Southbridge Mills

“An adaptive reuse renovation of the historic Southbridge Mill building “

  • Date: 2021-2022
  • Architects: The Architectural Team
  • Client:  Southbridge Housing, LLC
  • GC: Dellbrook | JKS
  • Location: Southbridge, MA
  • Project Type: Renovation
  • Description: Repurposed Mill Building for Apartment use

About this Project


The Southbridge Mill project is the adaptive reuse renovation of the 65,900 SF historic Southbridge mill building into a 48 unit, three-story residential affordable apartment building. Settled in the quiet town of Southbridge, Massachusetts, the building was formerly a textile mill and, more recently, a factory for the American Optical Company.

The brick apartments will have high ceilings and large windows. The building will hold a community space, a mail depot, a nine-person movie room, a bike storage room, a fitness area, and a community garden and seating overlooking a millpond.

Apartments in these old mill buildings present a unique opportunity for architects to blend modern design and features with utilitarian, unfinished structural elements.

This project is overseen by Dellbrook | JKS., one of the largest General Contractors in Massachusetts.

Solutions Provided

Shawnlee Construction was selected to provide the following solutions:


Supply and install new exterior wall framing

Supply and install timber decking

Supply and install high quantity of engineered wood products.

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