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For the second year CUBE 3 Studio participates in Canstruction Boston, a design and build competition to construct a structure made entirely out of canned food.
The competition theme this year was “Movies & Cinema”. After pursuing several different design ideas, the Canstruction design team at CUBE 3 decided to stick with an iconic representation of the movies. They created “A Reel Meal”, a movie theater complete with a movie screen and seats.
The title of the piece derived from the added challenge of utilizing a variety of different canned foods in the construction in order to provide a “complete meal”.
The team invested considerable man hours preparing for “Build Out Day”, including design meetings, building computer models and even getting together on weekends to build the plywood foundation.
“Build Out Day” was on October 12, 2013 at the Boston Society of Architects, Atlantic Wharf, Boston. CUBE 3 was one of 26 teams participating in the event this year. The CUBE 3 team took six hours to build the “A Reel Meal” structure and used 3,340 cans of food.
Watch a time-lapse video of the building of “The Reel Meal”:
After the structures are built and the winners declared, the creations go on view to the general public as giant art exhibits. The exhibition is open to the public at the BSA through November 1, 2013.
At the close of the competition, all of the food used in the structures is donated to the Merrimack Valley food bank, based out of Lowell, Massachusetts for distribution to community emergency feeding programs.
CUBE 3 Studio Canstruction Team:
From top left:
- Jason Skidgell
- Jacob Mercer
- Jonathan Lashley
- Justin Pelland
- Ben Scott, Team Captain
- Anthony DiFelice
- Michele Quinn
- Euginie Kwan
- John Harding
- Kelly Bushey (taking photo)
Proceeds will benefit Merrimack Valley Food Bank
October 20, 2013
By Yadira Betances
EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA
LAWRENCE — Using 3,340 canned foods, 12 employees at Cube 3 Studio designed “A Reel Meal.”
The play on words was part of Canstruction, a design and building competition by architects, engineers, and designers who made sculptures completely out of canned goods to benefit the Merrimack Valley Food Bank.
This year’s theme is “Cinema and Movies” with all artwork focusing on images and characters from the silver screen, said Maria Salvatierra, the firm’s marketing manager.
Led by captain Ben Scott, Cube 3 Studio created a theater complete with a movie screen and seats by coordinating the fire roasted tomatoes in the curtains and the tomato sauce in the chairs. The cans were stacked together with plywood. The team even made a time lapse video of themselves at work, which is shown on the theater screen. The 1-1/2 minute video even has credits at the end.
Scott said they had other ideas including; an Oscar Award, a scene from the Emerald City from the Wizard of Oz movie, a movie reel and a bucket of pop corn and a soft drink cup. In the end, the movie theater idea won.
“We wanted to stick with an iconic representation of the movies,” Scott said.
Scott said Cube 3 Studios came up with the idea in August. They first created a three-dimensional computer model of the movie theater and added the different color labels to see how the finished sculpture would look like. They completed the sculpture in six hours.
“It wasn’t hard to build because we used the computer model and it went up smoothly. It was more fun than anything else,” Scott said.
In previous years, Cube 3 Studio made financial contributions to Canstruction. This is the second year they participated in the actual event.
“We like to get involved in our local community and help the people that do business with us and we serve as well,” Scott said.
This is the 18th year Boston Society of Architects has held the competition All the canned goods are supplied by the teams and coordinated through Stop & Shop.
In turn, the Food Bank will distribute the canned goods to local agencies including Lazarus House, Neighbors in Needs in Lawrence; Pregnancy Care Center, Salvation Army, Veterans Northeast Outreach Center, all of Haverhill; Changing Lives Christian Church and Fidelity House in Methuen as well as other food programs in Newburyport, Amesbury, Salisbury, and the New Hampshire towns of Salem, and Windham.
Amy Pessia, executive director of the Merrimack Valley Food Bank could not be happier.
“This is literally a dream come true,” Pessia said, adding, when she started working at the food bank in 2002, she had seen the sculptures online or in photographs only.
“I dreamed of being able to receive that many cans of food and I admired the talent that went into creating those sculptures,” Pessia said.
Then, in 2011, the Boston Society of Architects were looking for a new food bank to partner with after donating the canned goods to the Boston organization.
“We were elated and incredibly blessed to partner with them,” Pessia said.
She said Merrimack Valley Food Bank distributes 60,000 monthly through food pantries and soup kitchens throughout Greater Lawrence, the North Shore and Southern New Hampshire.
Once the sculptures are dismantled on Nov. 1, the Merrimack Valley Food Bank located in Lowell will receive more than 80,000 canned goods, Pessia said.
