The Fremont-Williams project is quickly taking shape. Although real estate development is a marathon and not a sprint, the process is certainly beginning to accelerate. The Radiator building to the North is in design review, 50% schematic drawings are complete for the East Karuna building, the West Karuna building schematic work is in progress, and we are in the process of collecting preliminary construction pricing. All the while, we have been researching and evaluating an EcoDistrict concept that will capture waste heat from New Seasons and serve all of the buildings.
Once completed, there will be a 105,000sf, three building infill development designed around a 14,000-sf courtyard of inviting, versatile public space that both building tenants and neighborhood groups will use for work, play, connection, and communication. The intent is to provide a central social hub for the community.
urrently, we are at a pivotal time in the development process as conceptual design, loosely defined budgets, and general assumptions evolve into realities and measurable components of the pro forma. As a project that aims to reconcile the challenge of creating a building with an iconic design, devoted community space, and aggressive energy reduction measures with the sometimes competing goals of replicability and financial return, this development offers less margin for error when striking the appropriate balance in the pro forma. However, we embrace the challenge and are humbled and thrilled to be a part of this project.
The best place to find more information about the project is on the tumblr page, which is up and running: here.