Raymond E. Shaw Elementary School

Successfully Managing a Transformation, Doubling the School's Size, and Enhancing Educational Facilities for a Growing Student Community


Millbury, MA


Town of Millbury

Project Cost

$41 million


LiRo-Hill provided project management services to the Town of Millbury (Town) for the Raymond E. Shaw Elementary School project. The Town constructed a new, 90,000 sf Shaw School to replace a 50-year-old facility of the same name and help accommodate a growing student population. The project also included demolition of the former Shaw School and the construction of a multipurpose field.

About the Project

The new Shaw School has space for 550 students in grades three through six. Designed to meet the needs of Millbury’s education program in a cost effective and energy efficient facility, the new Shaw School was developed in close partnership with the Millbury community and the Massachusetts School Building Authority. Each story of the two-story Shaw School includes two academic wings, and each wing contains six classrooms, enough for one full grade. The classrooms of each wing are arranged around a central flex space that can accommodate gatherings. Other unique features include the school’s “Main Street,” including a media center, the gymnasium, and a cafeteria with a stage and music classrooms—the “Cafetorium.” The second floor includes art classrooms and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) classrooms with direct access to an outdoor rooftop classroom. In addition, the facility meets the requirements for LEED Gold certification, surpassing the targeted LEED Silver Score.

LiRo-Hill supported the Town with a full suite of project management services from the feasibility stage through final project completion. The project team created a Value Management List (VML) to keep cost estimates in line with the Town’s budget. In addition, by carefully managing Massachusetts utility incentive program requirements and compliance with the requirements for the targeted LEED score, we helped reduce the facility’s future operational costs.


LiRo-Hill encouraged the owner and end-users to tour the building during construction so that all stakeholders could conceptualize function and design intent, confirm compliance with expectations, and use their educational expertise to flag potential discrepancies or issues with the learning, gathering, or administrative spaces. These efforts helped promote a high-quality project in line with all stakeholder expectations and a school facility fully ready to welcome students after project closeout.


Owner's Project Management