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48-bed Fire Rehab

22-24 Magazine Street


20,000 sf


Cambridge MA

Project type

Mixed-use & Housing


MIT Investment Management Co.

Completion Date

Fall 2019

Project Overview

DREAM Collaborative worked with MIT Investment Management Company (MITIMCo)  to provide design and construction administration services for the rehabilitation of 22-24 Magazine Street in Central Square, Cambridge. The 20,000 sf, 12-unit, four-story walk-up apartment building suffered significant fire damage in December 2017. The goal of the project was to bring the 22-24 Magazine Street building back online with enhanced, modernized units and improved common spaces.

The initial design challenges of this project were to explore options for reducing the bedroom count per unit to 3 bedrooms, adding washer/dryers in-unit, upgrading the HVAC system to central air, and reconfiguring the floor plans to better meet today’s demand for open living floor plans. DREAM also studied the feasibility of implementing energy-saving sustainability measures, including solar PVs, enhanced stormwater management, and improved building materials.

Key Features

  • MIT Student housing
  • Modernized apartment units
  • Improved common areas
  • Existing building renovation after fire damage