Caldwell & Walsh Building Construction, Inc.


Bet Am Shalom Synagogue  |  White Plains, New York

This synagogue was destroyed by a devastating fire. At that time plans were already underway to expand the synagogue complex. Instead, it became time to gut and rebuild. As construction manager and constructor, Caldwell & Walsh led this multi-phased restoration and addition. The first phase encompassed temporary facilities as well as the replacement of all mechanical, electrical, and finish work damaged by water and smoke from the fire.  During the second phase the complete reconstruction of the stone mansion and a new two-story addition were completed. The steel frame and wood timber structure houses the new chapel, administrative offices, libraries, activity rooms, and classrooms. All of the mechanical and electrical systems were replaced along with the roof and most of the windows.


Caldwell & Walsh worked with the owner and design team to refurbish some of the original windows, doors, and stone details to bring historic character back to the building. During the second phase, Caldwell & Walsh was hired to provide construction management services, including preconstruction for phase three, a new

addition adjoining phase two. The steel frame, steel stud, and dryvit three story addition includes a basement apartment for the caretaker, two kitchens, an elevator, and storage areas. The centerpiece of the addition is a two story, 5,000 s.f. sanctuary with exposed wood timber rafters, a feature suggested by our firm during the design stage.


Nearly three years to the day of the fire, a crowd of nearly 500 people gathered at a joyous dedication to celebrate the successful completion of these projects.


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