Construction Completed on Lower Basin Barracks in Boston

Boston – Finegold Alexander Architects announced the completion of Lower Basin Barracks in Boston. Formerly the historic Charles River Lower Locks Gate House, the 15,000sf renovation and addition project will house the previously consolidated State Police-Boston and State Police-Brighton Barracks and provides space for current and projected mission requirements.

The project team worked closely with the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Massachusetts State Police, and the Division of Conservation and Recreation, and conducted extensive public outreach. The design focused on creating a public facility that appropriately balances functionality and visual appeal.

Located in the Lower Charles River Basin, the facility is on the National Register of Historic Places and will serve as the only state police facility for Boston. The renovation of the existing historic building included a new insulated roof, facade restoration, new energy efficient and secure glazing, and a complete gut renovation of the interiors, including an expansive detention area, office spaces, a sun-filled fitness area and locker room.

The new addition includes a new public lobby set against the backdrop of the original historic facade with access to public toilet facilities and a multi-purpose community room. The community room will serve as a shared space, providing a broad range of services to support the local community. Improving and expanding upon the greenery is the focus of the design, as the historic greenery of the site has been lost throughout its past uses.