Berkeley Investments pushes forth with modular construction on The Graphic in Charlestown

CHARLESTOWN, MA- Things are stacking up at The Graphic in Charlestown, MA as 129 modular boxes arrived at the site and will soon be craned into place to construct this new contemporary luxury apartment building.

Each modular box is 60-65 feet in length, weighs approximately 30,000 – 35,000 pounds, and requires approximately 20 minutes to be lifted into position.

On average, 14 boxes can be placed daily, which means a new building of this size will be erected in approximately one month. The modular box pictured here contains elements of three units at The Graphic, including sections of a two-bedroom, a studio and a one-bedroom apartment. Now under construction, The Graphic is currently the largest modular project in Boston.

With a contemporary design that celebrates Sullivan Square’s industrial heritage, Berkeley Investments’ latest transit-oriented project will bring to Charlestown a total of 171 apartments (spanning two buildings), approximately 4,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space and 113 parking spaces.

Gathering in front of one of the first modular boxes to land at the project site include (pictured in link below, left to right): Dave Stockless, ICON Architecture, Inc.; Patrick Leblanc, RCM Group; Young Park, Berkeley Investments; Kendra Halliwell, ICON Architecture, Inc.; and Bart Tocci, Tocci Building Corporation.

The redevelopment includes the adaptive reuse of the Graphic Arts Finishers Building featuring loft-style apartments, and will offer residents a lounge, club room, game room, and bike storage facilities, as well as onsite management offices. A new four-story podium(being constructed with the modular boxes above) will comprise approximately 125 apartments above 97 parking spaces.

This new construction, which will seek LEED Gold certification, will offer fitness and yoga facilities, a private courtyard for residents and a roof deck with skyline views of Charlestown and Boston. The Graphic, located across the street from the MBTA Sullivan Square Orange Line Station and a short distance to I-93, is expected to welcome residents by October 2018.

The Graphic is located at 32 Cambridge Street in Charlestown, MA.  Berkeley Investments is The Graphic’s developer; ICON Architecture, Inc. is the architect and Tocci Building Corporation is the general contractor. RCM Group is the manufacturer of the modular boxes.


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