The Woolworth Building

Public Square, Watertown, NY

The Purcell-LECESSE JV design-build team renovated the Historic Woolworth Building located on Public Square in Watertown, NY. Sitting vacant for over eight years, this six-story building dates back to the early 1900’s. Floors two through six were converted to 50 apartments consisting of both one and two-bedroom units.  The building includes community space on the first floor along with storefront commercial/retail space and dedicated space for a museum, library, playroom, and on-site laundry.  Original elements were retained to capture the historic character of the building. Wood trim was refinished, the elevators refurbished and the original windows remain.

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Design/Build General Contractor


Crawford & Stearns

Korwek Family Dental

Expanded medical office building near Washington Street with a new suite including waiting area, reception area, children’s play area, and dental exam rooms.

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River Hospital, New MOB & Existing Building Renovations

Renovations for River Hospital, including a new Medical Office Building, renovations to the existing hospital, and site improvements, with funding from the NYS Department of Health.

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Watertown Savings Bank

The new Clayton Branch of Watertown Savings Bank, featuring a two-story building with drive-through teller lanes, offices, and a conference room, after demolishing the old branch.

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I wanted to thank you and your team for all the continued super support. I know this was a difficult one, and we appreciate your team’s commitment to ensure this was done right and on time. Due to rapidly increasing population, it was really critical that this work was on time – we appreciate the teamwork and responsiveness.