Multi Residential

Berkeley Investments Developing Modular Apartments

(l-r) Dave Stockless, ICON Architecture, Inc.; Patrick Leblanc, RCM Group; Young Park, Berkeley Investments; Kendra Halliwell, ICON Architecture, Inc.; and Bart Tocci, Tocci Building Corporation / photo Melissa Ostrow

Charlestown, MA – Recently, 129 modular boxes arrived at The Graphic and will soon be craned into place to construct a new, contemporary luxury apartment building. Now under construction, it is currently the largest modular project in Boston and is expected to be ready for residents by October.

The Graphic is located at 32 Cambridge Street in Charlestown. The developer is Berkeley Investments; ICON Architecture, Inc. is the architect, and Tocci Building Corporation is the general contractor. RCM Group is the manufacturer of the modular boxes.

Each modular box is 60-ft. x 65-ft. in length, weighs approximately 30,000 to 35,000 pounds, and requires approximately 20 minutes to be lifted into position. On average, 14 boxes can be placed daily, which means a new building of this size will be erected in approximately one month.

With a contemporary design that celebrates Sullivan Square’s industrial heritage, the project will create a total of 171 apartments spanning two buildings, approximately 4,000sf of retail/restaurant space, and 113 parking spaces.

The redevelopment includes the adaptive reuse of the Graphic Arts Finishers Building featuring loft-style apartments and will offer residents a lounge, club room, game room, and bike storage facilities, as well as onsite management offices.

A new four-story podium being constructed with the modular boxes above will comprise approximately 125 apartments above 97 parking spaces. This new construction, which will seek LEED Gold certification, will offer fitness and yoga facilities, a private courtyard for residents, and a roof deck with skyline views of Charlestown and Boston.