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Dellbrook | JKS has completed
the renovation while the Genesis
House buildings remain occupied.
units. Two accessible units will be located
on each floor, and the units are stacked
one on top of the other. Crews worked on
these stacks before renovating the remaining units on each floor, Johnson says. As a
result, tenants with disabilities were able
to be permanently relocated to these units.
Jewish Community Housing for the
Elderly retained a relocation company,
Housing Opportunities Unlimited, to work
with its residents during the transition.
Residents were moved into other units temporarily while work was done to their new
units. "HOU typically tried to move people
from the floor below to the floor above, but
it didn't always work out that way," Johnson
adds. "The team that coordinated the
moving operation has had a difficult task to
meet the needs of the tenants."
Building management also monitored
floors during the day and escorted residents
around areas where crews were working.
Safety-related signage was written in three
languages - English, Chinese and Russian.
At any given time, each of the buildings
had one of its two elevators out of service
to residents throughout construction so it
The Genesis House renovation project
is designed to achieve Enterprise Green
Communities certification. The certification recognizes green management
and maintenance practices as well as
construction elements. Dellbrook | JKS
is using low-VOC adhesives, sealants
and paints as well as recycling building
materials. ENERGY STAR appliances LED
lighting and high-efficiency water and
boiler systems are being installed in the
building, Assistant Project Manager Seth
could be used to transport materials followed by a complete elevator replacement.
"It was a challenge to keep residents moving through the building around us while
we brought materials up to the building,"
Johnson says. "We are making sure residents are safe and not in the elevator at the
same time as us and our equipment."
Most of the subcontractors working with
Dellbrook | JKS on the Genesis House renovation have experience with the general
contractor and the campus.
Dellbrook | JKS is working with many
of the same tradespeople who helped it
complete in 2015 the Ulin House Renovation, another 10-story, 242-unit apartment
building on the campus. "A lot of the
subcontractors had a good knowledge base
and were familiar with our needs because
they worked with us before," Johnson says.
Dellbrook | JKS recently broke ground
on the Harry and Jeannette Weinberg
House, a 61-unit apartment building with
commercial space on the same campus.
The contractor is proud of the relationships it built with the subcontractors
on these JCHE Brighton projects and its
other projects. "Our biggest strength is our
ability to man jobs, get competitive bids
and have the staffing in place to run those
jobs from beginning to end and give the
client the end product they are looking
for," Johnson adds.
Dietz & Company Architects, Inc. is
a woman-owned business and one of the
largest full service architecture firms in
Western Massachusetts. Since 1985, we
have prided ourselves on bringing environmentally and socially conscious design to
the housing, education, healthcare, historic,
and institutional industries.
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