My son went to visit Battleship Cove in Fall River with his Boy Scout Troop and we all had a chance to spend the night on the USS Massachusetts. It was quite an adventure and a lot of fun to explore. As a “Navy Brat” myself, it brought back memories binomo is fake visiting the ship where my dad used to serve. He was a lithographer, and as part of his shop, there was a small drafting and design contingent. The group was particularly useful when needing to come up with a quick design for a repair, especially while out to sea on a Destroyer or Submarine Tender. Sketches and plans would then be conveyed to a foundry floating in the middle of the ocean.
As co-chair of ULI Boston’s Building Resilience Task Force, I am joining other ULI members in a design charrette titled Living with Water binomo review: The Urban Implications, on May 8th.
Since moving into our studio in Post Office Square in February, we have been settling into our new space. The office design better accommodates the working style of our studio, with open site lines and work areas, and plenty of communal work spaces to accommodate collaboration and full plan sets. Our conference rooms especially have been teaming with activity, as the views have been helpful to some of our clients as they meet with business partners to discuss their projects. If you haven’t been by, we hope to see you soon.
My students celebrated the end of their semester last night at the awards ceremony for the FHLB Affordable Housing Development Competition. Over the past six weeks they have been working with Donald Alexis from the Caribbean Integration Community Development (CICD) along with architecture and policy students from Harvard’s Kennedy School and Northeastern to design an affordable housing proposal in Mattapan.
Yesterday we broke ground on the Hampton Business District at Gabreski , a new business and technology center on Long Island. With almost a half million square feet of office, warehouse, and showroom space, as well as a hotel, the project will offer a home for the growing number of businesses looking to set up shop in the Hamptons.
I am speaking on the topic of sustainability for a webinar hosted on May 7 from 2-3pm by the International Council of Shopping Centers (ICSC) and Shopping Centers Today magazine. This is part of a new series of short retail events, called SCT Live, to be held in targeted regions throughout the country.
The Building Systems Committee at the BSA recently held a charrette on the business of architecture. The charrette was part of a larger symposium titled The Changing Ecosystem for Design Services, which included presentations by American Institute of Architects’ economist Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA and Phil Bernstein, FAIA. Both presenters discussed current trends and new modes of collaboration that are crossing the traditional boundaries of practice.
If we have to work during Opening Day at Fenway, at least we have ice cream.
On March 23rd, I attended the Governor Forum on Energy, the Environment and the Innovation Economy at Faneuil Hall. The forum set the stage for Massachusetts Gubernatorial candidates to provide their position on sustainability topics affecting the Commonwealth as well as discusses opportunities to elevate sustainability goals.
Pat Cornelison and I went to Los Angeles to attend ULI’s Healthy Places conference, a very interesting conference on an important topic. I will post about that experience in a separate blog post, but first, I’d like to comment on something else.
We would like to welcome the Cambridge Innovation Center to the Financial District/Post Office Square area, as discussed in the Boston Globe. Given our recent move to Post Office Square, we are pleased to see that the face of the District is continuing to evolve to include a broad make-up of firm types, including creative and technology incubators.
On Thursday April 10th, 2014, I will be joining a panel at the Making Spaces Work …Overtime concurrent session at the Urban Land Institute’s Spring Meeting in Vancouver, Canada. The session will take place from 2:45pm – 4:00pm.
President Barack Obama was at the Arrowstreet-designed Artists for Humanity EpiCenter last night. It’s exciting to see the building and the program continue to attract attention not only from the local community, but also among significant players on the national and international stage.
If you read the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe this past weekend, you may have come across the article about the new East Boston branch of the Boston Public Library. Arrowstreet Graphic Design served as the environmental graphics consultant to William Rawn Associates. We designed the engraved pavers, mentioned in the article, along with the interpretive panels in the library’s stormwater garden. I attended the opening of the library with my family this past November where my son examined the finished product. Thankfully, it passed inspection.
