Therapeutic Equestrian Arena

The MA Hospital School helps children and young adults with multiple disabilities to achieve maximum independence. An integral part of both the educational and therapeutic environment, the School's equestrian program needed an indoor riding arena and stables to function year-round. Our design for a pre-engineered structure allowed the project to be built within budget.

Accessible Public Library

A freestanding tower linked to the original building by glass-enclosed bridges, the elevator addition makes the Charlestown Public Library fully accessible, while preserving the delicte balance of the building's original structural system. Our design work also included rest-rooms, a staff kitchenette, interior doorways, main Library entrance,window repairs and interior upgrades.

Accessible College Bistro

Lasell Student Dining Hall occupies the middle floor of a 3-story building. The College's goals for the addition were to create a new accessible entrance at mid-level and add a venue for live entertainment and and intimate dining. The addition's triangular footprint reflects campus circulation patterns and expresses a dramatic structural system, giving the facility a contemporary character. Gently graded walkways make the Bistro directly accessible from other College buildings.

City Hall Restoration

Alden Chambers is the historic assembly space at Medford City Hall. Access upgrades created an opportunity for full interior restoration, with a platform lift, reconfigured doorways and furnishings, lighting and a sound system, with new draperies and carpeting to improve room acoustics. Restoration included refinishing of wood paneling, railings, plaster, paint, and windows.

Courthouse Renovations: Speakers Platform Lift and Podium

We restored and upgraded the original wooden handrail that divides public officials from audience seating, adding accessible gates and a podium for wheelchair users. We installed a vertical platform lift at the historic raised speaker's deck. Work also included fully refinishing oak wall paneling, painting and gilding a vaulted plaster ceiling, along with new lighting, furniture, and carpeting.

Masonry Envelope Reconstruction

Displaced, cracked brick walls and windows indicated serious building envelope failure at Westboro State School. We identified defects in original construction and designed two types of remediation: reconstructing walls full-height at the worst damage, and securing remaining brick to the structural system using retrofit ties. Windows were sealed and control joints added.

 

 

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We repair broken buildings and plan new facilities for state and local agencies. Experience with studies grounds our design work in an understanding of building problems and opportunities. Experience with design contracts grounds our studies in construction realities. Special expertise includes access upgrades and building envelope repairs for a wide variety of projects.