St Brigid's Church, UMass Library looking northwest from Boltwood Place
Boltwood Place tweeted yesterday that the elevator was fully operational, so I couldn't resist hitching a ride to the top floor and then climbing a very secure, ladder-like metal stairway up onto the roof for a breathtaking view on this most gorgeous day of the year. Amherst could not have looked better.
First Congregational Church, center, Amherst Police Department on right, southeast viewThe all-steel frame building is mummified in insulation and heavily soundproofed, so late night downtown noise, or the fire station emergency sirens will not be a problem. The five story, mixed use building, expected to have full occupancy by September, will be LEED certified.
Amherst Fire Department on right, looking west
All 12 apartments have lots of glass for viewing pleasure. Exterior will be finished in red cedar
Boltwood Place sits on 3,500 square foot footprint, but upper floors are almost 4,000 square feet
Looking southwest Amherst town center
Like a brewery, Boltwood Place owners are proud enough of their intricate mechanicals to put them on ground floor display. Gas heated water boilers are 96% efficient. 650 square feet of commercial space also located on ground floor along with main entryway and storage area.