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Accion Hires Vantage Builders for Renovation of New Headquarters at 10 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, MA 19,000 Square Foot Project Expected To Be Complete In November 2014

WALTHAM, MASS. – August 21, 2014– Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting and construction firm based in Waltham, Mass., has been hired by Accion, an international nonprofit dedicated to microfinance, to conduct a complete office renovation of its new corporate headquarters at 10 Fawcett Street, Cambridge, Mass.

The 19,000 square foot project entails a complete gut and renovation of portions of the second and third floors of the building. New mechanical, plumbing and electrical systems will be installed and a connecting stairwell is being created. The final office space will include custom millwork, new paint and carpeting, upgraded flooring and modern finishes throughout.

Accion, a pioneer and leader in bringing financial services to the underserved and active in nearly two dozen countries, is currently located in Charlestown, Mass. The renovation project is expected to be complete by the end of November 2014.

“We are very pleased to be working with Accion on their new corporate headquarters,” said Mike Thayer, senior project manager, Vantage Builders. “They are making a real difference in the lives of many people throughout the world by making financing accessible. The new office space will help them maintain their high level of efficiency and collaboration.”

Diversified Project Management assisted with the lease review and is providing comprehensive owner’s representative services including budget and schedule oversight, construction administration, move management and disposition of the old space. The project team also includes Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. for architectural and engineering services. The building is owned by Griffith Properties.

About Accion

Accion is a global nonprofit dedicated to building a financially inclusive world with economic opportunity for all, by giving people the financial tools they need to improve their lives. We are building the next generation of top-tier microfinance institutions, and over the last 50 years have helped create 63 such institutions in 32 countries on four continents that today reach millions of clients. Our impact investing initiatives are pushing beyond microfinance to catalyze more than 20 innovative start-ups dedicated to improving the efficiency, reach and scope of financial services for the poor. Accion’s Center for Financial Inclusion is helping to build a stronger industry with high standards. Currently, Accion’s work spans nearly two dozen countries, including the U.S., where we are the nation’s largest nonprofit microfinance network. For further information, visit www.accion.org.

About Vantage Builders, Inc.

Vantage Builders offers contracting services to corporations, developers, property managers, retailers and private institutions throughout New England. Our standard construction services include general contracting and construction management. More comprehensive services include design/build and value engineering. In managing and building scores of commercial projects, we’ve found that versatility is key to our customers’ success. Our experience includes specialized tenant build-outs, standard property improvements, base building work and construction from the ground up. For more information, please visit www.vb-inc.com or follow us on Twitter: @VantageBldrs. Back

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