O’Connor began building churches over 100 years ago and preceded with housing for clergy, schools associated with the church and various Archdiocese properties. We still possess an understanding of the unique finishes and specific nomenclature associated with this type of project.
St. Dorothy’s Church
The project called for a complete interior renovation of the 7,000 square foot main area of worship. Over sixty pews were removed, refurnished, and reinstalled later in the project. The existing flooring was installed. The project included new construction of a wood and marble baptismal, confessionals, and upgrades to the restrooms. In addition, O’Connor installed a new fire protection system, skylights and an elevator. A meeting area, located just inside the front entrance is to accommodate and keep the activities surrounding the main entrance free from potential interruption. For this purpose and to compliment the sanctuary, an area was designed of glass and ornate millwork.
St. Athanasius Church Parish
Construction consisted of a stand-alone 6,2000 square-foot, single story Parish Center. The center has twelve classrooms and will be an important gathering and meeting place for many parish activities, including activities for the youth and teens of the parish. Construction consisted of all mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work, brick veneer finish exterior walls, vinyl composition tile interior finishes, acoustical ceiling tiles and gypsum wall board.
St. Peters Lithuanian Church
South Boston, MA
This unusual, double-spired community church was built in 1905 to serve the Lithuanian immigrant community of Boston. Restoration of the brick exterior centered primarily on the entryway which extends the full width of the church. Exterior granite was restored and new steps replace the original at the exterior entry’s double staircase. The wooden interior staircases were replaced, including all structural elements and new light fixtures with increased lamping were hung. The baptismal area was cleaned and refurbished and a modern kitchen, work areas, and meeting rooms were installed in the church basement.
Boston Catholic Television
This state-of-the-art television studio consists of two studios and a Chapel to broadcast live Mass, editing rooms, two studio control rooms, a master control room to broadcast, and office space. The conversion of the former convent into a television studio had O’Connor teaming with Janson Design, a leader in the field of broadcast architecture and acoustic design. O’Connor Constructors participated in the project as construction manager, providing budgeting and value engineering services to facilitate the initial decision to purchase the property through agreement on a guaranteed maximum price and construction. During this project O’Connor Constructors executed a total renovation to the existing facility as well as building two additions to the structure.
The Newman House at Boston University serves as clerical offices and meeting space for small social gatherings, religious counseling services and quiet meditation. O’Connor Constructors was selected to renovate and modify this historic, brick bowfront structure. The project challenges included inserting a new four-story elevator shaft into the middle of this older building as well as completely updating all mechanical/ electrical/ plumbing systems and installing rooftop air-conditioning condensers. The project included removing existing plaster, lath and wallboard and carefully installing new materials while preserving certain architectural details, and removing carpeting and refinishing wood floors. This carefully renovated and refurbished structure is one of six Federal Revival-style townhouses designed by Arthur H. Vinal and built in 1899. Because the building is located in Boston’s architectural conservation district, O’Connor Constructors worked closely with City of Boston officials and preservation planners to successfully complete this project.
S. Boston, MA
This nursing facility is located on a busy site in South Boston and serves elderly residents of the local community. Over the years, O’Connor has performed a variety of building renovations and additions for this 366-bed nursing home operated by the Carmelite Order.
O’Connor personnel successfully supervised building a major new East Wing residential addition. O’Connor renovated the cafeteria, guest suite and laundry as a phased project with selective demolition and carefully coordinated construction so as not to interrupt patient food services. O’Connor also created parking facilities and renovated the auditorium, restoring wood and marble accents.
Regina Cleri Home for Retired Clergy
O’Connor Constructors renovated all floors and constructed a seven story 12,000 square foot addition to this residence for retired clergy. The project was conducted while the building remained occupied and operational. The renovations included a new lobby, covered entry, dining room, card room, library, common areas, nursing stations, chapel, laundry facilities, a new full service kitchen, modernization and additions to building mechanical systems, elevators and updated life safety and handicapped access to meet building code standards.