OPEN FOR BUSINESS -- vETERANS ADMINISTRATION OUTPATIENT CARE CLINIC

 

Groom collaborated with Richard Griffin Architects on this important renovation of a community based outpatient health clinic for the U.S. Veterans Administration (VA) located at 201 Main Street in Gloucester, MA. The new 5,000 SF facility houses a community-based outpatient clinic providing health services and assistance to veterans in need. The existing space was expanded by 13’ at the rear of the building to create the new (4,913 SF) VA Health Clinic. Uniquely resting on top of the existing Walgreen’s Pharmacy, the property presented challenges as a majority of the work was located above the Pharmacy Department, which operates 24/7. 

Groom is honored to work with the VA Administration once again and proud to construct a facility for such deserving clients.

Photography: Will Horne/Horne Visual Media

 

Saugus showroom almost complete.

Spring is here and Groom is wrapping up final details on a new fireplace showroom in Saugus, MA. We stopped by late last week to check on progress and the transformation is stunning. The new space features gleaming polished concrete floors and exposed ceiling framing and spiral ductwork to create a modern-industrial showroom feel. We'll be back soon to celebrate opening day.

And check out those hockey puck grill handles!

PROGRESS PHOTOS

 Humble beginnings as a mattress showroom. Red, red and more red!

Humble beginnings as a mattress showroom. Red, red and more red!

 Field testing our steel supports for the suspended double-sided fireplace.

Field testing our steel supports for the suspended double-sided fireplace.

 Waiting on a few last-minute changes to arrive. Check back soon.

Waiting on a few last-minute changes to arrive. Check back soon.

Post-tensioned slabs in Texas

It's minus-11 degrees back home in Massachusetts, but the weather in Texas continues to be favorable for construction. Groom is ahead of schedule thanks to the excellent work of our project team, and the first (of two) 11,000 SF slabs is placed and waiting to be post-tensioned.

Kiddie Academy kicks off in Katy, TX

Groom recently kicked-off our first of two Kiddie Academy childcare projects in Texas. Groom was recommended to the franchise owners on account of our excellent performance for the company on previous projects in MA and PA, and we're grateful for the vote of confidence! Both Ozong and Pamela Etta are exactly the kind of company we like to keep. All smiles and brimming with positive energy, they were excited to cast the first ceremonial shovelful of dirt.

Groom completes renovations to Brookline landmark

If you know Brookline then you know Brookhouse Condominiums... it's the one with the waterfall! This multi-phase/multi-year project consisted of exterior landscaping and renovations to the Brookhouse Condominiums. The project included new steel and glass canopies, structural repairs to a below-grade parking garage, and reconstruction of the signature two-story water feature. The repairs were originally scheduled to be phased over three (3) years, but careful coordination allowed to minimize disruptions to tenants and compress the schedule to only two (2) years. Groom was able to complete the upgrades despite being hemmed in by busy Washington Avenue one side and and an occupied campus of residential and commercial tenants on the other. 

Partner's Healthcare opens first new urgent care clinic

Groom is happy to announce the opening of Partners HealthCare first new urgent care center in the metro-Boston area. The new center will provides a great resource for people seeking convenient and affordable care in a facility close to home. Chief Clinical Officer at Partners, Dr. Gregg Meyer says, “these centers will offer our community an affordable, quality health care alternative to an emergency room.” Regarded as the company's "A+ team" nationally, Groom is also underway at two (2) more locations in Newton and Watertown, with several more progressing through zoning and design development. Take the tour, it's pretty cool!  Thank you to Jane Messinger/ Fabulous Photographer. 

Creating a warm home for memory care residents

Renovations are complete at Seasons of Danvers, a new 42-bed memory care facility. The existing 25,000 SF structure and surrounding grounds were completely overhauled, and the new space is a remarkable testament to the vision and dedication of the entire project team (especially during the snowiest winter on record!).

The existing structure was originally comprised of a single-story wood-framed building and later enlarged by a steel and slab-on-grade addition. The two spaces are now fully integrated and organized into "neighborhoods" featuring familiar groupings of living, dining and public spaces. Groom also completed exterior improvements including new siding and trim, a new parapet and roof, epoxy paint at the masonry, and all new parking and landscaped areas.

 

BEFORE & AFTER

 A complete transformation of the inner courtyard provides residents an engaging outdoor environment complete with cutting gardens, a fountain and outdoor seating.

A complete transformation of the inner courtyard provides residents an engaging outdoor environment complete with cutting gardens, a fountain and outdoor seating.

 New windows, facade and roofing complete the exterior improvements.

New windows, facade and roofing complete the exterior improvements.

 Resident rooms are completely transformed into bright and clean spaces with all new finishes and energy-efficient mechanical systems

Resident rooms are completely transformed into bright and clean spaces with all new finishes and energy-efficient mechanical systems

Groom completes 12 luxury condominiums in Boston's South End

Groom recently completed construction of The Royal Residences in Boston's South End. This project involved the adaptive re-use of two structures - the former 19th century Salvation Army Harbor Light Center and the adjacent five-story brick brownstone. The combined buildings created 12 residential units: a 900 square foot one bedroom condo, two 1600 square foot garden level units and nine two and three bedroom units ranging from 1,600-2,500 square feet. Modern sustainable systems and luxury kitchens and baths are major features of the renovation. The red brick and limestone exteriors are completely restored with new windows, masonry repair, roof decks, a six-car garage and an entry lobby at grade.

A new home for EDCO Collaborative in Bedford, MA

Groom worked with Maguel Architects to completely revamp an abandoned R&D facility into a gleaming new educational and administrative spaces for EDCO Collaborative. EDCO Collaborative is a collaborative comprised of 18 urban and suburban school districts serving the Greater Boston Metropolitan area, and provides special education for students with behavioral and emotional challenges. Despite a late start and the need for unanticipated seismic/structural upgrades, the design/build team rallied to complete the 44,000 SF project in only 12 weeks. Groom worked double-shifts for the duration of the project and we were proud to turn over the finished space in time for everyone to get settled ahead of the first day of school.

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