Sep 09, 2018
South Coast Improvement, Co. Wins $2 Million Renovation Project to Build Brockton Medical Marijuana Dispensary
South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently began work on a $2 Million renovation project to construct a medical marijuana dispensary at 1090 West Chestnut Street in Brockton, Massachusetts for Commonwealth Alternative Care. Hedrick Brothers Construction is the project manager.
South Coast Improvement efforts will include full site work package with ample parking and access as well as landscaping. That work features a full gut and renovation fit out for the entire interior of the building to accommodate a medical marijuana dispensary with future plans for a retail dispensary.
Other components of the project include an entire mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrade, with replacements as necessary. The exterior of the building will also be refreshed with new windows, storefront, and signage.
“We have a lot of experience in the healthcare arenas between healthcare facilities and urgent care centers. As it is for many GCs, a medical marijuana facility is breaking new ground yet it’s not unfamiliar territory,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. “With every project, we bring a certain level of construction expertise and a commitment to the process. We look forward to a very favorable result and finished product.”
The architect for the project is Glidden Spina. Engineering firms working on the project include Fuss & O’Neill, Inc. (mechanical, electrical and plumbing) and Field Engineering Company (civil and site work).
Construction work began in July and will conclude in November.
Based in Marion, Mass. and with an office in Reading, Pennsylvania, South Coast Improvement Co is a recognized leader in providing building and renovation services to a client base of senior living, healthcare, institutional and retail clients.
Aug 22, 2018
South Coast Improvement, Co. completes work on Union Street hotel in New Bedford
South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently completed construction on a project to convert a vacant building on Union Street in New Bedford into a luxury 68-room hotel. The new hotel, the New Bedford Harbor Hotel, is located at 222 Union Street and opened in July.
The Columbus Group, a Boston-based private investment firm, developed this $10 million project. The project entailed converting a vacant 46,600-square-foot building at 218-226 Union St. into a 68-room hotel, 3,300-square-foot restaurant, and 5,100-square-foot banquet space. The New Bedford Harbor Hotel is now part of the Choice Hotels chain.
Highlights of the work completed by South Coast Improvement included the gutting of the five-story building, which formerly housed the radio station WSBM. It also featured complete mechanical, electrical and plumbing upgrades and reconfigurations throughout the facility. A large part of that effort was the installation of shower, toilet and sink in each of the 68 rooms.
Additionally, the elevators had to be upgraded to current standards and codes. All common areas were completely redone.
The hotel marks the third major project South Coast Improvement has completed in the waterfront area in New Bedford. Last year, South Coast Improvement finished work on the Moby Dick Brewery, a 4,300-square-foot brewery/eatery located at the intersections of Union and Water Street across from the New Bedford Whaling Museum in the city’s historic district.
Additionally, South Coast Improvement finished a renovation project earlier this year for the Co-Creative Center with Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE).
“We’ve had a great working relationship with the City of New Bedford over the years and have enjoyed working on new projects like the Moby Dick Brewery, WHALE, the New Bedford Harbor Hotel and another large project that’s currently in construction—the addition to the YWCA,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement Company. “Our company’s earliest roots are in New Bedford and the addition of a first-class hotel to the waterfront is great for the City and will be a draw for more revitalization projects to the area.”
Based in Marion, Mass. and with an office in Reading, Pennsylvania, South Coast Improvement Co is a recognized leader in providing building and renovation services to a client base of senior living, healthcare, institutional and retail clients. For more information, please call 508-748-6545 or visit www.southcoastimprovement.com.
Aug 08, 2018
South Coast Improvement, Co. completes fifth Urgent Care facility at SouthCoast Marketplace in Fall River, MA
South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently finished construction of a new Urgent Care facility at 450 William S. Canning Blvd, Fall River, MA and opened for business on July 10. This represents the fifth Urgent Care Center that South Coast Improvement has built for Southcoast Health, a not-for-profit, community-based health system with multiple access points, offering an integrated continuum of health services throughout southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
All Southcoast Health Urgent Care Centers are equipped with staff and equipment to treat a wide range of medical situations—e.g. broken bones, contusions, cuts, burns, animal bites, etc. Urgent Care Centers provide patients with less serious injuries an option to the emergency room at the hospital.
The new Urgent Care Center in Fall River features custom millwork, AD sliding door systems, new hospital grade air exchange system as well as other hospital grade finishes. South Coast Improvement also coordinated all low voltage/data requirements with the hospital's data staff. South Coast Improvement also built the facility to meet the requirements of Southcoast Health’s X-ray Equipment as well as all of their fixture requirements.
At the July 10 grand opening ceremony, Southcoast Health President and CEO Keith A. Hovan noted the success of the Urgent Care Center model. “Our Urgent Care Centers are especially important now that we are living in an age where our patients have truly become healthcare consumers. Patients want high-quality care when they need it. Our urgent care centers deliver on those expectations.”
