Jul 19, 2019
NEMA Boston Reaches Final Stages of Construction
With an expected opening in just a few months construction is in its final stages for NEMA Boston in the Seaport. Exterior work is nearly complete with all windows and facade in place except for those areas around the hoist crane. The project will feature apartments ranging in size from 375 square foot studios through 1500+ square feet three-bedroom, 2 bathroom homes listed at over $9000 per month. Luxury resident amenities at NEMA Boston, housed on the 21st floor of the building, include a fitness center, chef's kitchen, arcade, and co-working space.
Jul 18, 2019
Window and Facade Install Nearly Complete for Waterside Place Phase 1B
Just last month the project topped off and now window install has already reached the top floors for Waterside Place Phase 1B. The new luxury apartment tower will feature 307 apartments and 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Located directly next to the MBTA Silver Line the transit-oriented development does include parking for just 84 cars. The building expects to welcome first residents in winter 2020.
Jul 16, 2019
Steel Framing Started for 815 E. 5th Street in South Boston
Structural steel framing has kicked off for the first of what will be two buildings in the 815 East Fifth Street project in South Boston's City Point neighborhood. The two buildings within the development will include a total of 19 units, 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms. The buildings will be separated by a shared garden and the project there will also be a parking garage with space for 33 cars and 19 bikes.
Jun 28, 2019
Time Out Market Fenway Now Open
The 25,000 square foot Time Out Market is now open as part of the revamp on The Landmark Center in Fenway. The food hall, located in the former Best Buy location features 15 eateries by local chefs and 2 full-service bars. The next phase of the Landmark Center renovation call, now under review, would construct a new 14-story, 506,000-square-foot office and lab building at the corner of Brookline Avenue and Fullerton Street with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and renovate Landmark Center’s existing 978,200-square-foot office and retail component.
Jun 27, 2019
Foundation Prep Continues for The St. Regis Residences, Boston
Foundation prep is ongoing along Boston's waterfront at the site of the upcoming 22-story St. Regis Residences, Boston. The luxury building will include 114 condos along with a fitness center, pool, library, and spa. Unit interior finishes along with the lobby and amenity spaces, designed by BAMO, will reflect the maritime location and utilize a color palette inspired by the water's edge. The St. Regis Residences, Boston will also feature a two-level signature restaurant and an extension of the Harborwalk around the exterior of the building. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2021.
Jun 25, 2019
Window and Facade Work Continues at Parcel K: Residential Building Gets a Name
Construction continues on the Seaport's Parcel K with both the hotel and residential buildings set to open in Spring 2020. Ora Seaport, the residential building in the project, will include 304 luxury apartments. Units will range in size from studios up to 3 bedrooms, many featuring private terraces. Resident amenities will include a rooftop pool, Skydeck, gym & wellness studio, cafe/coffee bar, and concierge service.
Next to Ora will be the Hyatt Place Hotel, featuring 294 guest rooms. The hotel is expected to open in March of 2020 and will be the first Hyatt product in the Seaport district. Hotel amenities will include 6,500 square feet of retail restaurant space, a lobby bar, outdoor patio, top floor pool, top floor fitness center, and rooftop deck.
Rounding out the Parcel K project will be around 12,000 square feet of office space and 18,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. A one-level underground parking garage will have the capacity for approximately 450 cars.
Jun 23, 2019
Steel Framing Rapidly Rising for Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway
Steel framing is rapidly progressing for the final phase of the Hub on Causeway, the 650,000 square feet office tower. Verizon has already committed to a lease of 440,000 square foot within the building. Elsewhere in the project interior work is ongoing for the residential tower, citizenM hotel, and the office and commercial spaces in the podium.
The citizenM hotel is expected to open in mid-September and fit-outs are also ongoing for the Star Market, what will be Boston's largest supermarket, along with the ArcLight theater with both expected to open this fall as well.
Leasing is also underway for the residential units, 440 in total, which feature Italian cabinetry with under cabinet lighting, Silestone countertops, and in-unit laundry. Residents at Hub 50 House will have access to an array of luxury amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck. First residents are set to move in this fall, making for what are sure to be a busy couple of months for one of Boston's largest project.
Jun 21, 2019
Facade Install Nearly Complete for The Factory at 46 Wareham
Facade install is wrapping up for The Factory at 46 Wareham in The South End, This luxury condo project will include 18 homes along with over 32,000 square feet of office space. An automated parking system will also be utilized in the basement garage of the building.
