Construction management firm provided fast-tracked services to accommodate academic calendar
BOSTON – April 26, 2018 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that it has completed renovations at Northeastern University. This marks Kaplan’s ninth project for the University.
“We approached this project with the needs of the school as a top priority. Academic institutions face unique challenges during construction, particularly when it comes to accommodating student schedules,” said Nate Peck, president of Kaplan Construction. “We are proud to have delivered this fast-tracked renovation project on time and with minimal disruption.”
Kaplan reconfigured the Office of Student Orientation and Frost Lounge at Ell Hall on the school’s Boston campus. The 2,000 SF renovation, designed by Boston-based Dyer Brown, was commissioned to increase the lounge’s existing footprint and provide a central reception area surrounded by private offices for student orientation. The entire space was refreshed with the installation of all new mechanical and electrical systems as well as new lighting, interior finishes, windows, glass walls and doors, wood ceilings, flooring, and millwork. RDK Engineers provided mechanical and electrical engineering services.
Founded in 1898, Northeastern is a global, experiential, research university built on a tradition of engagement with the world, creating a distinctive approach to education and research. The university offers a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs leading to degrees through the doctorate in nine colleges and schools, and select advanced degrees at graduate campuses in Charlotte, North Carolina, Seattle, Silicon Valley, and Toronto.
Construction firm brings child care construction expertise to Brookline Parish
BOSTON – June 13, 2018 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today it is renovating St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brookline, Mass., a family-oriented church founded in 1849. Serving as construction manager, Kaplan will oversee interior and exterior renovations to the existing church, including reconstructing the Children's Education space to accommodate additional Sunday School and youth programming.
Designed by the architectural team of studioMLA, Brookline, Mass. and David L. King Architects, Boston, Mass., most of the project involves the transformation of 2,500 SF located on the lower level of the Parish Hall. The reconfigured space will include the addition of new bathrooms, multiple classrooms equipped with kitchenettes, and a dedicated office for child care staff. David L. King Architects helped to develop the exterior in a manner that was complementary to the original building, and studioMLA’s interiors team integrated fun light fixtures, colorful accent walls, and new flooring to modernize the space while protecting its historic character.
Exterior improvements include creating an outdoor play area, garden terraces, and a new storm water management system. Providing direct access to a new outdoor play area, studioMLA’s landscape architecture group designed a separate entrance for the lower level and a new paved pathway that connects the vestibule with a classroom. New, larger windows will be installed in the lower level to welcome more natural light. Improvements to other areas of the Church and Parish Hall include a new accessible ramp per ADA standards, mechanical system upgrades throughout all offices, and new finishes to rejuvenate the building.
“Kaplan’s expertise and impressive resume of building both houses of worship and child care centers throughout Greater Boston were key factors in their selection,” said Reverend Jeffrey Mello, rector at St. Paul's. “They were instrumental in helping us refine the project scope and prioritize budget allocations and have thoughtfully and thoroughly developed a strategic plan to guide the renovations.”
Additional project team members include Garcia, Galuska & DeSousa for MEP engineering and Roome & Guarracino for structural engineering. The project is expected to be complete in Summer of 2018.
Kaplan Construction is a WBE general contractor and construction management company that provides comprehensive building programs including preconstruction planning, construction management, design-build services, and general construction for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, worship, and institutional clients. Serving Greater Boston since 1976, Kaplan is dedicated to building trusted, long-lasting relationships with its staff and clients based on professional teamwork, personal service, and quality craftsmanship. The company’s proactive approach features lean building techniques and integrated project delivery (IPD) that often realize substantial cost savings and earlier completion dates for its clients, while its dedication to safety far surpasses industry standards. Kaplan has earned its reputation for excellent customer service and superb workmanship, and the company’s highly successful projects have garnered a long list of industry awards and repeat clients. For more information, please visit www.kaplanconstructs.com.