Holyoke, MA – Kaplan Construction has been selected to construct a new 17,000sf, three-story apartment building and perform renovations to existing apartments at Holyoke Farms.
Upon completion, the project will offer 229 units of mixed-income family housing across 32 buildings, including 217 renovated two- and three-bedroom townhouse apartments.
The new three-story apartment building will replace an existing two-story residential building on Holyoke’s campus and will provide 12 fully accessible housing units, community space, a laundry room, and a new management office.
The owner is Holyoke Farms Redevelopment LLC, a long-standing partnership between Maloney Properties and the Whiting Farms Tenant Association. The developer/sponsor is Maloney Development LLC.
The project team includes architect, Guzman Prufer, Inc.; structural engineer, Summit Engineers, PLLC; MEP/FP engineer, Wozny/Barbar & Associates, Inc.; civil engineer, White Engineering, Inc.; landscape architect, Plant It Green Landscape Architecture, and property manager, Maloney Properties, Inc.
Kaplan performed the demolition of an existing residential structure containing eight townhouse units before constructing a new three-story building in its place.
The ground-up project will include site work, new utility entrances, a groundwater retention system, and new mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection systems. Concurrently, the company will perform “back-to-the-studs” renovations to 217 full baths on the campus’s existing residential units. Each bathroom will receive new flooring, drywall, tub, sink, toilet, lighting, and ventilation.
In addition, Kaplan will replace all boilers with more energy-efficient equipment as well as upgrade the HVAC zoning and replace electrical panels in each apartment.
Extensive site work includes repaving the parking lots and sidewalks throughout the complex and adding “pocket parks” with landscaping and benches to create community gathering spaces. Additionally, patios and steps will be replaced at many apartments to complete the landscape upgrades.
“We selected Kaplan for their strength in managing occupied renovations,” said Felicia Jacques, vice president at Maloney Properties and managing director of development. “They were extremely helpful in providing pre-construction services through the predevelopment period. They communicated clearly with us and the sub-consultants, making sure everyone was on the same page. Their responsiveness, management, and control of the construction process contributed enormously to the success of this project during a time of construction pricing volatility.”