Dimock Center Reno Completed

The Dimock Center

Roxbury, MA – Timberline Construction recently announced the project completion of the 18,730sf renovation project for the Dr. Lucy Sewall for Acute Treatment Services Building at The Dimock Center. This 14-month project restored the building’s aging detoxification facility and will strengthen its comprehensive substance use disorder treatment services.

Timberline served as the construction management firm and worked closely with Platt Anderson Freeman Architects and CSL Consulting to restore life back to this historical building. The Dimock Center welcomed Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Martin J. Walsh at the ribbon-cutting ceremony on April 3.

The interior renovations created new program areas, including residential double-occupancy units, open nurses’ stations, integrated case management offices, multipurpose community rooms, integrated security, and an outpatient treatment area.


Dr. Lucy Sewall for Acute Treatment Services Building

Renovations also included new sprinkler, plumbing, electrical, and HVAC systems, a complete structural replacement, including converting the existing roof joists to trusses, and complete replacement of the first-floor structural framing system, including replacing the existing wood columns with new steel columns.  

The construction team coordinated around existing water, gas and sprinkler lines that had to remain active to support adjacent buildings. The project also included a new elevator to serve all floors of the building. This installation required creating a new elevator pit in solid ledge, an effort requiring special drilling techniques and a chemical expansion process to complete, while protecting the adjacent bearing elements of the historic structure.

This project was the result of Dimock’s $16 million capital campaign, Building the Road to Recovery, supported by lead contributor, The Yawkey Foundations, as well as the three major hospital networks in Boston: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Partners HealthCare, and Boston Medical Center, among other supporters. 


Other generous supporters of Building the Road to Recovery include The Claddagh Fund; The Boston Foundation; Century Bank; Coverys Charitable Foundation; Eastern Bank Charitable Foundation; the Fish Family Foundation; Sanofi Genzyme; Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation; John Hancock Financial Services; Keen Charitable Foundation; and the 23 members of the Dimock Community Foundation Board.

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