We have been lucky enough to host many friends of the firm over the last two weeks in our new space. For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to visit, we took a couple of photos so you can get an idea of where we work.
This week, I attended a symposium about Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing. PACE is a way for property owners to fund energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The Massachusetts program is also looking at funding for resiliency measures. Secretary Richard Sullivan’s opening remarks reiterated the Governor’s commitment to a sustainable energy future in Massachusetts.
Notwithstanding this week’s winter storms, steel erection has topped off at 450 Kendall Street in Cambridge today (formerly referred to as Parcel G). Biomed Realty is the Owner, John Moriaty & Associates (JMA) is the Builder, and Arrowstreet the architect for this jewel-like building in the heart of Kendall Sq.
After much anticipation, Arrowstreet has landed in our new office in Post Office Square. The Arrowstreet team banded together and successfully transferred all of our drawings, files, technology, and creative energy to our new space. We’ve made a quick transition and are back at work making things happen for our clients. We have some exciting new work we’re starting on as we ramp up in the new space – including a major project we’ll have a birds-eye view of from our office. We’re looking forward to hosting meetings with our clients and business associates in the coming weeks. Follow our blog for photos of our office (once all of the boxes are gone), and updates on what we’re up to.
In a week that marked the State of the Union addresses for both our state and country, I thought it a good time to share a similar status update for Arrowstreet. As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, Arrowstreet is relocating our architectural practice to the heart of downtown Boston in a little over a week now.
I was excited to find this article about Active Design in Urban Land magazine. Arrowstreet has been working with PKF Consulting on a project for the Department of Defense called the Healthy Base Initiative. The project goal is to find innovative and affordable ways to make military installations healthier places to live and work. Like the rest of the American population, active duty military personnel are facing increasing problems with obesity. More and more of the work is computer based which results in a workforce that sits at their desks all day. One of the programs that we are
Last night, Arrowstreet and Conroy Development had an engaging presentation and discussion about the new mixed-use development on MassPort’s Parcel K, which will provide new residences and a hotel for visitors to the Innovation District. In addition, the project will contribute to the Innovation District’s mission to accommodate micro-residential units and flex office space, complimented by restaurants and retail, all serviced by the adjacent Silver Line. The support for the program and the building’s aesthetic is encouraging and we look forward to further public discussions as the project develops.
Join Arrowstreet’s thriving architectural practice in our new office in Boston’s Post Office Square. We are seeking talented architects, designers, managers, and marketers to join our collaborative team. The ideal candidates will want to grow their careers with our firm…as well as have fun, learn, and contribute to our office culture. Our model encourages staff to be well rounded by working on diverse project types, including gaining a firm foundation in large-scale, mixed-use projects. If you are interested in joining a culture that maintains high standards for our team and work product, send a cover letter, resume, and brief
Arrowstreet is pleased to announce the promotion of Kate Bubriski, AIA, LEED AP BD+C, Jonathan Garland, LEED AP BD+C, and Greg Triplett to Associate. As vital members of the Arrowstreet team, all are commended for their contributions to the firm.
Congratulations to our friends at Brooklyn Boulders Somerville! Their innovative merger of a rock climbing gym and collaborative workspace has landed in the pages of Fast Company. Brooklyn Boulders has inspired us with their unique vision and tenacious drive, and we celebrate their continued success!
Last November I headed to Philadelphia to attend Greenbuild 2013, an annual conference dedicated to the green building movement. Attendees share ideas, learn from industry experts, and develop new ideas to advance this movement. The 10th annual conference was attended by almost 25,000 practitioners, manufacturers, contractors, government officials, citizens, students, and more. Edward Mazria gave a presentation I particularly enjoyed. Mazria is the founder of Architecture 2030, an organization focusing on buildings, the largest consumers of energy in the world, to address and reverse climate change. The 2030 Challenge sets targets for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions. I was