North Jetty Building Groundbreaking

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The groundbreaking for the new cold storage building we are working on for Cargo Ventures – located in the Marine Industrial Park in the Seaport – will be held in the next two weeks. The 325,000-square-foot facility will provide refrigerated space tailored to the needs of each cold storage tenant. The rooftop will be a 110,000 SF greenhouse (the size of two football fields) for a yet-to-be-announced urban agriculture grower and will generate enough food to feed 7,000 people…

The Evolution of Kendall Square

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Kendall Square is a very different place than it once was. While some may say that its less of a true downtown (like Central or Harvard Square) than it could have been, it has certainly been an economic and tax engine for the City of Cambridge. It also gets a little better every year, with added housing and retail and other interesting uses (although some of us still miss a bit of the grit and grime and, in particular, the old F&T diner)…

60 Hampshire under Construction

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Newly acquired as part of BioMed Realty Trust’s campus near Kendall Square, this former iron foundry was in need of a transformation to accommodate the demands of today’s office/lab tenants. Arrowstreet is restoring the historic building’s exterior to its previous luster and is upgrading its interior into a flexible space to suit a variety of tenants…

Brooke Mattapan Charter Concludes Construction

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We are currently wrapping up construction for our work at Brooke Mattapan Charter School, and while on site I snapped these pics to show the progress. The building was constructed in the early 1900s, and we’re modernizing it to accommodate 475 students in grades K-8. Most noticeably in these photos you can see the addition of the glass stair tower, which is a contemporary addition to the historic building. The first students will walk the halls for the September 2014 school year.

Mirbeau Inn & Spa at The Pinehills Opens

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On Saturday, June 28, I had the pleasure of attending the open house for the new Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills. Our team has been working on the project for a little over two years and to see it all come together was a tremendous experience. The open house was an invitation-only event for key individuals involved in the project and in the local market to see a preview of the property before the official opening on Sunday. Members of the staff were available to give tours and answer questions about the property as well as the new Le Bistro & Wine Bar and Henri-Marie menus. Executive Chef Stephen Coe oversaw the preparation of a wide variety of hors d’oeuvres to give guests an introduction to the new menu and I can assure you that everything was delicious!

Mirbeau Inn & Spa Opening This Weekend

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If you’re an avid reader of the Boston Globe Sunday magazine, as I am, you’ve probably noticed a rendering of a Monet-inspired luxury boutique has appeared on the back cover for several weeks now. The hotel, the Mirbeau Inn & Spa at the Pinehills, will open this weekend on June 29th. If you’re looking to vacation in Plymouth or in the Cape Cod vicinity, we highly recommend checking it out. The hotel, with its 14,000 square foot, full-service spa, fine dining, and lush grounds inspired by Monet’s impressionist landscapes, set the perfect tone for a relaxing vacation. Our team has greatly enjoyed designing this amazing new destination on the South Shore, and we’d love to hear what you think after you visit.

450 Kendall Street (Parcel G) Site Tour

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Arrowstreet staff ventured across the river and into Cambridge to tour the 450 Kendall Street (Parcel G) project, which is currently in the middle of construction. The project is a new, 68,000-sf, five-story office/lab building with retail space on the first floor…

Fenway High School Groundbreaking

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Our Fenway High School addition and renovation project officially began construction with a wonderfully attended groundbreaking on May 8th (video is available). The groundbreaking demonstrated the commitment the City of Boston, Boston Public Schools and Fenway High School have towards its students and the surrounding neighborhoods…

Hampton Business District Breaks Ground

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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.

The Evolution of the Financial District Continues

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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.

Parcel K Discussed at District Hall

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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.

NEWIRE Tour of Chestnut Hill Square

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Here are some photos of the recent NEWiRE tour of the Chestnut Hill Square project we’re working on for New England Development.  As a member of the project team for a couple of years now, I enjoyed hearing from NED’s Doug Karp about the project, and hearing feedback from attendees about the project’s design. And we even received a reward for attending – the retailers contributed to amazing gift bags, Wegmans provided beverages and light appetizers, and the evening was capped off at neighboring Capital Grille. Some of the stores are open now, with more opening this month and Wegman’s scheduled to open next spring (2014).

Worcester’s Transformation in the Globe

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The latest article in the Boston Globe profiles the transformative nature of our CitySquare project in Worcester. Many of the topics discussed in this article go back to our initial discussions for the urban design approach to this project nearly 10 years ago. While the reconnection of the street network and the redevelopment of the urban streetscape seem like obvious goals, the realization of those goals required a complex partnership between our design team, developers, and the community. Arrowstreet is proud of what has been accomplished in downtown Worcester, and looks forward to the next phases of the CitySquare project and its significant impacts on the revitalization of New England’s second largest city.

Marblehead Teen Center Update

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A nice update on our work in Marblehead on adding a teen center to their library appeared in the local paper yesterday. As it mentions, we’ve been working with the Abbot Public Library and Marblehead High School for about two and a half years now in both an educational and design role. Check out the article here.

