What’s New

Throughout the year, JMBA+ continues to assist an array of clientele with renovation, historic restoration, modifications, and custom house design. Through analysis, problem solving, and a team approach, JMBA+ continues to complete projects on-time, in budget, and exceeding expectations.


In the News! 

Coastline Elderly Services secures $4.2 million MassDevelopment bond for new offices. 

Read the full article @  https://www.southcoasttoday.com/news/20200806/coastline-elderly-services-secures-42-million-massdevelopment-bond-for-new-offices


Total Building Renovation


JMBA has just been hired to renovate an old 15,300 sf building in Wareham into a new retail facility.

Stay tuned for more information…..





Construction Moves Forward


Coastline Elderly Services Headquarters Construction moves forward on the Coastline Elderly Headquarters Building! The first part of the building’s new rain screen system is being installed, while the interior of the building is well on its way to being 100% framed. The 37,000 square foot building is being renovated to meet the needs of the client’s current needs and anticipated growth.



Congratulations Patrick!


Patrick Passes Final Exam to Become Licensed Architect – We are pleased to announce JM Booth & Associate’s Patrick Grime passed his Architectural Exam! Patrick sets a great example on how to set and achieve your goals. Congratulations Patrick on all your hard work.  We are proud you!




Warehouse Addition


Milhench Warehouse Addition – Interior view of a recently completed 10,260 sq. ft. warehouse addition in the New Bedford Business Park. Sprinkler installation is in progress and skylights will soon be installed to meet code required daylighting standards. When completed, the space will be filled with high stack shelving and products serving the greater South Coast region



Renovation at the YMCA

South Coast YMCA – Located in the center of Downtown New Bedford, the New Bedford YMCA is ready for expansion to offer more services to their membership & JMBA+ is excited to be part of the team!

While the project is still in funding stage, the design is underway.  The current program will double the size of the existing facility, offering a modern Wellness center, increased child daycare and  a new child watch center allowing parents to enjoy the facility while their young children are supervised by the staff. A new family pool is in the design, as well as spin studios, and many other enhanced features. We look forward to assisting the Y in the creation of a state-of-the-art facility in the New Bedford community. 


Construction Begins


Coastline Elderly Services Headquarters

After purchasing a 37,000sf office building, Coastline Elderly Services looked to JM Booth & Associates for the design and preparation of construction documents for their new headquarters.  JMBA+ worked closely with Coastline to gather input from all department heads to create a space that meets each department’s specific needs.  With the design complete, it is now time for the construction to begin!


Welcome Mike Porto


Mike Porto joins JMBA+ Architects

Mike interned at JMBA during his undergraduate studies at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  Since that time, Mike has earned his Bachelor of Architecture and gained experience on both single- and multi-family housing projects.  He is a skilled draftsman and problem solver.  We are excited to have him back.  



Façade Restoration:

New Bedford City HallNew Bedford City Hall has been undergoing some historic preservation on its façade! Check out this image of the completed work we’ve done on the historic building and stop by to see it for yourself! (Brownstone Trim, and Window Trims).




Zeiterion Theater Capital Needs Study:

 In 2009, JMBA+ was commissioned to created a long term Capital Needs Study. The resulting study recommended many improvements to the building that would allow it to continue as the Premier Live Performance Theater in Southern Massachusetts. Since that time  many of the recommendations were implemented. In 2017, the Zeiterion Theater Inc. once again turned to JMBA+ to  update the study and prepare marquee designs. The Theater is currently seeking funding for the marquee. 



Awarded AIA New England’s Emerging Professional- Friendly Firm:




JM Booth & Associates, Inc. received AIA New England’s 2018 Emerging Professional-Friendly Firm Award which recognizes firms that promote the advancement of Emerging Professionals through professional development and personal growth opportunities. JMBA+ was commended for excellence and distinction, scoring a total of 36 points (out of a required 28) to meet the Friendly Firm status.


Historic Approval:

JMBA+ was recently hired to restore a 310 year old home in Dartmouth’s Russells Mills Historic District. JMBA+, recommended to the home’s owner by Historic New England (HNE), will create a sympathetic addition to this historic home, while respecting the original building. The project will need the approval of both HNE and the Russells Mills Historic District Commission. Joseph M. Booth, Sr, AIA, the principal in charge stated ” historic homes in New England are a series of additions, sometimes starting from a one room cabin. In the case of this project the original Greek Revival building was first doubled in the 18th century, with a later addition in 1986. Our work will create a kitchen and bedroom addition on the rear of the building. Our work will respect the original home, strictly adhering the the US Secretary of Interior Standards for the Renovation and Restoration of Historic Buildings.”  

Watch for the development of this exciting project in the near future. We are currently providing Schematic Design services for review of the client and both historic agencies. 

Sterling 1835 Town Hall Restoration:

JMBA+ has been hired by the 1835 Town Hall Committee, in Sterling, MA, to commence the restoration of this historic Greek Revival Town Hall. The first phase will be to restore the roof structure over the second floor auditorium. Turnbuckles and wire cables have been installed in the past to allow the removal of the original ceiling after a balcony was created in the late 1800s.

Our mission is to remove these devices while restructuring the roof timber to support the structural loads.    The auditorium has not been used due to handicap access issues. The second part of our work will be to install a Limited Use/Limited Access (LULA) elevator to allow barrier-free access to the second floor and reopen the auditorium. Our work will replace the roof which is failing. TO date we have visited the building and prepared existing condition documents. The project is scheduled to be let out to bid in mid-April. 


Veterans Housing Completed!:

After nearly five years in the making the O’Connor-Sisson Veteran’s Housing is occupied!  Completed in   October 2016, the home provides 9 units of housing for our returning veterans. The design team at JMBA+ created an addition which more than doubled the former state police barracks, located on Route 6 in Dartmouth, MA. Barrier free access was provided through the main entrance on the rear of the building with several handicap apartments provided on the ground floor. JMBA+ has been honored to work with Partners in Housing, the non-profit   owner of the building. As our principal Joseph M. Booth SR, AIA, stated, “providing housing for our returning veterans should be paramount to their re-introduction into society, once they leave the service.   After giving their all to serve our country no serviceman or woman should be homeless. We have been honored to provide these services.”       

The City of New Bedford is moving forward with the restoration of the City Hall and several other projects.

In our continuing effort to restore this historic City Hall, JMBA+ is in  the process of completing the design of the replacement of the building entrances with historical accurate fenestration! the work will restore the historically accurate Sixth Street wood doors, while replacing the main entrance, located on William St, and the entrance on Pleasant Street, with replicated wood/glass doors. The project will also restore the bronze clad comfort station along with new entrance doors. The comfort stations will not be restored.

The Fire Museum, located on Bedford St, will have the roof replaced along with new gutters and wood trim. This work is scheduled to be completed in the Spring of 2018.

Work on Fire Station No. 2 is scheduled to begin in the design phase. JMBA+ will review the exterior brick masonry and determine the source of current leaks within the building. The work is scheduled to begin in Spring 2018.

Fire Station No. 7  will have emergency repairs to brick masonry on this historic firehouse tower.  The work will include the restoration of decorative brickwork on the east side of the tower. To date JMBA+ has visually inspected the brick work from an aerial lift, prepared detailed restoration documents and provided the designs to the City of New Bedford Purchasing Depart.  Mortar Analysis is expected to be completed in the middle of March 2018