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Jul 10, 2020
Boston Breaks Ground of City Hall Plaza Renovation
Mayor Walsh along with project team members from Shawmut Design & Construction and Sasaki broke ground on the renovation to Boston City Hall Plaza today, July 10th. The renovation will make the Plaza more sustainable and accessible while adding seating and gathering areas. The project will also include 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
Jun 11, 2020
Special Permit Approved for 525K SF Office/Lab in Somerville
The Somerville Planning Board has approved a special permit for the proposed project at 74 Middlesex Avenue adjacent to Assembly Row. The 18-story building would include just under 500,000 square feet of office/lab/R&D space along with 27,000 square feet of retail uses. A below-grade would include space for up to 350 vehicles.
Jun 05, 2020
$62M Building Permit Pulled for 212 Stuart St.
Consigli Construction has pulled a building permit valued at $62M for the upcoming 19 story building at 212 Stuart Street. The project is set to include 126 apartments, two walk-up townhouses, and around 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail/restaurant space. Resident amenities will include an outdoor landscaped rooftop deck, common space, and bicycle storage.
Apr 09, 2020
Permit Pulled for Site Prep for City Hall Plaza Renovation
Shawmut Design & Construction has pulled a permit valued at $1.3M to start setting up fencing and begin site demolition for the City Hall Plaza Renovation. The upcoming renovations will add updated civic spaces to the plaza and new infrastructure will make the Plaza more sustainable and universally accessible. The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
Mar 11, 2020
Höweler + Yoon & Sasaki Announce Groundbreaking for 212 Stuart Street
Höweler + Yoon and Sasaki today announced the groundbreaking for the 212 Stuart Street residential tower located in the historic Bay Village neighborhood in downtown Boston. The project was carried through the permitting process by Boston-based Transom Real Estate and is currently being developed by Greystar Real Estate Partners. The project received approval from the BPDA in summer 2017 and by the Boston Landmarks Commission in late 2018. The building will be developed on a 7,714 square-foot parcel located within Boston's “High-Spine”.
Sasaki served as the Project Architect in collaboration with Höweler + Yoon as the Design Architect. The project will include the construction of a 150,000 square-foot 19-story building containing 126 units with two townhouses and retail space on the ground level.
“The design of 212 Stuart Street is rooted in the idea that the tall building operates at multiple scales in the city,” says Eric Höweler, Principal of Höweler + Yoon. “When viewed from a distance, the building meets the sky with a distinctive silhouette and participates in the composition of the city's skyline. When experienced from the sidewalk, the building meets the ground and activates the streetscape in its immediate context.”
The site of 212 Stuart Street is currently a vacant parking lot between the Bay Village Neighborhood, and the Stuart Street corridor. “Context, here, is everything,” says Sasaki principal Victor Vizgaitis, AIA. “The entire genesis of the project came from looking for a way to moderate between two markedly different areas of the city.” The narrow building presents two distinct faces that each acknowledge the surrounding neighborhoods: the low rise residential neighborhood to the south, and the mixed fabric of the "High Spine" corridor to the north.
The building massing is broken up into a ‘coursed block,’ organized into discrete blocks of 3, 4, 5, and 6 story packages. The exterior is articulated to emphasize the vertical grain of the building with irregularly spaced opaque panels, alternating with recessed glass infill panels. The vertical panels consist of custom, multi-story precast panels with a concave, scalloped geometry.
“Considering the explicit historical concern in the neighborhood, we studied fluted geometries as a way to express depth and texture on the facade. Fluted columns themselves were constructed by stacking individual sections around a central core,” says Höweler. “This part-to-whole relationship satisfies the drive to maintain historical character, and yet the results are surprisingly contemporary.”
The heavy relief texture of the facade will create a unique optical effect, as well as some self- shading on the eastern and western exposures. Glazing for the residential units takes the form of a multi-story, recessed window wall with spandrel glass between the precast panels.
