Colantonio Wins CMAA Project Achievement Award for Fitchburg Place

The Construction Management Association of America (CMAA) honored Colantonio, Inc. this week with a 2013 Project Achievement Award for the Fitchburg Place Project in downtown Fitchburg.

Colantonio transformed a ten story, 43,000 square foot public housing complex into a modern affordable housing facility for senior residents. The renovation upgraded the building systems with new HVAC, boilers, a cogeneration unit, fire protection and roofing. The facility now offers 96 units that feature energy efficient/user friendly appliances and new finishes.  Amenities include a communal kitchen, common living room, computer learning center, exercise room, laundry room, reading room, sunroom and private walking paths.

Fitchburg Place has a long history. The property was formerly known as Groop Townview Towers, a public housing complex owned by the Fitchburg Housing Authority. Originally planned as a conversion into an assisted living facility, the redevelopment stalled and sat vacant beginning in 2006 when the original plans for rehabilitation were unable to proceed due to financial difficulties. Since that time, Colantonio worked with local, state and federal officials to help find funding and restart the project.  U.S. Representative James McGovern and Fitchburg Mayor played pivotal roles by helping connect the key players. 

In October 2011, WinnCompanies acquired the property and moved forward with the plan of affordable housing for seniors.  Steffian Bradley Architects, the original design firm, rejoined the Team and A.T. Leonard & Associates provided the landscape design.

Construction resumed in November 2011. The work could not wait for complete design documents, so the team outlined what changes to the original design would take effect. This approach allowed construction to start 2 months ahead of the release of final design documents, and the project was completed on schedule.

Performed in cooperation with the Fitchburg Housing Authority and HUD, Fitchburg Place demonstrates what can be accomplished through a public – private venture.