Woodrow Wilson Court, Cambridge


CBI provided architectural and engineering design services for the modernization of this federally-assisted family development. 


An evaluation was first completed including building exteriors, building structure, unit interiors, building systems, doors and windows, hazardous materials and code compliance to identify and prioritize the work to be done.

CBI removed the existing roof and installed a new roofing system.  On the chimneys, damaged masonry was repaired and they were covered with plywood, a vapor barrier and flat seam metal panels in order to protect the longevity and mitigate maintenance issues. 

The old trash system was a chute system that tenants would throw their trash directly into from the third floor and it would go down to the basement to a compactor.  The compactor rooms smelled foul and were infested with rodents.  The compactors were also difficult to maintain.  CBI designed a small additional to one of the buildings to work as a trash room for the entire complex.  The intent was to have one trash room where tenants could drop trash into chutes but only from the ground level.  The new trash room includes a trash and recyclable compactor with proper ventilation, drainage for cleaning to help with maintenance, and appropriately blends into the charming courtyard. 

Other repairs included fire alarm system, boiler, concrete staircase, and plumbing replacement.  CBI also designed handicap accessible entrances at each building in the complex to allow access for all visitors.