(Boston, MA) – BOND, a leading 107-year-old construction management firm, announces today it is a recipient of a “Preservation Achievement Award” from the Boston Preservation Alliance for its work revitalizing and restoring two historic buildings – the City of Boston’s former print shop and the North End Police Station – for use as the North Bennet Street School’s (NBSS) new home. The project brings all of the School’s educational programs under the same roof for the first time in history.
The NBSS relocation included the renovation and interconnection of two separate structures, totaling more than 60,000 square-feet, into a comprehensive facility housing classroom space, craft and carpentry workshops, and ground floor public and gallery spaces. As both buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places, exterior restoration work required approval from both the City of Boston Redevelopment Authority and the National Parks Commission.
BOND worked closely with NBSS and the design team at Kennedy & Violich Architecture to complete the preconstruction and construction services for his major effort.
Bestowed annually since 1988, the Preservation Achievement Awards honor outstanding achievements in historic preservation and compatible new construction in Boston. Celebrated for their positive impact on the city’s built environment, winning projects are regarded as models for future preservation work.
“BOND has a long history of preserving some of the City of Boston’s most prominent buildings. We are honored to accept this prestigious award from the Boston Preservation Alliance,” said BOND President Robert Murray. “The North Bennet Street School provides wonderful educational opportunities to its student body, now situated under one roof. We are extremely proud to have been involved in this project.”
Located in Boston’s North End for the past 125 years, NBSS offers a remarkable environment where master craftsmen from eight time-honored trades can share their educational knowledge, talent and enthusiasm. The move provided much-needed space for the main facility and for growing education programs and further collaborations with the community.
The school, which officially opened its doors on September 9th, 2013 to welcome 164 students, the largest enrollment in the school’s history, offers renewed programs teaching the arts of furniture making, carpentry, locksmithing, bookbinding and jewelry making and repair to students.
Previous Preservation Achievement Award winners include The Lenox Hotel, Fenway Park, The Boston Athenaeum, Trinity Church, The Liberty Hotel, The Paramount Center, Atlantic Wharf, and The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.
BOND received its 2014 Preservation Achievement Award on October 21st, 2014 at a celebration held at Faneuil Hall, attended by prominent architects, developers, and preservationists from throughout the greater Boston area.
Since 1907, BOND has managed some of New England’s most complex construction projects. BOND operates as a construction manager for academic and healthcare clients and a self-performing general contractor for the power and energy industry. BOND is well-known for delivering reliable, safe, and high-quality work. The Building Division has recently completed high-profile projects such as Harvard Business School’s Tata Hall, Boston University’s Center for Student Services, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital-Needham’s Cancer Center, and MIT’s famed Media Lab. The Civil & Utility Division has successfully completed the Hoosac Wind Project for Iberdrola Renewables, the West Roxbury-Newton Cooling Line for Northeast Utilities, and the Needham Regulator Station for Spectra Energy.