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JLL Construction Begins Façade Restoration on Historic Gym at Tufts in Medford

BOSTON, June 19, 2014 – JLL Construction has commenced construction of the Cousens Gymnasium façade restoration project at Tufts University in Medford, MA. The project is scheduled for completion in November 2014.

The project will address all envelope-related deferred maintenance issues, and requires a significant amount of historical custom brick replication. The scope of the restoration includes: lintel replacement, repointing of façade and chimney, selective repair and replacement of brick and cast stone elements, selective foundation repairs, waterproofing of all façade elements and exposed foundation, window replacement and refurbishment, replacement of all lead-coated copper copings, replacement of all copper downspouts and scuppers, selective pitched roof repair and flat roof replacements, and the refurbishment/reconstruction of main entry stairs.

Interior work related to exterior maintenance issues will also be addressed. Large energy recovery ventilator units will be added to ventilate the space. Conditioning will be added to the front offices. Cracking on the inside faces of the exterior walls and foundation will be repaired and the walls repainted.

Cousens Gymnasium, which opened in 1932, was named for Tufts’ sixth president John Albert Cousens, an advocate for sports and fitness. For years one of the region’s outstanding athletics facilities, Cousens Gym hosted musical legends such as Simon and Garfunkle and The Band, and was the site for the high school prom scene in the 1994 film The Next Karate Kid. The historic gym still retains its distinctive character.

“This is a high profile restoration program for Tufts on one of their most significant buildings on campus,” said JLL Project Manager Bob Kelly. “We are excited to be a part of the team, which includes Timothy D. Smith Architects out of Bennington, Vermont.”
Joining Bob on the JLL Construction team is Superintendent Steve Delisle and Estimator Drew Dana.

About JLL Construction
JLL Construction offers comprehensive services as a construction manager, general contractor and design/builder, completing over 500 diverse assignments annually. With a service reach throughout New England and the Mid-Atlantic, JLL Construction delivers construction solutions to an extensive roster of Life Sciences, Higher Education, Government, Corporate, Industrial, Technology, Hospitality, and Residential/Retail clients. Assignments range from smaller interior fit-outs to $100 million mixed-use developments. Their on line portfolio can be viewed at

About JLL
JLL (NYSE: JLL) is a professional services and investment management firm offering specialized real estate services to clients seeking increased value by owning, occupying and investing in real estate. With annual fee revenue of $4 billion, JLL has more than 200 corporate offices and operates in 75 countries worldwide. On behalf of its clients, the firm provides management and real estate outsourcing services for a property portfolio of 3 billion square feet and completed $99 billion in sales, acquisitions and finance transactions in 2013. Its investment management business, LaSalle Investment Management, has $48.0 billion of real estate assets under management. JLL is the brand name of Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated. For further information, visit ​