DCAMM Teams with SLAM and Gilbane Building Company Re-Occupy Newton Pavilion for Temporary Quarantine of Homeless During COVID-19 Pandemic
The S/L/A/M Collaborative, Boston Studio (SLAM) and Gilbane Building Company, in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), Boston Medical Center (BMC), Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, the Department of Public Health, led the technical planning, design, and construction of a temporary quarantine shelter in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The facility has a maximum capacity of up to 304 non-acute beds for Boston-area homeless at the former Newton Pavilion previously managed by Boston Medical Center at 88 E. Newton Street in Boston, MA.
The Newton Pavilion has been a shuttered hospital facility since October 29, 2018. SLAM and Gilbane were contracted by the current building owner, DCAMM, to assist them in assessing the building and devising an occupancy plan to convert the space for homeless patients who are not in need of acute hospitalization, yet test positive for the coronavirus, but are a-symptomatic or showing mild symptoms with orders to quarantine at home.
The coordination and focused effort to ready the Newton Pavilion for occupancy on April 9, 2020, required full-day meetings over a 28-day period held between DCAMM, BMC, Gilbane, and the SLAM design team, led by Senior Associate Loren Belida, AIA and Gilbane’s Senior Project Executive Jim Dabrowski. Following the Army Corps of Engineers review and swift approval of the occupancy plan demonstrating SLAM’s technical expertise and in-depth work in healthcare programming and planning, Gilbane was able to rapidly mobilize on-site and deliver the facility ahead of schedule.
“DCAMM was ahead of the curve when asked what it would take to temporarily re-open the “mothballed” facility” said Carol Gladstone, DCAMM Commissioner, “The project team quickly developed a very comprehensive and integrated execution plan that involved splitting construction scope between our internal team and Gilbane. I had extremely high confidence that we could rise to the challenge and deliver in a short timeframe.”
BMC will manage operations for the temporary facility and patient care will be administered by their clinical staff. The total re-occupied project area makes up approximately 166,500-square feet, spanning eight floors and the overall project scope includes the reactivation/upgrade to building systems including life safety, HVAC, fire protection, plumbing, fire protection, medical gasses, electrical and architectural upgrades.
“Gilbane is grateful for the opportunity to work on this critical project delivered by this incredibly dedicated team. Our team and subcontractor partners worked three shifts, working literally 24 hours a day to deliver this much-needed facility ahead of schedule. We’re honored to be of service to the Commonwealth and its citizens at this time of great need”, said Mike O’Brien, vice president, Massachusetts business unit leader.
SLAM and Gilbane have partnered on more than 40 projects throughout New England and across the country.
“The project team understood from day one that reinvigorating the space and systems of a “mothballed” hospital would require expertise, proactivity, coordination, and flexibility,” says Gabriel Comstock, AIA, lead healthcare planner and design architect, SLAM Boston Studio. “From the Commonwealth to the subcontractors, I’ve never seen a purer example of unyielding technical collaboration and speed to serve the most vulnerable populations at a more critical time in our community.”
Construction Continues on 225 Wyman St. in Waltham
Construction is ongoing for the upcoming 500,000+ square foot office/lab building at 225 Wyman Street in Waltham. The building has been designed to receive LEED Silver certification and accommodate both lab and traditional office needs. The project will also include new outdoor seating areas, walking trails, and landscaped courtyards. Upon completion, the new building will be the largest contiguous Class A office building constructed along the Route 128 “technology belt”.
Demolition Ongoing for MGM Music Hall at Fenway
Demolition of a parking lot and part of the parking garage along Ipswich Street next to Fenway Park is ongoing to make way for the MGM Music Hall. The upcoming state-of-the-art performing arts center The project will occupy roughly 91,500 square feet on four levels, and accommodate approximately 5,000 patrons. Construction is expected to last through fall 2021.
Permit Pulled for Interior Reno of Japanese Consulate Office at 100 High Street
Gilbane Building Company has pulled a permit valued at $1,894,702 for interior renovations to the office of the Consulate General of Japan at 100 High Street. The work will include demo of the existing office finishes, MEP upgrades and of course new millwork and finishes.
Foundation Work Ongoing for 225 Wyman Street in Waltham
Foundation work is ongoing for the upcoming 4-story Class A office/lab building at 225 Wyman Street in Waltham. The building will feature 507,000 square feet designed to LEED Silver Certification. Along with a full suite of interior amenities the property will also include walking trails and landscaped courtyards. Construction is expected to be complete in 2021.
Demo App Filed for Southie Parcels to Make Way for 99 A Street
A demo permit application has been filed to clear the commercial structures at 18-22 West Third Street, 30-40 West Third Street, and 42-44 West Third Street, in South Boston. The demo would make way for a proposed life sciences building to feature a total of 300,000 square feet with cafe space on the first floor plus parking for 162 vehicles.
Included in this demo permit is the Coppersmith building which was acquired by Anchor Line Partners for $19.625 Million in June 2018. The restaurant-bar is set to close this coming January and is going out with a bang with a series of events including an ugly sweater party and a hang-over ready New Year's day brunch complete with IV stations.
MGM Music Hall at Fenway Breaks Ground
Fenway Sports Group Real Estate has officially broken ground on the MGM Music Hall at Fenway, a new, state-of-the-art performing arts center being developed on the corner of Lansdowne and Ipswich Streets. The venue will be operated in partnership with Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company, and is currently scheduled to open for business in the fall of 2021.
