Ink Block Sepia Residential Complex

Designers of the Ink Block residential complex, on the site of the former Boston Herald newspaper building, wanted to create high-end residential units that would attract renters and buyers quickly to this popular part of town. One element of that design involved the addition of precast concrete balcony slabs that project out from residences to provide dramatic views.

The $200-million project—which was 60% sold before construction began—will create a residential building with 85,000 square feet of retail space and a 50,000-square-foot upscale grocery store. The building will house 315 apartments for rent and 160 condominiums. Amenities include 411 parking spaces, a rooftop pool, fitness center, outdoor-living space, and a concierge.

Precast concrete’s contribution to the project comprised 49 6-inch-thick solid balcony slabs, encompassing 2,800 square feet. The precast concrete components provide durability and low maintenance while offering rapid construction to help keep the project on schedule. The building is scheduled to open by fall 2015.

Project Details








Strescon Ltd., Burlington, MA


Elkus/Manfredi Architects, Boston, MA

Structural Engineer:

McNamara • Salvia, Inc., Boston, MA

Construction Manager:

Cranshaw Construction, Newton Lower Falls, MA



Structural Precast Elements:

• 49 – 6” deep solid balcony slabs (2,800 sf)
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