Jun 20, 2019
Tocci Selected as Builder for Worcester Courthouse Redevelopment
Tocci Building Corporation has been named Construction Manager for the historic restoration of the former Worcester County Courthouse in Worcester, MA. Tocci is joining Trinity Financial and The Architectural Team, Inc. (TAT) to deliver this multi-family, residential, preservation, and adaptive reuse effort. The 202,000 square-foot building will be converted into 117 market-rate and affordable apartment units. The amenities will premier a museum dedicated to “American bicycle racer Marshall Walter "Major" Taylor (1878-1932), the world’s first African-American sports-superstar, who became known as “the Worcester Whirlwind” after his adopted hometown.” (Major Taylor Association, Inc.) Additionally, the historic courtrooms in both the majestic 1800s building and 1955 mid-century modern Annex will be restored to their previous grandeur and used for apartments and amenity space. The courthouse has been vacant since 2007 awaiting this transformation.
Cooperation between the City of Worcester and Trinity Financial has been impressive, as the City helped the development process with their abatement and building stabilization efforts. The construction team is excited about bringing an A+ work/live/play environment to this vibrant city with the support of local, minority and female labor. All in all, this project is a powerful example of Public-Private partnership.
This pivotal urban site is ideally nestled between Main Street, Highland St., Harvard St., Court St. and in close walking distance to Downtown Worcester and the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. The historic restoration scope of work includes masonry restoration on the exterior façade as well as historic plaster restoration, millwork restoration, and window replication. The grounds surrounding the Courthouse will be restored and will feature tenant gathering spaces, green-life, trees, and re-imagined parking. The interior space will be transformed as three enormous courtyards (one is 74’ x 20’) spanning multiple floor levels, will bring natural light throughout the interior of the building and to adjacent apartments.
“It is an honor to work on a project of this scale, imagination and potential civic impact. The City has rightfully long-awaited the right team to take on the challenge of transforming a gorgeous and iconic building in the heart of their city. Trinity Financial, TAT, and Tocci is that right team. This promises to be another key piece in the on-going transformation of the City of Worcester. Tocci is proud to be a part of this effort.” -- Valentino Tocci
Jun 13, 2019
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Breaks Ground on New Inpatient Building
Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC) has launched construction of a new inpatient building that will further advance its mission to deliver extraordinary patient care, supported by world-class research and education. Leaders from BIDMC and Beth Israel Lahey Health joined clinicians, staff, patients, city officials, philanthropic supporters, and community members for a celebratory groundbreaking event on Thursday, June 13th, to mark the beginning of the construction process.
Located at the corner of Francis Street and Pilgrim Road on BIDMC’s West Campus, the new 345,000 square foot building will include 158 single-bedded, family-friendly patient rooms; leading-edge surgical and diagnostic suites; a medical helicopter landing pad; and a rooftop green space and healing garden.
The ten-story structure will be ‘wired for the future’ to accommodate sophisticated technology, advanced treatments, and team-based care. The building has been designed to be energy efficient and environmentally sustainable, consistent with BIDMC’s commitment to environmental stewardship.
“This new building will further strengthen our ability to deliver the highest quality care to our patients and fully support our committed physicians, nurses, and staff,” said Peter Healy, President of BIDMC. “This new structure will propel Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center forward in delivering on our commitments to the people and communities we serve. We are proud to be at the forefront of innovation in health care for the benefit of our patients, our communities and our region.”
As part of the building process, BIDMC has embarked a Community-based Health Initiative to identify and invest in important community health priorities, with a focus on the Allston/Brighton, Bowdoin/Geneva, Chinatown, Fenway/Kenmore and Roxbury/Mission Hill neighborhoods of Boston, as well the City of Chelsea.
The new inpatient building is expected to be completed in 2022.
Pictured left to right
Kevin Tabb, MD – President and CEO, Beth Israel Lahey Health
Peter Healy – President, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
Doug Linde – BIDMC Campaign Co-Chair; Beth Israel Lahey Health Board of Trustees
Carol Anderson – Chair, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Directors
Marty Martinez – Chief of Health and Human Services, City of Boston
photo courtesy: Johnson Photography, Inc., for BIDMC
Jun 10, 2019
625,000 Square Foot Office Tower at 125 Lincoln Street Officially Under Review
Oxford Properties planned 24 story office tower to replace the garage at 125 Lincoln Street is now officially under review. The plans call for a 625,000 square foot office building with retail and publicly accessible ground floor uses. The development would also include the redesign of 7,500 square feet of existing open space at the corner of Lincoln Street and the Greenway along with the creation of a publicly accessible indoor space of approximately 7,000 square feet that includes gathering and retail spaces. Parking capacity for up to 275 vehicles would be located in up to five levels below grade. Oxford Properties purchased the garage for around $40M in May 2017.
