They are behind metal paneling that has some texture but pretty basic - envisioning same color as building paneling. Played with darker colors but thought lighter was better.I think that is a big improvement over the original design.
What are you planning for the architectural cap to cover mechanicals on the roof? That’s not clear in these renderings.
True - blocked a little by the parapet wall that breaks through.....Love the revised design and it looks like the mechanical portion has been decreased and now covers only the eastern portion of the structure. Should still reach 204' at the very top. Thanks for keeping us updated!
Love this insight, thanks for sharing. I like the asymmetry of the new design and black/dark colored muntins. The base feels more contemporary while simultaneously drawing to mind 19th century mill architecture of northern New England.We had a glass curtain wall in the corner just like this - it was the first thing to go after we picked up our jaws from the first round of pricing - sadly.
The midtown project from what I recollect had no TIF or city contribution (I believe it was all federal funding) so I’d guess it was the location as well. Good to see not too much pushback. My guess is that the pandemic also lessens the likelihood that protests will be held via zoom or whatever the city is using to hold remote meetings.I'm happy that there hasn't been any negative articles from the local press or complaints from the same contingent that opposed the Midtown project. Wonder if it's because the tower is planned for the center of downtown, not a cluster of high rise structures and no city tax breaks or grants being involved?
I think it’s great that you’re sharing on here. Personally I liked the other design, but this one isn’t bad either. In my experience it’s impossible to make everyone happy but this approach is likely to get as close as possible to that (utilizing brick). I wonder if the dimensions are the same. It looks a little more squat here but that could be because the other images were photorealistic and set in an actual city setting.Hi Folks. We have been pushing forward, including a positive Planning Board Workshop on Nov 10th. Our design has progressed based on feedback we received, including some thoughtful critiques on this forum. We have moved away from pre-cast concrete and are working with Red Brick with metal panels. The design goal has been to create a building that is modern but respects and acknowledges its location in the Old Port. Thus, the red brick. As you can imagine, there are also major budgetary constraints. We would love to build a contemporary glass & steel tower, but that is simply not in the cards. So we have a design that is modern with a fairly traditional materials palette. While the last design was symmetrical, this is a little more playful with the metal cap dipping down the facade. Also, one of you mentioned that the last design seemed too reminiscent of One Portland Square. We tend to agree. Not that we don't like that building, but it says 1990's and we want 200 Federal to be a building of the 2020's.
So hot of the presses - as in literally today at 5:00 and renderings aren't fully baked - you guys are the first look at our most recent design!
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Well now that min. wage is $150/hour you should be able to underwrite that cost with higher rents. I kid I kid I joke I joke.We had a glass curtain wall in the corner just like this - it was the first thing to go after we picked up our jaws from the first round of pricing - sadly.
As I said above I’ll take either design and while not criticizing the current design (from my armchair) I think there is something to be said for more imposing bases, as they tend to be the sections of buildings that are more interacted with by the public (like a traditional town / cityscape structure), but again this design isn’t bad at all. Just stating my personal preference from a design utopian perspective. Anything here will be an improvement (I think that’s what a lot of people at city hall and in the general public tend to forget).I really like these revised designs! The base especially feels less imposing than the earlier renderings, and as someone else said it's a bit reminiscent of a classic New England mill building. I'll add my voice to the chorus requesting some kind of lighting feature around the top.
Is the overhead door facing Federal Street for entry to parking or would it be for the retail space?