Representative Projects

Lancaster Elementary School and Whitefield Elementary School

Left: Lancaster Elementary School
Lancaster, NH

Below: Whitefield Elementary School
Whitefield, NH


A new elementary school building serving Lancaster area students in the White Mountain Regional School District.

A new school building serving Whitefield area students in the White Mountain Regional School District.

The Challenge:
In the late 1980s and early 1990s, the White Mountain Regional School District embarked on an ambitious school facilities program. The District planned the construction of two new elementary school buildings for Whitefield and Lancaster, New Hampshire, as well as renovation of two other school buildings in Jefferson and Dalton. The new construction projects would involve two architectural firms and two contractors. The challenge was to find someone with experience who could coordinate and manage the planning and design of the buildings and oversee their construction -- serving as the district's "eyes and ears" on the site.

The Solution:
We became involved from the initial planning process through final site design and permitting for each school project. We worked closely with the school district to understand their needs. Our firm provided assistance in acquisition of the wetlands, NHDOT driveway, underground storage tank, and site specific permits. We also provided resident observation, shop drawing review, and contract administration services for the construction phase of the project. Our engineer/observer oversaw the construction process to determine that the projects were built to the district's specifications and that budgets were kept on track.

Provan & Lorber, Inc. has a proven track record of successful coordination of project development and construction oversight. Our experience includes several large, simultaneous design/construction projects for our clients. The firm has struck a balance between developing good working relationships with a number of New England architects and contractors, and understanding how to best serve the needs of the client.

Armand DuPont School
Allenstown, NH


A middle school serving 280 students had developed water infiltration problems in the basement level.

The Challenge:
The middle school in Allenstown had water leaking through the foundation and into the basement rooms for some time. Local contractors had been called in to help and a waterproof cementitious paint had been applied to the wall at ground level in the hope of sealing moisture out. This proved to be a temporary measure at best, and had little effect. The moisture was causing the concrete walls to crack and spall which, in turn, allowed more water in. Besides causing damage to the building and the interior, the moisture inside the building provided potential for health problems.

The Solution:
When the school district had no resolution from earlier measures, they called in Provan & Lorber to get to the root of the problem. An examination of the building and grounds revealed there was no water collection system to handle runoff from the roof. Additionally, the area next to the building was paved with little or no slope to carry snowmelt and water away from the building. Further investigation also revealed there were no foundation drains. The problem was below-grade and would require a drainage system design.

The area next to the building was excavated to the foundation footings. Graded stone and foundation drain piping was installed which routed water to a storm drain system. A drainage swale was also constructed to carry away run-off. The foundation wall below-grade was waterproofed with an asphalt coating and waterproofing membrane and the excavation was backfilled and graded to slope away from the building. The foundation wall has since been free of leaks.

Franklin Pierce Law School
Concord, NH


A private college that required a 13,000 sf addition to accommodate a new library, technological upgrades, and a modern kitchen.

The Challenge:
The Franklin Pierce Law School needed room to expand their facility. The school is located on a corner lot in a residential area of Concord bordered by two well-traveled streets at the front (Washington and White streets) and a narrow residential street (No. Essex) looping around the back. The only space available for an addition was a corner parking lot off Washington on No. Essex. To get the additional square footage they required would involve encroaching upon setback buffers, which could not be permitted.

The Solution:
Provan & Lorber, Inc. found a way to reconfigure the site to allow construction of an addition that would meet the school's requirements. By negotiating with the City and neighbors, No. Essex Street was closed at the Washington Street end and a portion of the street property was acquired by the school. This negotiation required improvements to the remainder of the residential street to allow adequate access from White Street for cars and fire safety vehicles. Because the closed end of the street would be excavated for the addition, underground utilities and water and sewer lines had to be rerouted to the homes and to portions of the school.

Our firm was involved in the early planning of this project. We were responsible for acquisition of the many permits and for the site design with utilities. The firm also provided construction observation services for this project.

Bow High School
Bow, NH


A new, 90,000 sf high school building on a 74-acre parcel, with tennis courts, running track, and athletic fields, serving 600 students. The facility is under construction.

The Challenge:
In 1994 Bow had voted to construct their own high school. A large tract was selected which is near Turee Pond and adjacent to the elementary and middle school properties. The town public works garage and town landfill occupied portions of the site and there were numerous wetland areas throughout the parcel. These presented complex environmental design and construction strategies that had to be dealt with at the local, State and Federal regulatory levels. At the same time, the SAU budget and time schedule had to be maintained.

The Solution:
Provan & Lorber provided the broad range of environmental, civil and structural engineering necessary to manage the complex project. Early in the planning phase, we assisted the town and school district in the planning of their project and evaluation of various sites and were aware of the limitations of the chosen site. Environmental work involved boundary and topographic surveys of the property and delineated wetland areas. Our environmental engineers oversaw the removal of the public works garage underground storage tanks. Procedures were implemented to remove the soil and clean the area where the tanks had been to ensure the property would be safe and clean for the students. The area near the landfill was investigated and monitored for signs of contamination. Then the site was designed so the building, drives and parking, and athletic courts and fields would have the least impact on the wetlands. Water supply wells were sited and were required to meet protective radius and water quantity necessary for the fields' irrigation. Our firm helped the school district through a challenging wetlands permitting process.

In addition to environmental services, we provided conceptual and final site design for the building, parking areas and drives, sidewalks, drainage improvements, an irrigation system for the athletic fields, site design of the courts, athletic fields and track. Well water supply was designed with storage and distribution tanks. Sewer connection to the municipal system was designed. Development of the site also required relocation of one residential access road and widening and realignment of White Rock Hill Road for the safety of school buses and traffic entering the drive. We are currently supplying construction observation services for the project, scheduled for completion August 1997.

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