In early 2009, CPAC was tasked with the exterior and interior renovation for the Boston Center for Adult Education. They decided to move from Commonwealth Ave into this 10,000 sq. ft., two story brick building along Arlington Street. The building has had multiple renovations since it was originally built as a parking garage and was in need of a complete gut renovation as well as significant restoration of its structural concrete frame. From the start there was a desire to preserve as much of the original character of the building as possible while providing a new, modernized look which would best represent BCAE and its ongoing mission.
The building exterior responds to the fast vehicular traffic on Arlington Street with an arrangement of oversized windows along the second floor while on the first floor there is a wide area of uninterrupted glass to create an inviting presence as people walk by. From the sidewalk there are glimpses into one of the teaching kitchens which add a sense of involvement from the street. Internally, the building has classrooms, a function room and teaching kitchens on the first floor. Additionally, it has art rooms, additional classrooms, a library and staff spaces on the second floor.
Completed in the Spring of 2009, CPAC's work included the complete exterior renovations including repainted brick, new windows, new roof and a new custom storefront. In addition, the complete interior renovations including commercial kitchens, elevator, classrooms, bathrooms and function room.
Project size: 10,000 sf
Project start: Aug 2008
Project complete: April 2009