The Homes at Old Colony

South Boston, MA

As one of the oldest federal public housing developments in the country, the firm’s design of Phase One transformed Old Colony into a new sustainable development creating an entirely new community within the broader South Boston neighborhood. The original masterplanning for the redevelopment of Old Colony, by Chan Kreiger NBBJ, involved the demolition of seven dilapidated buildings, and the design and construction of numerous new buildings to create an entirely new affordable housing community. The breakdown of existing superblocks were replaced with new neighborhood scale blocks. The firm designed midrise and townhome buildings with diverse architecture and heights, responsive to the surrounding context and incorporated new pedestrian-friendly streets and open spaces to provide access and view corridors to the adjacent park and waterfront. Phase One provides 116 LEED Platinum Certified affordable units, and a 10,000 square foot LEED Gold Certified learning center. Phase Two provides an additional 169 units.

  • SERVICE

    Architecture

    Masterplanning

  • TYPE

    Multifamily

    New Construction

  • CLIENT
    Beacon Communities Development LLC and Boston Housing Authority
  • SIZE
    340,000 sf
  • STATUS
    Completed in 2011 | 2013
  • AWARDS

    Excellence in Design Award | Residential, New Construction
    Environmental Design & Construction Magazine

    Best Development | Affordable Housing
    Multi-Housing News Magazine

    John M. Clancy Award for Socially Responsible Housing
    Boston Society of Architects

    Readers’ Choice Award | Best Urban Development
    Affordable Housing Magazine