St. Paul’s School Quad Dormitories


  • Award Winning Project
  • Historic Renovation
  • Fast-Track, 2 Summer Project
  • 4 Identical Dormitories with Faculty Apartments
  • $9.3 million (total project)
  • 15,000 square feet each building (60,000 total project)
  • Award Winning Project – ABC’s 1999 Excellence in Construction and President’s “Best of the Best” Awards
  • Completed ahead of schedule and $420,000 below the GMP

This award winning project began in June 1996, when North Branch Construction was selected as Construction Manager for a two-summer, $9.3 million dormitories additions/renovations project for St. Paul’s School in Concord, NH. Construction began immediately. The project consisted of additions and renovations to the four nearly identical dormitory buildings known as the Quads.

The scope of work for each of the four buildings consisted of a 3,000 sq. ft. faculty apartment addition plus a gut renovation of the existing 12,000 sq. ft. building. The addition, which was architecturally designed to match the 1927 design, incorporated brick, limestone, ornate copper flashings and lead camed steel windows. The existing dormitory was 100% renovated including gut interior demolition, new mechanical, electrical and fire protection systems, as well as completely new finishes.

One of the dormitories (Brewster Hall shown below) was completed in the summer of 1996 and the remaining three dormitories (Ford, Manville and Simpson) were completed in the summer of 1997. The “hyper-track” project required seven-day workweeks and extended shifts of subcontractors and North Branch personnel in order to maintain the tight schedule (12 weeks each summer). The faculty apartment addition to Brewster Hall was completed 2 weeks ahead of schedule!

In May 1997, excavation began for the three additions. Then in June (as soon as the students left for their summer vacation) North Branch began in earnest Phase II of this fast track project. This phase involved the coordination of approximately 40 subcontractors (with over 400 people) working on site. In the end, North Branch achieved occupancy in the faculty additions over 2 weeks ahead of the contract deadline. The dormitory portions of the project were also completed ahead of the contract schedule and were ready for student occupancy several days prior to the start of classes. Furthermore, the total project came in $420,000 below the guaranteed maximum price.

At the 1999 Excellence Awards, sponsored by the NH/VT Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractors, North Branch received the Award of Excellence as well as the ABC’s President’s Award “Best of the Best” for this project.