Windover Construction Blurs the Line Between Manufacturing and Construction in Award-Winning Project

In a previous article on the GovDesignHub, Amr Raafat, Chief Innovation Officer (CIO) at Windover Construction, discusses the company’s award-winning renovation of the Cabot Street YMCA, located in Beverly, Massachusetts. This project involved vertically expanding the historical 120-year-old building to increase the affordable housing units from 45 single occupancy rooms to 67 studio apartments – helping to alleviate the community’s affordable housing crisis.

Windover Construction’s project not only helped their community but also redefined what is possible to advance historic preservation and the existing building process. The company’s use of Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) solutions – such as BIM – enabled work to be done while the YMCA remained in use for the initial phase of the project. Existing conditions modeling and BIM models also allowed Windover to blur the lines between manufacturing and constructing by leveraging prefabricated parts.

In the second part of our conversation with Amr, we talk about the innovative solutions used for the Cabot Street YMCA renovation, the challenges Windover Construction faced during the project, and how prefabricated parts can be beneficial, especially in a historic building. Read the full article here.

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