WHALE Co-Creative Center
139-141 Union Street |
New Bedford, Massachusetts
Total Project Cost: $2.1 Million

The Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE) Co-Creative Center was a renovation of two historic buildings in the New Bedford waterfront district.

Both buildings were stripped down to the bare bones and were rebuilt using passive house standards making them one of the most energy-efficient buildings in the city. The fit-out included restoring the existing brick facade while redoing all the exterior siding using Borel products which are made using recycled ash. All new Pella architectural series windows were installed. The interior was completely refinished with new drywall, flooring, LED light fixtures, completely new HVAC, plumbing systems, and fresh air systems.

Upon demolition, we discovered the structural integrity of one of the buildings was in serious jeopardy. The building was temporarily shored, and we began the task of rebuilding the joist system to ensure the building was safe. It took a one-sided pour of the foundation, new ledger boards on the first and second floor as well as all new LVL joists and subfloor. This gave us a solid place to begin the work of transforming this building into something usable.

Project highlights:

  • Restoration of Existing Brick Facade
  • Exterior Siding Using Borel Products Made Using Recycled Ash
  • New Pella Architectural Windows
  • New LED Light Fixtures
  • New HVAC And Plumbing Systems
  • State of the Art Fresh Air Systems

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