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Coastal Engineering Company of Orleans Cape Cod
August 28, 2019

Coastal Engineering to Provide Engineering Design for Renovation of Historic Cape Cod Church

Coastal Engineering is honored to have been selected to provide structural and civil engineering for the renovation and addition to historic First Congregational Church of Chatham, MA.

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The First Congregational Church of Chatham is a Christian church serving the Barnstable County congregation. This historically significant church was organized in 1720 and serves as the iconic gateway to town. It has undergone several renovations, including a steeple stabilization and interior restoration project. The current project involves extensive renovations to portions of an 1830’s building, construction of an addition for new administrative spaces, a robing room, and a new location for the church pipe organ. New mechanical/HVAC systems, plumbing and electrical upgrades will be added along with a new four stop elevator to provide handicap accessibility throughout the building.

Coastal Engineering Co. will provide structural and civil engineering for this $2m+ project, with architectural design provided by Design Associates of Cambridge. Pomroy Associates of East Bridgewater is the Owner’s Project Manager. Delphi is managing construction out of their Mashpee Office.

“Coastal Engineering Company takes pride in our long-standing working relationship with the First Congregational Church of Chatham. We are honored to once again be a part of the team that is working to renovate this iconic New England church, improve accessibility, and enhance the worship experience of the congregation,” said John Bologna, Coastal Engineering President/CEO.

Members of the project team commented on the design vision for the project. 

“Coastal Engineering invited us to work with them at the church based on successful prior collaborations at historic properties. The clear vision of the client and strong architectural character of the church guided Coastal Engineering and Design Associates to a design endorsed by the congregation and approved by the Historic Business District Commission.  We are thrilled to be working with Delphi to implement the renovation and renewal of First Congregational Church of Chatham for its upcoming 300th anniversary,” said Patrick Guthrie of Design Associates.

“Delphi is thrilled to have been selected as the construction manager on this exciting, historically significant project. We look forward to working as part of the team, many members of which we have had the pleasure of working with on several other projects. Our shared goal is to help bring this project to fruition in a way that exceeds the client’s expectations. We know this project will bring value not only to the members of the congregation but to all who appreciate the rich history of Chatham and Cape Cod.” said Corey Heaslip, Project Executive at Delphi Construction.

Owner’s Project Manager, Rick Pomroy of Pomroy Associates expressed his firm’s enthusiasm about the project and the assembled team. 

"Pomroy Associates is honored to be representing our client, The First Congregational Church of Chatham, on this exciting historic renovation. We have tremendous confidence in the design and construction team selected for this project including Delphi, Design Associates, and Coastal Engineering. Each of these firms has a proven track record of delivering the highest quality projects and a demonstrated commitment to placing the needs of the client first. We know they will do the same for The First Congregational Church of Chatham.” Pomroy said.  

Pre-project planning is well underway, construction is expected to begin in November and be complete by next summer.