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Another luxury condominium development in the South End got underway Monday when Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and officials from The Davis Cos. held a ceremonial groundbreaking for 100 Shawmut.

The 13-story, 232,000-square-foot project at the corner of Herald Street and Shawmut Avenue involves rehabbing a 1920s warehouse overlooking the Mass. Pike and cost $170 million to complete. The unit mix includes one, two, three- and four-bedroom units, many featuring a den space, for a total of 138.

The building will have a comprehensive amenity program that includes 24/7 concierge, private parking, a private dining/conference room with an entertaining kitchen, a great room, a billiard room, an activity lounge, library, fitness center, dog wash station and children’s playroom. The penthouse features an indoor and outdoor residents lounge, and a rooftop sky lounge equipped with gas grills and fire pits. 100 Shawmut also houses three levels of enclosed private parking containing 112 spaces for residents.

The building is the first of a trio of neighboring projects to get underway. They are a joint effort by The Davis Cos. of Boston and two community groups, the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church and the Chinese Consolidates Benevolent Association. 100 Shawmut will subsidize construction of up to 313 housing units next door, including at least 26 percent income-restricted units. And the 660,000-square-foot development will enable the Boston Chinese Evangelical Church to expand its programs for immigrants, while adding up to 84 residential units on its own property.

“Our collaboration has yielded a dynamic development for the historic South End and this innovative property will ensure that our Chinatown-based non-profit partners will be able to serve the community for years to come, in addition to bringing new housing and jobs to our city,” The Davis Cos. founder and President Jonathan Davis said in a statement.

Suffolk Construction is the general contractor for 100 Shawmut. Chelsea-based The Architectural Team Inc. is the design architect and EMBARC Studio, located in Boston, has designed the interiors. Copley Wolff Design Group is the landscape architecture firm for the project. Engineers for 100 Shawmut are McNamara Salvia, WSP and Howard Stein Hudson Assoc. The project is financed by a $105 million construction loan from M&T Bank with participating lenders that include Berkshire Bank, HarborOne Bank, Needham Bank and Bank of New England.

Wallpaper Magazine

Building blocks: new structures around the globe in 2019

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Boston-based architects CambridgeSeven have just completed Kuwait’s new Ministry of Education headquarters in the country’s district of South Surra. The building, a modern glass and metal composition, now houses eight ministry departments and some 3,600 employees, who relocated from different sites across the country. Consolidating a variety of needs, the new building is set to not only provide modern accomodation for one of the country’s most important public services, but also allow room for growth in the future.

The structure’s curved shape is inspired by the rich maritime history of Kuwait, and the architects referenced its shipbuilding industry by designing an office building that abstractly resembles the prow of a ship. A large central courtyard sits at the heart of the ministry, while elsewhere the building features a 600-seat multi-purpose auditorium, a two-level cafeteria, and three levels of parking. To ensure the interiors remain cool, the architects specified that the external glass should be layered with copper so as to better filter the amount of sunlight that enters the building. 

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Boston Business Journal

Vermont Developer Plans Luxury Slopeside Project in Stowe

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Spruce Peak Realty next month will begun construction on One Spruce Peak, a luxury mountain residential development at the base of Stowe Mountain Resort in Stowe, Vermont.

The six-story, 117,000-square-foot property will feature 27 “ski-in/ski-out” residences between slopes at Spruce Peak Village and Mt. Mansfield, Vermont’s tallest mountain. 

One Spruce Peak ­— which its developer says is “the pinnacle of alpine living” — will include private in-residence elevators, floor-to-ceiling windows, ceilings of up to 20 feet in height with mountain views, gas fireplaces and a smart home system.

The development is the third major luxury residential project Spruce Peak Realty has developed in the past four years. The company has developed more than $400 million in infrastructure, amenities and residences since 2003. 

“One Spruce Peak is the culmination of everything we have been creating here at Spruce Peak for the past 15 years,” said Sam Gaines, president of Spruce Peak Realty, in a statement. “Occupying the best site in our community, this collection of residences will achieve a superior level of design while remaining true to our Vermont roots and our surroundings.”

Spruce Peak Realty has also developed 18 Village Townhomes, which sold out last year for a combined $34 million, as well as the Mountain Cabins and Club Residences.

San Francisco-based Bull Stockwell is One Spruce Peak’s architect, while Burlington, Vermont-based TruexCullins is the interior designer. 

Prices for the 27 units start at $2.05 million, while penthouses range in price from $7 million to $10 million. 

One Spruce Peak is expected to be complete in December 2020.

New England Home

Our Principal & Founder, Lynne Kortenhaus, was featured in the latest issue of New England Home on stands now! Click the image below to view the full story.