Nov 29, 2017
22-story Proto apartment tower, opening Summer 2018 in Kendall Square, tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held today for Proto, a 22-story tower featuring approximately 280 apartment residences located in the heart of Kendall Square. The tower has now reached its’ full height, with structural concrete pouring and steel construction complete. Exterior finish panels and windows have been nearly fully installed along Proto’s facade, and interior fit out has begun. Leasing of apartments at Proto will commence January 2018, with the tower expected to open Summer 2018. Proto, located at 88 Ames Street steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), multiple leading biotechnology companies and major employers such as Facebook and Google, will contain apartments ranging from micro units to two-bedrooms, with 36 designated affordable. 16,000 square feet of retail will be located along the tower’s ground floor. The following is a photograph of Proto:
Nov 19, 2017
$1 billion development atop Back Bay Station wins key approval following shadow compromise
After reaching a compromise with Old South Church regarding shadows cast on the historic building, Boston Properties has received a key city approval for the 1.37-million-square-foot Back Bay/South End Gateway mixed-use development atop Back Bay Station, bringing the $1 billion project one step closer to reality. Boston Properties has agreed to pay $3 million towards a preservation fund for Old South Church, Trinity Church and other surrounding historic buildings, as well as $3 million into the City of Boston’s affordable housing fund. The church had originally sought a $19 million settlement from Boston Properties in light of concerns that shadows from the development would darken the church and exacerbate water damage.
The settlement between Boston Properties and Old South Church came on the eve of the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)’s vote to approve the project, which passed with unanimous approval. The Back Bay/South End Gateway project will now go before the City of Boston’s Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; following ZBA approval, Boston Properties will be able to proceed with construction of the project. The Back Bay/South End Gateway project will feature approximately 582,500 square feet of office space, approximately 61,800 square feet of retail space and approximately 600 residential units across three new towers and a one-level vertical expansion of Back Bay Station. The existing station will also be modernized as part of the project, and an additional 90 affordable housing units will be developed off site.
Nov 17, 2017
Rapid7 to anchor Hub on Causeway Phase I
Leading cybersecurity and IT operations analytics solution provider Rapid7 has announced it will relocate its global headquarters from 100 Summer Street in the Financial District to the first phase of the 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. Rapid7 will occupy 147,000 square feet at The Hub on Causeway, also relocating its’ Cambridge team at 1 Main Street. Rapid7 expects to move to The Hub on Causeway in the second half of 2019, following the first phase’s completion in late 2018. Rapid7 will be the first phase’s anchor tenant; a total of 175,000 square feet of creative office space will be built as part of the first phase, in addition to 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. Future phases of The Hub on Causeway call for a 38-story residential tower with approximately 440 units, a 10-story citizenM hotel tower with approximately 260 rooms and a 21-story office tower totaling approximately 525,000 square feet.
Rapid7 is the latest addition to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood’s growing technology presence. “We believe that The Hub will allow us to capitalize on the momentum we’ve built as a leading global technology company and expect to see increased productivity through the joining of our Boston-area offices,” said Corey Thomas, president and CEO of Rapid7, in a prepared statement. “We believe The Hub will offer us the room we need to grow and help spur a new innovation center in Boston amid the escalating costs of the Seaport and Cambridge. For us, the decision to move our headquarters is about creating a phenomenal work experience for our Boston-area employees while continuing to invest in the Boston community and the exceptional talent pool it develops.” Rapid7 employs over 1,000 people globally, with nearly 500 Boston-area employees.
Aug 29, 2017
Concrete superstructure of 88 Ames tower in Kendall Square over halfway poured, exterior finish installation underway
The 22-story concrete superstructure of 88 Ames Street, a mixed-use tower under construction in Kendall Square, is over halfway to its full height, with 12 full floors poured. The building’s elevator core has reached the 13th floor, and metal anchors are being placed along the 13th floor’s base in order to pour the base slab. 88 Ames Street will top off in the coming months, with completion expected next year. The building's first gray and white exterior finish panels have been installed up to the sixth floor.
