Delphi Completes Renovations to Waterfront Retreat Center in Duxbury

August 20, 2019-Mashpee, Massachusetts–Delphi Construction, Inc. announced completion of the renovation of St. Marina’s Guest House belonging to the Society of St. Margaret, an Episcopal Religious Order headquartered in Duxbury Massachusetts.

The $1.25 million renovation and small addition was the third project Delphi has completed for the Sisters at their retreat property. Work involved approximately 3,900 square feet of renovation to an early 1940’s building which had originally served as a family summer home. Architectural design for the project was provided by Saltonstall Architects of Marion, Ma. Delphi managed the project out of their Mashpee office on Cape Cod.

“Delphi is proud to have been selected to manage yet another project for the Sisters. We appreciate the trust the community has placed in us and value the strong relationship we have built with the community.  Thanks to the outstanding design work of our frequent  project partners, Saltonstall Architects, this completed project, together with past projects the order has undertaken, have made this waterfront retreat setting a truly breathtaking location for retreat guests. We are pleased to have played a role in bringing this project to life.” Said Corey Heaslip, Project Executive at Delphi Construction.

Work consisted of removal of the existing roof structure to raise ceiling heights, new building envelope system, including new windows, siding and exterior trim. In addition, Delphi oversaw mechanical/HVAC systems upgrades along with new fire protection and suppression equipment. The newly-finished structure houses 9 guest bedrooms, new kitchen and a common living space. The first floor of the house also features an accessible entryway and common space, three bedrooms and an ADA bathroom complete with roll-in shower.

Project Architect C. Jay Wilbur of Saltonstall Architects commented on the design vision that guided the project.

“Saltonstall Architects’ goal was to highlight the coastal character of the existing residence’s exterior while modernizing a cramped and outdated interior. All building additions were limited to single stories in order to preserve the original two-story roof-lines. We connected public areas to foster a sense of community for retreatants by removing interior walls, and gave each bedroom an unique experience based on orientation and available views. Salvaged materials from two previous construction projects were used for wall texture and built-ins to reduce construction waste and material costs.” Wilbur said.

Sister Kristina Frances, a member of the Order who was closely involved with the project shared what the completion of this renovation means for the community.

“Completion of the St. Marina’s renovation adds so much to our ministry of hospitality on our Duxbury campus. We finally have a facility with accessible overnight accommodation, which means that we can welcome everyone regardless of mobility. The increased energy efficiency of the building is part of our ongoing work of being good stewards of that which is entrusted to us. St. Marina’s now becomes a safer, more welcoming and comfortable building and we are very excited to share it with those who come to us seeking rest and refreshment.”  Said Sister Kristina Frances.