Department of Unemployment Assistance – New Facility

This project will provide a new facility for the Department of Unemployment Assistance (DUA) at a long-vacant site in downtown Brockton.

Project Details

226 Main Street, Brockton

Designer: Jones Architect
Project Type:  CM at Risk
Contractor: Bond Brothers
Estimated Total Project Cost: $28,100,000
Gross Square Feet: 35,484
Estimated Construction Start Date:  Spring 2019
Estimated Completion Date: Fall 2021

UA manages the Unemployment Insurance program, which provides temporary income to Massachusetts workers who are unemployed and looking for a job.

DUA’s program is comprised of two main elements. The first is a Call Center, whose operational needs requiring them to be located on one floor dictated much of the preliminary building layout.  The second is a Hearings Department, where cases are heard to resolve disputes involving both employee and employer, with legal representation present.  Administrative and meeting space will also be provided.

In addition to providing a modern facility for a state agency, the new building will serve to energize this part of Main Street by bringing people and activity to a location with a number of business vacancies.

Project Features

  • CLT and steel hybrid construction
  • Daylight-adjusting illumination
  • Raised floors to accommodate flexibility in power distribution
  • White noise and sound-absorbent baffles in call center