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Acella Construction Managers Selected for Hingham’s $2.5 Million Old Derby Academy Restoration Project

CONTACT: Jim Farrell, PR First, 781-681-6616,

NORWELL and HINGHAM, MA, ISSUED APRIL 15, 2015… Acella Construction Corporation (, a construction management firm serving the region for more than a decade, announced today that it was recently selected as the Construction Manager for the renovation and restoration of Old Derby Academy and Hingham Heritage Museum, a $2.5 million project. The project is scheduled to begin in September 2015 and should take approximately one year to complete.

Acella Construction Managers and the Hingham Historical Society will bring Hingham’s history to life year-round with a project to renovate and restore Old Derby Academy, one of the town’s most historic landmarks. The “Hingham Heritage Museum and Visitor Center” will be a climate-controlled, museum-quality exhibition and programming facility.

Acella’s project team, with expertise in local cultural and historic projects, won the unanimous support from the board of the Hingham Historical Society. The project will include a new 4,600-square-foot addition and the repair/restoration of foundations, windows, chimneys and other parts of the 1818 building. It will also enlarge the Visitor Center, expand the collections storage and workspace areas for volunteers and staff, and create an outdoor program event space for up to 200 guests.

“This is the most ambitious and exciting project ever undertaken in the Society’s 100-year existence,” said Mike Studley, President. “We are delighted to be working with a contractor with Acella’s credentials and experience and we know the Museum will be a real attraction for South Shore residents.”

“We are honored and excited to be entrusted with this historical project, and with a building that is such a landmark for the Hingham community,” said Dave Dirubbo, president of Acella Construction. “We are excited to put our expertise to work to Build Better for Hingham.”

Sally Weston Associates designed the restoration and renovation plans. Ryan Klebes, senior project manager at Acella, will serve as the lead on this project.

Since 2003, Acella Construction Managers has completed several cultural and special restoration projects for non-profit organizations that benefit the local South Shore community. Clients have included Wellfleet Preservation Hall (Wellfleet), St. Luke’s Church (Scituate), Espirito Santo Catholic Church (Fall River), and St. Gerard Majella Church (Canton). Acella has also completed projects for Boy Scouts of America (Plymouth), Friendship Home (Norwell), Associates for Human Services (Taunton), Cardinal Cushing Center Springtime House (Hanover), New England Village (Pembroke) and Home for Little Wanderers Baird Center (Plymouth).

About Acella Construction Corporation
Founded in 2003, Acella delivers a premium suite of construction management services, including design-build and pre-construction solutions for business owners, commercial real estate developers, and discerning institutional and retail clients. From ground-up construction and new additions to complex interior renovations and tenant build-outs, Acella’s mission is to Build Better buildings, relationships and communities…one project at a time.

A partial list of clients includes: Northeastern University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, Boston College, Bentley University, Thayer Academy, Riverview School, Sacred Heart High School, Cardinal Spellman High School, NVNA Hospice, Friendship Home, Village Pediatrics, Outer Cape Health, Island Terrace Nursing Home, Boston Properties, Morgan Stanley, Pier One Imports, Not Your Average Joe’s, Panera Bread, The Urban Grape, Provincetown Art Association and Museum, Hyannis Yacht Club, Cummaquid Golf Club, and Exeter Swim and Racquet Club. Acella Construction Managers is located at 62 Accord Park Drive, Norwell, MA 02061. For more information, please visit or call 781.681.9240.

Working with Acella was great. They were always available to answer my questions and they kept me in the loop every step of the way. They were very flexible and patient and worked around our working schedule – sometimes coming in very early in the morning. Their work turned out wonderfully and they even painted a large wall that was not part of the scope to get the whole space looking shiny and new. This was my first renovation project and they made me look good! I would highly recommend Acella.

Suzanna Bray