Suffolk Encourages Next Generation of Builders

Boston – Suffolk announced it took a unique approach when installing fencing around its jobsite at 401 Park in Boston.

The project team decided the fence surrounding the project should generate warmth and inspiration for children at a nearby daycare center rather than serve as a barrier separating the project site from the community. The company wanted students at the Bright Horizons daycare center to feel engaged in the building process.

Suffolk hosted virtual classes for the children to spark their interest in construction and encouraged them to draw what they saw on site, right outside their windows. Using their artwork, the team designed custom scrim (the wrap on the fence) with lookout holes so students could have a sneak peek at the action happening inside.

From these classes and conversations, the kids also constructed their own buildings at Bright Horizons using wood and recycled materials.