The new nine-story, 165,600 sq. ft. building, 100 Forge by Boylston Properties, is the first purpose-built lab building in Watertown, MA. It is also the tallest at 130 feet, affording the life sciences tenants with one of the greatest views of the Boston skyline. Other features that please the companies and the employees that occupy this building are 14-foot floor-to-floor height, floor-to-ceiling glass with natural light and views, seven outdoor decks and patios, efficient first floor design for back of house lab infrastructure, a bicycle lobby, a storage area with lockers and showers, a private shuttle to Harvard Square, and a dedicated freight elevator with 5,000 lb. capacity.
Along the Charles River with a close proximity to Cambridge and Boston, the tenants of 100 Forge enjoy a nearby bountiful bevy of amenities that create a unique urban-suburban experience. Located in Arsenal Yards, there are dozens of eclectic restaurants, bars, curated shops, and fitness studios nearby, as well as a hotel, grocery store, movie theater, childcare services, apartments, and open outdoor spaces. It is truly a distinctive deluxe life sciences landmark workplace where scientists are inspired to connect, explore, and innovate.
Bomanite Process Produces Perfect Possibilities
Boylston Properties chose Ayers Saint Gross as the architectural designers and Erland Construction as the main contractor for this project. Erland contacted Bomanite licensee Premier Concrete Construction, LLC directly based on a good experience on a past project. Premier Concrete Construction began working right along with the design team and helped get them started on the color selection process. Premier supplied color samples as well as aggregate samples.
Premier Concrete Construction then cast small samples for initial approval and then proceeded with the mockup phase in separate elevator lobbies to showcase the intricate divide strip layouts. The 4,330 SF project was completed with a seamless install time in one mobilization, and Premier Concrete Construction was able to deliver the floor to the owner a little ahead of schedule. It’s a good example of how the Bomanite process and relationship works from start to finish on a project. The entire process from design to completion was approximately one year.
Bomanite Modena Means Successful Solution
Premier helped facilitate the design team’s choice of Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems and Bomanite Modena for the 100 Forge project. The design details chosen for this project were Dovetail, Iron Ore, and Caviar epoxy colors with natural and mirror aggregates. Bomanite Modena is an engineered interior cementitious topping, applied to cured concrete, that is blended with selected aggregates and then ground and polished to the desired gloss level and to expose the desired amounts of aggregates. With the industry’s lowest lifecycle costs, low to zero VOC and minimal maintenance requirements, Bomanite Modena is the optimal choice for renewed surfaces, or, as in this case, new construction.
The primary benefits to Bomanite Modena TG are the range of colors available, the variety and size of decorative aggregates, the excellent durability, and the ability to create a predictable and relatively uniform surface appearance, making it perfect for high traffic public access buildings such as airports, hospitals, government buildings, and schools. The various Bomanite Modena TG products are engineered to work with a range of aggregates such as granite, glass, mirror, marble, porcelain, etc. typically ranging from 1/8” through 5/8” in size. Unlike comparable terrazzo flooring, Bomanite Modena TG is designed specifically to be polished with a fine aggregate gradation like that of concrete. Bomanite Modena TG is integrally colored and may be seeded with additional aggregate.
Award Winning Decorative Concrete
For this project, Premier Concrete Construction received the 2022 Silver Award for Best Bomanite Custom Polishing Systems Project. Chosen specifically because of their previous project performance and craftsmanship, Premier Concrete Construction again exceeded expectations of their client by delivering early and creating unforgettable upscale flooring. The scientists who work at this beautiful building, and strive daily towards innovation, cannot help but be inspired by the augmented ambiance from the decorative concrete flooring installed.