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Erland Construction Partners with Lighthouse School on New Breakwater House

Chelmsford, MA – Lighthouse School has selected Erland and TBA Architects to construct a new 23,000sf school building, designated the Breakwater House, on their growing campus in Chelmsford. Lighthouse is a 56-year-old not-for-profit institution providing bioeducational, vocational, and therapeutic services and treatment in a nurturing environment for special needs students in which to thrive.

“The new building will allow us to make the needed improvements in facilities, curriculum, and programs to keep Lighthouse School on the cutting edge of special education,” said Dr. Scott Bartis, Chief Executive Officer of Lighthouse School. “We are thrilled to continue to meet the needs of our current and future students and excited to partner with Erland Construction as together we build the foundation of our future.”

Breakwater House, which will be built next to the school’s existing 50,000sf facility on Wellman Ave, will accommodate curriculum and educational services currently being held in a leased space across town. The scope of work includes an indoor play space, library, art room, nurse and teaching offices, and much-needed additional classrooms to continue promoting total life development. Erland will also construct a parking lot in addition to the covered spaces the new building provides. 

“This project underscores Lighthouse’s commitment to its students, and we’re excited to be a part of it,” said Ben McConchie, Academic Group Manager, Erland. “We look forward to building relationships with the school’s faculty, staff, students, families, and board members and becoming part of their exceptional community.

Breakwater House aims to bring all students and faculty together at a single location while allowing for future program expansion. As with any project, Erland is committed to safety and minimal disruption to the school’s ongoing education and treatment services for the duration of this work.

About Erland Construction
Over the past 46 years, Erland Construction has successfully grown into the Northeast’s leading open shop construction management firm. The Company is headquartered in Burlington, Massachusetts, and has specialized expertise for new construction and renovations in major market sectors, including academic, corporate, commercial, advanced technology/life sciences, residential, senior living, and hospitality. For more information, visit

About Lighthouse School, Inc.
Lighthouse School Inc. is a private, not-for-profit human service corporation serving the needs of students aged 3 to 22 with a wide array of disabilities as both a school and a treatment center. Their services are designed to promote total life development, both in school, and at home. Students live in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine, and are transported to and from Lighthouse School daily. Lighthouse School has successfully helped a diverse range of children for over 50 years, providing quality treatment and educational services to meet their needs.