a dilapidated office transforms into an Information Technology hub


Currently the home of Boston University’s Information Technology offices, 179 Amory Street was once a dilapidated office space. The eight month project began in January of 2014 with the demolition of two undulating, sinking basement slabs, a mezzanine level, and multiple sets of stairs.

ZVI constructed a new slab, three staircases, and new interior layout complete with an elevator, dumbwaiter, and all new mechanical, plumbing, electrical, and fire protection systems. ZVI worked as team with Boston University, the architects, and engineers to complete this project on an aggressive schedule without compromising quality. The team completed the 22,000 gut renovation in August of 2014.



pre-kindergarten expanded with customized classrooms


One of our oldest clients, ZVI has worked for the Fessenden School for the past 10 years. In the summer of 2014 we expanded the pre-kindergarten building, adding two classrooms. With a strict schedule dictated by the return of the students, there was no room for schedule error.

ZVI ushered the project through the City of Newton’s Zoning, Fire Department, and Permit reviews; continued on to erect a structural steel frame, build the exterior façade and finish the interior customized classroom spaces. Our team completed this project concurrently with other campus renovations. 



accolades for urban development


Recipient of the Development Excellence Award for Student Housing Development by the Urban Task Force of Sydney, 15-25 Regent Street is a new ground-up construction property comprising approximately 69,000 square feet, in a seven-story above ground structure with two additional underground levels.

Completed in 2010, the structure was built to accommodate student housing, office and classroom space for Boston University. This property also incorporates street-level retail to serve as an amenity to building residents and includes 12 underground parking spaces and bike storage. The building is served by three elevators, and has separate entrances and lobbies for the residential and office components.

The residential component includes a total of 44 apartment-style single bedroom residences accommodating 164 students, each with individual bedrooms, as well as a two-bedroom manager’s unit. The office/classroom area contains a total of 1,411 square meters  including a 160-seat auditorium.

A rooftop terrace with function space and a professional kitchen serves as an additional amenity to this facility, along with numerous student lounges, computer rooms and laundry facilities. Construction commenced in the spring of 2009, and was completed ahead of schedule in December 2010. 



rapid renovation for educational facilities


This private school based in Winchester, MA selected ZVI to complete work on 3 different schools: Dearborn Academy, Lesley Ellis, and Seaport Academy. ZVI worked in partnership with Maryann Thompson Architects and the school’s leadership team to help meet the schedule, scope, and budget requirements for these fast-paced projects. The project team faced and overcame remodeling challenges that included renovating old buildings with structural, life safety, layout, and ADA issues.


historical exterior, contemporary interior


This spectacular, cutting-edge student housing facility, formerly the historic Royal Waterloo Hospital for Women and Children, is the result of ZVI's 55,000 SF gut renovation. ZVI is responsible for all aspects of this build-and-design project.

From restoration of the authentic facade, intricate interior decor, and original elevators, to installation of modern en-suite kitchen and bathrooms and state of the art amenities, ZVI created a living facility that appeals to modern students while simultaneously maintaining the property's historical extravagance. The Waterloo residence now houses students from the University of Notre Dame.