88 Ames Street will feature 280 apartment residences and 16,000 square feet of retail located steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Kendall Square’s multiple centers of employment, restaurants and retail options. The following is an aerial photograph of 88 Ames Street, courtesy Boston Properties:
Aug 22, 2017
Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England ink lease for entertainment venue at The Hub on Causeway
Renowned entertainment venue proponents Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England have secured a lease of 31,680 square feet at the upcoming Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle, in which the proponents will open a new entertainment venue. Big Night and Live Nation’s new venue will be part of The Hub on Causeway’s first phase, which is on schedule for completion in late 2018, and will be located primarily on the development’s second floor, with a 1,324-square-foot lobby on the ground floor.
In a January 2016 interview with the Boston Herald, at which time the lease was still being negotiated, Live Nation President Don Law said the venue will be “a nightclub, restaurant, concert venue and bowling facility combination”. Law also revealed that “[Big Night founder] Ed [Kane] is going to run [the venue], and … [Live Nation will do] the music”. Per Law’s interview, the venue’s name “will include ‘rock’ and ‘bowl’”.
The Hub on Causeway’s first phase will feature 175,000 square feet of creative office space, 210,000 square feet of retail including Star Market and ArcLight Cinema, and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. WeWork has leased 38,000 square feet in The Hub of Causeway’s first phase for a new collaborative workspace. Subsequent phases of The Hub on Causeway will construct three new towers featuring residential, hotel and office space. The $950 million development will span a total of 1.87 million square feet.
Jul 31, 2017
Del Frisco's steakhouse coming to nearly fully leased 888 Boylston in Back Bay
Del Frisco’s Restaurant Group will reportedly open a luxurious new 17,603-square-foot Double Eagle Steak House at the recently completed, nearly fully leased 888 Boylston office and retail development in the Back Bay. The restaurant will open during the second half of 2018 and will join retailers Eataly, Tesla and Under Armour on 888 Boylston’s ground floor. 888 Boylston's 425,000 square feet of ultra-sustainable office and retail space are now 91%-leased per JLL's latest Skyline Review analysis. The building, completed in 2016, is built to LEED Platinum sustainability specifications and is anchored by Natixis Global Asset Management.
Jul 22, 2017
Underground parking excavation complete at The Hub on Causeway, superstructure construction underway
Excavation of the 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development's 540-car underground parking garage has hit rock bottom and is now complete. Pouring of the development's concrete foundation is nearing completion, and the development's first elevator core has gone vertical. The first steel girders of The Hub on Causeway's Phase I podium have risen above grade, signaling the start of superstructure construction. Phase I of The Hub on Causeway is expected to open in late 2018 and will feature 175,000 square feet of creative office space, 210,000 square feet of retail including Star Market and ArcLight Cinema, and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. Subsequent phases will construct three new towers featuring residential, hotel and office space. The following is an aerial view of The Hub on Causeway:
The following is a video of the final excavation at The Hub on Causeway:
Jul 18, 2017
Akamai breaks ground on new global headquarters in Kendall Square
Akamai Technologies held an official groundbreaking ceremony today for its’ new 19-story, 453,768-square-foot headquarters tower at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square. The tower, developed by Boston Properties, will feature a high-performance glass facade, bringing abundant natural lighting to an open office floor plan. Demolition of a preexisting office building on site is now complete, allowing Akamai and Boston Properties to start construction of the tower. 145 Broadway is expected to open at the end of 2019 and is the first phase of Boston Properties’ 1.1-million-square-foot Kendall Square redevelopment project. The following are video and photographs from the 145 Broadway groundbreaking ceremony:
May 21, 2017
Demolition begins for construction of new 19-story Akamai headquarters in Kendall Square
Demolition of the existing four-story, 78,636-square-foot office building at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square is now underway in order to clear the site for construction of Akamai Technologies’ new 19-story, 453,768-square-foot headquarters building. The new 145 Broadway building, which is expected to open at the end of 2019, will be 100%-leased by Akamai and is the first phase of Boston Properties’ 1.1-million-square-foot Kendall Square redevelopment project. The following is a photograph of demolition underway:
May 18, 2017
100 Federal Street atrium frame construction underway
Steel erection is well underway for the 17,990-square-foot glass-encased atrium addition to the 100 Federal Street office tower in Post Office Square. The addition will soon top off, with primary steel framing elements installed in addition to many secondary steel elements and mechanical platforms. Once steel erection is complete, glazing installation will begin in order to construct the building's glass curtain wall facade overlooking Post Office Square. Upon completion, the new 100 Federal Street atrium will house 8,500 square feet of retail space and 500 square feet of kiosk space, in addition to 8,990 square feet of open garden space. The following are photographs of the 100 Federal Street atrium:
May 11, 2017
WeWork space and live music venue coming to The Hub on Causeway in Bulfinch Triangle
Collaborative workspace provider WeWork and live entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment Group have reportedly leased space at the 1.87 million square foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. Developer Boston Properties has announced that Live Nation has leased 32,000 square feet for a new live music venue. Per a tweet by Steve Adams of Banker & Tradesman, WeWork has leased 38,000 square feet for a new collaborative workspace; WeWork spaces include shared co-working space as well as private offices. Both tenants would open within the first phase of The Hub on Causeway, which will open in late 2018.
