• From left: CDM Smith's Bob Burkard and Bob Button; Mayor of Boston Tom Menino; CDM Smith's Paul Brown, John Manning and Mary Ascolillo

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CDM Smith Featured on ESPN's New Inspirational Series "RISE UP"

Renovation of School and Community Athletic Facilities Will Appear on ESPN September 27 at 7:00 p.m. ET

September 14, 2011

DORCHESTER, Massachusetts—ESPN facilitated the makeover of athletic facilities at Roberts Playground and Dorchester Education Complex as part of the cable network’s “RISE UP” series, which rallies local contractors and businesses to help high school athletes by upgrading school athletic facilities. CDM Smith donated professional engineering and construction services for the project, serving as program manager and completing the design-build project in only 6 weeks.

We leveraged our business relationships—not only companies we work with, but companies we work for—to build a network and pull the entire thing together. 

The effort depended on extensive community collaboration, requiring staffing, resource and financial commitments from multiple contractors and suppliers during peak construction season. Several city agencies were also involved. “We leveraged our business relationships—not only companies we work with, but companies we work for—to build a network and pull the entire thing together,” explains Bob Button, CDM Smith associate.

A major component of the work was improving student and community safety. The team installed safety lighting and a walkway for students to travel from the school to public transportation. The community also benefits from this 2,000-foot pathway system and workout stations that were installed along the route.

In addition, CDM Smith designed and constructed substantial site improvements. Working with project partners, the firm performed extensive tree removal for visibility and public safety, installed a 60-meter sprint track, rehabilitated existing baseball and softball fields, and renovated existing bleachers.

Despite the constrained schedule, measures were taken to be environmentally responsible. The athletic field’s lighting uses a web-based control system, allowing the lights to be turned on and off remotely, saving energy and money. In addition, construction debris was recycled, either onsite or at a local brownfields redevelopment.

Along with the field upgrades, students are also thrilled with the school’s new indoor facilities, which include a refurbished girls’ locker room and new cardiovascular and heavyweight workout rooms.

Tom Menino, Mayor of Boston, and Danny Ainge, Celtics President of Basketball Operations, showed their support at the dramatic reveal. According to Menino, “We know that taking part in sports does so much more than give the body a good work out, it also excercises the mind … this investment is going to make a huge difference for the students and the community at large. By clearing out the brush and old fence and installing new lighting and pathways, we have reopened the park to the neighborhood. And already more people are coming to use it, because they feel more welcome and safer.”

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