Congressman William Keating and Fall River Mayor Jasiel F. Correia II attended the ribbon-cutting.
In addition to the Urgent Care Center in Fall River, South Coast Improvement has completed Urgent Care centers in Dartmouth, Fairhaven, Lakeville, and Seekonk.
JACA Architects of Quincy, Massachusetts was the project architect.
Jul 23, 2018
South Coast Improvement, Co. completes $2.1M project at Atria Litchfield Hills
South Coast Improvement Company (SCI) has finished the final phase of renovations at the Atria Litchfield Hills senior living facility located at 376 Goshen Road in Torrington, Connecticut. The Marion, Mass.-based company began construction in May 2017, finishing in February 2018.
The $2.125 million renovation took place on the patio and second-floor levels of the facility. The patio level renovation featured the conversion of a large multi-purpose space and some auxiliary offices on the patio level into six new resident bedrooms, each with private bathrooms. It also included a redesign of the multi-purpose room to accommodate a new smaller common space used by the community for events and activities.
The second level renovation featured demolition of five unit apartments, which were converted into one large communal dining room, activity offices and a commercial serving kitchen.
Timing was perhaps the biggest obstacle South Coast Improvement faced in bringing this project to a close earlier this year. Replacement of the HVAC units and adding new electrical panels and new plumbing required whole building shutdowns that had to be carefully coordinated with the community and staff in advance to ensure minimal disruption and no loss of heat to the residents since this work took place during the winter. With minimal disruption to routine and nobody was literally left out in the cold.
Jul 12, 2018
South Coast Improvement awarded $7 million design-build renovation
South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently won a design-build contract for a renovation/addition at Oriol Healthcare’s Oakdale Skilled Nursing and Rehabilitation Center at 76 North Main Street in West Boylston, MA.
The $7 million project will begin in October 2018 and finish in early 2020. It will feature the aforementioned addition to connect the two existing wings of the facility and improve the flow of patient/staff traffic. Additionally, the main entrance of the building will be reconfigured to again improve traffic flow. Other project deliverables include the construction of a new kitchen, the conversion of patient rooms from doubles to singles and a complete evaluation of all mechanical, electrical and plumbing.
JACA Architects of Quincy, Massachusetts will be the project architects.
Oriol Health Care is a family owned and operated company comprised of two skilled nursing facilities located in Holden and West Boylston. For more than 50 years, Oriol Health Care has been a leader in providing quality care to its residents. For more information, please visit www.oriolhealthcare.com.
Jun 19, 2018
South Coast Improvement Completes Pool Renovation at Maplewood at Mayflower Place
This past April, South Coast Improvement Company finished a total renovation of the pool, locker room and spa area at Maplewood at Mayflower Place, an assisted living facility located at 579 Buck Island Road in West Yarmouth, Massachusetts.
The $810,000 project featured replacement of the pool roof with a new system to provide optimal natural light. The pool itself received new tiles to offer better traction and safety for users. The adjacent hot tub also received new tiles and jet stream system.
The locker room portion of the project included new fixtures, cabinets, tiles and other amenities. A new door system was installed in the vestibule entrance to the pool and spa. The entire pool, spa, and locker room received an upgrade to the HVAC system to a fabric duct system for improved aesthetics and efficiency.
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May 10, 2018
South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently hired John Rock as a construction project executive. Rock, a construction industry veteran with more than three decades of experience, will have executive oversight on SCI’s high-profile projects—including the new addition to YWCA in New Bedford, MA.
“John has a tremendous amount of experience in the health/life science arena as well as in commercial retail. He’s been part of construction management teams for projects ranging from $10 million to $300 million. Our company is approaching that stratosphere and John will fit in very nicely with the growth of SCI,” said Tom Quinlan, president of South Coast Improvement, Inc.
Rock’s resume of projects as a management executive includes the redesign and build out of the Natick Mall and multiple hospital projects for Steward Health Care facilities. That list includes six- and seven-figure projects at Saint Anne’s Hospital in Fall River, MA; Good Samaritan Hospital in Brockton MA; Norwood Hospital in Norwood MA; and Morton Hospital in Taunton, MA.
A veteran who served in Vietnam, Rock has a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Rhode Island. He holds both LEED and OSHA certifications and is licensed in Massachusetts as a construction supervisor.
“I’ve been very fortunate in my career to work on some big and exciting projects, particularly in the life sciences and healthcare arena. There is nothing more challenging than working on a renovation in a medical facility. Not only do you have to be concerned about your project and minimize impact to the very important work the care providers are doing but you must communicate with frequency with multiple parties from the organization,” said Rock. “Part of what drew me to South Coast Improvement is their strong track record of projects of this nature and their unbelievable record for repeat business.”
