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Nauset Completes Renovations to Nubar, Harvard Square Hotel and Restaurant

CAMBRIDGE, MA — Nauset Construction has completed renovations to Nubar, the restaurant and lounge set in the Sheraton Commander Hotel in the heart of Harvard Square. This neighborhood gathering space was redesigned to expand its private dining capabilities and modernize its look while retaining its revolutionary-era ambience. The renovation was completed in six weeks, all while crews worked in an occupied and operational hotel environment in a highly trafficked urban location in order to achieve the accelerated project schedule.

“The new design reflects the seamless melding of the timeless elegance of the Sheraton Commander with a modern look and feel, and it remains consistent with what our guests and neighbors treasure about Nubar,” said Michael Guleserian, General Manager of the Sheraton Commander Hotel.

The project work consisted of the selective demolition of the existing space, new floor underlayment and modifications to the MEP systems. Two semi-private dining rooms were re-purposed through the addition of wood-framed glass sliding/folding NanaWalls allowing the rooms to be converted into private dining spaces, and the former Internet lounge LINK was transformed into a 20-seat private dining area.

The bar area, with its honey onyx stone under lit bar is now complimented by a canopy of Edison bulb light chandeliers, new wall sconces and a mosaic porcelain tile fireplace surround. Muntins were added to the arched windows overlooking Garden Street and the courtyard dining area to emulate the historic feel of the hotel, while finishes and trim were installed to complete the transformation.

The Sheraton Commander Hotel was originally constructed in 1927, and Nubar was last renovated in 2011. Nauset collaborated with Hardaway|Sziabowski Architects on the project, and Maddie Gregory of CDI Design was responsible for the interior design work, which included all new artwork and furniture. The work was completed on time, despite a schedule that limited working hours to minimize disruptions to hotel guests.

Nauset has been working extensively in Cambridge in recent years, completing projects including 121 First Street, a 60,000-square-foot mixed-use, Class-A office building home to CarGurus, and Point 262 Condominiums, a 55-unit transit-oriented development. Nauset continues to have an on-going presence throughout Cambridge with new developments underway such as 907 Main, a 67-key boutique hotel featuring two new restaurants and a French bakery located in Central Square.

“Nauset Construction is carving out a niche as the go-to construction manager for mid-sized projects in the City of Cambridge,” said Nauset Construction President Anthony Papantonis. “Our ability to work in conjunction with the city, as well as our expertise in building safely and with respect for the existing neighborhoods in tight urban infill locations has served our clients well.”
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