The Rand at Porter

Cambridge, MA

Client

Urban Spaces LLC
Stone River Properties LLC

Program

New 4-story mixed-use building with 20 residential units, 3,700 SF of retail space and 20 parking spaces at grade.

Challenge

Incorporating modular construction to create a vibrant mixed-use building on Massachusetts Avenue at Porter Square.

Solution

Working closely with the owner, contractor and KBS Building Systems of Maine, PCA crafted an elegant new building with a modern aesthetic for this busy stretch of Massachusetts Avenue. Custom exterior finishes of brick and metal panels frame generous glazing for the open plan one- and two-bedroom units on the upper three floors. High visibility ground floor retail frontage enlivens the streetscape. The new building includes a single family townhouse and at grade parking for 20 cars.

Modular Construction

Construction is fast-tracked with the use of modular components which are assembled offsite complete with appliances and without exterior finishes or windows and shipped directly to the construction site. The process has saved time and maximized quality control. PCA helped the clients coordinate with a range of city departments and neighborhood groups throughout the planning and design process.