News and Updates

December 8

Changes to Parking and Traffic Flow on Campus

The construction team has made good progress since we started just two short weeks ago. With this also comes a new traffic pattern for our campus that will be in effect Monday, December 11 and will stay in effect for the duration of the project. Please refer to the traffic plan and download and print for future reference or to share with family members or child care providers who may provide transportation for students.

  • Parents and drivers, if you plan to come in to school during drop-off or dismissal, please only use the parking lots. The roadway in front of Coolidge Hall and the Coolidge Cottage (development office) is no longer for parking at any time.
  • To also help us promote a greener and safer environment for our students and the community, we respectfully ask you do not leave your vehicle idling.

Next week:

  • Excavation will begin at the Barn footprint including stumping and grubbing the top soil to expose any ledge.
  • Completion of the contractor parking lot on Far Field. Trucks will continue to deliver dense grade throughout the week.
  • Sewer installation continues.
  • Site fencing continues; tree protection fencing may also start.

December 4

Tree clearing begins today. We have identified the 12 trees to be protected in accordance with the planning board review process.

This week:

  • Trench work continues and includes drilling and hammering to remove an 8-foot wide piece of ledge for the installation of the first of 3 sewer structures. The work will cross the paved path to the recreation area and into the walkway circle.
  • Archery field conversion to a parking area will continue all week; with one day of rain forecasted, the work may continue into next week.
  • Perimeter fencing setup continues.

December 1

The construction team spent this morning scraping the archery field as part of its conversion into a temporary parking area.

November 27

Construction began today with digging for the utilities trench running along the back of the lower school building. The FE French Company is performing the excavation work.

November 20

On Friday, November 24 a crew will prune low-hanging branches on trees along Day School Lane so that construction vehicles and trucks can pass freely.

November 17 - Fencing and Erosion Control Installation

Belmont Day today received notice from the Town of Belmont that a building permit has been issued and authorization to install the building site fencing and erosion control materials has been granted. We expect this work to begin on Monday, November 20.

October 27 - Meet the Shawmut Leadership Team

Shawmut Design and Construction is preparing for the issuance of the building permit. Shawmut personnel will begin to be on campus regularly. We would like to introduce you to Shawmut’s leadership team comprised of Oneil Phatak, project executive; Glen Ryan, senior project manager, and Joe Lombardi project superintendent. 

Oneil Phatak has more than 16 years in the construction industry, with 14 of those years at Shawmut. He holds a B.S. in architecture from the University of Mumbai and a M.S. in construction management from Texas A&M University. Oneil most recently was involved with the Academic Inquiry Center and Baker Science Building renovation at Noble and Greenough School. He has overseen a long list of construction projects at Harvard and MIT including Harvard's Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. Renovation projects including BioLabs building renewal, Biology Building Growth Chamber, Losos/Hoekstra Laboratory, Cabot Science Library, Hunter Laboratory, Engert Lab, Kunes Francis Lab and the Great Dome and Barker Library Rotunda are among Oneil's numerous other projects. 

Glen Ryan will be responsible for the daily oversight of our field and office team. He will manage all the business aspects of the pre-construction and construction phases, including budgeting, value engineering, contracts, scheduling, logistics, pricing, and implementation. Glen is a graduate of Bowdoin College with an A.B. in classics. He joined Shawmut 10 years ago. He left Shawmut five years ago for Roxbury Latin School where he oversaw or participated in a number of projects including the campus master plan, construction of the indoor athletics facility, McNay Wrestling Palaistra, Tennis in the Woods facility, along with renovations to create a choral room and the I.D.E.A. (Invention, Design, Engineering and Arts) Lab. Glen recently rejoined Shawmut in time for the BDS project. 

Joe Lombardi will be our full-time site supervisor of all trades during construction. He will work with the project managers and engineers to implement the schedule, manage the support field staff, ensure all field operations are on-schedule, and correspond with the quality assurance/quality control programs established for the project. Joe attended Curry College and ITT Tech and has significant construction experience in academic settings. Joe worked with Oneil on the Noble and Greenough Academic Inquiry Center and Baker Science renovation projects. Additionally, Joe was Shawmut's superintendent for the Providence College renovation of Davis and Raymond Halls. He worked two projects at the Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), including the Materials Library renovation and Illustration Studies Building renovation. Locally, Joe was a leader for Harvard's Science Center Plaza project and the Cronkhite Graduate Center Renovation.

September 25 - Neighbor Meetings Announced

Belmont Day will host the following neighbor receptions for the community fo receive updates about the Barn and driveway project. Reply requested to Assistant to the Head Neelangi Gunasekera at Head of School Brendan Largay is available to answer questions at

Monday, December 4, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, February 26, 6:30 p.m.
Monday, May 6, 6:30 p.m.

September 8 - Planning Board Approves Site Plan

Six months since Belmont Day School’s initial application was submitted to the town for site plan review, the Barn project and driveway were approved by the Town of Belmont’s Planning Board by a 3-1 vote on August 31. This is a huge milestone for the future of Belmont Day and it simply wouldn't have happened without the dedicated effort, energy, and positive support of our community. Thank you for your positive thoughts, and a particular thanks to those folks who were able to attend any of the planning board hearings along the way in support of the school.

There is more to come in the process, and the weekly Scoop will be a great place to look for updates about the project—including timelines—as they unfold. In the meantime, Director of Operations Corrado Paramithiotti, is available to answer questions. He can be reached at

Thank you again for your support as our vision for this exciting new athletic and academic space for our students takes shape.