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Mass using state, fed money to stimulate construction Posted by on

The Boston Globe's Casey Ross is reporting on Massachusetts' plan to use federal stimulus money and state funds to kickstart construction. Five projects have apparently been targeted so far.

Although more projects may be chosen later, the ones already approved include not only SouthField in Weymouth and Assembly Square, but a new business park in Fall River that will recruit biotech companies, the Westwood Station project, and Waterfront Square at Revere Beach.

The state??s immediate goal is to start work in the current construction season, with the first five projects receiving $20 million to $60 million in public works improvements. Patrick officials expect to officially an nounce the funding commitments over the coming.

"The projects we will be announcing will change the way we grow and develop over the next 10 years,???? said Gregory Bialecki, the Massachusetts secretary of housing and economic development. "What we??re trying to do is create the places that will be our new employment centers.????

UBC Eastern District Vice President tours Carpenters Center Posted by on

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On June 15, 2009, Mark Erlich, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, gave a tour of the Carpenters Center to Frank Spencer, Eastern District Vice President of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters.

Mock-up panels ready for BRA Posted by on

Carpenters working for Sunrise Erectors completed the mock-up on site, which offers a visual display of look and color of the Carpenters Center upon completion.

The mock-up is a requirement of the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA). The BRA has authority over all new building development in the city, part of what they do is ensure that designs chosen for new construction fit in with the existing neighborhood??s character. On this site, the BRA is particularly concerned with the colors and their effect on the neighborhood.

The responsibilities of the BRA include, among other things: reviewing proposed development projects; making recommendations on major construction and redevelopment activity to the city??s Zoning Commission; and drafting master plans that address the city's needs for infrastructure, downtown and community economic development, and that include design guidelines and development controls. For more information, visit the BRA's website.

Carpenters working for Sunrise Erectors finished the mock-ups with the installation of windows and Alucobond Panels that will cover the exterior of the building. The mock-up panels consist of six colors, 4 color panels and 2 reveal colors (charcoal and bronze in this picture) and a section of cedar siding (running along the bottom).

The building design as visible from Dorchester Ave.

The building design as visible from I-93/the Southeast Expressway.

The mock-up up will be reviewed by the BRA and will remain on site for the duration of the project.