The Graphic

The Graphic is a unique project in Charlestown’s busy Sullivan Square. It consists of two buildings: the first is an adaptive reuse of the old Graphic Arts warehouse into 46 units of housing. The second is the construction of a modular residential building, which is currently the largest modular building in Boston.

The Graphic is a great story of a safer, cleaner, quieter, faster, more sustainable way to build. With a forward-thinking developer…

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The Virtual Design + Construction Department, known to most as the efficient and technology-savvy group of the company, is always looking critically at ourselves to better optimize and expand our workflows internally. We do this because we know that there is always room for improvement.

As a part of our department goal this year, we meet for one hour on a bi-weekly basis to evaluate one of our processes. The topics range from MEP…

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Construction at the midrise building is moving along well. Rough MEPs are wrapping up in the South tower, and insulation with firestopping and ISD inspections is to follow. Sheetrock is up on the 5th floor and gypcrete is scheduled for this week on that floor. Finishes will follow immediately behind, and the entire operation will move its way down through the South tower in May. In the North tower the rough plumbing and fire sprinkler…

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What you studied in school might not be what you practice at work. This is common not only in construction, but in many other fields across the board. This has lead to sort of a culture shock for many recent graduates, no matter how much they are warned. My advice – being of this demographic – would be not to shun it, but to embrace it.

Having studied civil engineering, a common feeder into…

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People often say there is not enough time to get everything done. Could your workday be more productive if you had been multitasking? Would the quality of the work be significantly decreased? Only 2% of the population can multitask, which is defined as the ability to perform two or more tasks simultaneously (Gupta, 2016). The rest of us are shifting focus exceedingly fast, as fast as a tenth of a second (Gupta, 2016). “For the…

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