Kaplan Construction Starts Renovation of New Learning Center

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BPSI Exterior

Newton, MA –  Kaplan Construction is starting renovation work on a 12,540sf historic building in Newton. for the Boston Psychoanalytic Society & Institute (BPSI).

Working with Schwartz/Silver Architects and owner’s project manager Design Technique, Inc., Kaplan will provide interior and exterior renovations to Colby Hall, located at 141 Herrick Road in Newton Centre and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Construction started in early March and is expected to be complete in September 2014.

The new learning center will feature seminar and meeting rooms, a lounge/reading room with adjacent kitchen, a research library, and administrative offices.

Built in 1866, Colby Hall is a Romanesque revival, second empire stone masonry building with wood framed floors, roof, and stud partitions.

Kaplan will renovate and reconfigure the building’s three floors to accommodate BPSI’s program spaces. It will also convert the attached vaulted chapel to a library and multi-purpose room to host lectures, dinners, and functions. Featured off the entrance is a casually furnished community room with an attached kitchenette that will be used as communal gathering space for students, members and faculty.

In addition to minor exterior renovations, Kaplan is performing stone paving replacement, accessibility improvements, life safety systems (installation of full sprinkler and fire alarm systems), and replacement of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems. A new elevator will provide access to all floors of Colby Hall, including the renovated basement with new ADA accessible restrooms.

In addition to construction management, Kaplan provided pre-construction services, including exploratory work, budget review estimates, preparation of deduct alternates, and preliminary schedules.

Project team members include  Cosentini Associates of Cambridge,  mechanical and electrical engineer; Nitsch Engineering of Boston, civil engineer, and John Born Associates of Cambridge, structural engineer