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268 Central Street

Gardner, MA


Montachusetts Veterans’ Outreach Center, Inc.


The project’s goal was the addition of twelve single room occupancy units and seven studio apartments to an existing building containing the Outreach Center’s offices, a day-room, a food pantry, and conference rooms.

Juxtaposition of residential units with other functions of the Center’s mission in the community required sensitivity in planning for all users of the facility. Simple, familiar forms were chosen to emphasize the residential character of the program, and to acknowledge and fit into the existing downtown neighborhood.

Constructed under tight financial constraints, the project utilized design-build MEP and fire protection systems, mandating diligent coordination through all phases of the process. The building meets Energy Star performance standards, with an operating cost that will be 50% that of comparable buildings constructed to Massachusetts building code standards.

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