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Deconstruction:
776 Summer Street 

Boston, MA

Statement from Suffolk on 776 Summer Street 

On May 19, work resumed on the 776 Summer Street jobsite after receiving approvals by ISD and DEP on the team’s proposed back-to-work plan. To address questions related to the May 4 incident at the jobsite, Suffolk provided a letter documenting the results of ongoing air monitoring at the site along with a detailed back-to-work plan. Click here to access the letter and plan.

 

CONTACT

HOTLINE 

For immediate concerns about activities on site, please call (508) 479-8503.

 

COMMUNITY INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWER
Community questions on abatement and remediation can be submitted directly to the Community Independent Environmental Reviewer, GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., at LStreet@gza.com.

CONSTRUCTION & DEVELOPMENT INQUIRIES 

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PROJECT UPDATES

Schedule of Work​

TBD

Week of August 8 - 14

•    Summer Street: Sidewalk & Parking Lane Closure for scaffolding

•    Abatement at buildings 3 and 4 (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Abatement at switch houses

•    Deconstruction at building 3 (Pending Saturday Permit)
•    Deconstruction of building 4 brick stack (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Deconstruction of transformer yard

•    Installation of Protection on Existing Buildings to Remain

 

Week of August 15 - 21

•    Summer Street: Sidewalk & Parking Lane Closure for scaffolding

•    Abatement at buildings 3 and 4 (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Abatement at switch houses

•    Deconstruction at building 3 (Pending Saturday Permit)
•    Deconstruction of building 4 brick stack (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Deconstruction of transformer yard

•    Installation of Protection on Existing Buildings to Remain

 

Week of August 22 - 28

•    Summer Street: Sidewalk & Parking Lane Closure for scaffolding

•    Abatement at buildings 3 and 4 (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Abatement at switch houses

•    Deconstruction at building 3 (Pending Saturday Permit)
•    Deconstruction of building 4 brick stack (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Deconstruction of transformer yard

•    Installation of Protection on Existing Buildings to Remain

 

Week of August 29 – September 4

•    Summer Street: Sidewalk & Parking Lane Closure for scaffolding

•    Abatement at buildings 3 and 4 (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Abatement at switch houses

•    Deconstruction at building 3 (Pending Saturday Permit)
•    Deconstruction of building 4 brick stack (Pending Saturday Permit)

•    Deconstruction of transformer yard

•    Installation of Protection on Existing Buildings to Remain

 

DECONSTRUCTION

Schedule of Work​

TBD

During deconstruction at 776 Summer Street, the safety of the neighborhood and the workers on site is paramount. In order to ensure the work is completed with the utmost care, the estimated duration for the entire scope of work, including fully abating and dismantling the designated structures, will be 20 months. The work will proceed in phases, allowing debris to be removed from the site as work in each area is completed. The general sequence of work in each space will be to first to create an interior containment area using barriers and negative air pressure, abate and remove any regulated materials, dismantle equipment and other large interior structures, and finally deconstruct the exterior structure in that area. This process will repeat for each structure on site that is not being retained. To ensure existing historic structures on site are properly protected, ongoing monitoring of vibration levels will be conducted.

SCOPE & SEQUENCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

RODENT CONTROL 

  • The site has been continuously monitored for rodent control throughout the last five years of HRP/Redgate’s ownership of the property

  • A site survey has been conducted to reevaluate potential areas of issue and a licensed exterminator provides traps & bait around the site in compliance with City of Boston regulations.

  • The program involves 50+ perimeter rodenticide stations as well as comprehensive rodent trapping at building perimeters and interiors.

  • A licensed exterminator performs weekly on-site inspections, the frequency recommended by the project exterminator to maximize efficacy.

  • Project staff monitors the site daily throughout the deconstruction project.
     

NOISE CONTROL 

  • The majority of work on site occurs during the City of Boston’s regular construction hours from 7 am to 5 pm, Monday through Friday. Occasional work may occur by permit on Saturdays. Quiet work within buildings occurs on 2nd shift (3PM-11PM).

  • Noise levels comply with the City of Boston limits set for construction activity

  • Noise monitors are set up to detect any possible exceedances of allowable limits

  • No high impact or high vibratory activities are anticipated

VIBRATION MONITORING

  • There is continuous on-site vibration monitoring

  • There are additional locations in the neighborhood for offsite vibration monitoring

DUST MITIGATION

  • Water is utilized for dust control, including:

    • Washing down equipment and wheel washes at site exits

    • Misting during demolition activities

    • Maintenance of stockpiles and work areas

  • Daily inspections are performed by general contractor Suffolk and demolition subcontractor NorthStar to verify mitigation measures are working properly

  • Adjustments to dust mitigation are implemented as needed due to weather patterns

PERIMETER DUST MONITORING

  • Continuous third party perimeter dust monitoring is performed to verify dust mitigation measures are maintaining dust concentrations below action levels

  • If monitoring data indicates dust concentrations approaching an action level, dust mitigation measures are adjusted to reduce dust concentrations

  • A dust monitoring plan describing the details of the monitoring and action levels is shared with GZA and posted here when available ​

  • Dust monitoring results are shared with GZA and posted monthly.

