Nov 02, 2019
Akamai Moves into New Headquarters at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square
On November 1, Akamai Technologies held a ribbon-cutting celebration marking the grand opening of their new global headquarters at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square. The new headquarters consolidates six of the internet technology company’s local offices, allowing 2,000 employees in the area to work together under one roof. The new lobby and office space designed by Sasaki is housed within a base building by architect Pickard Chilton and architect of record Stantec. Responding to Akamai’s most pressing need to unite teams across a new 480,000 square foot office, Sasaki’s design prioritizes connection within the company, articulated best by the project’s vision statement: “To connect the world, we must first connect to each other.”
The colorful "Akamile" is a mile-long walking path created by Sasaki, the interior architect behind the office design. The connective pathway links all 19 floors of the new Akamai office, creating a band of social and collaborative space that connects teams across the 480,000 SF. The gradient runs between Akamai's brand colors of blue and orange, doubling as a fully integrated branding and wayfinding feature that sets this office apart as a beacon within Kendall Square.
Inspiring productive collaboration across the building’s 19-floor interior posed a challenge, but the Sasaki design team saw opportunity for innovative design. Diverse destinations—including specialty coffee bar, ping pong arena, and an inviting gaming lair, among others—encourage movement across the entire building, and a walkable physical path between the top and bottom floors of the building guides employees through common spaces on each floor. The path, which spans approximately one mile, is cleverly dubbed the “Akamile.”
Diverse destinations along a single walking path get people to move between all 19 floors, ensuring the Akamai workforce is staying connected to one another and given the mix of social, focused, and collaborative spaces they need to do their best work.
Photos: Sasaki, Interior Architect. ©Anton Grassl
Oct 22, 2019
Window and Facade Install Ongoing for Phase III at The Hub on Causeway
Window and Facade install continues for Phase III at the Hub on Causeway. The third and final phase of the project will consist of a 21-story 651,500 square foot office tower above the the podium building (Phase I) of the project. Upon completion, Verizon will occupy 440,000 square feet of the tower.
Photo: Bowline Construction
Oct 10, 2019
Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway Taking Shape: Move-Ins Begin at Hub50House
With a flurry of activity below at the podium level, facade install has started on the third and final phase of The Hub on Causeway, the 21-story office tower. At The Hub, the Star Market is now open, construction is nearly complete for Big Night Live with first acts announced, and the 25,000 square foot Banner Kitchen and Tap is also expected to open this month. The office tower above will contain around 650,000 square feet of space, 440,00 of which has already been leased to Verizon. Across the site, Hub50House, the 440 unit residential tower has also welcomed its first group of residents.
Sep 23, 2019
Glass Façade Nearing Completion for Hub50House
Exterior glass install is nearing completion for the residential tower of the Hub on Causeway -- Hub50House.
Ideally located on top of the North Station MBTA stop with access to multiple train lines including the commuter rail, the Hub on Causeway will feature retail, restaurant and office space. The Hub 50 House will be home to 400 luxury apartments with Metro, Studio, 1 bedroom, 2 bedroom, and 3 bedroom Penthouse options. Move-ins are expected to begin in October of 2019.
Photos: Tom McCafferty
Sep 19, 2019
CO Issued for Start Market at The Hub on Causeway: Opening Set for Tomorrow 9/20
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for the Star Market at The Hub on Causeway. The permit also includes change of use to include a pharmacy and Starbucks within the project. What will be the city's largest supermarket at 60,000 square feet is set to host it's grand opening on September 20th.
Elsewhere on the project, the start of the lineup was also announced this week for the upcoming Hub Hall. Set to open this winter, the food hall will include Vendors include local favorites Mike's Pastries, Monica’s Mercato, and Sullivan’s Castle Island. Pre-leasing is also ongoing for Hub50 House, the 440 unit residential tower, with residents being offered a very unique perk, exclusive Converse sneakers designed for residents.
Sep 11, 2019
Waltham Woods Trades for $106 Million
Boston Properties has acquired Waltham Woods, located at 880-890 Winter Street in Waltham, MA for $106 million.
