News and Updates

March 16
The steel frame for the head house is nearly complete!

Steel frame for the head house


  • Steel for the head house will arrive
  • Staging areas for the crane for steel erection work will be set around the perimeter of the building
  • Steel erection will begin with completion expected by end of March
  • Continuing work on excavation of Far Field to install the Cultek drainage chambers; the excavation process confirms that existing chambers are continuing to function properly with no overflow going down the new driveway or to the on-campus overflow
  • Sorting and cleaning soil to rebuild the base of the field
  • Work has started on the building mock-up sample
  • Dry fit re-assembly of the stone wall along the new driveway
  • Power will be brought up the driveway through the duct bank that was installed in January

Looking ahead:

  • By early April we expect the arrival of the steel components for the field house
  • In accordance with the Belmont Police Department, the storm drainage tie-in with the town's system is scheduled for the week of April 16
  • Completion of the last invert for the sewer line on campus during the week of April 16

February 26

Building foundation and back-filling of the building perimeter is complete!

February 12 to 16

  • New driveway opened to construction vehicles only; outside of construction hours, the main access gate from Concord Avenue will remain closed
  • Duct bank and light poles along the new driveway will be completed this week 
  • Catch basin at the foot of driveway has been installed for drainage; binder course on the driveway prevents dirt from spilling onto Concord Avenue
  • Building foundations will be completed by February 20
  • Pouring of last section of foundations and footings for the head house
  • Work begins on the drainage area under Far Field

Looking ahead:

During the week of March 5 we expect arrival of the steel for the head house.

February 5 to 9

  • Pouring of footings and foundations for the east and south walls of the Barn building
  • All interior footings and the elevator pit base have been completed
  • Excavation for the west and north walls are 90% complete
  • Foundation pour is scheduled to be completed by February 18
  • Work on the new driveway continues with excavation for the new water line tie-in
  • Site lighting bases along the driveway have been poured
  • Duct bank for the main power feeder to the Barn is complete
  • Upcoming milestone: begin back-filling to the foundation walls

January 29 to February 3

  • Excavation continues for the remaining strip footings at the head house
  • Excavations for the interior piers and elevator shaft begins
  • Completion of the electrical ductbank at the driveway 
    • Concrete placement – Monday, January 29
  • Begin installation of site lighting conduit and bases at the driveway
  • Opening of the construction entrance off of Concord Avenue by the end of the week (weather dependent)
  • Continue placement of concrete forms and rebar around the field house heading towards the head house
  • Tentative days for placing concrete: (weather dependent)
    • Wednesday, January 31
    • Thursday, February 1

January 27

  • S&F Concrete continues to work on forms and rebar for the field house footings
  • FE French will begin to bring in dense grade for the construction driveway and preparee the entrance from Concord Avenue for asphalt

January 23

A first major milestone was reached: concrete forms and rebar placement began today for foundations at the field house. 

January 18

Construction work on campus includes:

  • At playground and sewer line sections:
    • dense grade the playground to help with the mud and puddling from the thawing and freezing
    • dense grade to the sewer trench at the parking lot and compact
  • Check and clean the temporary faculty and staff parking area to address settling
  • Start on driveway construction
    • Strip and remove top mat and loam
  • Begin utility work (power / site lighting)
  • Continue with footing excavations at the field house and head house
  • Prepare for formwork to begin end-of-week of January 22
  • Continue with sewer line installation
  • Bring the sewer run into the site fence area so that trench outside of fence can be repaved (weather dependent) 

January 15

Construction work on campus includes:

  • Completion of building model for setting of foundation wall and footings and coordination with structural engineers, architect, and manufacturer of the building components.
  • Sewer line has been completed to sewer manhole #2 and drilling for the next section inside the construction fence is 80% complete.
  • New driveway has been cleared of snow and rubbish; stones are being salvaged for stone wall.
  • Proceed with top soil removal, trenching for underground utilities, and placement of duct banks and site lighting if weather permits.
  • Work on Concord Avenue at foot of new driveway to install new drainage structure and power crossing overhead will begin soon; this work must be completed in one week and will require rerouting traffic from Concord Avenue between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. except on Friday.  The actual date for this phase is forthcoming. Morning drop-off and afternoon pick-up will not be impacted.
  • Footings excavation and ledge removal from east corner of the field house to the north east corner of the field house so that foundations​​ can be set and ready for arrival of building components.
  • Setting of foundations will start on January 27 barring inclement weather delays.

January 3

Construction work on campus includes:

  • Connect temporary power and data to job site trailer.
  • Start clearing topsoil along the new driveway to Concord Avenue.
  • Continue excavation work for building footings along the tennis court side.
  • Due to extreme cold weather, the work on the sewer line and installation of sewer manhole #2 to bring the line into the construction site fence perimeter has been paused and will resume when temperatures improve.

December 14

The following will take place on campus during the school's winter break, December 15 to January 1:

  • Install temporary power and data lines from the middle school to the location of the Shawmut trailer.
  • Stripping, stumping and grubbing the site of the new building.
  • Salvaging the rocks from the existing stone wall for later reuse.
  • Install tree protection as per plan.
  • Remove topsoil and store for later use at building footprint and expose ledge.
  • Start footings excavation.
  • Start site lighting duct bank.
  • Set electrical duct bank for main feeders.

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.