48 Boylston: February Update

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In January we broke ground

You may remember that we started off the new year by breaking ground with Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, and Cardinal O’Malley.

The construction company leading this project is Gilbane Company. Once we finished the groundbreaking event, they spent the last bit of January mobilizing to prepare the building for abatement, as this is a historical 150-year old building.

February – the shortest month!

The month of February started off with Gilbane employees preparing the building for limited demolition. This internal demolition on each floor will allow us to reconfigure the space into affordable housing apartments.

Employees removed some windows on the upper floors at the back of the building and reconfigured those empty windows to become trash chutes. Workers were then able to do substantial demolition in select areas, and utilize the chutes to clear out debris efficiently. For example, some floors had wall-to-wall carpeting to be pulled up. That’s a lot of carpeting to haul out!

What’s coming up?

This March, we anticipate clearing out a portion of the rear annex of the building, which will give our contractors space to store their materials for construction. This will also be the area where heavy equipment like cranes and lifts will be situated.

Composite February Update 48 Boylston
From L to R: Rooms are being cleared; Piles of PVC pipe that have been pulled out; A ramp leads up to a window modified into a debris chute.