Facts and Figures

Charles River Apartments (CRA), located adjacent to the Charles River, 0.85 miles from the center of the Brandeis campus, consists of four six-story buildings that were constructed in 1972. The buildings comprise approximately 126,000 gross square feet and house up to 351 students in 140 units. 

Charles River Apartments

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The Office of Capital Projects and the Office of Facilities Services, in close cooperation, are overseeing the renovation of Charles River Apartments (CRA), which will take place this summer.

To prepare for the renovation, the University renovated a vacant five-bedroom apartment to explore existing conditions and options for renovation. (Subsequently, additional forensic analysis was carried out in several units to confirm findings resulting from the test-unit renovation.) Staff in the Department of Community Living and the Division of Student Affairs provided guidance and comments on the renovation, and students provided comments and evaluation of the completed renovation.

The scope of this trustee-approved project includes: selective interior demolition; renewal of all bathrooms; replacement of all flooring with a mix of carpeting and PVC-free tile; replacement of all suspended ceilings; new shelving and cabinetry in the kitchens; conversion of second kitchens in five-person units into storage rooms, and selective drywall replacement.

The project also includes sprinklers in all spaces; patching and painting of walls, doors and door frames; replacement of all plumbing fixtures and all kitchen appliances; new rooftop exhaust fans; new electric baseboard radiation; new window treatments, and selective renovations for ADA access.  Repairs are planned for the exterior roadway.

Preconstruction and construction management services were provided by Suffolk Construction. Construction began immediately after Commencement and was completed on schedule in early August. The newly renovated Charles River Apartments were ready for occupancy beginning on August 16, 2010.

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