Waltham Woods Corporate Center consists of two, Class A multi-tenanted office buildings located at 880 and 890 Winter Street in Waltham, MA. Recognized as the premier first class office park in suburban Boston, these 3-story office buildings featuring 391,654 rentable square feet of premier office space.
Aug 13, 2019
CitizenM Open At The Hub on Causeway
The CitizenM hotel at The Hub on Causeway is now open. The European inspired hotel features 272 rooms along with ample common space including an outdoor roof deck with outstanding views. While the rooms at CitizenM may be small they come equipped with smart features including MoodPad-operated lighting and high-quality finishes like XL king beds and rain showers. Rooms rates are currently listed at $279 per night.
Photos courtesy Boston Properties
Next up for The Hub on Causeway, the expected opening of the Star Market and ArcLight theater this fall followed by the first occupancy of the residential tower, Hub50 House. Hub50 House, now leasing, will offer 440 luxury units with an array of amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck.
Aug 06, 2019
Final Stages of Construction Wrapping up for Akamai Headquarters
Interior finishing and final stages of construction are wrapping up for what will be Akamai's new headquarters at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square. The new 450,000+ office tower is expected to be complete later this year. The landmark building features a cantilevered design along with a mile-long staircase on the interior, "the Akamile" extending from the lobby up to the 19th floor.
Jul 26, 2019
Rapid7 Moves Into Posh New HQ at The Hub on Causeway
Rapid7 has officially moved into their new 147,000-square-foot office space at the Hub on Causeway. The new headquarters The firm has more than doubled its global headcount since 2014 and has nearly 500 of the 1,000 employees working locally. The new office space is modern, open, and hopes to create an exceptional work experience for employees.
Images courtesy of Boston Properties
Jun 23, 2019
Steel Framing Rapidly Rising for Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway
Steel framing is rapidly progressing for the final phase of the Hub on Causeway, the 650,000 square feet office tower. Verizon has already committed to a lease of 440,000 square foot within the building. Elsewhere in the project interior work is ongoing for the residential tower, citizenM hotel, and the office and commercial spaces in the podium.
The citizenM hotel is expected to open in mid-September and fit-outs are also ongoing for the Star Market, what will be Boston's largest supermarket, along with the ArcLight theater with both expected to open this fall as well.
Leasing is also underway for the residential units, 440 in total, which feature Italian cabinetry with under cabinet lighting, Silestone countertops, and in-unit laundry. Residents at Hub 50 House will have access to an array of luxury amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck. First residents are set to move in this fall, making for what are sure to be a busy couple of months for one of Boston's largest project.
Jun 05, 2019
Pickard Chilton Tapped by Boston Properties to Design 325 Main, Google’s New Cambridge HQ
Pickard Chilton, an award-winning architecture studio best known for its innovative and cutting-edge design of corporate headquarters and campuses, has been selected by developer Boston Properties (NYSE: BXP) to design a 16-story, 417,000 square foot office tower at 325 Main Street in Cambridge, Mass.
Pickard Chilton’s latest project will serve as Google’s new Cambridge headquarters in the heart of Kendall Square. The technology giant has been retained as a major tenant at the property, signing a 15-year lease for 362,000 square feet as additional office space for its growing Cambridge office.
Boston Properties’ new development at 325 Main is replacing an existing four-story commercial office and retail building at the site, formerly known as 3 Cambridge Center. The new building comprises approximately 375,000 square feet of new office space and 42,000 square feet of retail at the lower levels. Construction of 325 Main is expected to begin later this year with completion expected in 2022.
“We are thrilled to continue our collaboration with Boston Properties with this exciting new project in Cambridge, and design a dynamic, next-generation work environment where future tenants, such as Google, can grow their businesses,” said Pickard Chilton Principal Anthony Markese FAIA. “With its activated ground and second floor retail along Main Street and Kendall Plaza, 325 Main will greatly enhance the public realm in Kendall Square. The addition of several new pedestrian connections and a multi-level public terrace will further open the space between adjacent buildings and public areas.”
