Adaptive Reuse of the Boott Mills Complex Breathes New Life into a New England City

Retrofit Team

Architect: The Architectural Team, Chelsea, Mass.
Developer: WinnDevelopment, Boston

Apartments at Boott Mills (Phase One)

General contractor: Consigli Construction, Milford, Mass.
Electrical engineer: Sam Zax Associates, Braintree, Mass., (781) 303-1700
Civil engineer: Nobis Engineering Inc., Lowell, Mass.
MEP: Dubin Engineers, Quincy, Mass., (617) 376-8877
Structural: Chaloff Consulting Engineers, Boston, and DM Berg Consultants, Needham, Mass., (781) 444-5156

Boott Mills West (Phase Two)

Boott Mills today

Boott Mills today PHOTO: Richard Howe

Co-developers: WinnDevelopment and Rees-Larkin Development LLC, Boston
General contractor: Keith Construction Inc., Canton, Mass.
Electrical engineer: SwiftCurrent Engineering, Yarmouth, Maine
Civil engineer: Nobis Engineering
M-P-FP engineer: Petersen Engineering Inc., Portsmouth, N.H.
Structural: Odeh Engineers, North Providence, R.I.


Masonry: Commercial Masonry Corp. and Calhess Restoration & Weatherproofing Corp.
Steel: Tim’s Fabricators Inc.
Sealers: Boston Roofing & Design Corp., (508) 481-7567
Painting: Ahern Painting Co. Inc., (781) 665-5600
Ceilings: K&K Acoustical Ceilings Inc.
Compactor: Willco Sales & Service Inc.
Casework: CCB Inc. Construction Services
Fire protection: Hampshire Fire Protection Co. Inc.
Fire alarm: R.B. Allen
Electrical: Reilly Electrical Contractors Inc.
Switchgear: Graybar Electric
Insulation: Pro-Fit Mechanical Insulation, (508) 634-0802
Sheet metal: Horizon Sheet Metal
Air/water balancing: Regional Air Balance, (781) 769-9267

Retrofit Materials

Co-generation boiler plant: Aegis Energy Services
Historic-replica aluminum windows in apartments: ER Lewin Inc.
Commercial wood-replica windows: North Atlantic Corp., Somerset, Mass.
Rooftop energy-recovery-ventilation units: Renewaire and AnnexAir
Brick-restoration: EnviroKlean EK cleaner and Heavy Duty Paint Stripper D, in select areas, from Prosoco Inc.
Brick mortar: Saint-Astier Natural Hydraulic Lime, mixed with local sand blends
Sealants: Pecora Corp.
Mechanically attached 60-mil reinforced EPDM and two layers of 3.25-inch polyisocyanurate: Firestone Building Products
Spray foam on window and door penetrations: Soudal
Spray foam on inside of exterior walls: Icynene
Cellulose insulation on interior demising walls: GreenFiber
Gypsum concrete: Gyp-Crete from Maxxon
Acoustic underlayment for flooring: Acousti-Mat 3 from Maxxon
Flooring: Concrete Connections line in Steel Structure color in bathrooms and Keystones in Urban Putty color in kitchens from Daltile
Storefront windows: EFCO

About the Author

Robert J. Verrier, FAIA, NCARB
Robert J. Verrier, FAIA, NCARB, is vice president, managing principal and co-founder of The Architectural Team Inc., a Chelsea, Mass.-based architecture firm specializing in master planning, hospitality, mixed-use, multifamily housing, and historic preservation and adaptive reuse.

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