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22-26 West Broadway Topping Off

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22-26 West Broadway celebrates a milestone with the ceremonial topping off of the steel structure.  Rising above West Broadway at the base of the Broadway Bridge, the six-story mixed-use building has formed a new gateway to South Boston.  Once completed, the boutique building will house 31 residential units, 4000sf of retail space, and a below-grade parking garage accessed via a car elevator.

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“Complete Streets Come of Age” in Planning Magazine

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In a cover story in this month’s Planning Magazine, former Utile designer and project manager Corey Zehngebot and Harvard GSD real estate professor Rick Peiser have written an article describing how Boston’s Complete Streets program serves as an excellent example of the growing importance of these policies in cities across the country. It also details the graphic innovations developed by Utile and Toole Design Group, in collaboration with the Boston Transportation Department, namely the “three-dimensional perspective illustrations… that placed streetscape elements in a context with an unmistakable Boston flavor.”

 

Mimi Love on ARCHITECT R+D awards jury

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Mimi Love served on the jury of the 2014 ARCHITECT R+D awards. The awards highlight advances in contemporary building technologies, and over 100 entries were submitted in the categories of prototype, production, and application. Bill Kreysler of Kreysler & Associates and Gerardo Salinas of Rojkind Architectos were fellow jurors.

 

Tim Love as one of Boston Magazine’s thought leaders

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Tim Love has been listed in Boston Magazine’s Power of Ideas, an article describing the city’s 75 top thought leaders. The magazine writes that Tim “is actively imagining what Boston should look like—and developing public-private partnerships to bring innovative urban ideas to fruition.” The list includes Boston figures ranging from politicians Marty Walsh and Elizabeth Warren to filmmaker Errol Morris and law professor Cass Sunstein.

Complete Streets wins CNU New England Grand Award!

Boston’s Complete Streets Guidelines was recently awarded the Grand Award at the New England Chapter of the Congress for the New Urbanism 2014 Awards. The manual, a collaboration between Utile and Toole Design Group for the Boston Transportation Department, was called “a triumph of policy over politics.” An online version of the guidelines can be found here.

Jamaica Plain Branch Library Community Meeting

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Utile was recently selected to design the renovations and addition to the Jamaica Plain Branch of the Boston Public Library. The current building is a compact 1911 structure that was the first dedicated branch library in Boston. With the highest recent circulation among the city’s branch libraries, the building is in need of a little breathing room. The community planning process began on Wednesday, April 9. That first meeting was well attended, with an appearance from City Councilman Matt O’Malley and many members of the Friends of the Jamaica Plain Library.

Utile and Viet-AID to develop affordable housing in Dorchester

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Utile is working with Viet-AID CDC on developing a mixed-use development in Four Corners. Viet-AID was recently approved for $14.5 million in project funding from the Massachusetts DHCD. The development will include 35 affordable units and 3,000 square feet of commercial space. Construction is planned to start by the end of the year.

Tim Love at Structures Congress 2014

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Tim Love was the keynote speaker this past Saturday at Structures Congress 2014, the annual gathering of the Structural Engineering Institute of the American Society of Civil Engineers. His speech looked at Boston as a way to examine the challenges faced in cities by engineers, architects, and real estate developers. His talk explored the issues of air rights, oddly-shaped parcels, the interplay between new construction and historic buildings, and the role of restrictive regulations on structural framing solutions. He appealed to the structural engineers in the audience to use their knowledge to impact planning and development decisions much earlier in the design process.

Dudley Square Library Entry is up!

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Construction is complete on the new marquee for the Dudley Branch of the Boston Public Library, and the sign is lit and active.

A clip of the marquee’s lighting transitions is below:

Utile goes to Haverhill

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Last week, Michael LeBlanc was invited by Mayor Fiorentini of Haverhill to attend the annual State of the City Address. Much of the speech focused on the city’s real estate development momentum. In his address, Fiorentini recognized Utile and Niskanen Development for their proposal of a 54-unit mixed-use project on the Bradford side of the Merrimack River. This project will be the first under the city’s new zoning, which encourages multifamily and mixed-use development along the edges of the river previously used for industry. The full text of the address can be read online here (PDF).

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