lynch van otterloo ymca renovations

Groom Construction recently completed renovations at the Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA located in Marblehead, MA. The purpose of the renovation was to create a more modern, contemporary and user-friendly experience.  Alterations to the lobby included a smaller front desk, sound baffling, a solutions suite, and a secure gated entry system.  One of the major tasks of this renovation was removing an existing rock wall to create two separate spaces, each on the first and second floors.  On the first floor where the rock wall once stood is now home to the new Kids Club, an area where parents can bring their children to be watched.  The Kids Club, once an open area, is parceled off into appropriate learning zones; infant zone, science and math zone, teen zone, and a creative space zone.  On the second floor where the rock wall once towered serves as Functional Training.  The functional training space includes a 50 x 40-foot turf used for tire flipping and sled pulling, TRX equipment that hangs from the ceilings, and other state of the art training equipment.  Removing the rock wall helped create a space that members needed and helped the YMCA as an industry leader in the health and wellness industry.

Work Loft Testimonial

"The Groom team was a delight to work with. A well- defined project timeline was established up front, and close attention was paid throughout to ensure that risks were identified and mitigated in time to avoid delays. As unexpected issues popped up, the skilled team offered creative solutions. We would be happy to work with this professional and friendly team again, for other commercial projects. Thank you, Groom!"

-Noelle LeBlanc and John Harrison
Co-founders of Work Loft

Allston's Newest Residence

Groom Construction partnered with Jumbo Capital Management and O'Sullivan Architects on this 36-unit residential condominium building.  Now in the Interior Finishing Stage, Penniman on the Park, located steps from Allston’s Union Square, is projected for completion in March, 2018.  The building features garage parking with elevator access and is merely steps away from the Boston Landing MBTA Commuter Rail Station.  The soon to be condominium building will feature 36 units measuring at approximately 1,000 SF each and will include four penthouse residences, six units designated affordable.  The 41,000 SF building is equipped with weather proof siding, moisture resistant cladding, gorgeous finish palettes featuring wood flooring and designer-level kitchen, bath and lighting finishes such as custom cabinetry, quartz countertops and high-end Jenn Air appliences.  

Salem State University President Talks 331 Lafayette Street

Newly appointed John Keenan, the 14th President of Salem State University, was posed with a problem. Several areas of the president’s office were separated throughout the campus.  Robert Burr, developer of 331 Lafayette Street, proposed a solution. Keenan decided the  top two floors of the new building, offering 16,000 SF of newly constructed office space, would facilitate enhanced communication in a much needed central location.  Throughout the construction process, Groom Principal Scott Faulkner worked closely with SSU to ensure their needs were met. In President Keenan's words, “It was a fantastic process…we did not have a single complaint.”  Click the link below to watch an extended video including a tour of their new space!

A word from Robert Burr, Developer - 331 Lafayette Street, salem, ma

Robert Burr, Developer of 331 Lafayette Street in Salem, MA met with the Salem State Expect students interning at Groom to share details/timelines of the project. He took the opportunity to educate them as well on the steps involved in developing a commercial property.  Bob Burr gave a glowing review of Groom stating the team, under the direction of Groom Principal and Project Executive Scott Faulkner, was "the best construction company he's worked with in his past 30 years as a developer."  Click the link below to watch the extended video with an inside look at the project.  

Salem Sate University and the Expect Program

Groom once again was excited to host a group of enterprising Salem State University students through the Expect Program.  An internship program sponsored by the Communications Department,  students receive hands on experience working for a semester for real companies. The Expect team developed social media posts on all platforms and offered their videography and photography skills. This semester proved particularly rewarding as they were able to conduct a live interview and tour the new offices of newly appointed University President John Keenan and his staff. They were also thrilled to visit and video several newly completed projects including the recently renovated Lynch Van Otterloo YMCA in Marblehead.



331 Lafayette Street – Complete!

Opening 6 weeks ahead of schedule 331 Lafayette Street is now complete! The first floor is home to RN Esthetics, a premium Med Spa of the North Shore with two other retail spaces awaiting tenants. Salem State University took lease of the second and third floors now occupied by SSU's Marketing and Institutional Advancement offices. The second floor acts as a check in area for the third floor which houses the President, Public Relations, and Chief of Staff offices. The President, John Keenan was extremely pleased with the space as it allows for consolidation. “What was a fifteen-minute commute between offices has now become a fifteen-step commute.” The offices are moving in over the next few weeks and plan to be up and running after Thanksgiving.  Hear from the Developer, Robert Burr and take a tour of the newest Salem State University offices with President, John Keenan.

Mayor Kim Driscoll Visits HARBORLIGHT'S Boston Street CROSSING


On October 27th our team was thrilled to meet with Mayor Kim Driscoll and Andrew DeFranza, Executive Director of Harborlight Community Partners at HCP's Boston Street Crossing. We are currently working with HCP to transform two rooming houses into 26 affordable, studio style housing units. At 43 Boston Street, construction is well underway and upgrades will include onsite laundry, private kitchenettes and bathrooms with a common room on the ground floor. Once complete (mid February '18), our team will turn to 179 Boston Street.  Click the link below to view construction in progress.

Builder Custom Home Award - North Shore Magazine


A special thank you to North Shore Magazine for recognizing Groom Construction in its inaugural Best of the North Shore (BONS) Home Awards.  Groom was awarded the Reader's Choice Award for Builder - Custom Homes.  We are pleased and honored to receive this award as our team of residential specialists have been dedicated to building homes of distinction for over 35 years.  Click the link below to checkout our residential portfolio page.

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