BY BOSTON REAL ESTATE TIMES • OCTOBER 31, 2017
SHIRLEY, MA (October 2017)—Senate Construction Corporation, one of the leading commercial construction companies in Massachusetts, has completed a 615,600-square-foot distribution center in Worcester, Massachusetts. Located at 150 Blackstone River Road, it is one of the largest construction and redevelopment projects in New England. The development group – 150 Blackstone River Road LLC – was formed in 2013 through the union of Mid-States Packaging Inc., a tenant of the property for more than 30 years, and GFI Partners, a real estate development company.
In collaboration with the architect, Jim Thornhill of applied Form + Space LLC of Andover, MA, and the owner, Senate performed the design/build of the foundation, superstructure, HVAC, fire protection, plumbing, and electrical work.
Spanning less than 18 months, construction of this new pre-engineered Butler Building and the interior tenant buildout, presented some unique challenges. In order to preserve the existing, non-conforming building codes attributed to the previous building, the new structure reused the existing building foundation footprint. During construction the signing of a new tenant, G-3, required that the building configuration be changed in order to accommodate the new railroad siding and its delivery platform.
The new building is now home to Imperial Distributers, Inc. who occupy approximately 325,000 square feet, as well as G-3 who occupy approximately 200,000 square feet, and Midstate who will occupy the balance of the space. The building was designed to attract local, regional and national distribution companies, as well as third party logistics, light manufacturing, assembly and warehouse companies looking to serve this region and greater New England.
The redevelopment project in the Quinsigamond Village area of Worcester will receive a $5.4 million tax break from the city over a 15-year period. The project, which is expected to generate at least 300 jobs and $1.4 million in property tax revenues annually upon completion, consists of 32 acres west of Route 146 and had a blighted 632,000-square-foot building previously.
Founded in 1990, Senate Construction Corporation is the largest supplier of pre-engineered buildings in New England. As a certified Butler Builder, Senate offers clients a line of products proven to be smarter, stronger, and all-around better than the competition. As an expert specializing in the design/build approach, we collaborate with our clients to streamline the construction process to deliver more efficient, cost-effective buildings. Over the course of 27 years in business, Senate has honed its expertise in all facets of design and construction, from small renovations to large-scale new construction.