Project Progress: Under Construction

  • Conservatory lab charter school 395 columbia road dorchester boston proposed academic building
  • 395 columbia road
Architects Arrowstreet
General Contractors Commodore Builders
Engineers VHB
Developers Conservatory Lab Charter School

About Conservatory Lab Charter School

395 Columbia Road, Dorchester, Boston, MA 02125

Conservatory Lab Charter School, a tuition-free Commonwealth charter school founded in 1999 with the goal of providing inner-city school children a rigorous, music-rich education, has been approved to construct a three-story, 43,500-square-foot school building at 395 Columbia Road in Dorchester. The building would serve as a permanent location for its Elementary and Upper School (approximately 275 students in grades 3-8), currently located nearby in Dorchester.

Common resource spaces at the school would include a courtyard, a centralized dining commons, a gymnasium, a media library, a visual arts studio and a collection of small, medium and large acoustically-tuned ensemble spaces. Shared spaces such as the dining commons, gymnasium, and large ensemble would be located along the building’s ground floor to activate the streetscape and welcome the community. 43 parking spaces and a dedicated drop-off area for buses and cars would be located on site

The proposed 1.27-acre site is located steps from Uphams Corner and the Strand Theatre and is currently improved by single-story, light industrial buildings, a paved parking lot and equipment storage space, which would be demolished.


Construction Cost $25,000,000.00
Acquisition Cost $5,000,000.00
Square Feet 41,000


Stories 3
Height (feet) 42
Start Date Mar 01, 2019
Topping Off Date Nov 13, 2019
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Nov 14, 2019

Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester Tops Off


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Aug 02, 2019

Electrical Permit Pulled for Dorchester Charter School


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Mar 20, 2019

The upcoming Conservatory Lab Charter School in Dorchester, MA has received $27,038,292 in construction financing...


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Mar 06, 2019

A building permit has been granted for the Conservatory Lab Charter School project in Dorchester.


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Sep 12, 2017

Music-focused charter school proposes new Dorchester building


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