Oct 11, 2019
Sales Kick-Off for The Postmark in Reading
Sales have kicked off The Postmark in Reading with the launch of the sales office for the project. The Postmark located in downtown reading will feature 52 luxury condos in the former Reading Post office building. Units will range in size from one- to two-plus-bedrooms with secure, heated garage parking. Pricing ranges from $450k to $850k.
Photo: The Aranson Lombardi Team at Compass
Oct 07, 2019
Nauset Completes Renovations to Nubar, Landmark Harvard Square Hotel & Restaurant
Nauset Construction has completed renovations to Nubar, the restaurant and lounge set in the iconic Sheraton Commander Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square. This popular neighborhood gathering space was redesigned to expand its private dining capabilities and modernize its look while retaining its revolutionary-era ambience. The renovation was completed in six weeks, all while crews worked in an occupied and operational hotel environment in a highly trafficked urban location in order to successfully achieve the accelerated project schedule.
“The new design reflects the seamless melding of the timeless elegance of the Sheraton Commander with a modern look and feel, and it remains consistent with what our guests and neighbors treasure about Nubar,” said Michael Guleserian, General Manager of the Sheraton Commander Hotel, whose family has owned and operated the Sheraton Commander Hotel for three generations. Nubar is named after the hotel’s late owner Edward Nubar Guleserian, and the new design will continue the establishment’s tradition of casual elegance, hospitality, and charm.
The project work consisted of the selective demolition of the existing space, new floor underlayment, and modifications to the MEP systems. Two semi-private dining rooms were re-purposed through the addition of wood-framed glass sliding/folding NanaWalls allowing the rooms to be easily converted into private dining spaces, and the former Internet lounge LINK was transformed into a 20-seat private dining area. The bar area, with its one-of-a-kind, the honey onyx stone under-lit bar is now complimented by a canopy of twinkling Edison bulb light chandeliers, new wall sconces, and a mosaic porcelain tile fireplace surround. Muntins were added to the large arched windows overlooking Garden Street and the courtyard dining area to emulate the historic feel of the hotel, while the top of the line finishes and trim were installed to complete the transformation.
The historic Sheraton Commander Hotel was originally constructed in 1927, and Nubar was last renovated in 2011. Nauset collaborated with Hardaway | Sziabowski Architects on the project, and Maddie Gregory of CDI Design was responsible for the interior design work, which included all new artwork and furniture. The work was completed on time, despite a schedule that limited working hours to minimize disruptions to hotel guests.
Sep 08, 2019
Foundation Work Underway for Kendall East
Foundation work is moving along for Urban Spaces Kendall East Project. The two-building project will include 136 apartments along with over 14,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Units will range in size from studios through three bedrooms, many featuring private outdoor space. The buildings will share two levels of below-grade parking consisting of 142 spaces and an additional 159 bicycle spaces. An expansive half-acre courtyard will join the parcels, providing green space and stadium seating for the neighborhood. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed in 2021.
Aug 27, 2019
Hay Creek Hotels Set to Manage Central Square Boutique Hotel
The development team behind the upcoming boutique hotel at 907 Main Street in Central Square has secured Hay Creek Hotels, to oversee the design, pre-opening and long-term management of the property. Nauset Construction is transforming a historic mixed-use building into a 67-key boutique luxury hotel. Located in the heart of Central Square at the corner of Main and Columbia Streets, the hotel will feature an attractive blend of amenities, including two new restaurants, The Dial and The Blue Owl, and Praliné, a French Bakery, as well as the iconic Toscanini’s Ice Cream, in its original, newly renovated location.
Originally constructed in 1871, the four-story, mixed-use office/residential property was later renovated in 1928 into 12 apartment units with first-floor retail space. The building is within the Central Square District of the National Register of Historic Places and is considered to be a contributing building. Nauset and the design team worked closely with the Cambridge Historical Commission to ensure compliance with the organization’s exacting renovation standards. This transit-oriented development is within walking distance to Kendall Square, widely considered to be the hottest market for Life Science and Technology commercial space in the nation.
The property was purchased by the current owners in 2008 whose shared vision, shaped by the revitalization underway in Central Square and the nearby Kendall Square expansion was to create a boutique hotel. “We wanted to develop something that will preserve the look and history of this area while meeting the market demand for a hotel that features compelling bar and restaurant offerings,” said Tim Johnson of Sean Casey, LLC, the developer of the project.
The brand identity and interiors were created with direction from Hay Creek Hotels and designed by Gensler Boston, and Boyes-Watson is the architect of record for the project. Inspired by Margaret Fuller and the Transcendentalists movement, 907 Main will feature exclusive offerings and partnerships that provide a sophisticated and refined stay while inspiring guests and locals to “embrace their rebel within”.
This experience will be created through the diversity of the neighborhood and the hotel’s unique amenities, such as The Dial restaurant and bar, complete with an outdoor courtyard located at street level and designed to capture the essence of the city. French Bakery Praliné will occupy the Columbia Street retail location, offering patrons Mariage frères teas and artisanal confections including macarons, chocolates, croissants and pastries.
Hay Creek Hotels and Gensler concepted each venue within 907 Main to reflect the freewheeling culture and art of the Central Square neighborhood. The rooms above were designed to pay homage to the original architecture, showcasing original brick walls and bay windows. The renovation of the existing structure includes the restoration of the original concrete and masonry building façade. Nauset will also construct a connecting four-story addition to house a two-bedroom penthouse suite as well as The Blue Owl rooftop restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace that will feature picturesque skyline views of the City and the Charles River. The addition will be clad with metal panels and fly-ash composite trims. This historic, adaptive reuse project is designed to meet LEED-certifiable requirements.
