SCI Completes YWCA Reno

Recently finished addition to the New Bedford YWCA

New Bedford, MA – South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) recently finished a $3 million addition to the YWCA Southeastern Mass, located at 20 6th Street in New Bedford.

The 6500sf addition will be used for an after-school childcare on the first floor and supportive women’s housing programs on the second. The addition and upgrades to the existing building also received a number of upgrades.

The project also included new features and upgrades to the existing building. Those included new millwork in all new classrooms and pantries; new bathrooms and pantries for ykids program and residential program on separate floors; new reception area with natural light from storefront system; new electrical wiring throughout existing building; rewired all historical lighting fixtures to accommodate upgraded wiring; new bluestone and flagstone walkway in front and back of building; and new wrought iron fence in front of building.

Davis Square Architects was project architect, with Women’s Institute (WIHED) as the development consultant. Other members of the project team included Boucher & Heureux, Inc., surveyor; Paul B Aldinger & Associates, geotechnical engineer; Garcia Galuska DeSousa, civil engineer; Devellis ZRein, landscape architect; Struble Engineering, structural engineer; BLW Engineers, MEP/FP engineers; and Universal Environmental Consultants, environmental engineer.

“South Coast Improvement has been fortunate to be part of several big projects on the New Bedford waterfront,” said Nicole Viveiros, the project manager for South Coast Improvement on the YWCA addition. “The completion of this addition will have a significant impact on families and women in the New Bedford area.”

Prior to the YWCA project, South Coast Improvement was the general contractor for a renovation/buildout for the Moby Dick Brewing Company at 16 South Water Street in 2017. SCI was also the general contractor on a renovation project for the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE), the Co-Creative Center on Union Street, which opened in March 2018. An additional South Coast Improvement project, the renovation of the former Standard-Times office building into a Renaissance Hotel at 218-226 Union Street, was completed last year.