The Graphic Stacks Up Quickly With Large Modular Construction

May 17, 2018
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Things are stacking up at The Graphic on Sullivan Square as 129 modular boxes arrived at the site last week and are being craned into place to construct the new contemporary apartment building.

Gathering in front of one of the first modular boxes to land at the project site last week included 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 development team monitored the boxes being put in place, one of the largest modular construction projects in Boston.

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.

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. 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.

The new modular four-story building will comprise approximately 125 apartments above 97 parking spaces. It will offer fitness and yoga facilities, a private courtyard for residents and a roof deck with skyline views of Charlestown and Boston. The Graphic is expected to welcome residents by October 2018.