“We spent a considerable amount of time contemplating the various uses for this particular parcel of land and the kind of development that would complement the entertainment and community needs of the Fenway neighborhood,” said FSG Chairman Tom Werner. “We felt an indoor, performing arts space of this scale would not only provide an intimate setting for live events, but also create a wide array of educational initiatives and programming for the many arts schools, like the Boston Arts Academy, Berklee College of Music, and Boston Conservatory at Berklee, just steps away from the venue. We are excited to get this development underway.”
The MGM Music Hall at Fenway marks the first development project undertaken by FSGRE beyond the walls of Fenway Park. The project will occupy roughly 91,500 square feet on four levels, and accommodate approximately 5,000 patrons. The new venue will replace the open-air, paved lot – often referred to as “the Triangle Lot” – that has long accommodated parking for broadcast trucks and functioned as a service yard for Fenway Park.
“The MGM Music Hall is an exciting addition to Boston’s music scene, and will be a beautiful, state-of-the-art performance venue,” said Mayor Walsh. “Projects like these are a sign of our city’s strength, and I thank Fenway Sports Group for their commitment to opening this venue in Boston, their contributions to the surrounding community, and their recent commitment to the Boston Arts Academy with their partners at Live Nation.”
Pictured in Photo (L to R): MGM Resorts Chairman and CEO Jim Murren, Boston Red Sox President & CEO Sam Kennedy, Boston Red Sox Chairman Tom Werner, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Fenway Sports Group Partner Linda Pizzuti Henry, Boston Red Sox Principal Owner John Henry, and President of Live Nation New England Don Law participate in a groundbreaking during ceremony for the MGM Music Hall at Fenway November 22, 2019 at Fenway Park in Boston, Massachusetts.
Photo Credit: Billie Weiss/Boston Red Sox/ Getty Images
Permit Issued for Phased Reno at 173-175 Ipswich St. in Association with Fenway Theater
A permit has been pulled for the phased renovation of the laundry building at 173-175 Ipswich Street in association with the upcoming Fenway Theater project. This work will relocate the services within the existing building and also allow for some prep for the upcoming 180,000 square foot theater. The new performing arts venue will have a capacity of 400 people.
W.L. French Joins the Team Building Worcester’s Polar Park
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has been awarded a major contract at the site of the future home of the Worcester Red Sox by construction project manager Gilbane-AECOM Hunt, a Joint Venture. Located in Worcester’s Canal District, Polar Park will be home to the Worcester Red Sox starting in the 2021 season. The Triple-A ballpark will seat 10,000 fans and is viewed by city leaders as the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project.
Established in 1972 and headquartered in North Billerica, W. L. French is one of Greater Boston’s leading site excavation, environmental remediation and soil management firms, having worked on some of the region’s most complex and high-profile projects.
For Polar Park, W. L. French will be performing site demolition of the 22-acre site, mass excavating over 150,000 cubic yards of soil and disposing of nearly 118,000 tons of excess soil.
W. L. French will also provide installation of temporary shoring to support the existing CSX railroad as well as other existing site features needed to advance the ballpark and new building foundations. Approximately 95,000 cubic yards of the soil excavated from the site will be used as part of a concurrent project being developed by Madison Properties called South of Madison (SOMA). To meet the critical project milestones, W. L. French will be removing upwards of 5,000 cubic yards from the ballpark site per day.
“W. L. French is proud and honored to be working with this exceptional team and city in the development of the Polar Park Stadium,” said President and CEO of W. L. French, Bill French Jr., “This park is going to be an integral part of the revitalization of Downtown Worcester and will be enjoyed by families, including our own, for decades to come.”
Fenway Theater Approved by BPDA
After presenting the Planning Board with an impressive 3D model the development team behind The Fenway Theater received approval for the new 5,400 patron performing arts venue. The project also includes a 32,000 square foot vertical expansion of the garage building on-site to add new amenity areas for Fenway Park. Construction is expected to kick of this fall and last around 2 years.
Gilbane Selected as Construction Manager for 225 Wyman
Hobbs Brook Management has selcted Gilbane to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the 500,000-square foot speculative building at 225 Wyman St. in Waltham’s Hobbs Brook Office Park. The building will offer the largest contiguous block of class A space in the area.
Construction on the 5-story, lab-capable building designed by Gensler will begin in August and be completed in 2021. The project will also include a new parking garage within the Hobbs Brook Office Park to accommodate parking needs for the complex.
“We selected Gilbane for their extensive expertise in planning and building laboratory facilities,” Hobbs Brook Management principal architect Brad Cardoso said in a statement. “Gilbane has previously worked with Gensler on projects of this size and they are well-positioned for a successful project.”
Worcester Red Sox and City to Break Ground on Polar Park Stadium July 11
The city and future Worcester Red Sox team brass will break ground on the Canal District stadium on July 11, officials announced at the city’s Independence Day celebration.
A 10,000-seat ballpark, slated to cost upwards of $86 million, will house the Triple-A team, which will play its first game at the beginning of the 2021 season.
Construction of the stadium will spark a massive transformation of the city’s Canal District.
And, the team and city have just fewer than two years to complete the project before the team starts playing.
Along with the ballpark will be a surrounding development, including at least 225 residences, hotels, restaurants, retail and an office building overlooking the field. Denis Dowdle of Madison Downtown Holdings is spearheading much of that development, and previously told MassLive his work, which is on the opposite side of Madison Street from the ballpark, will begin sometime after the ballpark groundbreaking.
Renderings for the stadium have not been released, however, designers Janet Marie Smith and Pawtucket Red Sox Chairman Larry Lucchino have said the ballpark will have lots of open space for fans to gather.
While the stadium is planned to hold 10,000 fans, not all will sit in traditional seats. Roughly 7,000 seats will be traditional, with other areas open for fans to mingle during the game.