“We’re excited to see construction starting at JFK Crossing,” said Jonathan Berit-Parkes, director of construction at Aura Properties LLC. “Kaplan Construction knows Brookline well and specializes in working on tight urban sites. We were impressed with their mixed-use and multi-family experience and eagerly anticipate the completion of another successful project.”
A three-story commercial building was demolished to make way for the new mixed-use building. Located on a tight urban lot at the corner of Fuller Street and Harvard Street, the building sits across from a busy municipal parking lot and is adjacent to a single-family home and a kosher grocery store, The Butcherie. Kaplan shored up the house and removed a portion of its foundation to accommodate the new below-grade parking garage for JFK Crossing. To reinforce the foundation of the grocery store on the other side, Kaplan had to underpin it and pour new foundations. The Butcherie will remain operational throughout construction. Other constraints include mature, high-value honey locust trees and a large, high-pressure MWRA water main serving Boston on two sides of the site. A uniquely modified earth retention system was developed and implemented to avoid damaging the roots of the valuable street trees and to protect the water main from underground settlement or deflection.
The main design objective for Embarc was to seamlessly integrate the strong language of a ground floor retail presence with large spans of storefront glazing and sidewalk awnings which presently line both sides of Harvard Street. The ground floor of the building, designed to a zero lot line condition at both Harvard and Fuller Streets, strongly defines the urban edge while the residential portion of the building above steps back and away from the street. The residential massing is softened with mixed cladding textures and expressed bay windows paying homage to the residential nature of the building’s upper mass, while the brick and glass textures at the building’s base are familiar to the context and scale of the neighborhood.
The project team members for this project include:
- Owner/developer: Aura Properties LLC
- Construction manager: Kaplan Construction
- Architect: Embarc Studio
- Structural engineer: Hayes & O’Neill Structural Engineering
- MEP/FP engineer: BLW Engineering
- Civil/Survey engineer: McKenzie Engineering Group
About Kaplan Construction Kaplan Construction is a WBE general contractor and construction management company that provides comprehensive building programs including preconstruction planning, construction management, design-build services, and general construction for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, worship, and institutional clients. Serving Greater Boston since 1976, Kaplan is dedicated to building trusted, long-lasting relationships with its staff and clients based on professional teamwork, personal service, and quality craftsmanship. The company’s proactive approach features lean building techniques and integrated project delivery (IPD) that often realize substantial cost savings and earlier completion dates for its clients, while its dedication to safety far surpasses industry standards. Kaplan has earned its reputation for excellent customer service and superb workmanship, and the company’s highly successful projects have garnered a long list of industry awards and repeat clients. For more information, please visit www.kaplanconstructs.com.
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