Apr 27, 2017
888 Boylston, a leader in sustainable building, opens in Back Bay
888 Boylston, an ultra-sustainable, LEED Platinum-spec new 425,000 square foot office building in the Back Bay, is now complete. Retail tenants Eataly, Tesla and Under Armour are open on the building’s ground floors. Office tenants Abry Partners and Bracebridge Capital have moved into 888 Boylston’s upper floors, and Accenture, Martingale Asset Management, SCS Financial and lead tenant Natixis Global Asset Management will open offices at 888 Boylston in the coming months. The following are photographs of 888 Boylston:
Apr 23, 2017
Underground parking excavation nears completion at The Hub on Causeway
Excavation of The Hub on Causeway’s 540-car underground parking garage and foundation is nearing completion. A sea of massive steel members spans across the project site, temporarily bracing the newly excavated hole immediately adjacent to the TD Garden and Causeway Street. The final underground parking structure will brace the development’s permanent foundation wall, allowing for the removal of the temporary steel bracing. Completion of Phase One of the three-phase, 1.87 million square foot development is expected in late 2018 and will include office space, retail/restaurant space and an expansion of TD Garden. The following are photographs of The Hub on Causeway:
Apr 20, 2017
Concrete superstructure rising at 88 Ames Street apartments in Kendall Square
Concrete is now being poured to construct the first floors of 88 Ames Street’s 22-story concrete superstructure and elevator core. A number of vertical concrete pillars have already been formed. Opening in 2018, 88 Ames Street will enliven Kendall Square with 280 apartment residences and 16,000 square feet of retail at the site of a former parking garage entrance. The following is a photograph of 88 Ames Street, courtesy Boston Properties:
Mar 13, 2017
Back Bay/South End Gateway project poised to improve public transit experience
By Matthew M. Robare
The Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA) recently held a Citizens’ Advisory Committee meeting to present the latest progress on the Back Bay/South End Gateway project, which was first proposed by Boston Properties last March and is undergoing active review by the City of Boston. Article 80 Large Project Review for the project is now underway, and both a Draft Project Impact Report and Draft Environmental Impact Report have been filed. The proponent is also
working to amend the existing Planned Development Area zoning, which currently
includes just sections of the site, to include the entire project site in order
to enable the development of over 1.2 million square feet.
The proposed Back Bay/South End Gateway development
In response to public
comment, developer Boston Properties has increased the size of the proposed public
plaza at the Clarendon Street entrance and removed a two-story addition on the
existing Back Bay Station along Dartmouth Street. In order to accommodate the development, the existing
bus pick-up and drop-off area along Clarendon Street would be converted into an
11,000 square foot public plaza serving as a grand gateway to Back Bay Station and the new 34-story Station East building.
