As part of our “doing good while doing well” philosophy, Feinmann staff worked at the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity project in Lawrence, MA. The Bixby Building at 100 Parker Street was a convent built in 1908. The 100 year-old building was once associated with the school across the street, then St. Patrick’s (now Catholic Academy). When the project is completed – slated for the summer of 2015 – there will be a total of ten units (9 three-bedroom units, 1 two-bedroom unit) on three floors.
Steve and Chris from the Feinmann carpentry staff worked on the unit adopted by Temple Shir Tikvah in Winchester, MA. As with other units in the building, the family chosen to live there works a number of hours on their apartment as well. Materials have been donated by a variety of companies, including windows, doors, flooring, drywall, insulation, fixtures and more.
The project began four years ago. Part of the project includes preserving the beauty of the architecture and classic structre. Some of the original woodwork in the building is being restored by volunteer carpenters including part of the original main staircase. There is a brand new fire and sprinkler system in the building as well. The site was named The Bixby Building in honor of Margot and George Bixby, founders of the local Habitat affiliate.
More than 400 volunteers have worked on the project in the past four years, the equivalent of 3,000 build days to transform this iconic neighborhood landmark into a functioning home for families. To donate or volunteer, contact Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity.
Feinmann also participated in the Merrimack Valley Habitat for Humanity Builders Blitz in 2012 at another project located in Lawrence. We are proud to help make a positive impact in this community.