“The donation represents the largest we’ll receive this year and because of the variety of food, we’ll be able to reserve some for those time of year when we really need it,” Pessia said. She pointed to January through March and during the summer months when students are not in school getting breakfast and lunch and families struggle to put food on the table.
Previous donations from Constructions were more than 50,000 cans in 2011 and 58,000 cans in 2012.
Local food pantries are also grateful about the donations.
“Wow this is mind boggling,” said Betsy Tombarelli, who distributes food to 30 or 40 families through the pantry at West Congregational Church in Haverhill. “Anything that benefits the food bank to feed needy families is always welcomed, especially with the economy the way it is,” she said.
“To think of all the pantries that serve so many people every week this is a big help. (Feeding the hungry) is not something we could ignore. We’re very blessed to have people and businesses donate to us. We’re lucky and blessed to have that support,” Tombarelli said.
“I love it. I think it’s wonderful and I wish companies would do it knowing that the food is staying local, “ said Linda Zimmerman, executive director of Neighbors in Need which has pantries in Lawrence and Methuen.
“The need for food is so bad and the demand is incredibly high,” Zimmerman said.
She has seen 25 percent increase of new families coming for food since last year.
In September, she distributed 2,500 bags of groceries. In addition to the regular clients, she said IRS workers on furlough due to the government shutdown and people who have never been to a food pantry before needed supplemental food.
“There hasn’t been a recovery for the poor, which impacts the people at the bottom,” she said.
Food pantry coordinators including Ken Campbell said September and October are always difficult for them to restock their shelves after the summer lull when they don’t get many donations due to vacations. It is also hard to catch up for the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
“Last week we went over 1,000 families for the first time,” said Campbell, coordinator for Lazarus House, Inc.
“One of the things we’re definitely seen is people whose unemployment extensions have run out and they don’t have anything,” Campbell said.
”Any time someone’s hours are cut, their benefits reduced and your right on the edge as far as not having enough money, people become desperate, stressed and concerned, so they find it necessary to come to a food pantry,” Campbell said.
Canstruction designs on display
- What: Canstruction Boston 2013
- When: through Nov. 1, 5 p.m
- Where: Boston Society of Architects, Atlantic Wharf, Boston
- Cost: Free
Number of canned items used for “A Reel Meal” Stop & Shop whole kennel, Sweet corn, 250 cans; Stop & Shop black beans, 250 cans; Stop & Shop black eyed peas, 250 cans; Stop & Shop whole white potatoes, 320 cans; Stop & Shop tuna, 60 cans; Goya chick peas, 200 cans;Goya red kidney beans, 180 cans; Hunts fire roasted tomatoes, 310 cans; and Red pack tomato sauce, 1,520 cans.
Food items needed at local pantries Rice, soups, stew, canned fruit, peanut butter, jelly, oatmeal, cream of wheat, cream of rice, Ramadan noodles, fruit juices, cake and muffin mixes, canned spaghetti, cookies, Enfamil baby formula, baby food, cereal, paper towel, toilet paper, shampoo and conditioners, soap and laundry detergent.
October 12, 2013
CUBE 3 Studio building “The Reel Meal” structure entirely out of food cans at the Canstruction Boston design/build competition.
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August 5, 2013
Courtesy of High-Profile Monthly
WINCHESTER, VA – The Apple Blossom Mall in Winchester is being renovated to make it a family friendly destination to shop, relax and dine.
The 65,000 SF renovation, the first in 30 years, already includes three new entrances, interior and exterior signage, all new ceilings, floors, and lighting, with new soft seating, and food court furniture. The material palette was chosen to provide a bright and vibrant interior/exterior with the use of timeless colors and shades to help ensure the images of the mall last over the coming years.
The project also includes a renovated and expanded food court seating and dining area, expansion of restroom facilities, with updated men’s, women’s and family restrooms and a new indoor child play area.
The food court entrance will become the mall’s primary entrance, and the exterior hardscape has been expanded to include a new patio seating area and integrated design aesthetics with the new cinema. The new 12-screen cinema featuring a “Big D” auditorium was in opened in June 2013.
The mall had not been significantly renovated in over 30 years, and this presented many challenges. The design and construction team uncovered many existing conditions that were not documented on any plans or existing project information. The entire team worked as a unit to assess and remedy each item to work within the design intent and minimize the impact on the overall cost of the project.
The mall had to remain operational during all stages of construction. The high majority of the work was completed during off/night hours, with the mall opening for the next business day. CUBE 3 Studio worked with the GC and provided night assistance, night site visits, and correspondence to allow for construction to continue and not be delayed.
