Training Facility & Truck Garage for West Boylston Municipal Light Plant – West Boylston, MA

Training Facility & Truck Garage for West Boylston Municipal Light Plant – West Boylston, MA

Sorensen Partners is Architect for a 7,000-sf new wood-frame training facility and 5-bay truck garage that is currently under construction with Classic Construction and Development as General Contractor. Sorensen Partners is supervising the work of engineering sub-consultants BLW Engineers, Consulting Structural Engineer, and DeVellis Zrein on this project that was approved by the West Boyslton ZBA and Planning Board in Spring 2022. The Worcester Telegram published this story about the project’s development in March 2022.

The project site is across the street from WBMLP’s existing building at 4 Crescent Street; the new building is designed with a traditional New England “house and barn” style to fit into the rural character of the neighborhood. The durable cement-board clapboard envelope is designed to current building code requirements with attention to continuity of insulation and air sealing at joints and openings. The building will be powered exclusively by electric utility service and utilizes air stratification fans in the truck garage. Condensers are sited on the cool north side of the building to improve efficiency.

“I went into the light department yesterday and asked for your contact information so I could reach out and tell you how much I like the new building you’ve designed. I’ve lived in town, near the High School since 2001 and drive past the construction site frequently. I just wanted to tell you how much I appreciate your thoughtful design considerations, the style and color choices fit perfectly within the neighborhood, and your respect for the privacy of the household behind resulting in choosing transom windows is so considerate. Thank you, I am sure I am not alone in my appreciation for your work.”

West Boylston Neighbor Diane Gilson
View of the proposed Training Facility and 5-bay Truck Garage from Prospect Street, West Boylston, MA
View of the proposed Training Facility and 5-bay Truck Garage from Central Street, West Boylston, MA

Construction Progress photos Winter 2023-2024:

Garage door, paving, siding and trim progress, January 2024
HVAC, fire sprinkler, painting and garage door progress, January 2024
Siding and trim progress and porch construction, October 2023

Construction Progress photos Fall 2023:

Exterior weather barrier, trim and strapping progress, September 2023

Construction Progress photos Summer 2023:

Exterior Framing Progress, July 2023
Interior Framing complete, August 2023
Sheathing Installed, July 2023
Framing Progress, June 2023

Construction Progress photos Spring 2023:

Formwork being placed for foundation walls, April 2023. Image credit: Bryan Gannon.

Images of the site prior to Development:

The building site at 29 Prospect Street was previously a veterinary hospital.
The vet hospital was demolished and the site was prepped for construction in Spring 2022.