Village Court

This is a fascinating Housing Authority project to help with the ongoing retrofit of an innovative elderly housing project from the “Solar Seventies” in Mattapoisett, MA. Solar gain is being managed and envelop upgrades performed while preserving the intent and informal meeting and “front yards” provided by the internal 2-story gallery. While some aspects of the passive storage have been long abandoned, the passive solar heating and the connections to the exterior will be preserved and enhanced for comfort to support continued resident use.

Our scope includes a full investigation of the architectural envelope and mechanical systems, and multiple proposed design solutions to address the overheating.

Just Label 2.0 Certified

We are officially certified with the new Just Label 2.0! For those unfamiliar, the Living Future Institute has created a transparent platform for organizations to disclose their operations for the benefit of social justice. This is in addition to their many environmental impact assessment certifications.

However, we have encouraged some challenges as a smaller firm. The rating system caters to larger firms so there are categories that we feel do not accurately represent our firm comparatively. For example gender diversity. 3 of our 7 employees are women. Overall, our gender diversity is almost split even but we only have one senior staff person who is a man so we cannot achieve a higher rating for that category. One of the great things about being a small firm is that we have the flexibility to address the individual needs of our employees. JUST provides an introduction to much-needed discussion topics, but rather than modify our policy overall, we can and have been able to adjust to individual requirements such as office hours, accessibility needs, remote/in-office time, etc.

Overall, the Just program is a great internal tool to access growth. Going through the process is the most valuable in understanding not just where we are but how we can grow. We believe Just label should be the industry standard for architecture and beyond. The new additions of the 2.0 such as the mental and physical health of the individuals were interesting, especially in pandemic times. Forcing us to discuss what our role as a firm could and should be. Our firm had general values such as using sustainable/local products and generally endorsed volunteering; however, we didn’t have a written policy before JUST that systematically enforced/encouraged those values for staff to refer to/adhere by. We look forward to the Just 3.0 release!

Haverhill High School Gym

Demolition of the gymnasium roof at Haverhill High School has officially begun!

The project is part of MSBA’s Accelerated Repair Program. Our scope includes a replacement of the original 1960’s barrel-vaulted gymnasium roof. In this project, new insulation under a new membrane roof will be installed to bring the building to meet energy Stretch Code and last hopefully another 60 years.

Update: This project has been completed. Click here for more information.

Boston Building Resources

The project was to completely re-organize and upgrade the Warehouse and Retail sales area of the Building Materials Re-use Center. The project included a complete new high-performance envelope recladding the engineered building. Then conversion to high performance electric Air Source Heat Pumps (ASHP) for space conditioning and DHW. The installation of a solar array on […]

Native Land Conservancy

A new center that provides space for offices, community meetings, classroom, and family spaces for the Native Land Conservancy.
[ILFI Living Building Challenge-Zero Energy]

Nawn Factory Wellness Center

A new wellness center with a range of potential design and developmental services needed for The Wellness Collaborative, Inc.

Brookside Office & Research Building

An existing historic industrial building with significant rehab and rebranding for office and research spaces.

Worcester Housing Authority
Scattered Sites

A Capitol project bringing a range of modernizations to a “Scattered Site” family development in Worcester, MA.

Tantasqua Regional Junior High School

As of 2020, this window and door replacement project has been completed. [MSBA Accelerated Repair Program]

Fitchburg Housing Authority
Canton Valley Housing Development

Working with the Fitchburg Housing Authority, we are providing full architectural and engineering services for a comprehensive building envelopes upgrade and lighting upgrades.

Map Academy (Resnik Road) Phase II

Additional phase in a renovation of education facility that is designed for students who often lose their way in traditional high school.

JUST Label

Our firm is pleased to receive the JUST label for being a socially and equitable firm.

Map Academy (Resnik Road)

A renovation of education facility that is designed for students who often lose their way in traditional high school.

Bigelow Street Residence

This was a renovation/addition project to an existing Craftsmen Style wood frame, 2-Family home.

Upton Street Residence

A complete renovation and modernization of a 6-story historic townhouse into 3-units in the heart of the historic South End.

New Parkway Little League Concession and Clubhouse

We are beginning schematic design on brand-new concession stand and clubhouse for West Roxbury’s beloved Parkway Little League.

Elm Street Residence

Classic Victorian house located in Brookline will undergo renovation to accommodate an additional unit with bathroom in the basement.

Blue Incubator [Blue Institute]

The Blue Incubator offers established companies and start-ups ocean access for testing in a blue economy ecosystem.

Pine Barrens Wilderness Center

The Pine Barrens Wilderness Center [PBWC] project is the renovation and repurposing of an existing camp into a new ecological center. Applying for Living Community Challenge.

Map Academy Charter School

A renovation of education facility that is designed for students who often lose their way in traditional high school. Net Zero energy standards for the new charter high school building.

Chelsea Union Housing Authority

We are working with the Chelsea Housing Authority in providing comprehensive Modernization of the Union Park elderly development with (7) buildings and a community building.

Gloucester Housing Authority

A complete modernization of the 100-unit mid-rise elderly development in Gloucester, MA.

North Plymouth Academic Campus [NPAC]

New construction and master planning for Marine Science College. Applying for LEED Platinum and Living Community Challenge certification for site planning / community.

Lee Street Residences

New construction of a contemporary, low energy, 2-Unit structure replacing a dilapidated Carriage House next to an existing single-family Victorian home. They will require extensive zoning variance process.