The successful design and implementation of Pier 4, the new residential complex in Boston’s Seaport District, relied on the careful coordination and strong communication strategies between CBT and the lead design firm. Working as both Executive architect and local liaison, CBT was instrumental in supporting and advancing the design and construction of this major waterfront condominium, including extensive design for public realm and Harborwalk improvements and retail opportunities.
An agile and responsive partner through the design and implementation process, CBT served as Executive Architect for two separate design firms, first to Diller Scofidio + Renfro and now to SHoP, as the needs of the project evolved over time. In this role, CBT is the primary interface with the Boston Planning and Development Agency, serving as the active force for approvals and permitting in the City of Boston and the Seaport District in particular. Also providing technical, market, and design expertise to the project, CBT is designing all unit interiors as well as the marketing center at the end of the pier.
To properly coordinate with the Lead Designer in New York City, CBT made regular trips to SHoP’s offices for team meetings to reinforce team dynamic and provide added clarity to the division of roles and responsibilities. Regularly scheduled BIM model exchanges helped maintain clarity and efficiency in design documents, with any discrepancies easily identified and accounted for.
Due to the location of Pier 4, CBT’s role in the local permitting and approvals process was extensive. Navigating such issues as maritime concerns, foundational issues, public realm elements (such as the Harborwalk), FAA regulations, and myriad others, CBT led the regulatory phase of the project. CBT helped circumvent additional complexities such as a below-grade parking garage located under the construction site and necessary seawall repairs; CBT supported SHoP throughout the process, providing insight and solutions during design reviews to address and account for these concerns.
To help manage the cost of the project, CBT assisted in the selection of a Construction Manager, Turner Construction. Working extensively with Turner on cost modeling and real-time VE, CBT helped monitor and control the costs, keeping the project in-budget and on-schedule.
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