General contractor: Nesbitt Construction Inc.
Architect: BRP Architects
Engineers: Own Inc., civil; J&M Engineering LLC, structural; and CJD Engineering LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 13,600 square feet
Cost: $2.1 million
Estimated completion: August
Description: The Springfield Public Schools’ project will renovate the Hillcrest annex building, the former Fairview Elementary School, into the new home of the district’s Academy of Exploration. The academy offers choice programs centered on STEM education, school officials say. The original building was constructed in 1944 with additions in 1968 and 2000.
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