With many high-performance design elements, 325 Main is targeting LEED-NC Gold certification. The building’s shape is conceived as a parallelogram, opening the space between the adjacent buildings and public areas. Articulating its massing, a series of inset “apertures” provide interest and balance, while creating outdoor terraces. Connecting 325 Main and the 355 Main Street building where Google currently has office space, a sloped “gasket” element creates a visual distinction between them while preserving the latter’s architectural integrity. Upper floors along Main Street have been pulled away from 355 Main Street to distinguish the visual separation. A glass façade, comprising spandrel, frit and vision glass and metal panels, will articulate the building.
325 Main is Pickard Chilton’s second project with Boston Properties in the Kendall Square neighborhood; the New Haven, Conn.-based architecture firm designed 145 Broadway, a 19-story, 454,000-square-foot office building for Akamai opening in late 2019.
May 21, 2019
Membership Leasing Begins for Hub50House at The Hub on Causeway
Membership leasing for Hub50House, the 440-unit, 38-story residential tower at The Hub on Causeway has now launched. Potential residents can tour the model homes and reserve units for fall occupancy in one of the city’s hottest neighborhoods by visiting the well-outfitted leasing center at 100 Causeway Street. Hub50House is a vibrant luxury rental property located at 50 Causeway Street adjacent to TD Garden and North Station, featuring unique amenities, Boston’s most connected location and exclusive access throughout The Hub on Causeway as part of the property’s HubClub, an insider’s access club.
Fully integrated into the 1.5-million square foot The Hub on Causeway and located atop the site of the original Boston Garden, Hub50House is the most accessible, transit-oriented location in the city with direct access to 65% of the MBTA’s stations via subway, commuter rail, and shuttle buses. The neighborhood also offers easy walkability to the Financial District, Beacon Hill, the North End, Charlestown, and Government Center. Plentiful on-site parking also includes bike storage and repair.
Hub50House offers expansive indoor and outdoor community spaces for residents, their pets and their guests – the most shared amenity space in the city, including three amenity floors and three outdoor lounges providing:
Rooftop sky pool adjacent to two reservable lounge rooms, one with private catering kitchen, one with demonstration kitchen
Woof Deck with adjacent pet spa and lounge, oversize laundry, and additional storage lockers
Outdoor skyline deck for grilling and lawn games, with a fire pit and a communal outdoor kitchen including four open grills, fridges, sinks and ice maker, and two reservable private grill pods with their own fridges, sinks, and outdoor televisions
Business center including reservable conference room, coffee bar, three party rooms (one with demonstration kitchen), quiet room, game room with pool and poker tables, media room, fitness center with yoga and spin studio
Residents at Hub50House will experience a highly convenient, cutting-edge and full-service lifestyle. Offerings include Tide dry cleaning lockers for easy drop-off/pick up, dog walking services, package delivery with smartphone notification and an on-site transit screen with real-time information. Destination dispatch elevators provide modern convenience alongside a 24/7 concierge paired with a highly secure building entrance equipped with three security touch points at every entrance.
Hub50House members will receive exclusive access and perks at The Hub on Causeway through the property’s HubClub. This includes membership to ‘Rafters’, a whole new level of entertainment in TD Garden’s Boston Garden Society opening for the 2019/20 season. HubClub also offers additional VIP experiences at Big Night Live and ArcLight Cinema.
“Hub50House combines the most connected location in Boston with the most unique amenities to create a living experience unmatched in the city of Boston,” stated Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President for Boston Properties. “Through the combination of our distinctive spaces and HubClub access, residents at Hub50House will be able to make the most of each and every day.”
“Not only is The Hub on Causeway bridging together the residents of the North and West End but with Hub50House, it will now be the new home to hundreds of Boston residents,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings. “Those that reside in Hub50House will soon be a short elevator ride away from the best entertainment district in the City of Boston.”
Each Hub50House residence features at least 9’ ceilings with floor to ceiling windows in all units that showcase unparalleled water and city views. There are a variety of layouts from metro units to three-bedroom penthouses and two finish packages to select from, but all interior finishes include Navona Italian cabinetry, Silestone countertops and a GE or Bosch appliance suite. Storage has been prioritized with Elfa closet systems and oversized vanities, shelving and cabinets. All units have washer/dryers and Nest thermostats.
Leasing and marketing for the property is handled exclusively by The Collaborative Companies. For more information or to make an appointment for a hard hat tour of the property, visit www.hub50house.com.