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US2 names Cranshaw Construction for early phase construction of its mixed-use development in Union Square

Somerville Times, May 15, 2019

Union Square Station Associates (“US2”) announced today that it has selected Cranshaw Construction of Newton, MA for early phase construction for the first phase of its $1.5 billion mixed-use transit-oriented development in Union Square known as USQ.  Under terms of the contract, Cranshaw will begin providing constructability and estimating services for a significant portion of the D2 parcel consisting of a 450-unit residential building with ground floor retail, and new public open space adjacent the Union Square T Station.

“We are pleased to add Cranshaw Construction to our development as an experienced construction partner that has a proven track record of successfully completing a variety of complex, multi-use projects,” said ​Greg Karczewski, President of Union Square Station Associates​. “Cranshaw understands our vision to create a new destination for employers and a place for more people to work, live, enjoy, and discover while possessing a clear grasp of proactive approaches to project challenges.”

Labor leaders applauded US2’s choice as good for union workers.

“The strength of any project depends upon the skill and dedication of working men and women,” said Thomas Flynn, Executive Secretary-Treasurer of the New England Regional Council of Carpenters, which represents more than 28,000 commercial and residential carpenters throughout the region “We look forward to working closely with Cranshaw Construction and its subcontractors, to deliver a tremendous project in the City of Somerville, that all involved will be proud of.”

“The revitalization of Union Square represents a critical opportunity for sustainable economic growth and significant local benefits.  We believe the diversity and productivity of Local 103’s men and women are assets to the city of Somerville!  And we couldn’t be more excited to get to work for USQ on this exciting project.” said Lou Antonellis, Business Manager/Financial Secretary for the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 103, Boston which was recently named as the fastest-growing IBEW affiliate in the USA.

The selection of Cranshaw Construction follows a recent announcement that Union Square Station Associates intends to enter into a joint venture partnership with Skanska USA for development of the life sciences and office building on block D2.1. The D2.1 lab building will include commercial office, lab and retail space close to the future Union Square Green Line station. It will also utilize union workers.

At full build-out, the 15.7-acre USQ project will include 2.4 million square feet of new life science, lab, office, residential and retail space that will support generating 5,300 new permanent jobs, along with more than 4,000 new construction jobs and will generate $11.3 million annually in new property tax revenue. The project will be comprised of 60 percent commercial and 40 percent residential development and will include over 2.5 acres of open space.

The City of Somerville has received significant support from local, state and federal partners in making the Union Square redevelopment possible including more than $16 million in state MassWorks Infrastructure grants and approximately $1 billion in federal funding for the Green Line Extension. The Green Line Extension will connect Union Square in less than ten minutes​ ​to the vibrant, Greater Boston economy. Additionally, the extension will create a new regional destination making Union Square an even better place for people to live and enjoy.

The City of Somerville selected US2 as the developer for the Union Square Revitalization Project in 2014. In December 2017, the Planning Board approved Union Square Station Associate’s Coordinated Development Plan via a zoning Special Permit and the Board of Aldermen approved District Improvement Financing for $60 million in infrastructure improvements to the square, which are currently underway.


New Project Executive: Peter Cormier

In January of 2019, Peter Cormier joined Cranshaw Construction as a Project Executive for the Assembly Row project. Peter will spend his time overseeing Block 5B, a 14-story 615,000 SF mixed use office and retail building, and Block 8, a 24-story 525,000 SF mixed use retail and residential building.

Peter joins Cranshaw from Turner Construction and brings with him vast experience in the field on a wide variety of project and building types.  Most recently, he completed the complex fast-track project at Massport’s Logan Airport -Terminal B Optimization. This project consolidated all American Airlines gates from two different locations in Terminal B to 18 contiguous gates on the Pier B side of the terminal. Additionally, three security checkpoints in Terminal B were consolidated into one modern checkpoint that opens into an expanded Food Court. In total, the project included the construction of an additional 75,000 square feet and the renovation of approximately 70,000 square feet of existing space within Terminal B.

While at Turner, key projects Peter worked on included; Massport’s 2050 Garage Expansion and Economy Parking Garage, Vertex’s Fan Pier Lab & Office Building, and Harvard University’s Dunster House Renovation.


New Leadership Team at Cranshaw Construction

Cranshaw is pleased to announce several organizational changes taking place in the next few months. Bob Lyons, Cranshaw’s President, will be retiring in early 2019.  For several years, Bob has been helping to plan for the succession of leadership within Cranshaw which will soon transition to a team of four Cranshaw senior leaders:


  • Andrew Bisbee is now Senior Vice President and Director of Estimating and Technology. Andrew joined Cranshaw in 1994 and has been responsible for pre-construction services and estimating from conceptual level through GMP/contract estimates on major projects such as Ink Block, Green District and East Pier. He also has managed Cranshaw’s pre-construction and software selection and implementation.
  • Tom Burke, Senior Vice President and Project Executive, started at Cranshaw in 2001. He has worked on many major projects including Ink Block, The Circle, Newton-Wellesley Hospital Surgical Center, Winchester Hospital MRI Center, Woodland Station and Hanover Park at Fitton Field.
  • Jeff Fishbone, Senior Vice President and Project Executive, joined Cranshaw in 2005 and has led the construction of major projects including many of the buildings at Assembly Row in Somerville, The District Burlington, and the Arsenal Yards mixed-use development in Watertown.
  • Chris Iannelli, Senior Vice President and Project Executive, joined the company in 2000. Chris has provided overall team leadership in pre-construction, planning, logistics and project management of some of the Cranshaw’s largest and most complex projects including Seven Springs Burlington, Dunkin’ Donuts Northeast Distribution Center, Waterstone at Wellesley, MarketStreet Lynnfield, University Station and Boston East.


