Connolly Bros. Constructs MarketPlace 


Cardinal Cushing Center topping off

Hanover, MA – Connolly Brothers Inc., a general contractor and construction management firm based in Beverly, is working with Cardinal Cushing Centers, Inc. on the construction of a new 20,000sf MarketPlace Building in Hanover which will house the Cushing café, a thrift store and gift shop, along with state-of-the-art training classrooms. A topping-off ceremony was held on Oct. 30.

A nonprofit organization founded in 1947, Cushing Centers began as a day and residential school for students with intellectual disabilities. With additional locations in Braintree, Cushing now supports over 600 individuals of all ages.

Connolly Brothers demolished an existing structure on the property before beginning site work and is on schedule to ensure the new building is enclosed prior to the winter season. Completion is scheduled for May 2020.

The two-story building is a slab on grade conventionally framed steel structure designed to complement the existing historic campus buildings. 

Designed by ARC/Architectural Resources Cambridge to meet the center’s sustainability goals, the new MarketPlace will serve as a gateway to the Cardinal Cushing Center and a gathering place for both Cushing Center students and the surrounding community.

The project team includes construction manager, Connolly Brothers; architect, ARC/Architectural Resources, Cambridge;  M/E/P/FP, Bala/TMP Consulting Engineers; and Boston Building Consultants.

The facility is being planned in two phases. The current phase will house retail establishments owned and operated by the center and staffed by students, as well as six classrooms dedicated to the Vocational Services Program which provides on-site vocational and educational experiences. This phase also includes support spaces such as a quiet room, computer room, and private and shared offices.

Phase Two will ultimately house administrative office suites, an employee training center, and additional learning spaces.

The retail spaces include the Cushing Café; Timeless Treasures, a thrift shop; and the Cushing Trader, a gift shop.