It’s been exactly one year since the formal start of construction, and the site has gone through a dramatic transformation as we’ve moved through demolition, excavation, foundations and steel. The vision of a dynamic, mixed use Charlesview in north Brighton becomes clearer every day.
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At the beautiful end to a soggy week, here are several photos from above the garage deck, as a 52-unit, mixed use building along Western Ave reaches its full height, and from below the deck, as concrete and plumbing work continues apace.
As Boston foliage springs to life, steel columns emerge from the earth along Western Avenue, beginning to take the form of the first building at the New Charlesview. Following months of excavation and lots and lots of subterranian work, visible progress moves along at a steady clip as ironworkers quickly lift, connect and detail the steel structure of the “D1″ building, a 52-unit multifamily building on the corner of Litchfield Street and Western Avenue. As the steel structure moves up to the three- and five-story heights of the building, decking will go on quickly, with concrete floor slabs to follow. By Memorial Day, the shape and massing of the building will be visible to viewers.
Building D1 form beginning to take shape as the steel superstructure is erected
Soil has been backfilled around the garage walls bringing grade back up to Western Ave
Work continues rapidly this week with additional concrete pours scheduled on the deck and garage levels. Crews work quickly ahead of the pours on the structural steel connections and detailing, installing the metal deck and on the subslab systems. The deck structure now enables work to continue on both levels simultaneously. See the pictures below from around the garage construction.
It has been an exciting few weeks on the Charlesview site as the garage structure has been quickly erected. What a difference two weeks can make at this stage of construction!
Some images from the site as structural steel erection proceeds rapidly across the garage level. Concrete pouring of the slab on deck should begin next week, weather permitting.
Ironworkers on the garage deck level
View of the garage steel progress
Structural steel erection moves to the eastern side of the garage
Building steel pokes above the garage level
Steel erection begins on west side of garage
The crane arrived this week with the first sequences of steel
Beginning this past Monday, steel that had been fabricated in Maine began arriving on site. The superstructure of the garage has been quickly going into place over the first few days, beginning on the west side of the garage.
After an incredibly mild winter and a carefully coordinated effort by JMA (general contractor), J. Derenzo Co. (sitework) and JL Marshall (concrete), the foundations will be substantially completed in the next week. A small portion of the garage–about 10 isolated footings and a section of wall–will remain unfinished so the earthen ramp can allow a crane and other equipment to continue to access the garage level for another few months.
The garage structure is over 110,000 square feet in area, so what the team has accomplished this winter is the equivelent of building a structure the size of the old K-Mart/Office Max building out of reinforced concrete, underground, beneath the water table.
This milestone also signals an important direction for the project: Up.
Steel will begin to arrive in early March for the erection of the garage structure. By late spring, the steel will be back up to grade level and the structure of the two largest mixed use buildings will commence.
Over the holidays, JMA, J. Derenzo Co. (site contractor) and J.L. Marshall (concrete) continued progress on the garage structure. Excavation is nearing an end as soil removal will finish near the end of the month. As the excavation bottom has become available, formwork and reinforcing rebar has been placed and concrete foundations have been poured. Nearly three-quarters of the perimeter footings are complete.
Above the footings, nearly a third of the garage walls have already been completed. The garage work continues to benefit from the mild winter weather (until today!) and JMA aims to begin installing the garage deck steel in March.
The photos below captured the garage structural work on site today…