Kaplan Wins EICA Eagle Award

l-r: Nate Peck, Jane Kaplan Peck, and Melissa Bullock from Kaplan Construction / David Fox Photographer

Brookline, MA – Kaplan Construction announced that the firm’s historical renovation of 9 Williams Street has won an Excellence in Construction Award (EICA) from the Massachusetts Chapter of the Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC MA).  

Kaplan received the Eagle Award in the category of historical restorations/renovations over $1 million.

Owned by Madison Park Development Corporation (MPDC), 9 Williams Street is a contributing element to the Dudley Station Historic District, and once housed a buggy manufacturing company.

The 51,250sf building was originally built in 1915 and thus required a full gut renovation and adaptive reuse. Much of the project was funded with historic tax credits and as such, the project had to be renovated to the National Park Service Secretary of the Interior Standards for Historic Rehabilitation.

The masonry facades were repointed, which required precise matching to the existing brick and mortar. The corbelled brick cornice and intricate frieze above the main entrance were recreated by a specialist. A historical consultant made frequent visits to the site to perform quality checks on the century-old building.

The result of this renovation is 30 new mixed-income apartment residences and 7,000sf of ground-floor commercial space. Residences include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms, and three-bedrooms, and feature oversized windows, abundant natural lighting, high ceilings, hardwood floors, community space, and bicycle storage.

The historic building’s facade has been fully restored, and new utilities and finishes have been installed throughout.

ABC’s Excellence in Construction program has become a premier competition within the construction industry, distinguishing outstanding construction projects across the nation.

The prestigious Eagle Award represents the pinnacle of achievement and recognizes overall excellence regarding project execution, craftsmanship, safety, innovative elements and challenges, and client satisfaction.