STV Provides OPM Services for Historic Buildings


Future home of the Plymouth Town Hall

Boston – STV was selected to provide a range of owner’s project management (OPM) services for three historic restoration projects in Massachusetts.

STV will oversee the design and construction of the $35 million renovation and expansion of the 1820 courthouse in the town of Plymouth that will serve as the future home of the Plymouth Town Hall. Additionally, the firm was selected to provide OPM services for the renovation and expansion of the 119-year-old Reading Public Library, on behalf of the town of Reading, and the rehabilitation of the iconic 130-year-old Chapel at the University of Massachusetts (UMass) Amherst.

Plymouth’s historic Federalist-style brick courthouse includes the majestic Daniel Webster Courtroom on the second floor. Once it is renovated, the structure will adjoin to a new, 61,300sf building, which will house many of Plymouth’s municipal departments. The buildings will be connected by a shared glass entranceway and lobby on the ground floor. The project is scheduled for completion in 2017.

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Reading Public Library


The 31,000sf Reading Public Library, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, will undergo a $13 million renovation and expansion. The current three-story building will eventually accommodate a new, large children’s room; a two-story addition for book stacks and house collections; and new spaces for public computing, group learning, and community meetings. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.


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The UMass Amherst Chapel

The UMass Amherst Chapel, with its Richardsonian Romanesque stone clock tower and spire, is one of most recognizable landmarks on campus. The facility first functioned as a library when it opened in 1884, but has since been used for classroom space, and most recently, a home for the university’s marching band.

A $14 million renovation project is now under way. Once it is reconstructed, the chapel will be used for lectures, musical performances, banquets, short-term exhibitions, and student activities. The project is scheduled for completion in 2016.


“It is an honor for our group to be a part of the rehabilitation of these three historic structures,” said James Kolb, STV vice president and New England regional manager in the firm’s construction management division. “We strive to honor the historic integrity of each building while also working with the project owner and other stakeholders to accommodate their 21st-century needs.”

Since opening its doors more than 100 years ago, STV has become a leader in providing a range of planning, engineering, architectural, construction management and environmental services for energy, transportation, infrastructure and facilities projects. The firm is ranked 42nd in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms survey and 12th in the Top 40 Engineering/Architecture firms in Building Design + Construction magazine. STV is 100 percent employee-owned.