    • Click here to see the reports.

  • The project Perimeter Dust Monitoring Plan prepared by Sanborn, Head & Associates Inc is available here.

REGULATED WASTE ABATEMENT OVERSIGHT

  • An initial site survey & regulated waste inspection to identify specific contaminants, location and quantity was conducted

  • Abatement of each regulated material will be performed by specialty abatement contractor to approved specifications

  • Additionally, third party full time on-site oversight will be provided throughout the project

  • Both MassDEP and the City perform unscheduled periodic site inspections

  • The initial phase of the asbestos abatement plan has been approved by MassDEP and is available here.

  • The final phase of the asbestos abatement plan has been approved by MassDEP and is available here.

SOIL AND GROUNDWATER MANAGEMENT

  • A Release Abatement Measure (RAM) Plan has been filed with DEP and is available for review (PDF)

WORKER PARKING

  • Off-site worker parking is being provided at 825 Summer Street (PDF)

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EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES

BUILDING PATHWAYS

Building Pathways creates opportunities for low-income area residents, particularly in underserved communities, to access and prepare for building trades apprenticeships and family-sustaining careers in the construction industry. Through apprenticeship preparedness training, outreach to young adults, and advocacy, Building Pathways addresses the need to recruit top talent into the industry while opening career pathways to women, people of color, individuals with disabilities, and transitioning veterans. 

Click here for information on the upcoming Building Pathways training cycle and more.

buildingpathwaysboston.org/

YOUTHBUILD BOSTON

YouthBuild Boston (YBB) was founded in 1990 with the goal of providing underserved young people with the support and credentials needed to successfully enter the construction and design industry. While YBB promotes the core values of youth development and community service, it stands out as an innovative non-profit offering a hands-on approach to construction and design training.

youthbuildboston.org/

MASS FALLEN HEROES

As a group of Combat Veterans who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan, Mass Fallen Heroes is committed to memorializing our fellow service members who did not return home to their families. So far, they have raised funds, created a first-of-its-kind memorial, developed the Veteran’s Edge program to assist Veterans, and created a network of support and programs for our Gold Star Families. Their four main goals are to: 1) Honor the memories of our fallen 2) Support our Gold Star Family members 3) Empower our Veterans and 4) Educate our communities. 

massfallenheroes.org/

 

 

 

 

TEAM

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Construction Manager

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Deconstruction
Subcontractor

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Architect

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Owner’s Environmental Reviewer

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Owner

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Owner’s Environmental Reviewer

 

COMMUNITY INDEPENDENT ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEWER

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GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc, headquartered in New England, will provide ongoing environmental review of the deconstruction on behalf of the community. 

 

PUBLIC PRESENTATIONS

776 Summer Street Deconstruction Public Meeting #1

On September 21, 2021 the 776 Summer team hosted a Public Meeting in advance of deconstruction beginning. Information presented included the anticipated schedule and phasing of deconstruction, safety and mitigation measures to be implemented to protect abutters and the neighborhood at large, and contact information on how you can stay informed throughout the process.

 

Please note, due to a technical error, the recording of the meeting was delayed and the first couple of minutes were not recorded. The opening title and meeting agenda slide are not available in the recording. The recording does capture all substantiative content and the full Q&A session at the end. The full presentation and any other meeting materials can be accessed here:

 

    • Video Recording (YouTube)

    • Presentation Slideshow (PDF)

    • Community Questions & Answers (PDF)

776 Summer Street Deconstruction Public Meeting #2

On October 19, 2021 the 776 Summer team hosted a second Public Meeting in advance of deconstruction beginning. Information presented included the anticipated schedule and phasing of deconstruction, safety and mitigation measures to be implemented to protect abutters and the neighborhood at large, important updates since the 9/21 meeting, information on the upcoming job fair and Thanksgiving Turkey Drive, and contact information on how you can stay informed throughout the process.

    • Video Recording (YouTube)

    • Presentation Slideshow (PDF)

    • Community Questions & Answers (PDF)

776 Summer Street Deconstruction Public Meeting #3

On March 30, 2022 the 776 Summer team hosted a third Public Meeting to provide updates on the deconstruction phase. Information presented included the updated schedule and phasing of deconstruction, safety and mitigation measures being implemented to protect abutters and the neighborhood at large, information on the upcoming job fair in April and other employment/training opportunities, and contact information on how you can stay informed throughout the process.

    • Video Recording (YouTube)

    • Presentation Slideshow (PDF)

    • Community Questions & Answers (PDF)

776 Summer Street Deconstruction Public Meeting #4

On Monday, August 8 at 6:00 PM Hilco Redevelopment Partners (HRP) and Redgate Real Estate Advisors will host a virtual community meeting discussing the ongoing Deconstruction work at 776 Summer Street. This meeting will provide updates on Deconstruction, including progress to date and the schedule of work in the near future. The community will have an opportunity to provide feedback and ask questions during the meeting or you may submit your questions beforehand at HRPInfoNortheast@hilcoglobal.com or via our contact form above.

 
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