Avenir Boston

89-119 Canal Street, Boston, MA, 02114

A true logistics challenge

These Boston luxury apartments are a cornerstone in the rebirth of the historic Bulfinch Triangle. This 3,112-ton structural steel project was erected in constrained job site conditions. Because the building design made maximum use of the available  real estate, there was practically no storage area, thus creating a logistics nightmare.

As structural steel members arrived at the site, they had to be hoisted up immediately to wherever they were needed. Boxed-in by four streets and needing to comply with municipal regulations, the job site  had very little room for transport vehicles to manoeuvre.

Time Engineering – Juggling with logistics

Canatal’s Time Engineering team and the erector had to juggle logistics and erection sequencing in order to succeed despite the prevailing constrained conditions.

Two overhead cranes were needed to feed the erection teams according to the agreed upon erection sequences.


Our logistics team designed and time managed aJust-In-Time delivery schedule to continually supply the two cranes and avoid  undue delays. There was no room for errors. We were able to maintain the sequence and the entire operation went rather smoothly.

Our Time Engineering team, thanks to its impressive in-house detailing capabilities, was able to accommodate and integrate several last-minute and numerous modifications which allowed Canatal to still deliver the structural steel project as scheduled.  Again, we accommodated evolving requirements and delivered on our commitment.



Steel tonnage: 3,643 tons

Owner : Archstone Smith, Architects : Icon Architecture, Structural Engineer : Weidlinger Associates, Inc, General Contractor : Dimeo Construction Co.

Our ultimate goal is to offer clients No-Risk structural steel projects

Project Challenges

  • Last-minute and numerous modifications
  • Complications logistiques
  • Logistics intricacies
  • Just-in-time delivery
  • City job, limited job site access
  • Special products

No matter the challenge… we deliver!