Bus service would be permanently moved to a new Stuart Street entrance to Back
Bay Station, which would be conveniently located in the lobby of the new 26-story Garage West building steps to Copley Square and next to
the upcoming 40 Trinity Place hotel tower. Within the existing station, new
elevators and stairs would be built to access the Orange Line, and new
redundant elevators would be built to access the Amtrak and Commuter Rail
The pick up/drop off area for the route 39 bus will be moved to Stuart Street in order to accommodate the new public plaza on Clarendon Street.
The new Clarendon Street public plaza
The approximately 1.2
million square foot Back Bay/South End Gateway project would construct three
new skyscrapers and expanded retail space at Back Bay Station. At the corner of
Dartmouth and Stuart Streets would be Garage West, a 606,000 to 618,000 square
foot steel and glass retail and office tower that resembles boxes stacked
off-center. On Garage West’s ground floor would be a new entrance to Back Bay Station.
At Clarendon and Stuart Streets would be Garage East, a 220,000 square foot
residential tower with 220 units. Along Clarendon Street would be Station East,
a 387,000 square foot, 360-unit residential building. Adjacent to the existing Back
Bay Station entrance on Dartmouth Street would be Station West, a 30,000 square
foot retail low-rise. The existing Back Bay Station would also be improved and
modernized as part of the project:
The concourse from the new Stuart Street entrance to the main station will be bright and clean-looking.
A view of the Garage West tower from the corner of Dartmouth and Stuart Streets, featuring the new Stuart Street entrance to Back Bay Station.
Feb 20, 2017
Vertical construction begins at 88 Ames Street in Kendall Square
The first vertical concrete and steel columns have been installed as part of the first floor of 88 Ames Street, an upcoming 22-story residential and retail building in the heart of Kendall Square. Excavation of the building’s basement is complete; a 1-story deep sheet pile wall with temporary bracing is installed to support the basement throughout construction. Upon completion, 88 Ames Street will feature 280 apartment residences and 16,000 square feet of retail at the site of a former parking garage entrance. The following are photographs of 88 Ames Street:
The following is an aerial photograph of 88 Ames Street, courtesy Boston Properties:
Dec 11, 2016
J. Derenzo Companies prepares 100 Federal plaza for new glass atrium
J. Derenzo Companies is at work demolishing the former 100 Federal plaza along Congress Street in Post Office Square to prepare for construction of a glass atrium with retail and a winter garden. Plaza hardscaping has been nearly fully demolished, and construction of the atrium will commence soon. The atrium is anticipated to open in early 2018. The following is a photograph of the atrium construction site:
Dec 01, 2016
Dutch boutique hotel chain subleases upcoming Hub on Causeway hotel
Dutch boutique hotel chain citizenM has subleased the upcoming 10-story, 260-room hotel at The Hub on Causeway, a 1.87 million square foot mixed-use development under construction in Bulfinch Triangle adjacent to TD Garden. citizenM’s 99-year lease commenced Monday (November 28th, 2016). citizenM operates nine hotels worldwide in Europe and New York City featuring trendy, stylish rooms and common spaces. Key amenities at citizenM hotels include free Wi-Fi throughout, designer furniture and ultra-comfortable beds. The future Boston citizenM hotel at The Hub on Causeway is shown at left in the following rendering:
The following is citizenM’s lease for the Hub on Causeway hotel:
Nov 30, 2016
88 Ames foundation work underway
Foundation work is underway for 88 Ames, a 22-story mixed-use development in the heart of Kendall Square that will energize the site of a former parking garage entrance. J. Derenzo Companies is hard at work preparing the site for borehole drilling and superstructure erection. The construction team is now drilling large diameter boreholes that will reach down deep into the soil. Massive steel reinforcing cages are already on site and will be placed into the drilled holes and filled with concrete to form a drilled pile. The drilled piles will support the tower and retail podium above. The following are photographs of 88 Ames:
Nov 27, 2016
Akamai announces headquarters move to new Kendall Square tower
Kendall Square-based global content delivery network (CDN) leader Akamai Technologies has announced that is has entered into an agreement with Boston Properties to fully lease 100% of office space at the upcoming 19-story 145 Broadway office tower in Kendall Square. Akamai will relocate its’ headquarters to the new building, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2019. Akamai’s lease at 145 Broadway is for 15 years. Akamai has also agreed to lease a minimum of 150,000 additional square feet of space within Boston Properties' Kendall Square office portfolio, which will represent part of the second phase of Akamai’s Kendall Square headquarters campus build out.
