Boston – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm recently announced that it has concluded renovations to the Merrimack Valley YMCA, located at 40 Lawrence Street in Lawrence, to allow for the relocation and expansion of its preschool and child care programs.
In total, Kaplan renovated approximately 12,000sf of the building, transforming the lower level and second floor of the YMCA. A grand opening of the new child care center was celebrated on June 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony.
Kaplan refurbished the building’s lower level, adding classrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen and play space dedicated to the YMCA’s School Age Program.
The second floor, which previously housed the after school program, was converted into the YMCA’s Preschool Program, with the addition of classrooms, bathrooms, and a kitchenette as well as the installation of updated sprinkler, fire protection and life safety systems.
Once licensed, the School Age Program will serve up to 150 childrenduring summer and school vacations with programming for children ages five to 13 from 6:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. The Preschool Program will accommodate up to 80 children ages 2.9 to five years.
The project was designed by Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype of Boston. Design/build project team members included: Lynco Fire Protection, Inc. of Burlington, Fire Protection; Electrical Dynamics, Inc. of North Reading, Electric; and Gaffny Plumbing & Heating of Salem, N.H., Plumbing/HVAC.
Through careful coordination with the YMCA’s staff and programmers, Kaplan was able to phase work to minimize the impact on patrons and residents. The YMCA adjusted programs and times as needed to accommodate the work during the multi-phased construction project.