The Shillman House is a shining jewel in the portfolio of housing offered by the Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly. The new $26.2 million 150,565-square-foot facility includes 150 units of state-of-the-art senior living and offers a fully-equipped health & fitness center, a bistro, an art studio, a beauty salon, and wi-fi in all public areas, among other amenities.
Opened in May, 2011 after eighteen months of construction, the project was a major coup for Dellbrook. Shillman House was completed three months ahead of schedule – and $4 million under budget.
“Dellbrook was fabulous every step of the way,” says Amy Schectman, president and chief executive of Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly, the non-profit organization that owns Shillman House. “We were impressed with the leadership and ingenuity they brought to the table on every issue.”
From the start, Shillman House posed a number of challenges. Ledge had to be blasted in order to pour the foundation. The facility is located in a residential area of Framingham, MA. Dellbrook strove to maintain good relationships with neighbors during construction.
Officials of JCHE also insisted on innovative energy systems that would offer efficiency and savings. In response, Dellbrook drilled ten 1,800- feet-deep geothermal wells and installed photovoltaic panels on the roof. An energy audit recently indicated the facility was 37% more efficient than the demanding standards set by ASHRAE, a national engineering organization that promotes green design.
Architect: Dimella Shaffer
Owner: Jewish Community Housing for the Elderly
Location: Framingham, MA