MSH Architecture Associates was very instrumental in the development at 16-18 Eliot Street in Cambridge, a two-story commercial building situated in Harvard Square. Marc Hershman, founder of MSH, was the easy choice for me to design this project because of his previous projects nearby, including 8 Eliot Street. Working with Marc was both easy and efficient, and together we successfully obtained all the necessary approvals. In the course of the design process, when it became clear that we were going to house four restaurants in the building so that the electrical requirements would be high, MSH helped orchestrate the relocation below grade of overhead utilities, including electric, telephone, and cable. This required a coordinated effort including the city of Cambridge and the utility companies. MSH’s hard work in this endeavor proved crucial in greatly improving the streetscape, because after the utility poles and wiring were removed, brand new brick paving and street lamps were installed by the city.
Marc was extremely helpful in guiding the project from start to completion. His dedication and leadership were present in every step starting with the planning board presentations, through preparation of the construction documents, and finally oversight during construction. As a result, we built a very profitable building that worked well for the tenants.
In addition to the building at 16-18 Eliot Street, I have used MSH Architecture Associates on many other projects, including the remodeling and build-out of commercial tenant spaces in Cambridge and downtown Boston. MSH has always been able to satisfy the tenants and helped make the properties more valuable. The attention and care that we received from MSH has been invaluable, and I recommend MSH Architecture Associates wholeheartedly.