Washington Mills Lofts

Lawrence, MA




2012 Paul E. Tsongas Award, Preservation Massachusetts
2007 Adaptive Reuse / Renovation Merit Award, Rhode Island Chapter of the American Institute of Architects
Washington Mills Lofts
Washington Mills Lofts
Washington Mills Lofts

Formerly a textile mill, Washington Mills Lofts is now a trendy apartment building taking advantage of the mill’s tall ceiling heights and large windows. With exposed brick and timber framing, the apartments offer modern amenities with nods to the building’s history. SGH evaluated timber beams as part of the adaptive reuse project.


Scope | Solutions


SGH performed a visual survey of growth characteristics on select timber beams. As part of our grading assessment, we performed a microscopic examination on extracted wood cores to identify the species.

Using the guidelines in ASTM D245 – Standard Practice for Establishing Structural Grades and Related Allowable Properties for Visually Graded Lumber, SGH predicted the allowable stresses for the timber components for use by the structural engineer of record.

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