BELFAST – Cornerspring Montessori School officials have announced an adjustment in the construction timeline to build the first Passive House Montessori school in Maine. Originally set to break ground April 1st on Lower Congress Street in Belfast, the start for building is now set for the fall.
According to Cornerspring Board President, Josh Birocco of Belfast, “The winter of 2014-15 has been a tough one. Any weather related delays could jeopardize completing the project by September. In order to avoid this risk and possible disruption to the school schedule, the board was able to make arrangements with our leaseholder for Cornerspring to remain in place at 18 Hatley Road.”
The Cornerspring board addressed the start date with their construction manager and architect, GO Logic of Belfast. “The board and GO Logic both believe it’s best to adjust the construction timeline to start building in September, and plan to move in to the new school in June 2016,” added Birocco.
A limited two day Toddler Program for two to four-year olds will be offered in the fall of 2015 at the current location. “A two, three, and five day Toddler Program will open at the new school in 2016,” Birocco explained.
According to GO Logic partner and architect, Matt O’Malia, shifting the building start date was best for Cornerspring. “We are in agreement with the Cornerspring board that the construction start date be moved to fall 2015, with a completion date of June 2016,” O’Malia said.
“The winter has had an impact on the building site, and while the calendar says ‘spring,’ the current conditions brought us all to the same conclusion – adjusting the construction timeline is the best decision for Cornerspring Montessori,” explained O’Malia.
Sarah Tomalty of Brooks and Eric Kormann of Thorndike are Co-Chairs of the Journey Home campaign.
According to Tomalty, “The building timeline adjustment has absolutely no impact on the campaign. We have tremendous momentum, thanks to a number of early, generous donors. As planned, the campaign is ongoing through 2016 and 2017, and our campaign committee is operating ‘full steam ahead’ to reach the $2 million goal. Best of all, this adjustment in the building timeline does not change the cost of construction,” Tomalty added.
The new school is being funded by a capital campaign, Journey Home, The Campaign for Cornerspring Montessori School. The $2 million campaign includes funds to establish a tuition assistance fund and a capital reserve fund. To date contributors have donated $446,170.
Cornerspring Montessori is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit, serving 68 preschool, kindergarten and elementary students. After 13 years in Belfast, and the past seven leasing space on Hatley Road, the school’s board of directors approved a Passive House building design by GO Logic, an architecture and construction firm based in Belfast, Maine that creates sustainable, super-insulated, highly energy-efficient buildings. Cornerspring’s new home will be the first Passive House Montessori school in Maine.
Founded in 2001, Cornerspring is one of 34 Montessori schools in the state, with an enrollment of 68 students. More than 600 children have experienced Cornerspring programs since 2001.
For more information on Cornerspring Montessori or to give securely online visit the Journey Home page at www.cornerspringmontessori.com. Or mail a check made out to Cornerspring Montessori School to: Journey Home, P O Box 67, Belfast, ME 04615-0067.
Follow the journey on Facebook: Journey Home – The Campaign for Cornerspring Montessori.
Additional building design images are available upon request. Contact:
Holly McBride, Marketing Director, GO Logic