DJSA Architecture Designs 80,000 SF Stoughton Addition to Accommodate Manufacturer Expansion Needs

DJSA Architecture PC, a full service architectural firm specializing in commercial and corporate design, was recently selected by commercial real estate investment and development firm The Shearwater Companies to design an 80,000 square foot addition to their property at 200 Shuman Avenue, Stoughton.

Their Stoughton property is currently 160,000 square feet in size. Jamie Ciffolillo, one of the owners at Shearwater, said that their defense contractor tenant came to them with a need for expanded space. Without an existing suitable property in Stoughton, Shearwater instead determined that an addition to the existing property might suit their tenant’s needs. The property contains sufficient acreage to accommodate such an addition, although there were some challenges on the site. Shearwater engaged the services of Dennis Swart and DJSA Architecture, PC, to design an addition to the existing building.  DJSA compiled an experienced team to assist with navigating the project through the entitlement process.  High Point Engineering and Stoughton zoning attorney Barry R. Crimmins guided the project through town approvals.  

“Dennis at DJSA was instrumental in putting together a strong development team, and also in being able to configure 80,000 square foot expansion on a space that was incredibly challenging,” Ciffolillo said. He noted that the site is inundated with ledge, and that the project was further complicated because of a 150 foot electrical easement that runs through the property.

DJSA than brought in Integrated Builders to assist The Shearwater Companies with pre-construction and construction management.  DJSA selected Quieto Consulting, Electrical Systems Engineering Inc and H + O Engineering to round out the design team.

The team was able to position the building expansion so that it would meet the tenant needs and deadlines, and not encroach on the easement. As a result, they were able to move the process through the permitting process. Site clearing is scheduled to begin in early July, and Shearwater is looking at an April 2022 date for completion.

Dennis Swart, president of DJSA Architecture PC, said, “This has been an excellent project. The Shearwater Companies is a great company to work with – very entrepreneurial, and very tenant-focused. We are pleased they entrusted us and our design partners with finding this solution that fit their tenant needs.”

He added, “This is a great example of a team coming together to find a creative solution. A tenant needed additional space, and the solution allows them to stay where they are but have the expanded workspace they need, and the Town of Stoughton gets to keep a great corporate citizen. We are grateful to Jamie Ciffolillo and his team for their confidence in us.”

About The Shearwater Companies

The Shearwater Companies, LLC is a privately financed real estate owner-operator with its headquarters located in Raynham, Massachusetts. Co-founded by Ciffolillo brothers Jamie, Joe and Jon in 2014, the partners have more than 50 years of combined real estate, contracting, project and property management experience. Their experience has allowed Shearwater to create a fully integrated platform, managing each step of the investment cycle in-house – from due diligence and acquisitions to property and asset management and property disposition. The company owns property throughout New England. The company invests in warehouse distribution and life science properties, among others.

About DJSA Architecture PC

DJSA Architecture provides a full range of architecture, planning and interior design services to a diversified client base ranging from hospitality, corporate, industrial, retail and multi-family.  The DJSA team is committed to providing a thoughtful, collaborative experience for their industry partners while creating innovative design solutions and fostering long-term relationships.  DJSA Architecture maintains office at 175 Paramount Drive, Raynham, MA 02767. For additional information, please visit, email [email protected] or call 508-697-8200.