Cape Tech Officials Hold Topping Off Ceremony as New Building Nears Completion

HARWICH – The final piece of steel was installed at the new Cape Cod Regional Technical High School (CCT) building Thursday night during a Topping Off ceremony.

School officials, students and parents, and members of the School Building Committee gathered at 351 Pleasant Avenue in Harwich, the site of the new building, to celebrate as “the future of Cape Cod Tech takes another step forward.”

“I’m really proud of our entire staff for putting on an exceptional event. The excitement around here is really increasing exponentially,” said Cape Tech Superintendent Bob Sanborn.

“The steel arrived on April 1 and we put virtually the last piece of steel up. Every student and staff member that wanted to have signed that, many of our stakeholders, School Building Committee members, School Committee members, and members of the community have all signed it.”

Construction began on January 12 following a groundbreaking ceremony that included representatives from the Massachusetts School Building Administration, State Education Commissioner Jeff Riley, and other notable politicians.

Bratt Builders, based out of Marshfield, is the lead contractor on the project, who estimated the building to come at a $91,376,000 price tag. The state’s School Building Administration will cover 51-percent of construction costs.

Sanborn says the decision to construct a brand new school building over renovating the current one was ultimately the right choice.

“We looked at both options of renovating the currently facility or going with a new facility,’ Sanborn said.

“We have a vote back in October of 2017 with overwhelming community support from Provincetown to Mashpee. We got started building the project in January with a groundbreaking ceremony on January 11, yesterday with the Topping Off ceremony. Now, with the steel skeleton up, you can see what we’re trying to accomplish, what our architects are trying to accomplish, and our educational plan is trying to accomplish. It’s about integrating our academic and technical programming while solving any other deficiencies that are in the current building.”

The new school will set a focus on the educational model known as STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. Hospitality, transportation, and construction academies will also be available at the new school.

By TIM DUNN, News Center 

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