Jun 09, 2019
Inside One Dalton
On our previous visit to One Dalton this past fall, Boston’s newest skyscraper was still very much a construction site. Now with the Four Seasons open the property has been transformed into the 5-star, luxurious yet subtle retreat synonymous with the brand. During a tour hosted by the developer, Richard Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter and Company, we got a look inside Boston’s second Four Seasons.
The One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel Entrance. Residents will enter through a separate entrance to the property around the corner.
Developer Richard Friedman, President & CEO of Carpenter and Company, in one of the three duplex penthouses at One Dalton
After buying the land 7 years ago, One Dalton has been a long time in the making for Friedman and his team. Friedman, who will live at the property himself, mentioned it has been an “amazing experience to change the skyline” and he expects when fully complete One Dalton will be the “social hub of the city”.
In talking with Darren Messina, Executive VP Design and Construction at Carpenter and Company, we learned of some of the challenges the construction team faced while bringing the 742-foot tower to life on this postage stamp site. To mitigate movement, the team installed a giant belt truss around the 24th floor of the building, something that had never been done before in Boston. Messina credits Rachel Parks, at Suffolk Construction, with making this happen by creating the BIM modeling for this complex piece of the puzzle. The logistics of delivering the tons of concrete necessary for the poured-in-place reinforced concrete columns, core walls, and slabs and ensuring the proper strength also kept the construction team on their toes.
The view from the last remaining penthouse home at One Dalton
Up in the last available penthouse (a steal at around $40M) work still remains to be finished however the scale of the 7,500 square foot, duplex unit is impressive and the views of course amazing. Last time we visited we took the hoist elevator to the top of the tower. Luckily this time the permanent elevators were in place and when moving at top speed will transport residents to the 61st floor in under a minute.
Down a few levels, interior finishing is a bit further along for the other condo residences. These homes come with a choice of 3 kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring options. Wolf and sub-zero appliances are of course included. While the team won't tell us how many of the 160 condo units have been sold, they did comment that One Dalton is the fastest selling Four Seasons project to date.
Interior finishing is still wrapping up for the condo residences at One Dalton.
On the Wellness Floor (the 7th floor) the 2,500 square foot fitness center, offers an array of equipment selected by renowned celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak. Also on this level is the gorgeous, curved lap pool and the spa. All amenities on the Wellness Floor are available for both residents and guests to utilize. Condo owners will also have access to their own private amenities including the 24th floor Entertainment Gallery featuring a golf simulator, private theater, and family activity center. On the 50th floor, the 50/50 Club designed by the interior designer and architect Thierry Despont offers residences an exclusive club and lounge featuring more of those wonderful views of the Charles River and Boston skyline.
The Wellness Floor at One Dalton features a fully equipped fitness center, lap pool, and spa.
Within the hotel's, 215 guest rooms, no detail has been left ignored including 6 different types of wallpaper in a deluxe guest room, a tv in the bathroom mirror, voice-activated remotes along with fine crystal for the bar and herringbone china for your morning coffee. The property also boasts 2GB internet, the fastest network in Boston (right behind MIT).
Guests rooms at One Dalton feature a mix of modern & classic finishes.
A key piece of the One Dalton finishing is the art curated by Kate Chertavian. Chertavian, who has over 25 years of experience curating independent projects, traveled the world finding unique and fitting pieces for the project with Friedman. While we are certainly not art critics, the pieces chosen throughout the lobby and hotel space are all unique and beautiful but not stuffy or pretentious.
A sampling of the art specially curated for One Dalton.
Our final stop of the tour was the globally renowned Zuma restaurant. The restaurant space, designed by Studio Glitz, features a variety of textures, including wood, stone, glass, and metal to offer the visitor hidden pockets of discovery throughout the space. The restaurant is definitely eye-catching and the cocktails and food we sampled were delicious. Zuma's GM says business has been busy with bookings being made 3 weeks in advance.
Along with final finishing on the condos, yet to come at One Dalton is the Trifecta Bar, named for the soft triangle design of the building. Currently blocked by the crane, future guests of the hotel will walk through this bar to access the elevators. A small park across from the hotel entrance is also now underway, adding some green space to the project site. The development team expects construction to be 100% complete sometime in September.