J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. Completes New England’s First Eco-Friendly Senior Housing Units

J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. Completes New England’s First Eco-Friendly Senior Housing Units

26 geothermal wells used to heat and cool the new Anwelt Heritage Apartments


5/23/2008, Quincy, MA — J. Calnan & Associates, Inc., one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in world-class pre-construction services and challenging construction projects, recently celebrated a ribbon cutting ceremony in Fitchburg, MA. The Anwelt Heritage Apartments symbolize a significant step towards the revitalization of the Town of Fitchburg. Many dignitaries and town officials, including Fitchburg Mayor- Lisa Wong were in attendance for this important project milestone.


Prior to the mill building being converted into mixed-income apartments, the facility housed the Anwelt Shoe Company, which was a family business from 1926 until its closing in 1986. The building’s transformation into 86 mixed-income apartments, designed specifically for residents age 62 and up, began over a year ago when J. Calnan & Associates was hired as the Construction Manager to work collaboratively with developer, Mass Innovation; owner’s project manager, Trident Project Advantage Group; management company, Cornu Management and architect, Peter T. Linn.


The Anwelt Heritage Apartments are New England’s first eco-friendly affordable senior housing units that boast 26 geo-thermal wells for heating and cooling the building. Geothermal exchange uses the natural constant temperatures of the Earth to cool or heat the apartments. Some of the other sustainable components include low VOC paints to keep the air cleaner inside the units; Energy Star appliances and energy–efficient lighting throughout the units and all units were equipped with faucet aerators and low-flow shower heads to conserve water. Each unit features very high, lofty ceilings with the original wood beams, massive historic plank-frame windows, and exposed brick walls.


About J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.


Founded in 1996, J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), headquartered in Quincy, MA with an office in New York City, is one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in pre-construction services and challenging construction projects. JC&A provides world-class services to select high-profile clients in the corporate, private school, life science, industrial/manufacturing, recreational, healthcare, advanced technology and sustainable building markets. JC&A’s reputation has earned assignments from select clients, including Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Acceleron Pharma, Draper Laboratory, Verenium, Parexel International, Control Delivery Systems, Millipore Corporation Reebok International, The TJX Companies, Inc., Thayer Academy, New England Sports Network (NESN), Liberty Mutual, Tufts University, The MathWorks, and General Electric.


Among recent awards, JC&A earned the “IIDA New England Interior Design Award” for teamwork and best sustainable design, the Boston Business Journal ranked JC&A as one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies” and “Top Corporate Philanthropist” in the state, Boston SF recognized JC&A as “Construction Firm of the Year,” and the Ohio Casualty Group presented JC&A with the Platinum Safety Award for an outstanding safety record. More information can be found at www.jcalnan.com.


Local officials and dignitaries joined the Anwelt Heritage Apartments project team to cut the ceremonial vine signifying the grand opening of the new eco-friendly senior housing facility.

Exterior view of the First Eco-Friendly Senior Housing Facility in New England

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