Some CDR Maguire projects are iconic because they transform an interstate highway that serves a capitol city, such as the I-195 Relocation (IWAY) Project in Providence, RI, or because they orchestrate the construction of a new facility for a world-renowned university, such as the Computer Science Complex at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA.
Other CDR Maguire projects are iconic because they contribute to a city project of historical significance and special meaning for the members of that community.
One such project was our involvement in the relocation and renovation of the historic Stearns Tavern in Worcester, MA. Stearns Tavern, built in 1812, is a much-loved city landmark. The tavern, recognized for its Federal-style architecture, has housed a furniture shop, a carpet store, and a succession of banks.
In 2013, the owner was unable to rent the building and petitioned to demolish it. The Worcester Historical Commission denied the request. Preservation Worcester worked with the owner and took possession of the tavern with the agreement that the building would be relocated. Recognizing the need for a use and a tenant, the City and Preservation Worcester engaged a third key partner, Seven Hills Foundation.
Their unique solution was to move the tavern to a new public park, where Seven Hills would provide workforce training to adults with developmental disabilities and operate a café for the public. However, the partnership didn’t have the funding or resources to undertake the complexities of relocating and renovating this historic building.
Enter CDR Maguire. A chance meeting between Philip J. Niddrie, special projects coordinator for the office of the Worcester City Manager, and Matthew J. Amorello, a Senior Vice President of CDR Maguire who works in our Milton, MA office, got the project off the ground, according to Niddrie. “I ran the idea by Matt and he immediately agreed to help,” he said. “Once we had a company with the name-recognition and clout of CDR Maguire on board, other firms followed.”
Amorello and Jitan Shah, PE (retired) assisted by reviewing existing soil reports for the foundation and preparing foundation drawings for the tavern’s proposed new location in the park. Amorello and former CDR Maguire Project Manager Chris Lawson also provided general OPM oversight of the project. All work performed by CDR Maguire was pro bono. Amorello said, “We worked nights and weekends to help out.”
CDR Maguire was the first of an eventual total of 132 private firms and non-profit organizations that contributed more than $1 million in services, materials, and donations to the Stearns Tavern project.
The tavern was successfully transported to its new location in 2016 and, after renovations, opened in October 2019.
Niddrie said he thanks CDR Maguire for leading the way on this notable community project. “It all started with CDR Maguire,” he said.