CoreNet New England Awards Best New Small Workplace Award to SGA-Designed Pipefitters Local 537 Headquarters


BOSTON – SGA, a Boston and New York City-based national award-winning architecture, interior design, planning, branded environments and virtual design and construction practice, today announced that the New England Chapter of CoreNet Global has awarded the Best New Small Workplace Award to the SGA-designed 70,000-square-foot headquarters of Pipefitters Local 537 in Dorchester, MA.

The winners of New England CoreNet Global’s annual Awards of Excellence represent the best of the Boston region in corporate real estate leadership. Winners will be formally presented with their awards at the in-person Awards of Excellence Gala on October 28th, at the Westin Boston Seaport District hotel in Boston.

“Our goal was to have a timeless building that was both beautiful on the outside and functional on the inside,” said Brian Kelly, Director of HVAC Services at United Association of Union Plumbers, Fitters, Welders and Service Techs and former Business Manager and Financial Secretary-Treasurer at Pipefitters. “When people drive up just to look at the building, you just see the amazement in their eyes… SGA was one stop shopping for us. They did everything from the design of the exterior, interior, and continue to work on some branding for us as well…they handled the entire project from start to finish.”

Pipefitter’s vision was to create a 100-year state-of-the-art training facility for their union members, which incorporated the latest technology as well as the flexibility to evolve with the times as their profession is ever progressing. The new building provides ample training space, brings all departments under one roof, and engages with the local community by strategically placing the welding shop along the glass façade at the front sidewalk and adding large-scale graphics and branding in the lobby.

The many specialty spaces at the building support their equipment, training, and classroom requirements, including an 8,000 s/f welding workshop complete with classrooms and high-tech lab spaces. The multi-use building also features an auditorium to accommodate over 500 union members.

“It’s truly an honor to receive this prestigious award from the New England chapter of CoreNet Global,” said Gable Clarke, IIDA, LEED® AP, Partner and Director of Interior Design at SGA. “We thank the jury and CoreNet for this honor and for recognizing this unique project.”