Originally constructed in 1940, Old Colony is one of the oldest federal public housing developments in the country, and until recently, was one of the most distressed properties in the Boston Housing Authority’s (BHA’s) portfolio. Petersen Engineering partnered with Beacon Communities and The Architectural Team to redevelop 781 units in five phases, over a 10-year period. To date, the design has been completed for the first three phases, which will result in a total of 572 new apartment units to replace the former, blighted structures.
This project reflects the evolution of leading-edge building standards over the past decade. Early phases were constructed to meet various LEED standards. Phase 3 included one building that pursued Passive House certification. Petersen is currently designing MEP/FP systems and providing Passive House modeling and expertise for Phases 4 and 5, for a total of 209 additional units.