Friday, April 13, 2018

PROPOSAL: E+_273 HIGHLAND, FORT HILL ROW


Urbanica recently submitted a proposal for E+_273-287 Highland Street, Fort Hill for the DND/BPDA E+ RFP at Marcella/Highland Streets. For more details on the RFP, check out this website.

The proposed project will be a 20-unit condo building with energy positive features. The units will be deeply affordable with 1/3 at 80%AMI, 1/3 at 100%AMI and 1/3 at market rate.

Please check out our website for the prpposal: https://www.forthillrow.com/ and come support us during the Community Presentation.

E+ Package 4 Community Presentation
DATE:    April 14th 2018
TIME:    9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
LOCATION:   Shelburne Community Center, 2730 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119,

Thursday, April 12, 2018

LIVING AT MELNEA RESIDENCES

View from the Second Floor of Melnea Residences
Coming soon! Residences 9

First floor structural steel is erected and wall panels are being delivered to the site. Many units will have excellent view of the Boston skyline, even from the second floor.


2nd Floor Wall Panels 


Friday, April 6, 2018

OPEN HOUSE AT TILIA | LAST 6 UNITS

Kitchen | Nature Finish


Last 6 units remaining, come get your unit before they are all gone!

Come visit us at our model unit this weekend.


Location: 
Tilia JP Model Unit @ Unit 171A
143-171 Hyde Park Ave Jamaica Plain 02130
Times:    Sunday April 8th 2018 2:00 am - 3:30 pm

PROPOSAL: E+_118 MARCELLA, ROXBURY

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
ENVIRONMENTALLY, ECONOMICALLY, SOCIALLY

Rear View towards Fort Hill Monument
Interior Views

INTRODUCTION
Located at the Fort Hill neighborhood of Roxbury, the parcel of land at 118-120 Marcella Street, Boston 02119 is nestled within a dynamic and diverse community that is full of energetic urban streetscapes. The tree-lined residential streets offer varied housing opportunities and thriving local businesses.

Neighborhood Map

PROGRAM
The program at E+_118 Marcella calls for a compact, flexible and environmentally sustainable building design of 3 residential units approximately 4,200 gsf +/- with 2 on-site tandem parking spaces, trash area and other service spaces. All 3 units are market-rate homeownership units, with a 15 year Owner Occupancy provision.The unit types proposed are as follows: 
  • One Unit of a 2 Bedrooms 1 Bathroom Flat Unit
  • Two Units of a 2 Bedrooms 1.5 Bathroom Duplex Units

Program Diagram

Floor Plans

CONCEPT AND DESIGN
E+_118 Marcella Street’s contextually sensitive design is integrated into the streetscape by blending the new and the old. The design is contextually influenced by the existing architectural characters of the surrounding homes. Elements of texture, color, roof shape, window proportions, angular bays, balconies and entries are carefully and sensitively crafted to offer a more contemporary interpretation of a 21st century residential building. 

Contextual Design Response Diagram
Left: Front Elevation; Middle: Side Elevation; Right: Rear Elevation
SITE PLANNING AND LANDSCAPING 
E+_118 Marcella Street will employ the strategy of a sustainable urban garden for this proposal. Despite the small footprint, the goal is to have a high impact landscaping for the senses. The small patch of landscaping located at the front yard along Marcella Street will offer a buffer zone and privacy screen for the first floor unit. The material and planting palette will rely on bright and scent-inducing type plants to provide a feast of the senses. 
Landscape Plan
LEED FOR HOMES
E+_118 Marcella Street is targeted to be LEED for Homes v4 Platinum, with a preliminary score of 85 points with 10 extra “Maybe” points.

Section Diagram of Green and Sustainable Features

E+ FEATURES
E+_118 Marcella Street is designed to be energy positive. The Home Energy Rating System (HERS) score is targeted to be at least an average HERS -11 range +/- (Proposal Case: 300W Panel, Ducted Minisplit Sytem). Using a superefficient and high output 350W panel (Extreme Case: 350W Panels, Ductless Minisplit), the building is rated to even break HERS -32 for one of the units.

The proposal fundamentally considers its spatial efficiencies, day lighting, thermal comfort , and incorporates a practical layout. The design is based in a holistic approach toward sustainability, using both low and high technologies in creative, efficient ways at all levels. The proposal incorporates super-insulated building envelope, efficient heating and cooling and energy recovery ventilation techniques. 

MINORITY HIRING
Urbanica is committed to achieving the Boston Resident Job Policy for diversity in the workforce. We will use our best efforts to meet the 51% Boston residents, 40% people of color and 12% women workforce participation goals. We will try our best to have meaningful participation of MWBEs at different stages of the development.

A community meeting will be held to get feedback from the public. Please join us at 9:00AM on April 7, 2018 at Shelburne Community Center, 2730 Washington St, Roxbury, Boston MA 02119.


Please click HERE or email john.feuerbach@boston.gov to send your comments to John Feuerbach (Project Manager at DND). 

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

UPWARDS AND ONWARDS

View Along Shawmut Avenue
Structural steel is nearing completion and wood framing to come soon. Stay tune, the residential block will be moving up fast!