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Houghton’s Pond Bathhouse & Recreational Facility

Milton, Massachusetts

Project Summary

  • Contract Value:  $3,853,000

  • Duration:  15 months

  • Architect:  HKT Architects

  • Owner:  Department of Conservation & Recreation (DCR)

Scope of Work

Located within the Blue Hill reservation south of Boston, Houghton’s Pond is a spring-fed kettle hole pond and at 24 acres is technically a lake.  Boston Building & Bridge was selected as the general contractor to remove the existing 1968 bathhouse and build a new 4500 square foot bathhouse with 23 toilets, lifeguard room, manager’s office, first aid, boat room, secure storage, two family toilet rooms, outdoor rinsing and changing stalls. The construction also included new outdoor terraces to transition from the bathhouse down to the beach eliminating the 11-foot-high concrete walls and construction of a new universally accessible nature boardwalk along Marigold Marsh.


The goal of this project for the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation was not only to replace aging infrastructure but to attract more visitors and extend the use of the facility to three out of four seasons with limited heating of the building and a series of doors that cut off bathroom accessibility based on visitor need. This rehabilitation project was a demonstration of the Patrick-Murray Administration Commitment to investment in Massachusetts state parks and was re-opened by Governor Deval Patrick in a celebration in July of 2012.

In 2016, the Houghton’s Pond Bathhouse was honored with a Merit Award for Design from the Boston Society of Landscape Architects.

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