Although this project did not pursue LEED accreditation, the design team carefully selected LED energy-efficient lighting, Green Guard certified furniture, and high recycled content tile and carpet as well as all other interior materials. The general contractor recycled 95% of the demolished construction waste as part of their standard protocol.
CUBE 3 Designs 6 Story Multifamily Project; Callahan Breaks Ground on Hines’ 200 Unit 36 River ComplexPosted by in Multi-Family Housing | Residential - (0 Comments)
July 24, 2013
Courtesy of the New England Real Estate Journal
Waltham, MA – Hines held a groundbreaking ceremony to celebrate the start of construction on 36 River, a new multifamily complex, 10 miles west of downtown Boston. The development represents Hines’ first for-rent residential project in the Boston area, and will be followed shortly by a second multifamily project in Cambridge.
General contractor Callahan, Inc. expects occupancy of the first units in November 2014, with final completion in April 2015.
Designed by CUBE 3 Studio, 36 River will include 200 urban-style residences in a four-story building above a two-level parking garage.
Dignitaries presiding at the ceremony were: Mass. Housing & Economic Development secretary Greg Bialecki, state representative Thomas Stanley; Waltham city councilor Gary Marchese; and Hines senior managing director David Perry.
“Creating new, well-planned housing is vital to our continued economic recovery and is a central goal in the Administration’s long-term plan to create economic opportunity for everyone,” said Bialecki. “This project at 36 River St. will not only create new housing opportunities for Waltham, but will also play a central role in growing the local economy, supporting area businesses and building upon the development of this community.”
“Hines is pleased to be able to respond to the significant demand for new, high-quality rental housing that has recently emerged in the Boston metropolitan area, particularly in this excellent location in the city of Waltham, surrounded by major employment centers,” said Perry, who is in charge of the firm’s Boston office. “We are committed to delivering a superior product at 36 River, and we are excited about its unique location adjacent to the Charles River Reservation.”
Jim Dunlop, Hines managing director and leader of the firm’s East Region multifamily platform, said, “36 River is an important project for us as it represents our entry into the Boston residential market in one of the best infill locations in the area, Waltham. Our residents will be able to walk to many great neighborhood shops, grocery stores and restaurants, while several other dining, shopping and entertainment options are only a short distance away and are easily accessible by car or public transportation. We look forward to growing our multifamily presence in the Boston area.”
The complex will feature a best-in-class amenity package including a resort-style swimming pool, a state-of-the-art fitness center, an Internet café and a sports lounge. The building’s exterior materials feature brick along the urban street sides with projecting bays along both River and Farwell streets, while the Charles River elevations and courtyards are primarily clad in cement panels with large windows that take full advantage of the river views.
Units will feature high-end finishes including stone counter-tops, stainless steel appliances, high-quality cabinets and lighting and an open kitchen/living design with all-wood floors. Courtyard-facing units will have large exterior balconies that overlook the Charles River.
36 River is located between the three most highly concentrated employment centers in metropolitan Boston, Rte.128, Cambridge and downtown Boston. The location benefits from nearby MBTA bus and commuter rail stations and its adjacency to the Charles River and the Charles River Reservation. The Charles River Reservation is a 20-mile-long linear park which will provide 36 River tenants with a variety of recreational opportunities, and a pleasant walk to downtown Waltham’s shops and restaurants, or a bike ride into Cambridge or Boston.
In January 2011, Hines formed its multifamily division, with a focus to expand the firm’s multifamily development activity throughout the U.S. by working with Hines’ domestic regions on for-rent residential programs. Currently, the multifamily division has more than 5,000 units in projects in various stages of development. In addition to the Boston area, the company has other multifamily projects that are located in several U.S. cities including: Chicago; Denver; Houston; Miami; Minneapolis; Pasadena, CA; Phoenix; Rockville, MD; and St. Petersburg, FL.
Hines is a privately owned real estate firm involved in real estate investment, development and property management worldwide. The firm’s historical and current portfolio of projects that are underway, completed, acquired and managed for third parties includes 1,273 properties representing more than 514 million s/f of office, residential, mixed-use, industrial, hotel, medical and sports facilities, as well as large, master-planned communities and land developments. Currently, Hines manages 406 properties totaling 148.5 million s/f, which includes 78.3 million s/f for third parties. With offices in 113 cities in 18 countries, and controlled assets valued at approximately $24.3 billion, Hines is one of the largest real estate organizations in the world. Hines is also a world leader in sustainable real estate strategies, with extensive experience in LEED, ENERGY STAR, BREEAM, Haute Qualité Environnementale and DGNB green building rating systems.