The penthouse floor is a single-loaded organization with an outdoor amenity deck to the south. The ground floor contains the lobby and retail spaces with storefront glazing facing the northern, more commercial side of Stuart Street. The southern portion of the ground floor consists of two walk-up townhouses accessible directly from Shawmut Street. These ‘new neighbors’ respond directly to the existing townhomes across the street and maintain an active residential frontage.
“Townhouses change the character of a tall residential building,” says Vizgaitis. “Particularly when they are well-detailed at their public face and set into a landscape that meshes with the city fabric, the building transforms from anonymous and controlled to something that feels personal and part of the neighborhood.”
Renderings courtesy of Luxigon
Feb 08, 2020
Demolition Underway for 212 Stuart Street Development
Demolition is underway to begin construction at 212 Stuart Street. Development plans have been approved on the site for a 19-story residential building with additional retail space. The new building will include 130 rental apartments with approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Jan 29, 2020
Bay Village Development Site Acquired for $17.699 Million
The property at 212 Stuart Street in Boston's Bay Village has been acquired by Greystar for $17,699,998.
The approved 19-story tower that will feature 131 residential rental apartments with approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms. Resident amenities will include an outdoor landscaped rooftop deck with a southern exposure, common space and bicycle storage. Associated public realm improvements will also be made to the adjacent Church Street public plaza.
Dec 12, 2019
Demo Complete at 212 Stuart St
Starting the process for what will be a 19 story tower in the heart of Boston, demolition at 212 Stuart has been completed. The tower will have 3,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor as well as 131 residential rental units available.
Nov 26, 2019
Permit Pulled for Test Borings at City Hall Plaza
A permit has been pulled for a series of test boring across Boston's City Hall Plaza. Upcoming renovations to the plaza will include updated civic spaces and programming capabilities, as well as added infrastructure that will make the Plaza more sustainable. The renovation also includes 3,000 new welcoming spaces for residents to sit, 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families, and 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.
Nov 05, 2019
Permit Pulled for Demo at 212 Stuart Street
A permit has been pulled to demolish the single bay service garage that sits on the site at 212 Stuart Street in Bay Village. This demo will make way for the approved 19 story tower to feature 131 residential rental apartments and approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms with resident amenities to include a landscaped rooftop deck.
Jul 29, 2019
401 Congress (Parcel A2) Officially Under Review
BGI has filed the PNF for the 401 Congress Street project in the Seaport on Parcel A2 and the Triangle Parcel. The proposed project would include a total of 675,000 square feet between two buildings, primarily Class A office space with significant space for public and cultural uses.
On Parcel A2 an 18-story tower would contain around 585,000 square feet of office space starting on level three. The building would have two entrances, one from Congress Street and one from the World Trade Center Avenue Viaduct. Both entrances will be connected by an enhanced public space with a 24/7 public elevator and grand sweeping stairs, acting as a nexus between the two levels. A new and elevated pedestrian bridge spanning the I-90 ramp will connect the Office Building to the Triangle Parcel.
The two-story building on the Triangle Parcel would consist of approximately 30,000 square feet to be used as programmable publicly accessible space. Additionally, the Project includes approximately 30,000 square feet of surface improvements along the World Trade Center Avenue Viaduct and beyond the Project’s property lines. It will also feature a landscaped, accessible rooftop that covers the Triangle Building.
Jun 04, 2019
Details Revealed for City Hall Plaza Redesign
Additional renderings and more details have been presented for the $70M redesign of Boston's City Hall Plaza. The new plans, from Sasaki, will transform the Plaza into a universally accessible civic space with increased environmental sustainability. Highlights of the plan include...
- 3,000 new spaces for residents to sit- 12,000 square feet of playscapes for children and families- 11,000 square feet of terraces for pop-up play and interactive public art.- 7 new "plug and play" locations for community groups to utilize, with space for 10,000 - 12,0000 visitors on the main Plaza, and room for a 20,000 - 25,000 person gathering on the entire Plaza- 100 new trees, improving the shade, scale and air quality of the Plaza. Fifty lights will be replaced with efficient LED technology, and 22,500 feet of granite and brick paving will be reused or recycled.
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