Occupancy of Akamai’s new headquarters will be coordinated with the lease expirations of the current Akamai office locations in Cambridge. "We look forward to creating a campus environment for Akamai's employees to further foster innovation and collaboration, and to build a headquarters that complements the thriving Kendall Square community, complete with first-floor retail space,” says Erica Chapman, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Productivity at Akamai.
Oct 21, 2016
Salesforce Tower becomes San Francisco’s tallest building
Salesforce Tower became San Francisco’s tallest building last Friday (October 14th, 2016), reaching 867 feet tall and surpassing the 853-foot tall Transamerica Pyramid. The 1.4 million square foot tower will continue to grow to a full height of 1,070 feet tall, at which point it will be the tallest office building west of Chicago. Salesforce Tower’s core walls are expected to top off in early November, with structural steel topping off in March 2017. Base core and shell work is expected to be complete in the second quarter of 2017, with tenants taking occupancy in the fourth quarter of 2017. Additional information about Salesforce Tower can be found above.
Sep 18, 2016
Akamai Technologies signs Letter of Intent to fully occupy 145 Broadway
The Boston Globe reports that Kendall Square-based global internet content delivery leader Akamai Technologies has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Boston Properties to fully occupy 145 Broadway, the proposed 19-story Kendall Square office tower that will contain approximately 454,000 square feet of office space. The move will allow Akamai to house most of its' 1,700 Kendall Square-based employees in one building; Akamai currently leases approximately 500,000 square feet across several Kendall Square buildings. Akamai's existing leases expire in 2019. Akamai is seeking a state tax break for the move, pledging to add 700 additional jobs in return.
Aug 31, 2016
19-story office tower proposed in Kendall Square
Boston Properties has filed formal design plans with the City of Cambridge to construct 145 Broadway, a new 19-story, 454,000 square foot office tower in the heart of Kendall Square at the intersection of Broadway and Galileo Galilei Way; the following is a link to the Design Review Submission for 145 Broadway. An existing four-story, 87,636 square foot office building would be demolished; demolition could commence in 2017. The Cambridge Planning Board will consider Boston Properties' plans at a public hearing on September 20th. 145 Broadway is the first step of Boston Properties' planned 1.1 million square foot Kendall Square mixed-use redevelopment project; the following is a link to Boston Properties' full project Concept Plan.
Aug 18, 2016
Tesla showroom coming to 888 Boylston
The Boston Business Journal reports that electric car manufacturer Tesla Motors will open a new showroom on the ground floor of 888 Boylston. Tesla will reportedly relocate to 888 Boylston by the end of this year from its' existing Prudential Center showroom. 888 Boylston, a 17-story, 425,000 square foot office tower containing 365,000 square feet of office space and 60,000 square feet of retail, is approximately 80% pre-leased according to The Boston Globe. Committed office tenants include Natixis Global Asset Mangement, who will occupy approximately 128,000 square feet across five floors, as well as SSC Financial, private equity investment firm Abry Partners and hedge fund manager Bracebridge Capital according to an Office Insight Report by JLL. Under Armour will open a retail location on 888 Boylston's ground floor according to a Boston Herald report.
Aug 05, 2016
Initial garage demolition complete at 88 Ames in Kendall Square
J. Derenzo Companies’ JDC Demolition division has demolished the section of the existing East Garage in Kendall Square on which 88 Ames, a 22-story mixed-use tower containing 280 residential units and 16,000 square feet of retail space, will be built. The section of the parking garage which will be retained has been sealed off with wood panels, clearing the way for foundation and superstructure construction at the 88 Ames site. Along Ames Street, utility work is underway to prepare for tower construction. The following are photographs of the 88 Ames site:
Utility work on Ames Street with sealed garage section in background
JDC Demolition rigs
88 Ames site
JDC Demolition rig
View of sealed garage section
More information about 88 Ames is posted below.
May 22, 2016
J. Derenzo Companies breaks ground at 88 Ames Street
J. Derenzo Companies recently broke ground at 88 Ames Street in Kendall Square and has begun work on installation and improvement of sewage and utilities for the new 22-story mixed-use tower. The tower will contain approximately 280 rental apartments and 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Work underway along Ames Street
Utility installation by J. Derenzo Companies
Excavation by J. Derenzo Companies in preparation for utility installation
Materials including manhole caps and pipes are staged at 88 Ames Street for upcoming installation. Work is also underway to reinforce the existing parking garage for construction of the adjacent tower. The garage will be partially demolished to make way for the tower.
A J. Derenzo Companies excavator alongside materials for utilities construction
J. Derenzo Companies excavators alongside materials for utilities construction
Pipes staged for utilities installation
Manhole covers staged for utilities installation
A groundbreaking ceremony for 88 Ames Street was held on April 14th, 2016. A live webcam has been installed with a live stream of construction activity at 88 Ames Street. The following is a link to the live webcam.
More information about 88 Ames Street is posted below.
Mar 29, 2016
A Project Notification Form has been submitted for the Back Bay Station Redevelopment, now known as the Back Bay/South End Gateway Project. Boston Properties hopes to begin construction of the project in mid-2017.
According to today's Boston Globe report, market conditions and demand for office and residential space will dictate the project's groundbreaking date. Likewise, it has not yet been determined whether residential units will be apartments or condominiums, or whether affordable housing requirements will be fulfilled on site or elsewhere.
Additional project information is posted below; the following is a link to the Project Notification Form. The following are additional project architectural renderings:
Mar 22, 2016
The tower crane is down at 888 Boylston Street as the building nears completion. The building's glass facade, a distinguishing feature along Boylston Street, is nearly complete. 888 Boylston Street is prominently visible from Commonwealth Avenue Mall and other Back Bay landmarks. Work is moving forward on the building's interior targeting a summer 2016 completion date. The new entrance to the Prudential Center shopping mall, built as part of the 888 Boylston Street project, is now open to the public.
Jan 27, 2016
We had the honor and privilege of joining Boston Properties and Delaware North at the official groundbreaking ceremony today for Phase One of The Hub on Causeway! We are very excited to watch John Moriarty and Associates build this project and cannot wait to experience the energy The Hub on Causeway will bring to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood and downtown Boston. Anticipated completion of Phase One is in late 2018. Learn more about Phase One and see project renderings below. Also take a look at our photographs from today's groundbreaking ceremony, posted above!
Jan 07, 2016
Boston Properties has submitted a Letter of Intent to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct an air rights development over the existing Back Bay Station and neighboring parking garage. Per the letter, the project will be a "mixed-use office, retail, restaurant, commercial and residential development of approximately 1.4 million square feet...in and over the existing Garage and Station." The following is a link to the full Letter of Intent. More information about the proposed project is posted below.
Dec 31, 2015
Glass is just about fully installed at 888 Boylston Street.
Nov 24, 2015
The TD Garden project is off to a strong start! John Moriarty and Associates is hard at work preparing the former parking lot on Causeway Street for the ultimate construction of a three-tower mixed-use development. View our site photographs above, and stay tuned for further updates!
For official project renderings, visit http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/getattachment/43af8d83-a3c0-4d67-a242-43c42f7affe4.
Nov 10, 2015
Much progress has been made on 888 Boylston Street in Boston's Back Bay. The steel frame was recently topped off, and glass windows have been installed on many of the building's 17 floors.
Oct 21, 2015
888 Boylston Street topped off today, 10/21/2015!
Congrats @turner_talk @koop_bjk on today's topping off of 888 Boylston Street #Prudential #BackBay. pic.twitter.com/vLQ3hG1c31— BRA (@BostonRedevelop) October 21, 2015
Jun 15, 2015
888 Boylston Street's elevator core has risen nearly 10 stories. Demolition is beginning on the adjacent mall entrance. A new mall entrance is being built as part of the 888 Boylston Street project.