Cabot Street YMCA Housing

YMCA of the North Shore
Beverly, MA
Preconstruction; Construction Management
SV Design
Marshall Dackert

Windover completed the gut renovation and vertical expansion of the historic Cabot Street YMCA in Beverly, Massachusetts to provide additional affordable housing to residents of the North Shore community. Windover partnered with the YMCA of the North Shore and SV Design for the project which transformed 45 single room occupancies with shared kitchens into 67 studio apartments with individual kitchenettes and bathrooms. To create the additional housing units, Windover expanded vertically and added a fourth floor to the building.

The 44,400 square-foot renovation and vertical expansion involved adding a new floor built of steel and concrete to the existing three-story building, as well as infill between the wings of the building for additional space at the second and third levels. Residents and staff can now enjoy a community room in the basement level where the pool once was, as well as bike storage and renovated office and meeting spaces.

Utilizing Virtual Design & Construction to Mitigate Risk

Significant coordination was required to mitigate risk due to the historical nature of the building and complexity of the renovation and addition. Windover utilized its leading-edge Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) technology to document as-built conditions before construction and after demolition, and this data was then used to create QA/QC overlays that detected any issues combining new steel construction with what was to remain of the existing structure. This data of existing conditions, captured through laser scanning and drone mapping, was combined with 3D models of the new steel elements to create the overlays. Before walls and ceilings were closed in, Windover conducted inwall 3D scans to capture information-rich as-built MEP data to optimize future maintenance of the building.

BIM Coordination Model vs Completed Drone Aerial View