Cambridge Historical Commission, Preservation Award; Engineering News Record (ENR) New England, “Renovation/Restoration” Best Projects Award; Engineering News Record (ENR) New England, “Excellence in Sustainability,” Award of Merit; Associated Builders and Contractors of Massachusetts (ABC MA), Excellence in Construction Eagle Award
Davis Square Architects worked closely with Just A Start Corporation on the Squirrelwood development, the refinancing and renovating of Squirrel Brand Apartments (20 units) and Linwood Place (45 units), plus the addition of three new infill buildings (23 units), totaling 88 units in all.
Nine turn-of-the-century, wood frame, six-family buildings were refinished with continuous insulation to greatly improve their thermal performance, and interiors were upgraded with kitchens, baths, entries, and new systems. An historic candy factory, Squirrel Brand Company, was preserved and modernized. One of the three new infill buildings achieved the rigorous Passive House Standard certification.