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3rd Party Consulting - Investor's Representative

Watertown Arsenal Redevelopment

Historic Tax Credit Property

Watertown, Massachusetts

GDHA served as 3rd Party Consultant and Investor's Representative during the demolition of selected buildings and environmental abatement and the following site wide new development of this 37 acre mixed-use project.  The project included 13 separate renovated office buildings totaling 750,000 square feet, two restaurants, a 400 seat performance theatre, a new six story 1,300 car parking garage, a daycare center and a full service bank.  All architectural designs and construction complied with the National Park Service Historic Tax Credit as well as local Historic Agencies requirements.

This project was part of the US Army's Base realignment and closing policy.  After completion of redevelopment the property (The Arsenal on the Charles) was sold to Harvard with Harvard Business School Publishing Corp. as the initial tenant.  The property was purchased in 2013 by Athenahealth.

GDHA representing the project's investor partner Prudential Real Estate Investors, provided Architectural-Engineering Plan Reviews, conducted monthly QC Inspections, attendance at Contractor Payment Request Meetings, and provided coordination with Developer, Developer's A/E Team and Watertown Construction Management staff.


Building 311 - Watertown Arsenal Redevlopment

The largest historic building, Building #311 measuring about 950 feet x 150 feet in footprint received four new in-fill floors providing 347,000 SF of Class 'A' Office space.  This building served for many years as the US Army Materials Research campus.


Building No. 311 is essential to understanding Watertown Arsenal activities from World War I to the present day. Reputed to be one of the largest structures in the world in 1917, it was designed to accommodate erection of carriages for 16-in. seacoast guns, and disappearing, railway, and barbette carriages during World War I. Doubled in size in 1942 and equipped with large X-ray facilities in 1942 and 1956, Building No. 311 was vital to the industrial manufacturing and materials research achievements of Watertown Arsenal.

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Building 311 - Historic View prior to redevelopment adding four floors in former high-bay space

Commander's Mansion - Historic Renovation

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