Fitchburg, MA

Colantonio converted the 42,528 square-foot, 10-story public housing complex, owned by WinnCompanies and the Fitchburg Housing Authority, into 96 units of affordable rental housing for the elderly and disabled.

Steffian Bradley Architects designed the transformation that includes a large kitchen and community space for gatherings; a communal living room; a learning center complete with computers and printers; a wellness/exercise center; a large laundry room; a comfortable reading room; a sunroom, and a private outdoor patio.

Colantonio updated the units with energy-efficient and user-friendly appliances as well as new carpets, fixtures, tiles, drywall and paint.  Eight units provide handicapped accessibility.  All HVAC systems were replaced with high-efficiency boilers and a cogeneration unit.  Colantonio also replaced the roof and upgraded the fire and safety systems.

The project was recognized with a CMAA 2013 Project Achievement Award.