December 16, 2017
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Two Wright-Ryan projects win Maine Preservation Honor Awards

Community Author: Andrew Gaumont
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FALMOUTH – Maine Preservation held its 20th annual Maine Preservation Statewide Honor Awards on Tuesday,  November 7, at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth. The Awards recognize owners, developers, professionals and leaders responsible for transformative historic preservation efforts throughout the state. Projects and individuals honored are responsible for restoration, rehabilitation and adaptive use projects that are catalysts for economic development, downtown revitalization and community enhancement. Two Wright-Ryan Construction projects were award recipients among an elite group of honorees.

The first award, presented to the Lofts at Saco Falls, was given in the Commercial Adaptive Use category. Stemming from the textile manufacturing shift, the formerly named Saco-Lowell Shops became a vacant and neglected property. The Szanton Company purchased the property with hopes to renovate the rotting structures and turn them into 80 units of affordable and market-rate rental housing. Designed by Archetype Architects, the 92,409-square-foot renovation included a new roof, windows, fully restored exterior masonry, soundproof units built to green building standards, a courtyard, fitness center, on-site laundry facilities and a community room.

The second award, given to The Francis, recognized the renovation and adaptive use of the historic Mellen E. Bolster House on Congress Street in Portland’s West End, led by the Uncommon Hospitality development team. Originally built as a single-family residence in 1881, the 12,500-square-foot, three-story renovation required unique attention to the high-end finishes as well as the important preservation of the historical interior details. The Francis now houses a boutique hotel with 15 suites, a spa, a commercial kitchen, and 49-seat restaurant. The wooden flooring of the hotel, stained-glass windows and fireplaces are all reminders of the 136-year-old building’s original features. With Archetype Architects and interior design by Urban Dwellings, the scope of work included significant updates to building systems, relocation of an existing elevator shaft, the addition of 15 new restrooms and the revitalization of the building’s garage into a ground-floor suite.


About Wright-Ryan

Founded in 1984, Wright-Ryan is one of Maine’s leading construction firms, with expertise in commercial, institutional and residential construction as well as high-end millwork and furniture.  The 100% employee-owned firm offers the expertise of more than eighty highly-skilled professionals and tradespeople. Wright-Ryan has successfully completed some of the most architecturally distinctive and challenging buildings in Maine. For more information, contact Jim Giberson, Commercial Marketing Manager – (207) 773-3625, Ext. 19 /