PCA Office Olympics: 2017

We are actively training for the next world games with Olympic trials of our own. The PCA Olympics are a long running office tradition, this year was the XX round of games. Taking first place was the “Office Superheroes”, Boston Favorites “The Family” nabbed second, the “Old Guard” took third place. The “New Kids on the Block” did not place, but played hard for their first go-round.

Check out a few pictures below, and watch one of the events, powerlifting, here.

PCA Volunteers at the Friday Night Supper Program

Since 2011, PCA has sent volunteers to help serve a delicious hot meal at the Friday Night Supper Program.

The FNSP, founded in 1984, has provided over 8,000 nutritious, home-cooked meals a year to Boston’s homeless and hungry in a safe and dignified environment, every Friday night.

In addition to our volunteers, PCA donated $300 for the creation of the meal as well as a very large number of brand new socks contributed by everyone in the office! Socks are the most sought after commodity in the homeless community, and they were warmly welcomed by all participants just in time for one of the coldest days in the 2017 winter season....

Due to an overwhelming amount of interest within the office, PCA will be volunteering at another opportunity in April.

For more information here is a link to the FNSP website HERE

Tuscan Kitchen & Market Opening on March 1

Tuscan Kitchen & Market will be opening tomorrow, March 1. The former Jerry Lewis movie theater in Portsmouth, New Hampshire has been renovated by PCA to house a restaurant for 294+ guests and a 13,000 SF Tuscan Market - opening in June - offering prepared foods, pastries, produce, a full butchery, home-spun gelato, wines and craft beer.  

The restaurant and market will directly import products such as wine, flour, olive oil and Parmigiano Reggiano cheeses from Italy, while trying to use locally sourced food.  The restaurant will be open for dinner the first week, with lunch added the second week. 

Read more in a recent article in Seacoast Online and Tuscan Portsmouth's Facebook page.... enjoy!

PCA Ski Trip

PCA Takes the Slopes

Early February, the PCA team headed back to Killington Ski Resort – to conquer the “Beast of the East”. Each year, members of the PCA team drive up to Vermont for a weekend of skiing, winter adventure, and general shenanigans. Led by Rob Hagan, this year’s group had a blast dashing through the snow, and speeding down the hills at Killington. A fantastic weekend was capped off by a family-style meal back at the lodge. Check out photos below.

PCA Learns to Curl – Round 2

Next stop, winter Olympics!

PCA hit the ice once more for another curling adventure, after last year’s popular and fun event. Led by seasoned curlers, Shaun Hallisey and Michael Rosa, the PCA team sharpened their skills again at Wayland’s curling hub, Broomstones. Check out some photos below - see you next year in Pyeonchang!

Common Ground

As multifamily apartments and condominium developments continue to come online, competition for tenants and buyers increases exponentially. In a buyer’s market, the right mix of amenities and branding can make a difference in leasing statistics for building managers and owners.

Today’s millennial generation is overwhelmingly deciding to rent instead of own, especially in cities like Boston. Community spaces can give your development a step up in today’s market where renters are looking for a lifestyle, not just an apartment.

National Development’s goal for two of its existing properties was to upgrade public and common spaces to develop a branded experience, with useful, inviting spaces for tenants to gather and relax outside their apartments. PCA was brought in to renovate the interior public spaces of the Element Apartments and two buildings at Station Landing to create interesting and hip common spaces attractive to today’s renter.


 

Previously, Element’s community spaces were underutilized – the fitness room was oversized, a media / movie room sat vacant and the lobby suffered from poor organization and flow. In addition, National Development needed to find room in the building for a central leasing office to manage their newly acquired Allston Green District properties.


 

At Station Landing, a mixed use development, there was a challenge in renovating underused, formerly retail/restaurant spaces for residential use, all while the apartment buildings were occupied.


 

In both developments, the design team worked together to solve problems and find creative solutions, from drapery to glazing, partitions to flooring, and wall coverings to lighting. The new design incorporates a mix of natural, industrial and modern finishes to create a new vibe, contemporizing the apartment building to appeal to today’s millennial renters.

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A Night on the Town: PCA Holiday Party

PCA had a blast at our annual holiday party – staff & family came out dressed to the nines to celebrate a prosperous and exciting year.  The Regattabar at the Charles Hotel was the perfect setting for our intimate gathering. Check out some photos from the night below, taken by the talented Lovely Valentine photography. Here’s to 2016 – welcome 2017!

Arsenal Yards Planning Underway

By a vote of 5-0, the Watertown Planning Board approved the plans for Arsenal Yards. With 350,000 square feet of retail and entertainment, almost 500 residences, and 100,000 square feet of office space, Arsenal Yards is poised to become the next great mixed-use destination.

A short movie clip will give you a sense of the overall space, with more info in recent articles in the Boston Business Journal, Wicked Local Watertown, Boston Globe, and Curbed Boston and as well as our website project page….