East Boston, MA Kaplan Construction has been awarded the contract and begun renovations for the Lyman School Apartments, an affordable apartment community. The senior low-income housing apartment project is being subsidized by the federal government’s Housing and Urban Development Division (HUD) and supported by the East Boston Community Development Corp. (EBCDC). The building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014.
The project features interior and exterior renovations to an historic red-brick structure that was originally built in 1912 as the Theodore Lyman School. The 40,000 s/f, five-story building, located at 30 Gove St., was converted to elderly housing in the 1980s. The new renovation will create a mix of 45 rent-assisted studios and one-bedroom apartments, office space, common amenities, and community space. It will include the modification and rehabilitation of occupied space, including the conversion and upgrade of five units to handicapped accessible units.
“We chose Kaplan Construction because they were very knowledgeable, experienced and committed to making things work,” said Sal Colombo, development manager at the EBCDC.
Project details include masonry restoration, installation of all new windows, new kitchens and flooring, painting, extending sprinkler systems, installation of central air conditioning, updates to code, and updating compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), including an exterior ramp and an interior lift.
“Some of the renovations will take place in occupied residences, which will take skill and care on the part of the contractor,” said Michael Interbartolo, Jr., AIA.
Project team members include:
• Michael Interbartolo, Jr., AIA - architect
• Crossfield Engineering, Inc. - mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering.