Roxbury Community College


W.T. Rich was hired to manage the renovations of three campus buildings that were fully occupied during construction. The scope of work included a new state-of-the-art nursing simulation lab in Building 4 and a full renovation in Building 3 to accommodate a new kitchen and dining commons on the first floor and new library and learning spaces on the second floor. Additional interior work included the renovation of toilet rooms and science laboratories. Exterior work included installation of a new tapered roof system, replacement of existing masonry/windows, and other general envelope upgrades. The project required complex phasing to accommodate the occupants, and MEP coordination with a separate, ongoing Chapter 25A Energy project that was being performed simultaneously to our project. 


Project Information

Location: Roxbury Crossing, MA

Completion: September 2018

Contract Value: $33.25 million

Size: 114,000 SF

Type: Phased/Occupied Renovation

Owner: DCAMM

Designer: NBBJ, Boston, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (M.G.L. Chapter 149A)



“The W.T. Rich team brought valuable insight, thoughtful engagement, effective communication and a culture of collaboration with the owner, architect and consulting team on these challenging renovations to four existing buildings at Roxbury Community College. The renovations went beyond the usual “strategic” to actual “surgical” as we wrestled with a limited budget to address a myriad of deferred maintenance and programmatic needs in multiple buildings across campus. Through preconstruction services including review of documents, cost estimating, overall project timeline, construction scheduling, and phasing strategies, W.T. Rich helped identify strategic approaches and targeted scope for the best short term and long-term value to the College within a modest construction budget and aggressive timeline. Throughout the process, the W.T. Rich team was an active participant and brought great value to the collective discussion to identify the best, most cost-effective solutions for the College. A parallel energy-related project brought another set of complications as two construction teams worked side by side in small spaces on scope that was often dependent on the other team. W.T. Rich worked with the other construction team in a collaborative and respectful way, often overseeing coordination between the two teams to avoid duplication or omissions, and to ensure budgets and schedules were met. The project finished on time and on budget and the workmanship was of high quality. The final product brought a new energy to the College. The W.T. Rich team was a pleasure to work with and I look forward to collaborating with them on future projects.”  

Debi McDonald, Project Director / Studio Leader
JCJ Architecture
Roxbury Community College Renovation