In the same way that the product of design (the architecture) can foster community engagement, the process of design (the making of architecture) can similarly connect people to their community. YouthBuild Boston brings this concept to life with “their hands-on programs for young people in Boston looking to improve the trajectory of their lives through the building trades.” We at Fennick McCredie Architecture, are the design partner in a collaboration with YouthBuild Boston to renovate an historic fire house in Roxbury, Massachusetts into their new headquarters. Student crews from the YouthBuild program are, in large part, building the project. Pride in construction is evident in the workmanship and precision of the interior framing. From the sidewalk you can feel the positive energy of teamwork among students, graduate workers, and mentor tradesmen – together building a new home for the organization, a valuable neighborhood resource and center, and a special place for the students to learn, grow and yes, connect.

Co-founding principal of the practice, Deborah Fennick, has been deeply involved in this project because of its important contribution to our City and our young people. Look out for Deborah’s blog post coming out this Friday where she interviews a recent graduate of YouthBuild Boston to learn about his experience building the new headquarters.