Rock resides in Cranston, Rhode Island and is the father of three grown children and nine grandchildren.
For more information on South Coast Improvement, please call 508-748-6545 or visit www.southcoastimprovement.com.
About South Coast Improvement Company
South Coast Improvement offers a range of design, construction and management services across a variety of sectors—interiors as well as exteriors—including office buildings, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, commercial properties, assisted living facilities, and residential communities. South Coast Improvement services include Preconstruction analysis; Construction management; General contracting; Design/build services; Capital improvement; Building envelope improvements; and Interior renovations.
For more information, visit www.southcoastimprovement.com or call 508-748-6545.
May 01, 2018
South Coast Improvement Company begins work on YWCA SE renovation in New Bedford, MA
On April 30, South Coast Improvement Company began construction on an addition to and renovations of the YWCA SE at 20 South Sixth Street in New Bedford, MA. The $3 million project will add 6,500 square-feet to the property, which will be used for after-school child care and supportive women’s housing programs. The project is the culmination of 16 years’ worth of planning and fundraising. The anticipated completion date is January 30th, 2019.
Above: New Bedford Mayor, Jon Mitchell, is one of several dignitaries taking part in the groundbreaking ceremony for the addition to and renovation of the YWCA of Southeastern Massachusetts.
Apr 24, 2018
South Coast Improvement completes BU lab renovation
South Coast Improvement Company has finished a 2,000 square-foot renovation project at the Boston University College of Engineering’s Dunlop Laboratory at 44 Cummington Mall, Boston. The $750,000.00 project involved demolition of the old HVAC system and an upgrade to a new one, as well as the installation of new air and water filtration systems.
The crown jewel of the project featured the creation of two new cleanrooms tailored for genetic testing. Additionally, custom millwork and epoxy counters were installed throughout all labs, as was new lighting.
The project followed IRCA standards at all times and tailored the renovation schedule so that working labs could remain open and unimpeded during the three months of work.
Apr 23, 2018
South Coast Improvement completes crown jewel of Dartmouth: Hannoush Plaza
Marion, Mass.-based South Coast Improvement Company recently completed the buildout of Hannoush Plaza, a 30,000 square-foot retail center located on Route 6 in Dartmouth, MA. The crown jewel of the project is the 6,500 square-foot buildout of Hannoush Jewelers showrooms (with careful planning and staging, the jeweler was able to remain open during construction).
South Coast Improvement was also the GC on the buildout of the Plaza’s two other tenants, SouthCoast Health’s UrgentCare, a 7,500 square-foot space, and Visionworks, a 2,500 square-foot space. The UrgentCare is one of four constructed by South Coast Improvement Company for SouthCoast Health. The other UrgentCare centers are in Seekonk, Fairhaven and Lakeville, Mass.
Hannoush Plaza is owned by Hannoush Jewelers.
Apr 18, 2018
South Coast Improvement Builds Fourth Facility For SouthCoast Health
On April 10th, SouthCoast Health opened their new facility in Lakeville, MA. This new building marks the fourth that Marion-based South Coast Improvement has built for the urgent care providers. The 5,000 square foot, $11 million project features custom millwork, AD sliding door systems, new hospital grade air exchange system as well as other hospital grade finishes. South Coast Improvement also coordinated all low voltage/data requirements with the hospital's data staff. South Coast Improvement also built the facility to meet the requirements of SouthCoast Health’s X-ray Equipment as well as all of their fixturing requirements.
Apr 06, 2018
South Coast makes big improvements at Atria Stamford
Atria Stamford has partnered with South Coast Improvement Company for a $12 million expansion and renovation to the property, including the conversion of an entire floor for a dedicated memory care unit. This unit includes 14 private studio apartments, common area dining, and activity space.
The redevelopment of the main lobby and mezzanine levels where resident services/programming/activities are located. The modernization of 2 elevator cabs performed on an accelerated schedule. Also, the creation of two luxury penthouse apartments featuring high end/luxury finishing and fixtures. The penthouse apartment development features two solarium additions with ADA private decks. All with breathtaking views of Stamford and Fairfield County.
Additionally, all resident floors received new carpet, paint, light fixtures, ACT ceilings and running trim.
The construction on the exterior of the building features a complete coating of the masonry facade. All new steel railings on three vertical stacks of balconies. While one vertical stack of existing decks have been converted into glass enclosure additions to the apartments featuring all new finishes, new heat / ac, and lighting.
Lastly running congruent to be the redevelopment of the space, South Coast Improvement has renovated over 130 apartments throughout featuring new bathroom fixtures, new waterproofing, and tile showers. new kitchen, appliances, carpet, and paint.
