South Coast completes work on $3 million renovation project at YWCA of Southeastern Mass.


NEW BEDFORD, MA–South Coast Improvement Company (SCI), a design-build general contractor serving New England and the Mid-Atlantic states, recently finished a $3 million addition to the YWCA Southeastern Mass, located at 20 6th Street, New Bedford, Mass.

The 6500-square foot addition will be used for an after-school childcare on the first floor and supportive women’s housing programs on the second. The addition and upgrades to the existing building also received a number of upgrades.

The project also included new features and upgrades to the existing building. Those included: new millwork in all new classrooms and pantries; new bathrooms for ykids program and residential program on separated floors; new pantries for ykids program and residential program on separated floors; new reception area with natural light from storefront system; new electrical wiring throughout existing building; rewired all historical lighting fixtures to accommodate upgraded wiring; new bluestone and flagstone walkway in front & back of building; and new wrought iron fence in front of building.

“South Coast Improvement has been fortunate to be part of several big projects on the New Bedford waterfront,” said Nicole Viveiros, the project manager for South Coast Improvement on the YWCA addition. “The completion of this addition will have a significant impact on families and women in the New Bedford area.”

Davis Square Architects was project architect, with Women’s Institute (WIHED) as the development consultant. Other members of the project team included: Boucher & Heureux, Inc. as the surveyor; Paul B Aldinger & Associates as the geotechnical engineer; Garcia Galuska DeSousa as the civil engineer; Devellis ZRein as the landscape architect; Struble Engineering as the structural engineer; BLW Engineers as the MEP/FP engineers; and Universal Environmental Consultants as the environmental engineer.

Work began last April and completed earlier this June. A grand opening event is tentatively scheduled for early August.

Prior to the YWCA project, South Coast Improvement was the general contractor for a renovation/buildout for the Moby Dick Brewing Company at 16 South Water Street in 2017. SCI was also the general contractor on a renovation project for the Waterfront Historic Area League (WHALE)–The Co-Creative Center on Union Street, which opened in March 2018. An additional South Coast Improvement project, the renovation of the former Standard-Times office building into a Renaissance Hotel at 218-226 Union Street, was completed last year.