AwardsA'N Best of Design Awards, Winner - Unbuilt Commercial, 2021
Located near Revere Beach, a historic place of recreation and respite for Boston area’s residents as the first public beach in the US, the Innovation Center takes inspiration from beach pavilions, with a signature curved roof that evokes a sail or a gentle wave.
The Center will be the signature showcase of a new transit oriented live work campus development for a diverse community; bringing together under the roof, co-working office spaces, community room, retail dining and café, maker space and a public green roof terrace that overlooks the campus’ main public plaza. It will showcase the campus development and be its main event space for variety of meetings, lectures, concerts and receptions, during day and night, all aimed to bring together the surrounding Revere community. The main gathering room on the ground floor will be a resource to the community for variety of uses such as community meetings, weekend workshops and voting and polling locations.
The Center’s striking mass timber structure with curved glulam beams and cross laminated timber panels will be Boston area’s largest mass timber building when completed in early 2023. The building will take advantage of the prefabricated, precise modular assembly of mass timber to create a cost effective and materially efficient structure with a bold statement. The Center will highlight the development’s commitment to sustainability with a LEED v4 GOLD certification, incorporating highly efficient building envelope, electro-chromatic shading, efficient lighting and mechanical systems designed for occupant wellness with ample daylight and views throughout.
Given the proximity to sea level, resiliency measures such as elevated ground floor above the 100 year flood plain while maintaining universal access and absence of a basement for critical utility infrastructure have been carefully incorporated. Showcasing mass timber as a renewable material with carbon sequestration, the center is a progressive demonstration of responsible and sustainable building that addresses not only operational carbon footprint but as important, the total embodied carbon footprint.