Boutique Hotel at 88 North Washington St | Bulfinch Triangle | West End

beck4537

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In a city starved for housing this would've been another great area to build more apartments or condos. Still can't believe developers are trying to build hotels given the current demand for hotel space in Boston is at an all time low.
 

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are mass timber buildings legal in ma?
Yes. The UMass Amherst Design Building was one of if not the first one 4 years ago.
Fire resistance has been substantially studied and these structures are as safe if not more so than typical stick built/steel frame ones. The dense wood has a very predictable char rate that helps insulate and slow down the burn.
 

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Thanks for posting HelloBostonHi. A couple questions for our resident architects (or anyone else who knows):
  • Why the two sets of stairs for just three suites per floor? Is that a code thing?
  • Will the contractor need to jump through hoops to comply with NFPA 241 and other codes for a mass timber building? I'm thinking things like a temporary sprinkler system, etc. that could eat into all your materials savings by going with timber.

Hydrobus, I googled and found this: Massachusetts’ state building code (780 CMR 9th edition) is based on the 2015 IBC, which allows mass timber buildings, including cross-laminated timber.
 

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Yes. The UMass Amherst Design Building was one of if not the first one 4 years ago.
Fire resistance has been substantially studied and these structures are as safe if not more so than typical stick built/steel frame ones. The dense wood has a very predictable char rate that helps insulate and slow down the burn.

 

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  • Why the two sets of stairs for just three suites per floor? Is that a code thing?
There might be some specific exceptions (I don't know every detail) but MA building code generally requires two means of egress for all floors of a multi-unit building. If you're in an apartment or hotel room where there's only one way down off your floor (or up from a basement unit, and elevators don't count), that's illegal!
 

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