff, and of course, the architects at Oak Point Associates. The success of phase 1 is a testament of what a true partnership looks like when everyone pulls together, when we communicate often and push to the goal line. And we did this despite labor shortages and supply chain problems. I’m proud of this team for applying the Meridian ‘never-give-up’ mentality which we always strive to instill throughout our company.”

The next phase planned for summer 2023 will include completing the upgraded sprinkler systems throughout, installing new life safety systems (fire alarms and misc. safety upgrades), and completely renovating the gymnasium. A third phase includes a new building addition and a new freestanding chapel. The plan also includes new access control systems, new windows and exterior work throughout the school.

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