Mirbeau Construction Update

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Construction continues on Arrowstreet’s newest resort hotel. Located at The Pinehills in Plymouth Massachusetts, The Mirbeau Inn and Spa will be the second property in the Mirbeau brand conceived and developed by Gary and Linda Dower. The Plymouth property, like the flagship in Skaneateles NY, is inspired by French country architecture focused on a signature garden with ponds modeled after the Monet gardens of Giverny. Arrowstreet worked closely with the Dowers to design a property which would expand on the brand signatures of the original while developing a distinctive and unique appeal of its own…

Boston Globe on CitySquare

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Paul McMorrow’s article in the Boston Globe this week was a thoughtful, nuanced description of our CitySquare project in Worcester. Advocating for a deliberateness in development as well as the importance of density to create a vibrant downtown, the article offers a glimpse into what makes a city successful. As McMorrow writes: “The city is currently working on rebuilding a downtown that looks and functions like one. It is a turnaround plan that celebrates the downtown, instead of suburbanizing it. It recognizes that good downtowns start with people, and once downtowns fill with people, business happens organically.” McMorrow also highlights the importance of residential density, a key component of our master plan, to the transformation of Worcester as it creates a critical mass of people invested in the success of their neighborhood…

NEWiRE Tour of Chestnut Hill

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I’ll be helping lead a project spotlight tour tonight of Chestnut Hill Square with  NEWiRE. The event details are below; I hope to see you there…

Technology in Construction

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Arrowstreet relies on field reports to document the construction process on our projects. Visiting the site and making note of conditions, progress, and (occasionally) problems takes a lot of time and careful planning to manage the issues and archive the images. As the Brooke Mattapan Charter School addition/renovation enters the construction phase, we’re going to do something a little differently – using an option through Newforma (our project information management software) that allows use of a mobile app on an iPhone or iPad to immediately capture, track, and log project photos as we walk through the space. Taking advantage of new technology will speed the process even more; for instance by using the iPhone’s Siri we will be able to add text to whatever image is taken and avoid the pesky old-fashioned drag of writing notes and downloading everything once you return to the office. We look forward to never again having to invent a description of a detail that we don’t recall photographing!

Renovations at the
Harvard Square Hotel

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In June of last year, Arrowstreet completed an interiors renovation of the Harvard Square Hotel’s entry lobby and guestrooms. Our aim was to create a refreshed look in contemporary finishes, with a signature frosted glass rail staircase leading from the Mt. Auburn Street entry up to the concierge. To follow on the internal renovations, Arrowstreet is now assisting the hotel in a visual identity and rebranding effort on the building’s exterior…

Brooke Mattapan Charter School

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We’re excited to announce the start of construction for the new Brooke Mattapan Charter School that will be opening in the fall of 2014. This K-8 school is an expansion of the extremely successful program that the Brooke School is currently operating in Roslindale, and the staff and students who will occupy the Mattapan site will be relocating from a temporary space elsewhere in Boston…

Rebuilding Together

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I recently participated in a volunteer event organized by Rebuilding Together Boston. Rebuilding Together’s mission is to provide critical repairs and renovations for low-income homeowners across the United States. The organization gathered about 300 volunteers to participate in building rehabilitation projects throughout the city. The site I visited was a Dorchester home owned by a 63-year-old single woman who suffers from various health challenges. About 20 volunteers had gathered, ranging from skilled workers to those who had never lifted a hammer. It was a gratifying experience to put in the little I knew, guided by experts, for the good of

Reach for the Stars

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It’s been a long time since I saw “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari,” the German expressionist movie from 1920, but I’ll never forget the strange stage sets with their outlandish, angled buildings and furniture. Walls curve up, doors and windows are turned, and no two lines are parallel. The performers dance more than they walk, swinging their arms with emphasis and force.

On a recent site visit to the Somerville Brooklyn Boulders rock climbing gym, I snapped some photos as I usually do. When I returned to the office, I was struck by these two photos. The curving walls, mix of textures, angular light, and the construction machinery all mix together to bring back memories of Dr. Caligari’s set. Of course, that’s where the similarity ends. The movie is about a sleepwalker. I assure you that nobody will be sleepwalking in this facility when it’s open!

Brooklyn Boulders in the News (Again)

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Check out the article in this week’s Metro, featuring Brooklyn Boulders’ rock climbing gym – opening soon in Somerville.  It features our renderings of the space and a snapshot of what’s to come…

101 Main Street

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Arrowstreet recently designed Biomed’s new Cambridge offices. The 9,300 square foot space on the 16th floor at 101 Main St. features a display wall spine that curves through the space with interactive large screen and pin-up displays of current projects. The wall draws visitors past conference rooms that overlook Biomed projects in Boston and Cambridge. Other features include a central café bar, open and visually transparent work spaces, and exposed ceilings with acoustic treatment. The project was a great team effort, with construction by Moriarty.

Library Design at Fenway High School

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We’re currently working with Fenway High School to renovate an existing school building for their program, including a sizable library. This created a challenge for us, as the existing building layout is long and narrow, with a central hallway – not ideal for a library space. Our solution was to utilize the wide hallway to create a unique cross-corridor library with a central reading room and circulation spine…