North Jetty Building Groundbreaking

Construction

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

Insight Construction Design

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)…

130 Cambridgepark Drive

Design

Arrowstreet is designing a 220-unit residential building and 456-car garage in the Alewife Triangle District, convenient to the young professionals and families employed at the adjacent and surrounding office buildings. Organized around three intimate private courtyards, the building features one- and two-bedroom units, studios, and “innovation”-style micro-units. A striking, colorful metal panel creates a noticeable corner for the building, which is set back from the street. The adjacent garage features fabric panel “fins” jutting out perpendicular from the building to screen the garage from a side view and create a bright, bold identity.

Salem Fire Department Renovation

Insight Design

Recently, Kristen Barrow and I traveled to Salem for a project on the historic North Street Fire Station. Built in 1881, the fire station has seen some significant wear over the years, and the City of Salem is hoping to repair the station to its former state. We spent the day examining the building and taking field measurements for drawings and further studies. Although the station has an undeniable historic charm, we found a variety of issues that need to be addressed. The elaborate 1881 brick and cornice work has begun to fall apart, and despite the fact that

Revere Beach Redevelopment:
Then and Now

Insight Design

Revere Beach is undergoing a major revitalization. Arrowstreet is currently working on several projects in the city of Revere, Massachusetts, including the master planning and design of Waterfront Square, a transit-oriented, mixed-use development on 8.8 acres of oceanfront land surrounding the Wonderland MBTA station. Several components of Waterfront Square have recently been completed, including the South Parking Garage and Intermodal Station, the Markey Memorial Bridge, and a broad civic plaza. We’re also currently working on the DCR Beach Support and Public Facility and on a multifamily housing development. Our planning and design for Waterfront Square will create new economic activity in the area with greater pedestrian connection, organized vehicular access, and an enhanced public beach front and open view corridors to the water.

Revere Beach has a rich and varied history, which we explored as part of our planning process to understand and learn from the past.

Windmills

Insight Inspiration

I recently came back from upstate NY and got a chance to revisit my extended family’s windmills. My sister-in-law’s family scaled back their farming over ten years ago and now rent out part of their land for seven windmills. Most of the land around the windmills is still in rotation, so it’s a relatively fluid and symbiotic relationship…

New Retail in
White Plains, NY

Insight Design
Rendering by Arrowstreet
Rendering by Arrowstreet

On May 7th, our design team received the site plan approvals for a new retail project on Bloomingdale Road in White Plains, New York. Led by our fantastic new clients, Faros Properties and Caspi Development, we designed the building to work with the challenging topography of the site by placing all of the parking on top of a single floor of boutique retail shops. Our goal for the project has been to provide a pedestrian-driven shopping center with an outdoor sidewalk bustling with window-shoppers, café seating, and lush landscaping. An existing office building on the site was the former headquarters for Nestle, and is now home to several private and government offices. The new parking garage will serve the offices as well as new retail shops. The Common Council of White Plains approved the project unanimously!

Stay tuned for updates. We’re working on the retail marketing campaign now, and construction will start soon.

Site Visit to Chestnut Hill Square

Insight Construction

Recently, the Arrowstreet staff accompanied me to the Chestnut Hill Square project for a site visit. The four new structures are each at different phases of construction, but enough is there to get a good sense of the massing, spatial relationships, and envelope finishes. Building A, the largest structure, is the one furthest along, with the brick veneer and storefront being installed and partitions and cores going up on the interior. Buildings B and C have the steel up and the exterior is starting to be framed out. The parking garage is far along- it went up quickly, within the past five weeks, with prefab concrete components…

New DCR Maintenance Building

Design

As part of the Waterfront Square at Revere Beach development, Arrowstreet is currently designing a new building including restrooms, storage of maintenance and support materials, and DCR offices. The building was carefully sited to maintain line-of-sight between the Arrowstreet-designed South Garage and Pedestrian Bridge and the scenic Revere Beach.

A Time to Look Back

Construction Studio

The start of a new year brings optimism and refreshed energy for the future, and also a chance to look back on accomplishments from the previous year. 2012 was a busy year at Arrowstreet. We celebrated the opening of two new charter schools in the Boston metro area, the corporate headquarters for Rechler Equity in Long Island, White Elephant Village Inn in Nantucket, a T-station garage and cool new bridge in Revere, and an LL Bean store in Danbury. The Arrowstreet construction banner was flying high in 2012…

Revere Bridge Lights
Up the Holidays

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HolidayLights_RevereBridge

On December 20th, the pedestrian bridge recently completed as part of the Waterfront Square Transit Oriented Development was lit for the first time. In early fall, our team, with the support of the City of Revere and help from Suffolk Construction and Color Kinetics, mocked up and selected color-changing LED lights at the base of the cable stay pylons. As illustrated in the photos, the lights are now installed and have been fired up with the holiday season in mind. With the recent dedication of the bridge to Congressman Markey’s family, this next step moves the project one step closer to a public opening. In the coming weeks, LED-lit railings and the glass-enclosed elevators will be completed, finalizing the connection between the MBTA’s Wonderland Station and the historic Revere Beach. We look forward to seeing the many color variations of the bridge over the course of the coming months and congratulate the Markey family, the City, MBTA, DCR, and Eurovest Development and on this new milestone.

