In the tradition of New Englanders, Hascall & Hall highly values the client relationships we have established and cultivated over the years. Close relationships sustained over the long-term afford us the great satisfaction of collaborating with our customers on multiple projects across time. After working closely with the contractor and the owners of the Congress Square project, we were brought in to consult on another facility owned by the same group—one that would prove an enduring, challenging and highly rewarding project for all parties involved.
The project was the dilapidated Olde Woolen Mill located along the Saco River in North Berwick, Maine, which had been vacant and had severely deteriorated over the years. The goal of the renovation was to repurpose the old textile mill as affordable housing units. Built in 1832 and left vacant for over 40 years, the structure had been subjected not only to the external elements associated with the New England climate, but also significant vandalism. Without proper maintenance the building had suffered severe damage, leading the developers to tear down multiple structures and concentrate on the ones that were most salvageable.
As with many projects of this magnitude, Hascall & Hall’s partnership with the owners and the general contractor began nearly two years prior to the bidding process. It was essential that the team establish budgetary numbers to determine whether the renovation would be feasible before the owners actually undertook the aggressive project.