“This project allows us to draw on two of Nauset Construction’s greatest strengths – working with tight, zero-lot line urban infill sites, and the thoughtful restoration and repurposing of historically significant structures,” said Nauset Construction President Anthony Papantonis. The project is anticipated to be completed by the close of 2019.
Jul 23, 2019
Exterior Work Underway for Park 77 in Cambridge
Windows are in and siding install is ongoing for Park 77 along New Street in Cambridge. The upcoming residential project will include 93 apartments featuring hardwood floors, stainless appliances, and granite countertops. Resident amenities will include a fitness center, media room, and pet grooming area.
Jul 22, 2019
First Building Nearly Complete for The Bradford in Belmont
The first building in Belmont's new mixed-use project, The Bradford is nearly complete with the Starbucks now open and interior finishing wrapping up for the apartments above. Around the corner exterior work and window install are ongoing for the next phases of the project. In total, the development will include 115 residential units along with 225 parking spaces, and 38,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space.
Jul 22, 2019
Framing Underway for St. James Place in Porter Square
Structural steel framing has kicked off for the redevelopment of the St. James Church in Porter Square. The historic church sanctuary is being preserved and 46 luxury apartments will be created along with 2,000 square feet of retail space. Units, a mix of 1, 2, and 3 bedrooms, will feature granite countertops, fireplaces, and Juliet balconies. The building will also feature a rooftop fitness center.
Jul 16, 2019
Site Work Underway for Kendall East
With demo complete, site work is now underway for the upcoming mixed-use project Kendall East. The 211,000 square foot two-building development will include 136 residential units along with retail space and parking for 142 cars.. An expansive half-acre courtyard will connect the parcels along First, Hurley, and Charles Street providing green space for residents and the neighborhood. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed in 2021.
Jun 06, 2019
Tocci Selected by Urban Spaces as Builder for Kendall East
Tocci is teaming up with Urban Spaces and Perkins Eastman Architects to build a mixed-used development in Cambridge, MA. Following the demolition of several connected commercial buildings, construction has officially begun on Kendall East, the 211,000 SF, two-building development featuring both residential units and retail space. Construction of the complex is expected to be completed in 2021.
When completed, the development will be comprised of two wood frame buildings: one four-story and one six-story, constructed over steel and concrete podium. This tight urban worksite, which encompasses 97-111 First Street, 18 Hurley Street, and 21-29 Charles Street, is a short walk to Kendall Square, Lechmere Station, and Cambridge Crossing. The cumulative 136 apartments will be a mix of studio, one, two, and three-bedroom units, with 16 designated as affordable. The residential structure on First Street will feature five levels of housing, 118 luxury apartment units, and a rooftop deck. Balconies will be included on 28 of the units and two units will also feature patio spaces. The second structure at 22 Hurley Street will include 18 residential units over four stories. Eight units will have balconies and outdoor patio space will be available to all tenants. The buildings will share two levels of below-grade parking consisting of 142 spaces and an additional 159 bicycle spaces. An expansive half acre courtyard will join the parcels, providing green space and stadium seating for the neighborhood. The development will also include a bike and pedestrian mid-block connector linking Charles and Hurley Street.
“We’re pleased to build this great project on a demanding site with an excellent architect and engineering team. Kendall East is the centerpiece of Urban Spaces’s First Street Corridor development and sets the benchmark for Cambridge’s renewal of First Street. Tocci is honored to be building with Urban Spaces,” said John Tocci, CEO of Tocci Construction Corporation.
“With office and lab space in Kendall Square and East Cambridge nearly at full occupancy, the demand for apartments in East Cambridge has never been greater,” said Paul Ognibene, CEO of Urban Spaces. “In addition to the housing and retail, Kendall East will be providing beautiful green space to the evolving First Street Corridor.”
With a blend of residential, retail, and open space, this development is adding vitality to the one mile stretch between the Lechmere MBTA station and Kendall Square, the heart of the Cambridge life science market.
Apr 24, 2019
Demo Wrapping Up to Make Way for Kendall East
Demolition is nearly complete on Parcel B of the First Street development in East Cambridge. Once demo is complete, a new mixed-use complex, Kendall East is set to be constructed on the site. In total Kendall East will include 136 units along with 14,800 square feet of retail space between two buildings. The larger of the two buildings will include 118 luxury apartments and the 14,800 square feet of ground-floor retail. A smaller 18 unit building will be built on the adjacent parcel. The two buildings will share a two-level underground garage with 142 parking and 159 bicycle spaces that will be built underneath a half acre open-air green space. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020.
Kendall East is a vital component of the First Street Corridor, a $275 million development that along with the proposed redevelopment of Cambridgeside will enhance the streetscape between Kendall Square, Lechmere, and Cambridge Crossing.
Apr 08, 2019
Framing Has Reached Full Height for Park 77 in Cambridge
Wood Framing is in place for Park 77 at 77 New Street in Cambridge. The project will feature a mix of one and two bedroom rental units, 97 in total. Resident amenities will include a roof deck, fitness center, and pet wash station. The building will also feature underground car and bike parking.
Apr 08, 2019
Foundation Work Begins for St. James Place in Cambridge
Foundation work has started for the new addition to the St. James Church in Porter Square, Cambridge. The redevelopment will preserve the historic church and it's sanctuary while creating 46 new luxury apartments and around 2,000 square feet of retail space. Residences will feature granite countertops, fireplaces, and Juliet balconies. A restored church garden will be free and open to residents and the community.