Founded in 1954, Stantec has a long history of designing with community in mind both in the U.S. and internationally. From their Boston office, Stantec has worked The Exchange South End, Kenmore Square North, and The Beat in Dorchester. When asked about the work on The Beat, Tamara Roy and Colleen Arria, Principals at Stantec told BLDUP: “As the former home of the Boston Globe’s printing and operations, The BEAT presents a unique opportunity to repurpose this property for today’s modern workplace needs. Our design team has worked closely with Nordblom Company to create a next-generation office setting that supports collaboration, engagement, and innovation through advanced manufacturing, co-working, and entrepreneurial incubator space. The design will also incorporate wellness offerings with areas featuring healthy food choices and fitness amenities.”
Jul 05, 2020
Exterior Work Wrapping Up for The Beat
Exterior work is nearly complete The Beat in Dorchester. The revamped Boston Globe headquarters will offer nearly 700,000 square feet of office and lab space. Tenant amenities will include a multi-story atrium, food hall & brewpub, fitness center, indoor basketball court, and a roof deck. The site, just steps from the Redline will also include a 15-acre park.
Jul 01, 2020
Foundation Under Construction for South Boston R&D Building
The former RCN building on the site at 105 West First Street in South Boston has been taken down. The site has been cleared and a retaining wall, as well as the foundation, are being erected. The new building 7-story building will feature 250,000 square feet of R&D and office space. The ground floor of the building will include retail space along with community, shared work, or technology incubator space. As part of the project, a new pedestrian corridor will also be constructed linking West Second Street to West First Street, which are currently vertically separated by 12 feet.
Jul 01, 2020
$38M Building Permit Pulled for Brighton Mixed-Use Project
Callahan Construction has pulled a building permit valued at $38M to begin work on the mixed-use project approved for 5 Washington Street in Brighton. An existing commercial office building and gas station will be demolished to make way for a 5-story building to include around 108 apartments and 12,5000 square feet of retail space.
Apr 21, 2020
$1.3M In Affordable Housing Financing Finalized for 28 Austin St. in Newton
MassHousing has closed on $1.3 million in affordable workforce housing financing to Austin Street Partners LLC, for the new, 68-unit 28 Austin Street in Newton, which offers 23 workforce housing apartments for lower- and moderate-income households. The building features 33 one-bedroom apartments and 35 two-bedroom apartments along with a 90 space parking garage and amenities including a fitness center, and resident lounge.
"MassHousing was pleased to be a partner with the development team and the City of Newton in this transformative project that turned a city parking lot into a new community with 68 units of mixed-income rental housing with retail and public space," said MassHousing Executive Director Chrystal Kornegay. "We applaud the City of Newton’s commitment to housing the Commonwealth’s workforce and congratulate Dinosaur Capital Partners and Oaktree Development on a job well done."
Apr 02, 2020
Permits Pulled for Telecom & Security Install at The Beat
Permits have been pulled for the install of 99 telecom drops along with 30 security devices at The Beat in Dorchester. The Beat will include 360,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of flex/light industrial space, along with retail including a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a 100-seat restaurant and a micro craft brewery with a food component, including an outdoor beer garden.
Mar 23, 2020
New Windows Going In at Exchange 200
Renovations continue at Exchange 200 in Malden including the install of new windows. The 4-story building, formerly a banking operations center, is being converted into an innovative transit-oriented development, with street-level retail, a state-of-the-art data center and over 200,000 square feet of creative office space. Amenities added to the space will include a fitness center, networking spaces, and bike storage.
Feb 27, 2020
Demo Underway for 105 West First in South Boston
The former RCN building on the site at 105 West First Street in South Boston is coming down. The demo will make way for an approved 7-story 250,000 square foot R&D office building. The ground floor of the building will include retail space along with community, shared work or technology incubator space. As part of the project, a new pedestrian corridor will also be constructed linking West Second Street to West First Street, which are currently vertically separated by 12 feet.
Feb 19, 2020
NPC/DPIR Filed for 2,699 Unit Redevelopment of Bunker Hill Public Housing Development
Leggat McCall Properties and Joseph J. Corcoran Company have filed a DPIR along with a Notice of Project Change for the massive, 3+ million square foot redevelopment of the Bunker Hill housing development in Charlestown. The 28.29-acre site is currently home to BHA’s largest housing community and features 1,100 federally subsidized units originally constructed in 1942. These existing buildings would be replaced with 16 new buildings featuring 2,699 new residential units in a phased project over approximately eight to ten years. The project plans also include approximately 70,000 square feet of retail and community space plus around 6.74 acres of landscaped open space will be provided.
The development team is requesting a waiver to begin immediate construction on the first two buildings within the project. In order to conduct the tenant relocation process in a timely fashion, demolition is slated to begin in early October 2020. Postponing enabling activities and construction for the Phase 1 Project until the conclusion of the MEPA review would result in undue and unnecessary hardship to the current tenants, City of Boston, and development team. Phase 1 of the project includes the construction of approximately 376,400 between two buildings. The first would be 10 stories and feature 256 mixed-income units with 86 parking spaces. The second, at 4-6 stories would include 102 units.
Feb 14, 2020
BPDA Approves 290 Tremont Street
The Boston Planning Board has approved the mixed-use project on Parcel P-12C in Chinatown. The Tremont Street project will include a total of 168 affordable units, 63 condos & 105 apartments and 200 hotel rooms. The project will also include 2,500 square feet of retail space and 8,000 square feet of community space, that will be used for a branch of the public library. Currently, Chinatown is the only neighborhood in Boston that does not have a permanent branch of BPL. Numerous members of the community came out in support of the project and the approval vote was met with a round of applause from the crowd.
Feb 06, 2020
Brookline Development Site Acquired for $16.78 Million
Washington Square Ventures has acquired the development site at 5 Washington Street in Brookline/Brighton for $16.78 million.
The development will bring a five-story residential building with 108 rental units and 12,500 square feet of ground-floor retail to Brighton. In response to community feedback, the project increased the proposed number of affordable units. Eighteen units will be income-restricted, represented 16.4 percent of the total project. The project will set aside 1,000 square feet of retail for a local business at a discounted rate.
Feb 01, 2020
Foundation and Site Work Begins for Lagrange St. Tower
Foundation work has begun on the upcoming 21 story tower to be located at 47-55 Lagrange Street. When completed, the building will include 176 luxury residential units along with bicycle storage and 20 vehicle parking spaces to Downtown Boston.
Jan 21, 2020
Interior Finishing Underway for Home 2 Suites At South Bay
Interior finishing is well underway for the upcoming Home 2 Suites by Hilton at South Bay. Assistant Project Manager with Lee Kennedy Julie Toland, shared a few inside shots with BLDUP showing the project's progress. The hotel, set to open in May, will feature 130 guest rooms plus parking for 77 vehicles.
Photos: Julie Toland @ Lee Kennedy
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