YWCA Central Massachusetts Begins Construction On Historic, $24-Million Building Renovation

For Immediate Release

Sophie Cannon

Marketing & Resource Development Associate

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Community Driven Project Promotes Diversity and Inclusion of Women and People of Color 

Worcester, MA – YWCA Central Massachusetts is excited to announce the start of construction on the historic, $24-million, renovation of their downtown, Salem Square location.

As the premiere women’s organization in Central Massachusetts, YWCA remains focused on their mission of eliminating racism and empowering women throughout the construction process.

In an unprecedented move, YWCA, in partnership with Consigli Construction, signed the City of Worcester’s first community benefits agreement; in so promising an all-women led construction management team, living wage jobs with benefits, and an emphasis on diversity by employing union contractors, and local women and people of color.

As a fixture in the Worcester community for 135 years, YWCA provides affordable childcare for working families, transitional housing for unaccompanied women, shelter and support for victims of domestic violence, health and wellness resources, youth activities, and more for thousands of women and their families each year.

“The facility plays a crucial role in this area of Massachusetts as it provides the necessary space, programming, and resources that women and girls need to thrive,” stated YWCA Central Massachusetts Executive Director, Linda Cavaioli. “As with all the work we do, we are proud to embark on this project that is driven by our mission of eliminating racism and empowering women.”

The renovation will focus on updating infrastructure and systems, consolidating and optimizing the current square footage to expand capacity, improve security, and advance the ability of YWCA to provide more effective and efficient services.

Additionally, the renovation will provide several enhancements to the Early Education and Care facility including the relocation and reorganization of the current classroom layout, creation of new a classroom and playground, and integrated STEM programing and portable resources.

The yearlong renovation is schedule to be completed in winter 2020.

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YWCA Central Massachusetts is on a mission to eliminate racism, empower women, stand up for social justice, help families and strengthen our community. YWCA Central Massachusetts is part of an international movement serving over 2 million in the United States and 25 million worldwide. For comprehensive information about this important work, go to: and

Consigli Construction Co., Inc. is a leading construction manager with offices in Washington, D.C., Boston and Milford, Massachusetts, Portland, Maine, Hartford, Connecticut and New York State serving clients throughout the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic regions. A fourth-generation family-led business, Consigli provides construction management services for corporate, academic, health care, institutional, life sciences, and government clients. Consigli is recognized by Engineering News-Record as one of the 100-largest in the country and has received numerous awards and recognition for its craftsmanship and employment practices. For more information, visit