Blog : 233 Vaughan Street Project Reaches Milestone

By Magill | Aug 1, 2014 | in

The owners and project team for 233 Vaughan Street celebrated on Friday, July 18th with a “Topping Off the Steel” celebration. A group of over 40 project participants gathered to sign the beam and watch as it was placed at the very top of the building by a crane. A drone was on hand to capture the birds-eye view.

The building is being developed and built by Chinburg Properties and the mixed-use project will be a key cornerstone of the development of the Northern Tier. This area of the city has long been slated for economic development. The neighborhood will also feature the 3S ArtSpace, a proposed Whole Foods, and is within easy walking distance to all of downtown Portsmouth. 

The building features a breathtaking design by project architect Carla Goodknight of CJ Architects. 233 Vaughan Street will have the only rooftop terrace of its kind anywhere in the Seacoast region. The views of Portsmouth Harbor will provide a backdrop for the modern pool area, and each private residence will have its own deeded private rooftop garden, providing outdoor green space for homeowners.

Furthermore the building will incorporate numerous green features. Jen Chinburg, marketing director of Chinburg Properties, said the project’s many green building highlights include geothermal heating and cooling, high performance energy efficient construction and LEED for Core and Shell certification. The four-story, mixed-use building will also have deeded rooftop green space and private gardens for residents. The Geothermal Heating and cooling system will be designed by Petersen Engineering, Inc. of Portsmouth. By tapping stable ground temperatures the earth serves as a heat sink in the summer and a heat source in the winter allowing the building to be heated and cooled with energy efficient geothermal technology.Green Cocoon will contribute to the energy efficiency of the building by reducing the heating and cooling loads using a super insulated and air tight envelope. Candace Lord of Green Cocoon said her company is excited to be part of this unique project which combines breathtaking design and sustainability.

The project is redefining luxury standards in the City of Portsmouth with secure underground covered parking, a small dog park, and private elevator service to select units. The top level features 2 penthouses that are over 4,000 square feet each. In addition to luxury master suites there is plenty of room for two additional bedroom suites, an adding in a media room, fitness room, den, or library; however the homeowners envision using the space. There will be 9 residences on 3 floors, and a first floor commercial space off of a beautifully appointed lobby with enormous glass atrium. Smaller residences are available, starting at just under 1,500 square feet and priced in the high $800s.

Eric Chinburg, president of Chinburg Properties, believes the building will be unlike anything the city has ever seen. “It is simply the most remarkable design, located in an area of the city that is growing and has that beautiful, edgy feel to it,” he said. “It combines the ultimate in luxury and amenities within a geothermal, high-performance building.”

Chinburg Properties, Petersen Engineering and Green Cocoon are all Business Partners of the Green Alliance, a union of local sustainable businesses promoting environmentally sound business practices and a green co-op offering discounted green products and services to its members.


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