Cranshaw Wins CMAA New England Project of the Year Award for 7INK
Cranshaw Construction has been honored with a Construction Management Association of America, New England Chapter (CMAA-NE) Project Achievement Award for their exceptional work on 7INK, Boston’s pioneering Inclusive Living™ residence. This groundbreaking project was recognized as the Project of the Year at the 29th Annual Awards Ceremony, which took place on May 17, 2023, at the Omni Boston Hotel at the Seaport.
During the esteemed Mark H. Hasso Project Excellence and Scholarship Awards Program, a project video offered a glimpse into 7INK’s construction journey. Several of our talented team members, including Principal Tom Burke and Superintendents Nick DiGiovanni and Sandra Martinez, provided a more in-depth discussion on the construction materials, methods and challenges in a special ‘Rest of the Story’ segment, culminating the ceremony.
As a 15-story residential community and the latest addition to the vibrant Ink Block neighborhood, 7INK stands as a testament to Cranshaw’s unwavering commitment to excellence. Built on the former site of the renowned Boston Herald Newspaper, the construction of this LEED Gold Certified building was successfully completed on time even amidst the height of the COVID-19 shutdown. Our successful teamwork with National Development and the design firm Elkus Mandfredi Architects played a crucial role in bringing this vision to life. Since its grand opening in April 2022, the 148,580 square foot building has provided an extraordinary living space for its residents.
Ted Tye, Managing Partner at National Development, emphasized Cranshaw Construction’s pivotal role in the project, stating, “Cranshaw Construction was a critical member of our project team. We fought through the challenges of COVID-19, of doing a building on an extremely tight site located in an urban area of the city, through doing a product that hadn’t been done before in the marketplace. We did a lot of thinking on our feet during the course of the project with Cranshaw and wouldn’t have made it to the finish line without them.”
7INK welcomes a younger demographic at a lower price point in the now thriving Ink Block neighborhood. Residents of 7INK have access to a variety of communal spaces, including a self-serve bar/café, community kitchen, co-working spaces, fitness studio, and a rooftop deck with views of the Boston skyline. The building has 353 bedrooms within 180 units, and residents can choose from traditional studio, one or two-bedroom apartments, or single rooms with shared kitchen and dining spaces in three and four-bedroom units.
Tom Burke, Principal of Cranshaw Construction, expressed his gratitude upon receiving the CMAA New England Project Achievement Award, saying, “We are truly honored to receive this prestigious recognition. 7INK symbolizes the culmination of a deeply collaborative relationship among National Development, the design team and our project team. I extend my appreciation to the exceptional design team led by Elkus Manfredi Architects, as well as the invaluable contributions made by our subcontractors and artists who helped bring this vision to life. This award holds special personal significance for me and several team members, as we were once students of Professor Hasso at Wentworth Institute of Technology. Today, we are proud to put into practice the invaluable lessons he imparted.”
We extend our special thanks to AHA Consulting Engineers, VHB, McNamara Salvia, and Copley Wolff Design Group for their invaluable contributions to the success of this remarkable project. Their expertise and dedication have been integral to its realization.