Colantonio Inc. performed a complex renovation of the entire 199-unit Golda Meir House in Newton while it remained in full operation.
Owned and managed by 2Life Communities (formerly Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly), Golda Meir House is a non-sectarian, independent living community. The building’s two sections were built in 1978 and 1993, housing 124 and 75 units respectively with common areas on the ground floor. Each unit got new kitchens, bathrooms, flooring and finishes. New energy efficient heating/cooling systems have been installed along with new energy-rated exterior windows. Twenty-two of the units have become fully accessible along with five units for the hearing impaired.
Bechtel Frank Ericson Architects reconfigured the ground floor common areas – lobby, kitchen and dining areas, library, mail room, exercise room and salon – to maximize the efficient use of space, flow and natural light. Building Engineering Resources, Inc. designed the upgrades to the HVAC, fire suppression, plumbing, fire alarm and electrical systems for the entire building.