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Total Square Footage 2,621,110
Total Dollar Volume $489,993,621.00

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DiMella Shaffer is a privately owned architectural planning and design firm located in Seattle and Boston whose talented staff of architects, planners, and interior designers create innovative, inspiring designs for institutional, residential, and commercial clients. They are passionate about architecture and believe that buildings can positively influence our environment and the people who live in, work in, or simply experience them.

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55 Wheeler Street
- Feb 20, 2020

Construction Set to Kick-Off for 55 Wheeler St. in Cambridge Crews are getting set for early-stage site work at 55 Wheeler Street in Cambridge. The 3 building project will feature over 500 apartments just minutes from Alewife Station. Amenities at 55 Wheeler are set to include 3 courtyards, one of which will feature a pool deck, a fitness center, media lounge, and a community kitchen with a dining area. 448 garage parking spaces would be located on-site, in addition to 562 long-term bicycle spaces and 54 short-term bicycle spaces.


Union Point
- Jan 21, 2020

Brookfield Properties & New England Development Named New Master Developers for Union Point Brookfield Properties in partnership with New England Development have been named the new master developer for Union Point in Weymouth. The group will be the 4th master developer for the nearly 1500 acre site. The decision comes months after LStar was terminated from the project in February 2019. Long term plans for the site call for nearly 4,000 housing units, up to 6 million square feet of commercial space, plus ample open space.


40 Rugg Road
- Jan 12, 2020

Site Clear at 40 Rugg Road in Allston Demo has wrapped up and early-stage site work is underway for the upcoming 270,000+ square-foot project at 40 Rugg Road in Allston. The development will feature 2 buildings with a total of 265 apartments and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Resident amenities at 40 Rugg Road will include a top-floor roof deck, lounge, and community gathering spaces and a fitness center. 


Vassar Street Undergraduate Residence Hall
- Nov 19, 2019

Construction Continues for MIT's Upcoming Vassar Street Residence Hall Construction is ongoing for MIT's upcoming residence hall at 121-169 Vassar Street in Cambridge. The project will contain 450 new dormitory beds for undergraduate students with 16 apartments for graduate resident tutors and faculty members. The 156,000 square feet building will also house shared community space and a dining hall, along with ample bike parking. Outside the building, a tree-filled entry courtyard and a plaza area will provide green space and gathering opportunities. Target completion data is Fall 2020. 


40 Rugg Road
- Nov 17, 2019

Demo Permits Issued for 40 Rugg Road  Demo permits have been issued for sites along Rugg Road, Penniman Road, and Braintree Street to make way for the approved 40 Rugg Road mixed-use project. The development will include 2 new buildings with a total of 265 apartments, 2,500 square feet of retail/restaurant space plus a 5-story automated valet parking garage with space for 168 vehicle spaces. The project was acquired by Lennar for $31M earlier this month. 


40 Rugg Road
- Nov 08, 2019

Allston Development Site Acquired for $31 Million Lennar has acquired the property at 40 Rugg Road in Allston for $31 Million. The approved $107 million, 270,170-square-foot mixed-use development located steps from the Boston Landing commuter rail station featuring two 6-story buildings containing 265 rental apartment residences and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space. Residences would include 86 studios averaging 460 square feet, 122 one-bedrooms averaging 640 square feet and 57 two-bedrooms averaging 990 square feet.    


40 Rugg Road
- Oct 07, 2019

40 Rugg Road Acquired for $17.4 Million The development site at 40 Rugg Road has been acquired by The Michaels Organization for $17.4 million. The approved $107 million, 270,170-square-foot mixed-use development located steps from the Boston Landing commuter rail station featuring two 6-story buildings containing 265 rental apartment residences and 2,500 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space. Residences would include 86 studios averaging 460 square feet, 122 one-bedrooms averaging 640 square feet and 57 two-bedrooms averaging 990 square feet.


Vassar Street Undergraduate Residence Hall
- Sep 19, 2019

Facade Install Begins for MIT’s Vassar Street Residence Hall Facade install has kicked off for MIT’s new residence hall located along Vassar Street just outside Central Square in Cambridge. The project will contain 450 beds for undergraduate students along with 16 apartments for graduate resident tutors and faculty members. The 156,000 square foot building will also house shared community space and a dining hall, along with ample bike parking. The building has been designed to meet LEED Gold standards, and Eversource is providing energy efficiency solutions for the project. Eversource is supporting the construction of this highly efficient student residence hall through incentive payments for beyond-code technologies as well as third-party technical input during the design process. Even though this facility is fed from a central plant, considerable energy savings were achieved through improvements to fenestration selection, the lighting design, HVAC controls, and optimized energy recovery systems. The technical review process uncovered mid-design phase assumptions that would have significantly over-ventilated the residential portions of the facility. Eversource’s feedback led to a simplification of the ventilation systems, a reduction in lifetime energy use, and reduced construction costs. Construction is expected to be completed in time for the Fall 2020 semester.  


Union Point
- Aug 26, 2019

Eventide Phase II Assisted Living Taking Shape at Union Point Framing is nearly complete for Eventide Phase II at Union Point in Weymouth. The 4-story 162,000 square foot building will include a total of 107 units of assisted living. The first phase of the project, Fairing Way features a 104 residential unit senior living community with a clubhouse and a 46 bed, on-site, long term care nursing facility.  


Vassar Street Undergraduate Residence Hall
- May 13, 2019

Construction Continues for MIT's New Residence Hall Structural steel framing is ongoing for MIT's upcoming Vassar Street Residence Hall. The project will add 450 new dormitory beds. Rooms will be arranged in clusters of 35 students in a mix of singles and doubles with shared open spaces. Outside the building, a tree-filled entry courtyard and a plaza area will provide green space and gathering opportunities. Target completion date is Fall 2020.


Union Point
- May 07, 2019

Washington Capital Retains Tocci For Union Point Rendering courtesy of Elkus Manfredi Architects Washington Capital Management, Inc., on behalf of one or more investment management clients, has retained Tocci Building Corporation to provide development support services for Union Point. The property is the 1400 acre redevelopment of the South Weymouth Naval Air Station formerly known as Southfield. Tocci will assist Washington Capital with land use documentation and selection of a new Master Developer. Services include liaison with the Southfield Redevelopment Authority and landowner responsibilities. Tocci was the former Program Manager for Union Point through 2017 and provided a broad range of planning and construction services.      


Harmon Apartments
- Mar 13, 2019

Construction is Now Complete at Harmon Apartments Construction is now complete at the Harmon Apartments at 2045 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester.  The residential building is located steps from Ashmont Station featuring 36 apartments designated for people with significant physical disabilities. 30 apartments are designated affordable, and six are offered at market rate. All apartments are fully accessible, featuring specialized support technology and services. Apartments include 26 one-bedrooms and 10 two-bedrooms and feature automatic door openers, as well as HVAC and lighting systems controllable by smartphone.


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187 Sumner St (Grace Apartments)
176 Sumner St, Boston, MA
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121-169 Vassar Street, Cambridge, MA
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