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Paris Street Community Center

Boston, Massachusetts

Project Summary

  • Contract Value:  $12,076,868

  • Duration:  24 months

  • Architect:  Fennick McCredie

  • Owner:  City of Boston

Scope of Work

Boston Building & Bridge was the general contractor for a $10 million dollar project to renovate the Paris Street Community Center to allow the Center to receive the repairs and upgrades necessary to offer many additional resources to the East Boston community for the next 100 years.  Building renovations included interior upgrades of all mechanical systems and boilers, window replacements, exterior and interior door replacements, athletic facility improvements, teledata upgrades and new furniture and equipment. 


The Center closed for renovations in May of 2015 and reopened in July of 2017 with a celebration that was attended by Mayor Martin J. Walsh.  Originally built in 1910, the historical brick building is the oldest public gymnasium in the country. The current renovation supports the community’s concerns for accessibility and safety and at the same time, respects the historical integrity of the facility.

Client Testimonial

“To completely gut and renovate a 100+ year old building from the basement to the roof certainly had its challenges and unforeseen conditions. The existing structure required specialized shoring for additional structural support to facilitate the new work and Boston Building & Bridge had the expertise to get the job done.

As we came to the final critical months of the project we held to a mantra that the building has to get done for the kids. As summer approached, there was no place else for them to go. I was struck by the tremendous dedication Boston Building & Bridge had to getting the job done. Excellent communications with the subcontractors keeping them on task in those final days was a big part of it.

The reaction of the parents, who used the Paris Street Community Center as kids 20 or 30 years ago, was pretty special. To see what looked like a totally new building with new concepts and new programs totally blew them away. Without the knowledge and commitment of the Boston Building & Bridge team, we would not be here.”

Robert Melvin, Project Manager - Property and Construction Management Department City of Boston

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