Boston – Campbell-McCabe Worldwide, LLC announced it provided door hardware consulting specification services for The Possible Zone in Boston. The 36,000sf, 5-story project included the transformation of a historic building, located at 31 Heath St. in Jackson Square, into a community center that houses an entrepreneurship program for high school students from under-resourced communities.
The Possible Zone features classrooms and makerspaces where students explore new technologies and experience practical work-based learning opportunities. It includes STEAM-based education in an immersive environment, designed to empower students to pursue their passions and launch successful careers.
Campbell-McCabe Worldwide, LLC assisted Utile, Inc. and Elaine Construction on the renovation project. Michael Bartoloni, AHC, DHT, senior architectural hardware consultant at Campbell-McCabe Worldwide, LLC, served as the firm’s Division 8 specification consultant. He worked with Charlotte Lipschitz of Utile, Inc. to troubleshoot and resolve existing conditions to ensure code compliance throughout the building. The work included engineering new hardware sets for exit devices, and adding new card readers and automatic operators – ensuring all security, egress, and ADA requirements were met.
“Providing specifications for historic renovations like this one present a unique set of challenges compared to a new build, as we work to accommodate existing building components and preserve historic elements of the space,” said Susan McCabe Messier, DHT, principal and owner, Campbell-McCabe Worldwide, LLC. “We enjoyed working with the teams at Utile, Inc. and Elaine Construction in giving this building new life while providing a safe and modern place for students to learn.”
The Possible Zone received a Merit award in the Interior Architecture & Spatial Design category at this year’s Boston Society for Architecture’s (BSA) Annual Awards, with jurors commenting that the “fun, flexible, lively, and inviting space” is designed to “encourage productivity and growth.”
McCabe Messier added, “We’re proud to be a part of a project that is focused on educating and empowering students that may not otherwise have these resources at their disposal. Providing opportunities for the next generation of life sciences professionals to develop their STEM skills is so important, and it’s great to be a part of a project focused on preparing these young people to be the leaders and innovators of tomorrow.”