The Foundry


Originally built in 1890, the Foundry has served a multitude of purposes throughout the course of its lifespan and exemplifies the deep industrial history of East Cambridge and Kendall Square. The project consisted of a gut renovation of the 3-story, 54,400 square foot historical landmark building, which left only exterior masonry walls and interior heavy timber columns. The new exterior façade consists of wood-clad windows (used to uphold the historical integrity of the building) in addition to metal wall panels and restored masonry features. The project scope also included a 13,000 square foot addition, which serves as a community center with various workshops; visual and performing arts; administrative offices; and other multi-use spaces. The project achieved LEED Gold certification.

Project Information

Location: Cambridge, MA

Completion: 2022

Contract Value: $38 million

Size: 67,400 SF

Type:  Historic Renovation & Addition

Owner: City of Cambridge

Designer: CambridgeSeven, Cambridge, MA

Delivery Method: CM-at-Risk (MGL Chapter 149A)

"The new program was inserted into an existing, historically-landmarked masonry shell – requiring close coordination, careful planning, and productive dialogue amongst the team. As Construction Manager, W.T. Rich provided all of these and executed a beautiful project on a constrained site."

Justin Crane, CambridgeSeven 
The Foundry