Markey Memorial Bridge Dedication

Construction People

Earlier this week I attended the dedication of the Markey Memorial Pedestrian Bridge in Revere with the members of our Arrowstreet project team. We’d like to congratulate Congressman Markey and his family on the opening. The Congressman has been a staunch supporter of the revitalization of Revere Beach during his tenure in Congress. His love of the beach started with visiting Wonderland as a child with his family, as have many other immigrant families over the last century…

Revere Bridge Update

Construction

I was on site in Revere last week at our Waterfront Square project and can happily report that the pylons have gone up for the pedestrian bridge that will connect the beach to mass transit and parking. The walking surface is under construction with the steel span expected to be complete this week. The stairs from the west are in place and paver installation is ongoing on the plaza…

Chestnut Hill Site Visit

Construction

This past week I was able to join an Arrowstreet group to get a tour of the Chestnut Hill site from Jason King and Mike Manship. The project has had a long history in the office but I’ve only recently joined the team, working on the 350+ space pre-cast garage scheduled to open in the fall of 2013. In addition to the parking garage, the first phase of the complex includes three buildings which will house retail, medical offices, a Wegman’s grocery store, a health club, and restaurants. Currently the foundation walls are complete for the lowest level of Building A, which

Wonderland Garage Opens

Inspiration

The MBTA’s new Arrowstreet-designed South Parking Garage and Intermodal Transit Center opened on Saturday (June 30th) with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by MassDOT Secretary Richard Davey, Revere Mayor Daniel Rizzo, U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, state Rep. Kathi-Anne Reinstein, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Revere City Councilor at large Anthony Zambuto, among many others from the Revere community. Both the Boston Globe and the Daily Item of Lynn reported on the event…

Visiting Waterfront Square and KIPP Academy Lynn

Construction

Recently, I had the opportunity to visit the site of two of our projects currently in construction: the Waterfront Square at Revere Beach parking garage and KIPP Academy Lynn Charter School. Our first stop was the Revere Beach parking garage. We started this tour walking through the bus access way to the main lobby, and then continued up the main set of stairs stopping at each level. There is a marvelous view of the ocean and coastline from the top level of the parking garage; someone commented on it being an ideal spot to watch the fireworks on July

Wonderland South Garage – Progress Update

Construction

Visible signs of progress are on display at the Wonderland South Garage project in Revere. The first in a series of stainless steel mesh panels have been installed at the south façade; these panels offer a nice play on opacity, especially given the nature of the precast structure. When complete, these panels will be illuminated with blue LED lighting, adding color and visual interest at night…

Arrowstreet Design Forums

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Each month, AST holds an in-house Design Forum where we get together as a firm and discuss relevant design related topics. The forums provide a great outlet for critiquing current and completed AST projects as well as discussing general topics important to the design community…

Revere Transit Infrastructure Project Groundbreaking

Construction
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On September 13th, the second phase of Waterfront Square at Revere Beach kicked off with the groundbreaking of the Transit Infrastructure project.  The Arrowstreet-designed project, part of a public/private partnership between Eurovest Development, the City of Revere, the DCR, and the MBTA,  includes a signature pedestrian bridge symbolizing the City’s commitment to the ongoing redevelopment of historic Revere Beach, recognized as the first public beach in the US.  The public plaza and bridge will directly connect the beach to mass transit and public parking. This groundbreaking follows almost a year to the day after the groundbreaking of Phase 1, our 1465-car parking facility for the MBTA’s Wonderland stop…

Clash Detection at
85 South Service Road

Construction People
Rendering of structural steel and lobby curtainwall frame fabrication models.
Rendering of structural steel and lobby curtainwall frame fabrication models.

As part of the shop drawing review process for the 85 South Service Road project on Long Island, I’ve been running clash detection between the structural steel and the aluminum curtainwall fabrication models…

Georges Island Tour

Design Inspiration People

I took some photos of beautiful Fort Warren this weekend while visiting Georges Island in the Boston Harbor. The imposing structure is built almost entirely of granite and brick…

Medford Square
Parking Facility

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Rendering by Arrowstreet
Rendering by Arrowstreet

Arrowstreet’s design for a new parking structure in historic Medford Square was released to the public recently.  The new building will replace a facility that collapsed a few years ago…