Suffolk County High Rise Courthouse


The Suffolk County High Rise Courthouse is a 26-story, high rise building that was built in the 1950's. W.T. Rich Company served as General Contractor on this important project, which consisted of extensive renovation work for an existing, operating public courthouse. The project included a complete gut renovation and rebuilding of the entire seventh floor detention facility and associated detention and security equipment. The scope of work also included: major upgrades and replacement of mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems; new security system; new fire protection system; new entranceway; selective site work; window replacement; elevator upgrades; and extensive general interior upgrades including courtroom renovations, new millwork, new office and space configurations, and new interior finishes.

W.T. Rich was responsible for all aspects of the construction process. This included the administrative and technical management of over 40 subcontractors, including 14 Filed Sub-bid subcontractors. In addition to the oversight, direction, sequencing and management of all construction activities, W.T. Rich was responsible for CPM scheduling, quality assurance and control, safety, submittals, RFI's, change order pricing and management, MEP coordination and MEP commissioning. Due to the fact the building was partially occupied, we also were required to manage and respond to end user group needs and requests throughout the project.

Project Information

Location: Boston, MA

Completion: 2005

Contract Value: $24.9 million

Size: 200,000 SF

Type:  Renovation

Owner: Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Boston, MA

Designer: Drummey Rosane Anderson Inc., Newton, MA

Delivery Method: Design-Bid-Build (Chapter 149)

“Without W.T. Rich Company and their control of the project, we would not have made any of the critical date requirements for occupancy. Their working relationship was truly a partnership. They showed class and were very professional in their coordination with the owners, client, users and designers. W.T. Rich went over and above their contract requirements to ensure an expeditious completion of the project.”

William Rafuse, DCAMM
Suffolk County Courthouse