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Vantage Builders Constructs Company’s First Location in Massachusetts

WALTHAM, MASS. – July 15, 2015– If you’re in the metrowest area and can hear the happy sounds of splashing and kids having fun, it may be that you’re close to 45 Fourth Ave. in Needham – the site of Goldfish Swim School’s new location. The learn-to-swim franchise opened its doors on May 26, providing indoor swim classes and programs to children aged four months and up.

The swim school, the first Massachusetts location for the Michigan-based company, was constructed by Waltham-based Vantage Builders. Vantage transformed an existing drab, 13,000 square foot warehouse into a bright, inviting new facility complete with Goldfish Swim School’s tropical decor.

The centerpiece of the school is the 30’ x 70’ gunite pool, with water constantly maintained at a kid-friendly 90 degrees. Parents can watch the small group lessons – no more than four children per instructor – in a comfortable viewing area that runs almost the whole length of the pool. The view is provided by an enormous, tempered glass panel that is a half inch thick, nine-feet high and 80-feet long.

Swimmers have access to twelve private changing rooms cleverly designed like tiki-huts, swimsuit dryers, five full bathrooms, a hair drying station – with benches shaped like surfboards – and showers. For children not swimming, there is a play area with small tables, toys and books. In addition to swim lessons, Goldfish offers birthday parties on the weekends. The entire facility is compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

The build-out required significant mechanical, electrical, plumbing and HVAC work. A powerful dehumidifying system from Seresco Technologies keeps the air dry and comfortable throughout the entire facility, despite the warm water temperature. The heating system maximizes energy efficiency by utilizing the heat generated by the compressors. Rather than having the heat dissipate, as in a normal setting, the excess heat is captured and used to help maintain the pool temperature.

“We could not be more excited to open the Goldfish Swim School—Needham,” said Sarah Kepic, owner, Goldfish Swim School—Needham. “We have brought to Massachusetts Goldfish’s unique approach to swim instruction that has already helped thousands of children across the country become confident, safe swimmers. We are very pleased to see the strong interest in the market and we appreciate Vantage Builders’ efforts in helping us open our doors.”

Vantage followed designs from architects Silverman Trykowski Associates, Inc. The project team also included South Shore Gunite Pools and engineers VAV International, Inc.

Goldfish Swim School - Needham offers swim lessons to children of all ages and varying stages from introductory parent-tot programs to beginning swimmer lessons to advanced pro-level lessons. The swim school is open for lessons six days a week, including on both Saturdays and Sundays. Register at www.goldfishswimschool.com (Needham, MA location) or 781-881-2108.

About Goldfish Swim School

Established in 2006 by husband and wife team, Jenny and Chris McCuiston, Goldfish Swim School provides swim lessons and water safety instruction to infants and children ages four months to 12 years. Classes are offered by specially trained instructors in a safe, kid-friendly and fun environment. Goldfish currently teaches more than 30,000 students per week. Headquartered in Birmingham, Mich., Goldfish Swim School opened its first franchise in 2009 in Farmington Hills, Mich. and is in the process of expanding franchise opportunities throughout the country. For more information, visit www.goldfishswimschool.com.

About Vantage Builders, Inc.

Vantage Builders offers contracting services to corporations, developers, property managers, retailers and private institutions throughout New England. Our standard construction services include general contracting and construction management. More comprehensive services include design/build and value engineering. In managing and building scores of commercial projects, we’ve found that versatility is key to our customers’ success. Our experience includes specialized tenant build-outs, standard property improvements, base building work and construction from the ground up. For more information, please visit www.vb-inc.com or follow us on Twitter: @VantageBldrs.

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