Hawthorne Youth and Community Center
Building for the Kids
Placetailor joined forces with Josh Rose Wood of Rose Wood Architects to make the long-standing hope of expanding the Hawthorne Youth and Community Center (HYCC) a reality. A grassroots, community-based nonprofit, HYCC’s mission is to “provide year-round educational, vocational, cultural and recreational programs for community youth and adults, recognizing and celebrating the rich diversity of the community, and providing a forum for residents to work together to improve the quality of life in Roxbury’s Highland Park neighborhood.”
The expansion added 800 square feet including a teen space, media center, gallery, kitchen renovation, much needed additional storage, an office for HYCC staff and ADA upgrades. The expansion is a “deep energy retrofit,” aiming to reduce overall energy usage by 80-90% through the creation of an airtight building envelope and system upgrades. To our knowledge, this will be one of the first energy retrofits for a community center in Boston, if not New England.