Award of Merit
OWNER/GENERAL CONTRACTOR: The Procopio Cos.
LEAD DESIGN FIRM: DMS Design
CIVIL ENGINEER: Meridian Associates
STRUCTURAL ENGINEER: JSN Associates
MEP ENGINEER: Vlachos Associates
SUBCONTRACTORS: JLY Construction (Framing and Finish Carpentry), Bisesti Electric (Electric and Fire Alarm); Turco Plumbing & Heating; ProBuilders Inc. (Exteriors)
This $18-million multifamily boutique project, completed at budget and on schedule, was named after the Inuit goddess of the sea. Situated where the Danvers River meets the Atlantic Ocean, the property combines the convenience of city dwelling with the added benefit of living on the water. The 62 apartments include one- and two-bedroom units situated so that every unit has a view of the ocean.
The team overcame multiple challenges developing the site, originally part of the Manhattan Project to produce the first atomic weapon.
The site produced uranium powder from ore and became the source of uranium used in the world’s first artificial nuclear reactor known as the Chicago Pile and early atomic bombs. The site was found to be radioactive in the 1980s.
The Dept. of Energy performed an $11-million cleanup in the mid-1990s before the Procopio Cos. acquired the site in an all-cash deal in 2019 and conducted an additional complicated cleanup of asbestos and heavy metals.
Throughout earthwork and ground improvement phases of construction, complex daily testing and radiation monitoring were required, and materials had to remain on the site due to the complicated environmental history of the location.
The team also constructed 1,200 ft of new seawall revetment and an elevated riverwalk that opens the waterfront to the public.