NECC Allied Health & Technology Center


When the Northern Essex Community College (NECC) recognized a need for a new facility to accommodate increasing student enrollment and to expand the college's nursing and health programs, the college set about constructing a new facility.  The Allied Health & Technology Building project in Lawrence, MA consisted of the new construction of a 46,000 SF educational space.


Project Information

Location: Lawrence, MA

Completion:  2014

Contract Value: $19 million

Size: 46,000 SF

Type:  New Construction

Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance

Designer: Miller Dyer Spears, Boston, MA

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


One highly complex and major component of the Allied Health project included the exterior façade systems. The building envelope is composed of standing seam metal panels, terracotta rain screen system, corrugated metal panels, exterior aluminum sunscreen system, a two-story glass curtain wall enclosure at the building atrium, and storefront glazing throughout. The “zero tolerance” nature of the exterior systems required extensive coordination among the subcontractors responsible for all aspects of the exterior envelope and cladding systems.

A highly confined work site in a congested, urban setting provided a very limited laydown area and the jobsite was in close proximity to abutters. To ensure maximum productivity and safety while minimizing disruption, a detailed construction mitigation plan was provided along with extensive coordination between the project team, the owner, and the abutters.



W.T. Rich Company worked in partnership with the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance, Northern Essex Community College, Miller Dyer Spears and their consultants to work collaboratively to ensure project success. W.T. Rich was able to achieve the critical milestone of having the school open for the January 2014 semester for new and returning students for NECC’s new Allied Health program. All other milestones were met or exceeded, and the project was delivered to the full satisfaction of the client.

“I would like to express my gratitude to the W.T. Rich Company for the outstanding job they did when completing the new Allied Health and Technology Building at Northern Essex Community College in Lawrence.  This project faced many logistical and phasing challenges, and their commitment to the project was second to none. The team went above and beyond in order to keep the interests of the Owner and NECC at the forefront, and the end result was an outstanding facility.”   

Robert Gray, Project Manager
Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance
NECC – Allied Health and Technology Building Project