Together, Andrew, Tom, Jeff and Chris will form Cranshaw’s Executive Committee working with Bob over the coming months on leadership transition and assuming overall day-to-day management of construction operations. Jack O’Neil will continue in his role as chairman of Cranshaw Construction.  An additional exciting organizational change is that Tony Salvucci has moved from Cranshaw to National Development’s development group. In his new role, Tony will be responsible for working with development project managers on all aspects of project construction with particular focus on early stage concepts, due diligence, budgeting and guiding project design.   Congratulations to the new leadership team.  We are excited about what the future holds for Cranshaw and appreciate all our valued clients, partners and team members.


Trinity Financial’s $71m Boston East now open

New England Real Estate Journal, May 6, 2018

According to Trinity Financial, Boston East, its new apartment community on the East Boston waterfront, is already 25% pre-leased as it celebrated its official April opening.

Located directly on Boston Harbor and in close proximity to Downtown Boston and the MBTA, Boston East is a $71 million, boutique, mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including six artist live-work-sell units and a community art gallery. The property was designed by Boston-based ICON Architecture, Inc.

“The property has been really well received in the market. When we were voted Best New Building in Boston in December we started getting people wanting to tour the building and kicked off our preleasing efforts. We’ve received tremendous feedback from residents about the gorgeous water and city views, ample open space, unique finishes and outstanding amenities,” said Abby Goldenfarb, a development vice president at Trinity Financial. “Trinity and the East Boston Community Development Corp. partnered on this project, and it has so much to offer residents and the community. The location is in the heart of thriving East Boston – a neighborhood that with outstanding restaurants, art galleries, outdoor activities and other great lifestyle features.”

The interior of Boston East features designs by Cortney and Bob Novogratz, whose style has been showcased on HGTV’s Home by Novogratz and Bravo’s 9 By Design, and in collaboration with companies such as CB2.  The pair has conceived some of the most unique and amazing living spaces across the country but Boston East is their first large scale multi-family design.

The Novogratz’ have embraced the city’s history, the region’s seafaring heritage and the community’s location on the Harbor as inspiration for a “marine industrial” theme they incorporated into the interior design at Boston East. Last summer, Cortney Novogratz visited the Brimfield Antique Flea Market to shop for local pieces to be featured at Boston East.

Design treasures from that endeavor include vintage lobster traps that create a coffee table in the public art gallery, a full-size antique canoe and a variety of vintage marine industrial pieces that have been woven into decor.

“Boston East is our first Boston project and we’re thrilled with the final design we’ve created – a beautiful, relaxing and welcoming space we hope residents will enjoy,” said Cortney Novogratz. “East Boston has a rich culture and history that is reflected in the design, and the result is a building unlike any other luxury multi-family community in the city.”

Boston East’s exterior engages a maritime look, with wharf-like building wings extending to the waterfront and surrounding a central arched entry.  Making the most of the beautiful Harbor and downtown skyline, light-filled apartments boast tall floor-to-ceiling windows with large decks angled out to catch water views.  A richly landscaped courtyard and Harborwalk envelop the site, offering a gracious patio and fire pit overlooking the kayak and paddleboard launch.  A spacious, glass enclosed rooftop lounge invites relaxation, while an indoor gym and dog spa encourage activity.

“Recalling the site’s shipbuilding history, we have created amazing, contemporary residences that reimagine waterfront living in Eastie,” said Nancy Ludwig, Principal of ICON Architecture, Inc.

Boston East officially opened on April 1. Trinity Management, LLC will serve as Boston East’s professional property management company.

Trinity Financial utilized its experience in creating successful market rate luxury living spaces to develop a unique and desirable residential community at Boston East. Among the luxury communities Trinity Financial has developed or has currently in development include the One Canal and Avenir buildings in Boston, 66 Summer Street and Vela on the Park in Stamford, CT and Foundry Square in Newburyport.

Located directly on the waterfront, near Maverick Sq. and Central Sq., Boston East is a $71 million boutique mid-rise residential community that features 200 units, including six artist live-work units. Boston East allows residents to engage the waterfront through a kayak and paddle board launch and experience uniquely designed apartments and amenity spaces with striking water views.


Mike Tor named Vice President of Field Operations

In December of 2017, Mike Tor succeeded Frank Lucey as Vice President of Field Operations.  Mike has been with Cranshaw since September of 1997, and has vast experience in the field on a wide variety of project and building types.  Congratulations to Frank on his outstanding service to the company, and to Mike for his dedication, team spirit and proactive attitude in both his past position as senior superintendent and as current head of Field Operations.