Faculty Advisor

Albano, Leonard D.


This project performs a feasibility study of a residential design and a commercial design to retrofit the existing brick mill building at 89 Shrewsbury Street in Worcester, MA. Each design includes structural modifications, an automatic sprinkler system, and compliance to building codes including egress methods, accessibility, and fire protection. Each design is suited with recommended sustainable design aspects to promote green building, sustainability, and potential cost-saving benefits. A cost analysis compares both proposed alternatives and recommends which will be the better option in terms of return on investment. This project’s intent is to form a methodology for future renovations of similar buildings by using 89 Shrewsbury Street as a case study.


Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Date Accepted

March 2015


Civil Engineering

Project Type

Major Qualifying Project



Advisor Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering