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Cambridge, Somerville, Boston, MA
Since 2010, Beals+Thomas has been providing land surveying,
civil engineering and permitting assistance services for the urban redevelopment of approximately 45 acres of former rail yards in the
North Point section of East Cambridge, Somerville and Boston to support a 5 million square-foot mixed-use retail, commercial and residential community. Ideally located on the largest remaining land parcel in Cambridge, Cambridge Crossing is poised to be one of the most exciting and energetic redevelopment projects in the Boston area.
Our services include master planning and permitting support and the final design of an extensive roadway and utility network necessary to serve approximately 20 building sites in three urban cities. We have coordinated extensively with city and state officials and design consultants regarding the redevelopment and reconfiguration of Lechmere Square, including relocation of the MBTA Lechmere Green Line Station, construction of the Green Line Extension to Medford and Somerville, and relocation of Monsignor O’Brien Highway.
We provided land surveying, civil engineering, permitting assistance and construction administration services for “Twenty|20”, which delivered 355 new residential units and 9,000 square-feet of commercial space in 2015. We also provided surveying, design and permitting services for 250 Dawes Street, a proposed 350,000 sf lab/office/retail building which is under construction and slated to open in 2019.
The redevelopment of the former Grover Cronin Department Store property was a momentous success for The Boulder Company, the
City of Waltham, and a persistent Beals+Thomas project team. Redevelopment proved challenging due to the historic register designation of the building and the environmentally sensitive location of the parcel adjacent to the Charles River. The project consists of 281 residential units and 28,000 sf ground floor retail space that supports shops, restaurants, and waterfront dining.
Survey services were significant to the building’s redevelopment effort. Beals+Thomas performed an architectural foundation survey to establish the existing walls for incorporation into a new curvilinear building design, and column line dimensioning to support the design and fabrication of structural steel. The firm also provided site design, civil engineering, permitting, and construction administration support to implement a project schedule that allowed construction to proceed rapidly and without delay.
The downtown revitalization effort continued beyond the redevelopment of the existing building. Beals+Thomas assisted the Waltham Planning Department with the preparation of grant applications for streetscape improvements to Moody and Crescent Streets, and integrated an adjoining riverwalk along the Charles River. The riverwalk incorporated ornamental features traditional to the Victorian era along a 1,000-foot, handicapped-accessible brick and granite cobblestone walkway, and dramatically accentuates the revitalized district while providing passersby with an area for
Beals+Thomas has continued to provide services to the city for riverboat docking facilities adjacent to the riverwalk, and was awarded the Boston Society of Architect’s Citation for Community Revitalization in July 2000 for our efforts in the redevelopment process.