New England Carpenters Center

Completed in 2010, the new headquarters of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters (since renamed as the North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters) is a “can’t miss” landmark for thousands of daily commuters on the Southeast Expressway.

The project was led by Suffolk Construction, who converted an abandoned factory into a LEED-registered, three-story office building and training facility. The long frame building incorporates both traditional and modern architectural influences, with an attention-grabbing, contemporary façade on the highway side and a more traditional wood design on the neighborhood side. The southern face of the building features a large “transparent” LED display that is used to promote the carpentry trade and the hiring of union carpenters and contractors. In addition to housing NASRCC offices, the 74,000 sq. ft. facility also includes a state-of-the-art training center, classroom space, multiple conference rooms, and a vision center serving union members and their families.

Sunrise Erectors fabricated and constructed all exterior systems for the center, as well as all interior glazing. Sunrise’s systems included the “dry” aluminum composite panel rainscreen system, the western red cedar tongue-and-groove rainscreen system, storefront, curtain wall, aluminum and glass entrances, insulation, and AVB.