Hingham, MA – FoxRock Properties was recently recognized for its involvement with the newly designed school for South Shore Educational Collaborative (SSEC). The new building was dedicated to Robert T. Hale Sr., FoxRock Properties owner Rob Hale’s late father, with a special recognition and appreciation for the FoxRock Properties team.
FoxRock partnered with Bowdoin Construction and Roth & Seelen Architects to transform a former industrial manufacturing facility into a new location for SSEC. The 85,000sf building included the complete renovation of an existing 60,000sf warehouse along with over 25,000sf of new construction.
The new facility, whose doors opened at the start of the 2013 academic year, includes a full cafeteria, gymnasium, therapeutic pool and additional office and classroom space. Wider hallways and the absence of stairs make the new building particularly helpful in accommodating more students with physical challenges, such as those who need to use wheelchairs.
In late November, members of the project team gathered for the unveiling of the plaque, which is located in the lobby of The Community School, the day school at SSEC serving students ages 3-21. Attendees included Rob Hale, owner, FoxRock Properties; John Cummings, construction manager, Foxrock Properties; Jason Ward, manager Foxrock Properties; Jerry K. Seelen, principal Roth & Seelen, Inc.; and Hank Perrin, executive director SSEC.
Following the dedication, the group toured the school and met with students and staff who expressed their gratitude for the new school.
“FoxRock Properties took the time to understand our situation and the need for improved functionality with our facility,” said Dr. Henry Perrin, executive director South Shore Educational Collaborative. “On behalf of the students and staff, this plaque dedication honoring Mr. Hale also thanks FoxRock Properties for the commitment to all students at South Shore Educational Collaborative.”
As a result of a major increase in enrollment of students who need advanced therapeutic services for physical and medical needs, SSEC began searching for a new location for its school. In response to a detailed Request For Proposal, FoxRock Properties submitted the only proposal that met and exceeded the SSEC requirements. When compiling their proposal, FoxRock Properties examined the current problems that SSEC was facing and identified what key features would be beneficial not only in the immediate future, but in years to come. FoxRock Properties also understood the importance of accessibility; this meant having the entire school in one location, ensuring it was on one floor and incorporating wider hallways.
“With SSEC, we saw a great opportunity to improve upon an existing space and make a real impact on the daily lives of students and staff,” said Jason Ward, manager at FoxRock Properties. “We’re truly honored. We hope this facility is a special place for everyone who comes through those doors. To be memorialized as part of the SSEC family means the world to us.”
The SSEC provides specialized education, counseling, and therapeutic services for approximately 350 individuals with moderate to intense learning, intellectual, emotional, physical, and medical challenges.