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Shawmut Completes Major Renovation to 33 Arch Street in Downtown Boston

BOSTON, MA — Shawmut Design and Construction, a national construction management firm, completed major renovations to 33 Arch Street, a Class-A office tower in Downtown Boston. CBRE, the building’s managing agent, commissioned the renovations, which comprised of an 8,000-square-foot interior and exterior overhaul.

Shawmut, in partnership with CBRE Project Management, which oversaw overall project execution, and Stantec, which led architecture, interior design and furniture specifications, completed the renovation that includes a renewed lobby, new finishes, architectural upgrades, lighting components and restored entrances and driveway along Hawley Street.

“As one of Boston’s premier office towers, we were excited to bring a vibrant redesign and vision to life at 33 Arch Street,” said Kevin Sullivan, Executive Vice President at Shawmut. “The project team was able to deliver a space that both complements the existing neighborhood and brings an enhanced, modern experience to the building, all while completing the renovation in six short months.”

The reimagined lobby features a new reception desk of Zebrino stone sourced from Italy, custom-fabricated metal screens and Tabu wood wall panels. Added lighting design components include custom wrap over lights within the drive court that continue into the lobby, interior up-lighting and perimeter grazing along the wood panels.

The team integrated additional architectural elements within the space that are defined by a series of programmed and scaled paths and places. These spaces are accented by bold colors and materials inspired by nature, including mixed metals, glass, stone and warm woods. The design of the lobby further embraces a feeling of the outdoors through custom planters and wood canopies.

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“The updated design for 33 Arch Street centers around maximizing light, texture and elements of nature to create a warm and inviting space for tenants and visitors alike,” said Steve Basque, Senior Principal at Stantec. “By incorporating refined materials, custom pieces and enhanced lighting, this previously dark and undefined space has been transformed into a multi-sensory experience.”

By strategically phasing the project, the team completed the renovation while avoiding any inconveniences to tenants or guests, ensuring the lobby remained fully operational during construction. Today, the reimagined lobby complements the overall design of the 33-story granite and glass structure.

Shawmut’s work on 33 Arch Street represents the latest in the firm’s portfolio of corporate and commercial work, including ongoing projects at the Cambridge Crossing and Boynton Yards developments in Greater Boston and the Abbot Buildings in Harvard Square.

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