Mayor Menino Joins Roxbury Community to Raise Final Piece of Steel at Dudley Municipal Building Site
"Topping Off Ceremony" Celebrates Major Milestone in Construction Project and the Progress of Mayor's Vision for Dudley Square Neighborhood
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For Immediate Release
June 24, 2013
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Mayor Thomas M. Menino today was joined by City and elected officials, community leaders, and members of the building trades in the Roxbury neighborhood to celebrate a topping off ceremony at the Ferdinand Building in Dudley Square. This ceremony represents a major milestone for the $115 million Dudley Municipal Building, which is on budget and expected to be completed by January 2015. With the final beam in place, workers will begin the next phase of construction for the new community space.

“What’s happened in this neighborhood and what will continue to happen is one of the things I’m most proud of. But our work is far from done,” Mayor Menino said. “From the beginning our goal has been simple: bring more people and economic life to historic Dudley Square. And that is a job that never ends.”

Upon its completion, the Ferdinand Building will house an estimated 500 municipal employees from the Boston Public School Department and will include open space for student work, school events, and community gatherings to help better serve the public schools in the area. The facility will also include space for street-level retail businesses.

The completed six floors of new development will incorporate the Ferdinand’s Furniture Building, the Curtis Block and the Waterman & Sons building to comprise approximately 215,000 square feet of offices. In keeping with the City of Boston’s commitment to preserving the environment, the new structure will earn a LEED Silver Certification, an award reserved for buildings that meet certain sustainability criteria.

The City of Boston, the Property and Construction Management Department and the Boston Redevelopment Authority have been working collaboratively to develop this project in collaboration with the local community and historic preservationists.

Project coordinators have enlisted the services of an Owner’s Project Manager from Braintree-based PMA Consultants in an effort to provide transparency and accountability to the taxpayers of Boston. The project is being developed with Shawmut Construction through the CM-At-Risk method of public project development, which involves the construction management firm early in the design process in order to deliver the job within a Guaranteed Maximum Price (GMP). This method will allow for a timely, quality, phased construction. Working in close collaboration with the community, the re-development of the Ferdinand site is a partnership between local and internationally respected design firms Sasaki and Mecanoo.


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