Finegold Alexander Architects Restores and Expands Historic Lower Basin Barracks in Boston

Boston Real Estate Times reports on the completion of Finegold Alexander’s project Lower Basin Barracks by the Charles River in Boston.

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October 3, 2023
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Finegold Alexander Architects has completed the renovation and expansion of the Lower Basin Barracks in Boston, formerly known as the Charles River Lower Locks Gate House. This 15,000 square foot project now houses the State Police-Boston and State Police-Brighton Barracks and meets current and future mission requirements. The project involved collaboration with various entities, including the Division of Capital Asset Management and Maintenance, Massachusetts State Police, and Division of Conservation and Recreation, and incorporated extensive public outreach.

Located in the Lower Charles River Basin and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the facility is Boston's sole state police facility. The renovation included work on the historic building, such as a new insulated roof, facade restoration, energy-efficient glazing, and interior renovations that encompass office spaces, a detention area, fitness area, and locker room. An addition to the building features a public lobby with access to public amenities and a multi-purpose community room, which will serve the local community. The design also emphasizes the expansion and enhancement of green spaces on the site, with implementation expected in the summer.

Finegold Alexander, known for its expertise in historic preservation, aimed to respect the building's historic identity while making it effective and updated. The firm has a significant portfolio of civic projects in the New England region, including the Lowell Justice Center, Fall River Justice Center, Massachusetts State House – Executive Offices of the Governor, and Boston City Hall Council Chambers. They were selected by the Massachusetts State Police to lead this project to benefit the community.

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