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Project details

Congregation Beth Israel

Worcester, MA

For nearly a century, Congregation Beth Israel has been the only Conservative congregation in the Greater Worcester area. Realizing the need to update their aging building with accessibility improvements and to reflect changes in the congregation’s size and style of worship, they engaged Kaplan Construction to carry out a 6,500 SF interior renovation.

The Lillian & Selig Glick Sanctuary, which can seat nearly 500 people, is the focus of the renovation. The sanctuary’s two-tiered bimah will be lowered to be closer to eye level and provide accessibility to all congregants. Extensive lighting work and the installation of a partial dropped ceiling will highlight the structure and surround the bimah and newly installed ark with natural light. The sanctuary’s fixed pews will be removed in favor of flexible seating arrangements for more intimate gatherings. Refreshed woodwork and modular carpet tiles throughout the sanctuary and an updated kitchen will serve to deliver a modernized aesthetic to the building, originally built in 1959.

Kaplan is providing design/build mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services for the project. Energy-efficient heating and air conditioning systems and other infrastructure upgrades will streamline maintenance costs and provide a more comfortable environment for the 250-family congregation.

  • Our sanctuary is the heart of our synagogue. We wanted to revitalize our physical and spiritual space to reflect our identity and ambitions, and selecting Kaplan Construction was a monumental decision in making our vision become reality. Kaplan Construction was able to address our concerns and thoroughly explain various project delivery methods, patiently helping us strategize on procurement methods and work together to develop a scope that fit our budget. Kaplan has quickly become a trusted partner and resource.
    Deborah FinsRenovation Steering Committee ChairCongregation Beth Israel

Client

Congregation Beth Israel

Architect

Leslie Saul & Associates

Services Provided

  • Preconstruction Planning
  • Construction Management