Townhouse Framing Begins

Truckloads of prefabricated wall panels and floor trusses began arriving on site this week, as the townhouses wrap up foundations and begin framing.  Within months the site’s 22 buildings will be recognizable in form.  Meanwhile, the two largest buildings progress on the outside, with framing and sheathing, and the inside, with unit framing and interior plumbing and electrical.  See below for progress around the site!

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The first townhouse wall panels are placed.

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Looking north along what will be the extension of Antwerp St to Western Ave.

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Waterproofing over the sheathing before brickwork starts.

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Unit framing and plumbing fixtures are progressing rapidly.

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Framing in place for a bedroom along Western Ave

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A fourth floor apartment view

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The garage concrete and systems work is nearly complete

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Looking down the garage entrance ramp

Coming into View

The City of Boston and Charlesview have layers and layers of importance to one another.    As the steel buildings rise along Western Avenue, downtown Boston comes into view.  And with activity ramping up all over the site, there are now over 120 construction workers on the jobsite each day, priming the Boston economic recovery and great local jobs.  We move closer and closer to realizing the vision of preserving Charlesview as a critical housing asset for Allston-Brighton families.

See the gallery below for lots of great images around the site (click any image to enlarge and launch slideshow)

Progress Above and Below the Deck

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.

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First Concrete Slab Pour Today

The first concrete deck over the roof of the garage is being poured by concrete sub JL Marshall today.  This particular pour is an important step in the construction sequencing; that section is where the crane will sit to erect the first Western Ave midrise once the concrete cures to the proper strength next month.  The garage floor slab pours will follow each deck-level pour.

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Workers spread newly poured concrete on the garage deck

Garage Steel Progress Photos

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.

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Ironworkers on the garage deck level

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View of the garage steel progress

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Structural steel erection moves to the eastern side of the garage

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Building steel pokes above the garage level