LEED Zeppelin Takes Stage

The PCA band reunited for 2017’s concert of the year. LEED Zeppelin rocked the house with a 9 song set, including hits such as “Don’t Stop Believing” and “Sweet Caroline”. The band included Steve Bryson & Amanda Bristow on vocals, Hing Fung and Dave Snell on guitar, David Deitch on bass guitar, Laura Portney jamming out on the piano, Emeline Gaujac on Ukulele, and Dan Carp keeping the beat on drums. The party roared in the “Prospect Pit” basement, proving that architects are truly multi-faceted individuals.

PCA Spring Initiatives Update

Here at PCA, everyone is empowered to lead initiatives that further the continual refinement of our processes and standards. We believe that a strong firm is managed and defined by all of its staff. Our spring initiatives newsletter, highlights current groups and individuals working towards their goals in 2017. There is always space to leave your mark at PCA.

Arsenal Yards in the News

Arsenal Yards is in the headlines again this week. Articles published in the Boston Business Journal and Wicked Local Watertown confirm that a new Hampton Inn & Suites Hotel will be part of the mix in Phase I construction. PCA is the masterplanner for the site, and is designing the new hotel in collaboration with Group One Partners. Read more about the latest developments via the links above….

Jackson Square Continues to Grow & Prosper

We were pleased to read in Banker & Tradesman about the continued success of the Jackson Square master planning effort, in which PCA played a pivotal role. In conjunction with Stull & Lee/Tise Architects and multiple site developers, PCA acted as the lead architect in the master planning and site development of Jackson Square – 9.5 acres of prime yet depressed real estate at the intersection of Boston’s Roxbury and Jamaica Plain neighborhoods.

Initially brought into the project by the Jackson Square Partnership, a quasi-public / private entity, PCA was recruited to oversee the overall masterplan. PCA worked with the Partnership to obtain all of the necessary approvals to secure funding and begin work on the site. PCA subsequently helped to navigate the project through Article 80 Large Project Review and garner approvals from the Boston Civic Design Commission, creating a unified neighborhood vision.

Subsequently, PCA completed a gateway project for the Square - Jackson Commons - an affordable housing project that also rehabilitated one of the last remnants of Jackson Square's history with the adaptive reuse of the historic FW Webb Building.

PCA continues to work in Jackson Square, currently working with the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation on General Heath Square with the addition of 47 new 100% affordable apartments and community space. Heath Square’s design received overwhelming support from community leaders and public officials at its Article 80 Large Project Review.

DiAnn Mroszczak Presenting at MedEd Conference on 4/5

As more campus projects achieve the Living Building Challenge (LBC), the intricacies of the LBC are better understood and explored. However, owners considering the LBC may be hesitant to commit to an unfamiliar new standard of sustainable and healthy design. At MedEd on April 5, LBC Facilitator Leaders Shawn Hesse and DiAnn Mroszczak will delve into multiple successful Challenge projects to reveal the project owners’ lessons learned – helping you understand and accomplish the LBC at your own facilities.

Stepping Into Design

PCA design is becoming larger than life with the help of our new virtual reality systems. EnScape allows our work to be exported directly from Revit & Sketchup into the VR system, where staff and clients alike can walk through it while wearing the VR headset. Under the guidance of PCA’s VR expert Frank Smith, staff immersed themselves in projects, marveling at the chance to fly through our conceptual designs. We are excited to share this with our clients, and hope that you will visit soon to see your project up close & personal.

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. 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!