The renovation of St. Hyacinth

The renovation of St. Hyacinth

Project Team

  • Developers: Avesta Housing and Developers Collaborative
  • Architect: Archetype Architects
  • General Contractor: Portland Builders

Financial Partners

  • Construction Lender: Bangor Savings Bank
  • Permanent Lender: MaineHousing
  • Low Income Housing Tax Credit Syndicator: Boston Capital

Job Creation and Economic Impact

The construction of Hyacinth Place involved the work of 55 contractor firms, suppliers, manufacturers and service providers, nearly all of which are Maine-based.

A total of 314 construction workers were employed through the construction of Hyacinth Place and were paid total wages of $1.66 million. An additional $3.4 million was spent in the local economy on materials.

Photo by Jennifer Capriola/East Shore Photography

In addition, the city of Westbrook received $71,839 through construction-related fees. The property was previously generating nothing in property taxes, and post-renovation will now provide an estimated $43,000 a year to the city.

Energy Efficiency and Sustainability

The adaptive reuse of St. Hyacinth negotiates an importance balance between preserving historic details and incorporating modern energy-efficient upgrades. Reusing historic structures instead of demolishing them eliminates huge amounts of waste and eliminates the need for new material production.

Other sustainable and energy-efficient features include:

  • The insulation values of these building is up to 25% better than the International Energy Conservation Code
  • Efficient windows reduce heat loss
  • All lighting and appliances are Energy Star rated, reducing energy consumption
  • All materials in the building are low-VOC (volatile organic content), which benefits residents' health
  • Low-flow plumbing fixtures reduce water usage
  • A high-efficiency heating system
  • The buildings have been blower-door tested to ensure that air-infiltration has been reduced substantially, thus conserving energy usage in the mechanical systems
  • Durable materials inside and out were chosen for longevity and lower life-cycle cost
  • All landscaping is composed of northern hardy native plants for longevity and reduced need for irrigation
  • A large portion of the site trees were preserved