July 23, 2013
By Jarret Bencks
MEDFORD, MA – A 163-unit luxury apartment complex officially broke ground Tuesday and is expected to be completed some time next year, officials said.
State and city officials joined Criterion Development Partners Tuesday at 4080 Mystic Valley Parkway, the 2.1-acre plot formerly a car dealership that is the future home to the four-story housing complex.
“A lot of us who grew up in this neighborhood remember the way it used to be, before the EPA,” Mayor Michael McGlynn said Tuesday. “We thought at one time, there would be no opportunities for development here.”
Jack Englert, Vice President of Criterion, said the project is expected to be completed in 16 months, and will feature mostly 1- and 2-bedroom units, along with an outdoor swimming pool, courtyard and community space. A total of 10 percent of the units will be dedicated to affordable housing, he said.
Criterion is no stranger to building high-end apartments in Medford. In 2008, it constructed a 222-unit apartment complex at Rivers Edge on Commercial Street.
The new project was first presented to the city in May 2012, and required variances because of it’s size. Medford Economic Development Director Lauren DiLorenzo said city zoning laws didn’t accomodate such a development, but the developers worked with the city to improve access to nearby recreation and shopping areas, and reduced the bulky appearance of the exterior as part of negotiating for the variances.
“It’s one of those areas that a development like this works,” she said.
The city is also cashing in on one-time construction fees. It will receive $341,000 in building permit fees, and $541,000 in linkage fees, McGlynn said.
“That’s money that’s being put back into the community to strengthen it even more,” he said.
Housing and Economic Development Secretary Greg Bialecki appeared at the groundbreaking as part of a summer long-program to tour communities north of Boston to view current development and prospective development areas.
“We see this as a remarkable place of opportunity,” he said.
June 27, 2013
By Hayley Mason
WINCHESTER, VA - The wait is finally over for movie-goers in Winchester. The Apple Blossom Mall is now ready to welcome guests to the new Apple Blossom 12 Carmike Cinemas.
“We walked in and the lighting and everything is just beautiful,” says Michelle Madagan. “Even the outdoor space that they have is just very cool. It looks like they’ve got a lot of high-tech things going on,” she adds.
The 12 screen theatre has been a year in the making. It’s the final addition in the mall renovation project. The star attraction is the new Big-D auditorium, the newest of only 18 others in the entire country.
“There are nearly 500 seats in the auditorium, one of the largest in the area,” says Terrell Mayton, Marketing Director for Carmike Cinemas, of the Big-D. “The seats are plush, high-back, rocking leather seats; very, very comfortable just like a screening room in a motion picture studio. Our screens are three-and-a-half stories tall by about 80 feet wide. It has a proprietary coating that makes it ultra bright.”
The Big-D theatre will show a different movie every week alongside a number of new movie releases that will be shown on the other screens throughout the summer.
One of the perks of the new Apple Blossom 12 Cinemas is that there is no outdoor box office. Guests are ushered in through the front door to the concession stand where they can get a snack and movie ticket together.
“We’ve known for our guest experience, to make sure that all of our guests that come to see a movie at Carmike Theatre feel warm and welcome and they they’re served very quickly,” Mayton says. “That’s why we don’t have a box office. We don’t like to see people waiting in lines. We want them to move through very quickly.”
The Apple Blossom 12 opens Thursday night at 7 p.m. with a charity gala. Tickets are just $2, so are small drinks and popcorn. Proceeds from the opening will go to the United Way of the Northern Shenandoah Valley.
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March 1, 2013
By Greg Turner, Deputy Business Editor
Hub real estate firm Saracen Properties has sold off a luxury apartment project in Waltham in a $13.5 million deal.
Saracen unloaded the four-acre parcel at 36 River St. — where a 200-unit complex is permitted and ready to go — to Texas-based real estate firm Hines.
The planned “Acadia on the Charles” would overlook the Charles River near the Watertown line and offer access to walking and biking trails.
“Acadia will be a very successful project for Hines,” said Saracen president Ted Saraceno. “This is a vibrant neighborhood experiencing strong growth in commercial, residential and retail businesses.”
The complex will have outdoor courtyards with a pool and deck; a clubhouse with chef’s kitchen, dining room, library, game room and 20-seat theater; and a health facility, computer lounge and coffee bar.
Before selling to Hines, Saracen had been working on the project with Gate Residential, a Boston firm that developed Maxwells Green in Somerville.