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Acella Construction Corporation Completes Work on New Cohen Center for Fitness and Recreation at Riverview School 

PEMBROKE and EAST SANDWICH, MA, ISSUED APRIL 7, 2021… Acella Construction Corporation, a leader in construction management throughout greater Boston, recently announced completion of work on Riverview School’s new Cohen Center for Fitness and Recreation.  The school celebrated the completion with a ribbon-cutting held last month.

Riverview School is an independent, coeducational boarding/day school, located in East Sandwich, Massachusetts.  Established in 1957, Riverview is a leader in educating students, ages 11-21, with complex language and learning challenges that include Autism, Down Syndrome, and intellectual disabilities. 

Riverview School is also Acella Construction’s longest tenured client, having partnered with Acella since its inception almost 20 years ago.

Acella’s work at Riverview School included demolition of the existing gym and ground-up construction of a new, $11 million, 40,000-square-foot state-of-the-art wellness center.  Specifically, Acella completed asbestos abatement work and installed an elevator, gymnasium, gymnasium divide curtain, scoreboards, climbing wall, basketball hoops, operable bleachers, meditation room with sensory lighting, a cycling room, basketball court, volleyball court, TRX room, and custom wall graphics.

Some of the more challenging elements of the project included the gymnasium roof, which was comprised of 85-foot trusses.  Meticulous planning was involved to coordinate delivery and installation due to their size, as was incredible accuracy in their placement by the steel erector.  Additionally, the new building is located on a hill on the school’s campus; water infiltration of the new foundation was of top concern throughout design.  Acella ensured the waterproofing and damp-proofing of the entire foundation, as well as managed stormwater runoff throughout construction of the project.

The space offers greater opportunities for student and staff participation in athletics, yoga, and movement, including cycling classes; an indoor track for walking, running, and/or track training; fitness classes including TRX and functional training; dance classes; mindfulness classes including guided relaxation and yoga; an indoor Adventure Education space to offer a complete experience with traverse wall, low elements and cooperative team equipment; and expanded basketball and volleyball opportunities with increased court space and more accessible equipment.  Overall, the new Cohen Center expands the school’s wellness programming exponentially.    

Acella’s Project Manager Mike Towle worked in collaboration with Jennifer Hocherman, AIA, LEED AP at architectural firm SV Design, Siemasko + Verbridge and with the engineering firm Souza, True & Partners, Inc.  Additionally, Acella coordinated with Glynn Electric, Lundy Plumbing, Enterprise Equipment Co. Inc., and Professional Fire Systems Inc.

“Given our longevity with Riverview School, it’s exciting to once again be part of their campus transformation toward providing more opportunities and resources for their students and staff,” said Ryan LaVangie, Vice President of Sales & Marketing for Acella Construction.  “The new Cohen Center for Fitness and Recreation is a true gem, offering holistic wellness possibilities for everyone in a beautiful structure.” 


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.

Acella is located at 38 Washington Street, Pembroke, MA 02359. 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