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Chelsea Soldiers' Home

Chelsea, Massachusetts

Project Summary

  • Contract Value:  $13,372,859

  • Duration:  52 months

  • Designer:  Ellenzweig Architectural/Planning

  • Awarding Authority:  Division of Capitol Asset Management & Maintenance

Scope of Work

Established in 1882, the Soldiers’ Home in Chelsea is a multifaceted health care facility available to eligible veterans of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Located atop Powder Horn Hill, the highest of the hills that semicircle Boston Harbor, The Soldiers' Home is a small, self-sustaining "city," featuring its own library; dry cleaning; barber shops; an auditorium and recreation rooms; a dining room and canteen; and even its own pharmacy. The Chelsea Soldiers' Home is a state-funded, fully accredited health care complex that offers veterans quality care, full-time residential accommodations and multi-service out-patient department.


The work Boston Buidling & Bridge Corp completed for the project consisted of multiple code upgrades including the fire alarm and life safety systems of eight existing buildings on the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home Campus.  The existing emergency generators at the Quigley Hospital and Headquarters Buildings were also replaced and the branch circuitry throughout the campus was fully upgraded.  Boston Building & Bridge Corp worked very closely with the management staff of the Chelsea Soldiers’ Home, the Division of Capitol Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM) and Ellensweig Architectural & Planning to complete the project in a safe and efficient manner. The work was completed in 8 phases over 4 years during while the site remained fully occupied.

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