Copley Wolff Design Group is a landscape architecture and planning firm located in downtown Boston, MA. We specialize in the planning and design of academic, housing, green roof, corporate, institutional, mixed-use, park, streetscape, and children's play and discovery projects throughout the country. A number of our projects focus on placemaking, integrating art into the landscape, cultural and historic interpretation, environmental education, and community participation.
Founded in 1990, CWDG believes in the power of people and place and we collectively work together to create memorable places for our daily lives, celebrations, and recreation.
Copley Wolff Design Group is a SDO-certified Woman-owned Business Enterprise (WBE).
Oct 10, 2019
Scape Plans Would Bring 1357 Units of New Housing to Fenway
Earlier this week, Scape submitted a Draft Impact Project report to the BPDA which includes significant changes to their 1252-1270 Boylston Street project plus a glimpse at what they are planning for 2 other Fenway sites, 2 Charlesgate West & 819 Beacon St. All three projects in total would bring 1357 units of housing to the neighborhood.
After engaging with the Fenway community throughout the past 6 months, Scape has decided to adjust their original plans which called for 500 units of student housing to a residential use to address the need for housing in Fenway. The new plans for 1252-1270 Boylston, Boylston Place call for 477 fully-furnished apartments above around 18,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The updated proposal also includes a significant reduction in building height, down 30 feet, and material setbacks on the western and southern portions of the building.
As part of the project, a new home for the Black Box Theater will also be built, to now include 10,000 square feet up from the original 6,000 in the first proposal. This 156 seat theater would be operated on a not-for-profit basis.
Updated rendering of 1252-1270 Boylston Street
As part of this new submission, the development team also mentions 2 upcoming projects, The Beacon at 819 Beacon Street and The Ipswich at 2 Charlesgate West. The Beacon which is currently permitted by Children's Hospital office development would now include 445 residential units, 50 of which would be set aside for families of patients at the hospital. This project would also include 215 below-grade parking spaces.
Affordability requirements at Boylston Place and The Beacon would be satisfied at The Ipswich which would include 220 units, all affordable along with an Urban Causeway to connect Boylston & Ipswich streets. Scape plans to submit Letters of Intent for these two projects in the 4th quarter of this year.
Rendering of The Ipswich at 2 Charlesgate West
Rendering of The Beacon, 819 Beacon Street
Oct 10, 2019
Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway Taking Shape: Move-Ins Begin at Hub50House
With a flurry of activity below at the podium level, facade install has started on the third and final phase of The Hub on Causeway, the 21-story office tower. At The Hub, the Star Market is now open, construction is nearly complete for Big Night Live with first acts announced, and the 25,000 square foot Banner Kitchen and Tap is also expected to open this month. The office tower above will contain around 650,000 square feet of space, 440,00 of which has already been leased to Verizon. Across the site, Hub50House, the 440 unit residential tower has also welcomed its first group of residents.
Oct 04, 2019
Cranes in Place at The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf
Cranes are in place and framing is set to begin for The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf in East Boston.
The waterfront mixed-use development will feature 107 condominium residences with over 6,500 square feet of ground-floor publicly-accessible waterfront work share space. Resident amenities at The Mark are set to include a 5,045 square foot private elevated courtyard with grilling areas, fitness and wellness spaces, lounge areas and small, programmable function spaces. Seven residences at The Mark will be designated affordable.
Sep 27, 2019
Demo Underway at 7Ink by Ollie Site
Demo of the existing 2 story structure that sat on the final Ink Block development site has kicked off. The site is the future home of 7Ink by Ollie, Boston's first major co-living project that will offer units ranging in size from studios through 4 bedrooms. The upcoming 14-story tower will feature 180 units along with ample community space offering an array of social programming and services. Construction is expected to last around 20 months and be completed in 2021.
Sep 23, 2019
Glass Façade Nearing Completion for Hub50House
Exterior glass install is nearing completion for the residential tower of the Hub on Causeway -- Hub50House.
Ideally located on top of the North Station MBTA stop with access to multiple train lines including the commuter rail, the Hub on Causeway will feature retail, restaurant and office space. The Hub 50 House will be home to 400 luxury apartments with Metro, Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom Penthouse options. Move-ins are expected to begin in October of 2019.
Photos: Tom McCafferty
Sep 19, 2019
CO Issued for Start Market at The Hub on Causeway: Opening Set for Tomorrow 9/20
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for the Star Market at The Hub on Causeway. The permit also includes change of use to include a pharmacy and Starbucks within the project. What will be the city's largest supermarket at 60,000 square feet is set to host it's grand opening on September 20th.
Elsewhere on the project, the start of the lineup was also announced this week for the upcoming Hub Hall. Set to open this winter, the food hall will include Vendors include local favorites Mike's Pastries, Monica’s Mercato, and Sullivan’s Castle Island. Pre-leasing is also ongoing for Hub50 House, the 440 unit residential tower, with residents being offered a very unique perk, exclusive Converse sneakers designed for residents.
Sep 19, 2019
Window and Facade Install Nearly Complete at Fenway Center
In the shadows of Fenway Park, Phase 1 of the Fenway Center is taking shape as window and facade install is nearly complete. The first two buildings of this transformative project feature over 430,000 square feet of space and will include 312 residential units along with 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The buildings will offer units sizes ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms.
In total, the $600 million project will feature five new buildings, a total of approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail will be built at Fenway Center,
Sep 09, 2019
Fit-Out Permit Pulled for Tatte Bakery Coming to 345 Harrison
A fit-out permit has been issued for the new Tatte Bakery coming to 345 Harrison Avenue in the South End. The bakery/cafe's newest location is expected to open this fall. 345 Harrison opened last June and features 585 apartments along with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space.
Sep 09, 2019
Construction Wrapping Up at 249 Third: Expected Opening Later This Month
Construction is nearly complete for the 84 unit residential project at 249 Third Street in Kendall Square. The new building includes a mix of studios through three-bedrooms ranging in price from $3120 through $6325 per month. Resident amenities will include a private roof deck and landscaped courtyard. First units are expected to be available around September 15th.
Sep 06, 2019
Facade Install Nearly Complete for Hyatt Place on Parcel K
Facade install is nearly complete for the 12-story Hyatt Place hotel on Parcel K in the Seaport. The 294 room hotel will include a rooftop gym, a coffee and cocktails bar, and 4,000 square feet of meeting and event space. There will also be 6,800 square feet of restaurant space on the ground floor of the hotel. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2020.
Sep 04, 2019
Steel Framing Underway for New Puma HQ at Assembly Row
Steel framing has started for the upcoming office/retail building at 455 Grand Universal Blvd, the future home to Puma HQ. The building will include around 237,000 square feet of office space on the upper floors with nearly 30,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space below. Construction is expected to be complete in early 2021.
Aug 27, 2019
After Extensive Demo, The Beat Beginning to Show Signs of It's New Look
As construction continues on the revamp of The Beat, leasing efforts are also ramping up with new signage on the project (as we are sure anyone driving on 93S has noticed). Hints of the finished product are also beginning to show with some windows in and new steelwork in place over what will be the main entrance to the nearly 700,000 square foot project. Tenants and the public will be welcomed to the building via the new multi-story atrium which will create a central gathering area and feature a food hall and collaborative meeting spaces. The atrium will also allow natural light to circulate throughout the building.
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