Jan 19, 2018
South Coast Improvement Company completes renovations to dining area of New Pond Village Walpole senior living residence
Benchmark Senior Living's recently acquired New Pond Village Walpole, a 167-unit senior living residence located in Walpole, MA, has opened a new $400,000 state-of-the-art dining area, part of a $3.1 million ground floor renovation by locally-based design, construction and construction management expert South Coast Improvement Company. The first phase of the dining area improvements, completed in late November 2017, entailed a full renovation of New Pond Village Walpole’s main dining area. The second phase, completed this month, entailed additional renovations to the community’s formal dining room.
All work was completed with the home’s 167 residences fully occupied. When electrical system replacement was necessary, shutdowns were undertaken in the middle of the night for residents’ convenience. Accordingly, space layout was coordinated such that all meals were served to residents throughout construction. The renovation was completed efficiently and on schedule, keeping all stakeholders including chefs, waitresses and residents happy.
The next phase of the project, which will renovate the remainder of New Pond Village Walpole’s ground floor, will start construction this month. New amenity spaces will be added including a bar area and massage room, and the community’s existing hair salon, auditorium, country store, bank and physical therapy room will be remodeled. Additionally, a dining area kept open throughout construction of the first phase will be upgraded to match the newly finished dining area, and all ground-floor finishes and HVAC systems will be replaced. Full completion of the renovations is expected in Summer 2018.
South Coast Improvement Company has performed various improvement projects at New Pond Village Walpole for over 15 years through multiple ownerships, both in individual apartments and common areas. South Coast Improvement Company recently finished a corridor upgrade project at New Pond Village Walpole that spanned two floors, which entailed carpet replacement, adding light fixtures, painting and improvements to laundry room millwork and countertops. The following are photographs of the completed dining area renovations by South Coast Improvement Company:
Jan 07, 2018
South Coast Improvement Company expands office space at Boston University’s Questrom School of Business
Boston University’s Questrom School of Business has expanded its’ available Class A office space with a $240,000 renovation by South Coast Improvement Company, a locally-based design, construction and construction management expert. South Coast has expertly converted three open reception areas into private offices for senior staff members, ensuring that the business school can continue to attract top leadership and furthering business education in Boston. The result is state-of-the-art office space with new ceilings, flooring, walls, doors and finishes. A new, smaller reception area has been added within the space as well.
The new offices are located across the fifth and sixth floors of the business school’s existing building at 595 Commonwealth Avenue in the Fenway neighborhood, steps from Kenmore Square. During construction, South Coast successfully coordinated work with the busy schedules of business school staff and students, restricting noisy work to after 5 PM and before 8 AM.
South Coast often began noisier tasks such as drilling, cutting, coring and fire alarm installation as early as 4 AM, or performed the tasks into the late night. Daytime hours were used for quieter work such as painting and electrical installation, as well as delivery of construction materials and measurements in order to ensure that the South Coast team would be ready to perform noisier work as soon as the schedule allowed.
The resulting Class A office space features trendy, modern finishes, is designed for optimal productivity and will serve the business school for years to come. The following are photographs of the completed office space:
Dec 21, 2017
South Coast Improvement Company completes renovations to Maplewood at Weston senior living community
Design, construction and construction management expert South Coast Improvement Company has completed a $2.5 million renovation to Maplewood at Weston, a luxury senior living community located in Weston, MA along the Charles River. The centerpiece of South Coast’s renovations was designing and building a new two-story foyer based off of an antique 19th century post-and-beam barn on site around which the rest of the community is built. Exterior improvements to Maplewood at Weston included refacing the community’s existing brick facade with clapboard and cedar shakes, as well as new masonry. Existing hip roofs were converted to gable-style roofs, featuring custom-made decorative trusses. At Maplewood at Weston’s entrance, a new monument sign with custom masonry work was constructed to make a strong and lasting first impression.
Inside Maplewood at Weston, South Coast Improvement Company performed a detailed renovation, preserving and enhancing the interior’s authentic, rustic post-and-beam construction. Black iron was installed along stairs and the second floor mezzanine, and custom millwork was installed throughout cabinets, exotic wood accent walls and rift cut ceilings in Maplewood at Weston’s pub, library, formal living room, country kitchen, media cafe and discovery room. Additional installations included five new gas fireplaces with custom masonry, a new waterfall in the community’s main lobby and a custom 180-bottle wine cabinet. Common areas received new hardwood floors sourced from Denmark, European copper tiles and updated finishes, lighting and electrical systems throughout.
Over the course of Maplewood at Weston’s renovation, owner Maplewood Senior Living proposed over 90 changes to the project’s design, resulting in 16 re-drawings of the entire project to accommodate the change of directives and doubling the project’s duration from four months as originally planned to eight months. South Coast Improvement Company expertly accommodated the owner’s requested changes, developing a comprehensive construction management plan that resulted in limited interruption to the community’s day-to-day operations and successful management of residents’ and employees’ finish date expectations. The following are photographs of the renovated Maplewood at Weston: