Jan 07, 2019
Congress Square Refinanced for $190.73 Million
The Congress Square development located in Boston's Financial District has been refinanced for $190.73 million.
The project consists of a 458,300-square-foot mixed-use development featuring a state-of-the-art hotel, office, residential and retail space located in the heart of Downtown Boston overlooking Post Office Square. Five historic buildings will be fully restored, and new additions will be constructed for a total of 92,700 square feet of new construction.
Dec 27, 2018
Construction Continues on Cambria Hotel in South Boston
With the hotel scheduled to welcome guests at the end of June 2019, interior work is ongoing for the upcoming 159 room boutique hotel in South Boston, just minutes from Downtown. The 14 story hotel will feature a rooftop bar, fitness center, and meeting rooms.
Nov 28, 2018
Notice of Project Change at The Archer Residences in Beacon Hill
The project change calls for the redevelopment of existing Suffolk University Archer and Donahue buildings into 62 (originally 67) residential units with 54 (originally 50) parking spaces.
The Archer Residences will restore two existing historic buildings and construct a new penthouse level. Amenities at The Archer Residences will include concierge service, a fitness center, a children's room, and a common roof deck.
Nov 27, 2018
Harvard Lowell House Bell Tower Revitalized
Work continues on the renewal of Harvard University's Lowell House in Cambridge. As part of the project, the bell tower that houses the iconic Russian bells has been renovated, both inside and out. A new elevator will replace the seven flights of stairs leading to the tower and with the scaffolding removed the beautiful exterior refinishing can be viewed.
Other parts of the extensive renovation include a new senior common room, with a working fireplace and courtyard view, new music and art rooms along with a screening room and lounges. When complete next fall Lowell House will be home to 414 students.
Nov 20, 2018
Site Work Underway at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square
Site work is underway for the upcoming 6-story residential building just steps from busy Kendall Square. The project is set to include 136 units and two levels of below-grade car and bike parking. The building will also feature a common courtyard in the center of the U-shaped design.
Nov 09, 2018
Electrical Permit Issued for The Archer Residences
An electrical permit has been issued for The Archer Residences in Beacon Hill. The luxury condo development along Temple Street will feature 67 condo units in two restored historical buildings. Resident amenities will include concierge service, a fitness center, a children's room, and a roof terrace.
Oct 10, 2018
Renovations Continue for GE's Future Headquarters in Fort Point
Renovations of two historic brick warehouse building at 5 & 6 Necco Court continue for GE's new Headquarters, Innovation Point. In addition to restoring the warehouse buildings, the project will include a new 12-story 293,000 square foot building and 1.5 acres of public space. All three buildings will be connected by a pedestrian walkway and the project will also extend Boston's Harborwalk.
The first phase of the project, the renovations, are expected to be complete in the first half of 2019. Completion of Phase Two, construction of the new building by Suffolk Construction and creation of new public open space along Fort Point Channel, is expected in mid-2021.
Sep 24, 2018
Exterior Work Nearly Complete for Cambria Hotel in South Boston
Exterior work is nearly complete for the upcoming 14-story, Cambria Hotel on Broadway in South Boston. This boutique property will include 159 guest rooms along with a fitness center, meeting rooms, and a restaurant with a seasonal roof deck. The hotel is expected to open in 2019.
Sep 12, 2018
Interior Work Underway on Phase One at Innovation Square
Interior work is underway at phase one and the control system is being installed for the first building in the Seaport's Innovation Square development. The first building comprises 125,000 square feet and will be home to the Mass. Innovation Labs. Construction on phase one is set to be complete in the first quarter of 2019.
Phase Two of the project will add another 250,000 square foot building of cutting-edge lab space to the project. Innovation Square will also offer bike storage, on-campus fitness, a collaboration center, on-site restaurants, and private roof decks overlooking Boston Harbor.
Aug 24, 2018
Construction Continues on The Archer Residences at Beacon Hill
Construction is well underway on this upcoming luxury condominium development featuring 67 residences. The Archer Residences will restore two historic buildings and construct a new penthouse level. The penthouse unit, at nearly 6,000 sf is currently listed for $18 million and features a 2,300 sf terrace with an infinity edge pool.
Amenities at The Archer Residences will include concierge service, a fitness center, a kids room and a common roof deck. An underground parking garage will contain 54 spaces. Construction is expected to be complete by the end of 2019.
Aug 23, 2018
Construction Continues on Harvard Lowell House Renewal
The full renovation of Harvard's Lowell House continues with both interior and exterior work ongoing on the project. The undergraduate house, right off Harvard Square, is being fully updated while maintaining it's historic character. Construction is expected to be complete in time to welcome students back for the Fall 2019 semester.
Aug 20, 2018
WeWork Continues Congress Square Fit Out
Electrical work is now being completed in WeWork's biggest Boston location. The company agreed to lease 97,000 square feet of office space on floors 2-5 at the Water Street location back in June.
The upcoming 458,300-square-foot mixed-use development featuring state-of-the-art hotel, office, residential and retail space is located in the heart of Downtown Boston overlooking Post Office Square. Projected completion is slated for Fall 2018.
Aug 16, 2018
Historic Renovation Ongoing for Congress Square Development
Renovation is ongoing of the five historic buildings in the upcoming Congress Square development in Downtown Boston. New construction of an additional 93K square-feet is also well underway on the project. When complete Congress Square will feature over 458,000 square-feet of mixed-use space including a Hyatt Centric hotel, modern office space, retail, and 35 condominiums. This unique design blends the historic character of the buildings with a modern aesthetic and amenities.
Aug 10, 2018
Phase I Construction Continues at Innovation Point
Construction continues at GE’s future headquarters in Fort Point. The project is being completed in two phases, pushing full completion of the project to 2021.
Renovation of the two existing brick warehouses at 5 and 6 Necco Court, now dubbed “North Point”, by Consigli Construction is on schedule for delivery in the first half of 2019.
Construction of the new 12-story office building, now dubbed “South Point”, by Suffolk Construction on a former section of the Procter & Gamble parking lot along Fort Point Channel is now scheduled for completion in mid-2021, along with new public open space along Fort Point Channel.
Jul 12, 2018
Construction Complete At Stillings Street Garage Expansion
Construction is now complete at the Stillings Street Garage Expansion in Fort Point. The Expansion of the existing Stillings Street parking garage included new office and retail space that is now available for lease. The existing building features six stories of garage parking underneath two stories of office space. A two-story, 54,712-square-foot steel addition has been constructed atop the existing eight-story building, expanding the building to 10 stories high and expanding rentable office space to 109,807 square feet from 55,095.
A section of the building's ground floor along Boston Wharf Road has been converted into 3,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. As part of the project, total parking spaces at the Stillings Street parking garage have decreased to 559 from 583.
Jun 26, 2018
The Beverly Mortgaged for $85 Million
The residences at 101 Beverly Street in Boston's Bulfinch Triangle has been mortgaged for $85 Million via Wells Fargo Bank.
The 14-story mixed-use building features 239 top-quality, mixed-income apartment residences, a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The Beverly is Downtown Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development in over 25 years; residences are rented to households with incomes ranging from 30 to 165 percent of Area Median Income (AMI).
Jun 19, 2018
South Boston's Cambria Hotel Remains on Schedule
Construction continues at South Boston’s highly anticipated Cambria Hotel with a projected 2019 opening.
The 14-story, 159-room boutique hotel in South Boston will include a fitness center, meeting rooms, a business center and conference rooms.
A live entertainment restaurant will be located on the hotel's ground level with service to a seasonal roof deck restaurant & lounge. Local art will be placed throughout common spaces. The hotel will be located across the street from the Broadway MBTA Red Line station.
Jun 07, 2018
Lovejoy Wharf Mortgaged For $125 Million
Related Beal, the developer of Lovejoy Wharf, has mortgaged the property via Deutsche Bank USA for $125 million.
The development features 160 North Washington Street, the completed redevelopment of the historic Hoffman Building into 214,000 square feet of office space housing the headquarters of the Converse footwear company. The property also features 100 Lovejoy Wharf, a 157-residence, 15-story, 250,000 square foot luxury condominium building with ground-floor retail space.
May 16, 2018
Night Moves: Night Shift Opening Lovejoy Wharf Location
Everett-based, Night Shift, a locally loved and award-winning micro-brewery plans on opening a second location under the Converse Building at Lovejoy Wharf. As the North Station area continues to boom, with the Hub on Causeway and multiple mixed-use developments in the area, the brewery will be a welcomed addition.
The upcoming brewpub will amass 12,000 square-feet of space at 1 Lovejoy Wharf and hopes that the additional location can continue to help establish them as a Boston brand. Seating will accommodate about 300 people and weather pending, people will have access to a waterfront patio that overlooks the Harborwalk Night Shift is excited about is the transit-oriented location, being right next to North Station and the MBTA.
According to Eater Boston, Night Shift’s production manager Anna Jobe will manage the Lovejoy brewery’s 10-barrel brewing system, which has a capacity of about 2,500 barrels per year. The taproom is set to have 30 draft lines with the majority of the beers brewed on-site and only poured out of the Lovejoy facility.
Mar 27, 2018
Less than two years after, Related Beal sold the buildings at 15 and 19 Congress Street for $14.55 million to Thibeault Development the latter has turned around and sold the two buildings (totaling 54,461 square feet) to Boston based, Hempisphere Development Group, LLC for $19 million.
The buildings are part of the Congress Square project which is a full city block comprised of office, retail, luxury residential and boutique hotel uses with unparalleled branding and high profile signage opportunities.The building will also be reconfigured for over 35,000 square feet of retail along Congress, Water and Devonshire Streets, with both street and interior access to certain spaces.
Feb 24, 2018
Concrete pouring of South Boston hotel tower superstructure underway
The future 14-story Cambria Hotel at Six West Broadway in South Boston has gone vertical, with pouring of its’ concrete superstructure now underway. Nearly half of the superstructure has been poured, and the tower is expected to top off in the coming weeks, after which facade installation will begin. The 159-room boutique hotel is expected to open in 2019 and will include amenities such as a seasonal roof deck restaurant & lounge and a ground-level live entertainment restaurant. The hotel is located across the street from the Broadway MBTA Red Line station, minutes from Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of the hotel:
Feb 22, 2018
Congress Square “jewel box” office addition glassed in
The seven-story “jewel box” addition atop the office component of Congress Square, a mixed-use development overlooking Post Office Square, is now glassed in with a floor-to-ceiling, high-performance glass curtain wall facade. With the addition sealed, the construction team will now turn towards fitting its’ interior out with electrical and HVAC utilities in order to prepare for construction of tenant office space, as well as constructing the addition’s exterior green roof deck.
Congress Square’s 16-story, 284,600-square-foot office component will be anchored by the 200,000-square-foot joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient. Additionally, a 165-key Hyatt Centric boutique hotel is being constructed on site, and 35 condominium residences are approved for construction. A total of 36,650 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Congress Square along Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at the 458,300-square-foot development’s center. The following is a photograph of the glassed-in office addition:
Feb 07, 2018
$160 million construction financing secured for The Archer Residences luxury condominiums on Beacon Hill
The Archer Residences, an upcoming luxury condominium building located on Beacon Hill at 33-61 Temple Street, has secured $160 million in construction financing, allowing the project to proceed. Financing has been provided by a joint venture of GTIS Partners, Golden Tree Asset Management and The Union Labor Life Company. “We were attracted to this investment principally because The Archer Residences Beacon Hill is destined to become a much sought-after development in one of Boston’s most elite areas,” said Herb Kolben, Senior Vice President of Union Labor Life's Real Estate Investment Group, in a prepared statement. “There’s nothing else comparable to it in the neighborhood.”
The Archer Residences is Beacon Hill’s largest luxury condominium development currently under construction. Developed by Center Court Partners, the building will feature 70 residences anticipated to be available for sale by the end of this month. Amenities at The Archer Residences will include on-site parking, concierge service, a fitness center, a kids room and a common roof deck.
Jan 31, 2018
The Beverly, Boston’s largest new-construction affordable housing building in over a quarter century, opens to residents
The Beverly, the City of Boston’s largest new-construction 100%-affordable and workforce housing building in over a quarter century, has opened to residents. Located in Downtown Boston steps from North Station, The Beverly features 239 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable and workforce apartment residences, with amenities such as a 24-hour attended lobby, a fitness center, a party room, a kid’s room and an outdoor terrace and grill overlooking the Boston skyline. Residences are rented to households with incomes ranging from 30 to 165 percent of Area Median Income (AMI), providing much-needed affordable housing in Boston’s urban core. The 484,000-square-foot Beverly building also includes a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel, which is due to open in the coming weeks, and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of The Beverly:
Jan 18, 2018
Co-working space and software company lease space at expanded Stillings Street Garage in Fort Point
Co-working space provider Industrious and insurance software company Duck Creek Technologies have each leased approximately 30,000 square feet at the newly expanded Stillings Street Garage in Fort Point. Each tenant will occupy a full floor of the building; approximately 60,000 square feet of office space across floors eight and nine remain for lease.
Industrious' space will be its' first co-working space in Boston, and is expected to open this Winter. The space, located on floor seven, will feature amenities including a coffee bar and lounge, conference rooms and relaxation areas, as well as a rooftop terrace with panoramic city views. Duck Creek's space will be located on floor 10; the company is currently a tenant at nearby 51 Sleeper Street, also located in Fort Point.
Office space at the Stillings Street Garage has been expanded to about 110,000 total square feet with a new two-story addition totaling approximately 55,000 square feet, doubling available office space. Additionally, approximately 3,000 square feet of retail have been added along the garage's ground floor. Over 550 parking spaces are located at the garage following its' expansion.
Dec 20, 2017
First phase of Innovation Square lab project in Seaport, anchored by Mass Innovation Labs, breaks ground
A groundbreaking ceremony was held Wednesday for the $50 million, 125,000-square-foot first phase of Innovation Square in the Seaport District, which will be anchored by a new two-floor, 54,000-square-foot office for Mass Innovation Labs. The groundbreaking of the four-story building follows Mass Innovation Labs’ announcement earlier this week that it will lease 84,000 square feet at The Auerbach Center, a 160,000-square-foot mixed-use building coming to the 15-acre Boston Landing development in Brighton, opening June 2018. Mass Innovation Labs also announced earlier this month it will lease 52,000 square feet at 21 Erie Street in Cambridge.
Mass Innovation Labs will open its’ Seaport office by the first quarter of 2019. “Mass Innovation Labs is the perfect tenant to kickoff [Innovation Square],” said Stephen Faber, President of Innovation Square co-developer Related Beal, in a prepared statement. “They nurture innovative, entrepreneurial, high growth organizations with the potential to create a substantial economic engine for Boston and the commonwealth.” Cushman & Wakefield represented Mass Innovation Labs in the lease, and JLL represented Related Beal and Innovation Square development partner Kavanagh Advisory Group. Upon full buildout, Innovation Square will feature 360,000 square feet of lab space. East Boston Savings Bank provided nearly $51.5 million in construction financing for the development’s first phase. Additional space at Innovation Square is now available for lease.
Nov 28, 2017
Construction of exclusive Archer Residences condominium development on Beacon Hill begins
Work has begun on The Archer Residences, an exclusive 71-unit luxury condominium development on Beacon Hill. Set within two historic buildings, The Archer Residences will be located across from the State House and steps from the Financial District. Demolition of existing finishes within the two buildings, former Suffolk University academic buildings located at 33-61 Temple Street, is now underway. The buildings will be improved with state-of-the-art luxury finishes, a new penthouse level, a renovated facade and underground garage parking. Sales of condominiums at The Archer Residences are expected to begin before the end of 2017. The following are photographs of work underway on The Archer Residences:
Nov 03, 2017
Congress Square office component tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held today for the seven-story steel jewel box addition atop Congress Square’s office component, which will be anchored by the joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient. Overlooking Post Office Square and Downtown Boston, the addition will contain office space as well as amenities including an exterior green roof deck. The resulting office structure, developed by Related Beal, will feature 284,600 square feet of space, including the two advertising agencies’ 200,000-square-foot headquarters.
Congress Square’s hotel component is also well underway, with vertical concrete construction beginning on the 13-story addition alongside the existing building at 68 Devonshire Street. The resulting 85,700-square-foot Hyatt Centric boutique hotel, developed by Magna Hospitality Group, will feature 165 keys, in addition to ground-floor retail/restaurant space.
In total, Congress Square will feature 458,300 square feet of space. Owner Thibeault Development has listed the development’s approved residential component, located at 13-21 Congress Street, for sale. The existing buildings, which are vacant and in shell condition, are fully permitted for conversion to 35 condominium residences with ground-floor retail, including vertical expansion by 7,000 square feet to 61,450 total square feet. A total of 36,650 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Congress Square along Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at Congress Square’s center. The office building and hotel, both of which will contain ground-floor retail, are slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018. The following are photographs of the topped-off office building:
The following are photographs of the under-construction hotel building:
Oct 15, 2017
Congress Square residential component offered for sale
Thibeault Development, owner of the approved residential component of the 458,300-square-foot Congress Square mixed-use development in Post Office Square, has listed the existing buildings approved for residential conversion for sale through Colliers International. Thibeault Development acquired the two existing buildings at 13-21 Congress Street, which are currently vacant and in shell condition and total 54,450 square feet, for $14.55 million in August 2016. The buildings are fully permitted for conversion to 35 condominium residences with ground-floor retail, including vertical expansion by 7,000 square feet to 61,450 total square feet. Colliers’ listing touts the buildings’ potential for office use in addition to residential.
Upon completion as approved, Congress Square will feature 458,300 square feet of space, including a 284,600-square-foot office building developed by Related Beal that will be anchored by the 200,000-square-foot joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient, a 165-key, 85,700-square-foot Hyatt Centric boutique hotel developed by Magna Hospitality Group, 51,350 square feet of residential space containing 35 condominiums and 36,650 total square feet of retail space. Retail will be oriented about Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at Congress Square’s center. The office building and hotel, both of which will contain ground-floor retail, are slated for completion in the second quarter of 2018. Congress Square was originally proposed by Related Beal, who acquired the property in 2013. Following the project’s approval in 2015, Related Beal sold the hotel component to Magna and the residential component to Thibeault.
Sep 14, 2017
Steel vertical addition rising at Congress Square office building in Post Office Square
The first two floors of the seven-story steel jewel box addition atop Congress Square’s future office building have been erected, with construction of the building’s concrete elevator core complete. In addition to office space, the addition will contain amenities including an exterior green roof deck overlooking Post Office Square and Downtown Boston. Congress Square’s 284,600-square-foot office component, developed by Related Beal, will be anchored by the 200,000-square-foot joint headquarters of advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient, with additional office space and ground-floor retail space now leasing.
In total, Congress Square will feature 458,300 square feet of space, including a 85,700 square foot Hyatt Centric boutique hotel, whose foundation is now under construction, developed by Magna Hospitality Group and 51,350 square feet of residential space developed by Thibeault Development. A total of 36,650 square feet of retail space will be constructed at Congress Square along Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly arcade that will be located at Congress Square’s center. The following are photographs of the office building’s steel addition:
Aug 22, 2017
Equity Residential acquires Girard apartments in South End from New Atlantic Development for $116.4 million
Nationwide real estate developer and investor Equity Residential has acquired the long-term leasehold for the newly built Girard apartments, a 160-unit luxury apartment building in Boston’s South End with 3,600 square feet of ground-floor retail, for $116.4 million in cash from developer New Atlantic Development. Girard opened in 2016 and is situated in the South End’s culturally-rich SoWA neighborhood. Amenities include on-site garage parking, a Wi-Fi Workbar, meeting rooms, top-floor and rooftop common areas and a fitness center. Southern Proper, a new Southern-influenced restaurant led by Chef Jason Cheek, is expected to open on Girard’s ground floor in the coming months. New Atlantic Development acquired the 99-year long-term leasehold on the 1.27-acre Girard site for $2,678,292.11 in December 2014 from The Roman Catholic Archbishop of Boston, and invested $62 million in Girard’s development.
Aug 16, 2017
Weatherproofing and utility installation underway at Stillings Street Garage rooftop addition, office space now leasing
Weatherproofing of the facade of the two-story, 54,712-square-foot steel addition to the existing eight-story Stillings Street Garage in Fort Point is now underway, with moisture-resistant cladding installation beginning and steel infill wall installation complete. Moisture-resistant cladding will be installed along the infill walls in the coming weeks, after which silver exterior finish panels and windows will be installed. Parallel to Boston Wharf Road, the addition will feature a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall. Inside the addition, pouring of concrete floors is complete, and HVAC utility installation is beginning. HVAC systems are ready for installation on the addition’s roof and will be installed in the coming weeks. The Stillings Garage Expansion Project will expand rentable office space at the Stillings Street parking garage to 109,807 square feet from 55,095 and convert a section of the building's ground floor along Boston Wharf Road into 3,000 square feet of retail. The following are photographs of the Stillings Street Garage Expansion:
Aug 15, 2017
Ribbon cut on Lovejoy Wharf luxury condos
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last week for the new Lovejoy Wharf waterfront luxury condominiums in Bulfinch Triangle, marking the completion of construction and welcoming the building's first residents, who will take occupancy this Fall. Lovejoy Wharf developer Related Beal was joined by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh and Massachusetts Secretary of Transportation Stephanie Pollack at the ribbon cutting. Lovejoy Wharf feautres 157 condominium residences now on sale, located steps from Downtown Boston and multiple dining and shopping options. Available residences include studios, one-bedrooms, two-bedrooms and three-bedrooms, with prices starting at $750,000. Lovejoy Wharf residents will have access to exclusive amenities including a landscaped 12th floor rooftop terrace, a spacious wharfside health club, a fitness studio, a resident lounge, a waterfront event room, a distinctive fireside library lounge, a billiards room, a business center and a children’s room. The following is a photograph from the ribbon cutting ceremony, courtesy Related Beal:
Aug 10, 2017
General Electric takes two-phase construction approach to Fort Point headquarters, completion pushed to 2021
General Electric will now construct its’ Fort Point headquarters in two phases, pushing full completion of the project to 2021. Renovation of the two existing brick warehouses at 5 and 6 Necco Court, now dubbed “North Point”, by Consigli Construction is on schedule for delivery in the first half of 2019. Construction of the new 12-story office building, now dubbed “South Point”, by Suffolk Construction on a former section of the Procter & Gamble parking lot along Fort Point Channel is now scheduled for completion in mid-2021, along with new public open space along Fort Point Channel.
The simultaneous renovation of the warehouse and construction of the office building was reportedly deemed too costly, which caused GE to take the cheaper two-phased approach instead. The decision follows John Flannery assuming the role of CEO at GE last week, and Flannery’s subsequent announcement that he would review all of GE’s operations in order to cut costs. “As with any construction project of this scope and complexity, we have been periodically reviewing the schedule and budget. Based on that review, we have decided that it makes more sense and is more cost-effective to construct the campus in two phases,” said Ann Klee, GE’s Vice President of Boston Development and Operations, in a prepared statement. The renovated warehouses will have capacity for approximately 300 employees; the new building will house an additional approximately 500 employees, for a total of approximately 800 employees across the headquarters at completion.
Jul 30, 2017
Guest room expansion proposed to new Hilton Garden Inn in East Boston
First Bristol Corporation proposes to construct an 84-room, 45,718-square-foot addition to the recently built 178-room, 105,525-square-foot Hilton Garden Inn hotel in East Boston, eliminating an approved 10,305-square-foot retail component. In a Notice of Project Change (NPC) filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), First Bristol explains that after three years of marketing the retail space, no potential tenants have surfaced. Given high construction costs and the current challenging retail market, First Bristol has reportedly concluded that the sites are not tenantable for restaurant or retail purposes, and now aims to construct additional hotel rooms to "build upon and strengthen the proven success of the existing hotel" per the NPC. The BPDA is now reviewing First Bristol's proposed revised project plans, which would result in a 262-room, 148,243-square-foot hotel.
Jun 19, 2017
Rooftop office addition tops off at Stillings Garage in Fort Point, concrete floor construction underway
The steel frame of the two-story rooftop addition to the Stillings Street parking garage in Fort Point has been fully erected, with the final steel beam now installed. Steel decking is nearly fully installed at the bases of the addition's two office levels and roof, as well as the base of the addition's mechanical penthouse. Concrete will be poured atop the decking in the coming weeks in order to construct the addition's floors. Floor construction will be followed by installation of exterior finish panels along the addition's facade. The Stillings Garage Expansion Project will expand rentable office space at the Stillings Street parking garage to 109,807 square feet from 55,095 and convert a section of the building's ground floor along Boston Wharf Road into 3,000 square feet of retail. The following are photographs of the Stillings Garage Expansion project:
Jun 04, 2017
Construction complete at Lovejoy Wharf luxury condominiums, new renderings revealed
Construction operations at 100 Lovejoy Wharf, a new 157-residence waterfront luxury condominium building in Bulfinch Triangle, are complete, and residences are now on sale. JM Electrical Company, Inc. has put the finishing touches upon 100 Lovejoy Wharf, installing a complete building automation system. Residences at Lovejoy Wharf will feature advanced in-unit HVAC controls, tailoring to residents’ specific needs and ensuring utmost comfort. The building’s state-of-the-art automation system will control heating ventilation and air conditioning across the new building, ensuring top-notch energy-efficiency.
Amenities at the now-complete Lovejoy Wharf condominium building include a private 12th floor terrace with sweeping views, a spacious wharfside health and wellness space, resident lounge space, a business center and more. Residences are now on sale, ranging from a 10th floor, 750-square foot 1-bedroom/1-bathroom residence offered for $915,000 ($1,220 per square foot; $915,000 per bedroom) to a 5th floor, 1,601-square-foot 3-bedroom/3-bathroom residence offered for $2.6 million ($1,623.99 per square foot; $866,666.67 per bedroom). New renderings, posted above, have been revealed of Lovejoy Wharf’s stunningly luxurious interior spaces.
Jun 02, 2017
GE unveils adaptive reuse plans for historic pedestrian bridge at Innovation Point
General Electric (GE) has unveiled plans for the adaptive reuse of the four-story historic pedestrian bridge over Necco Court at Innovation Point, GE's upcoming headquarters campus in Fort Point. The bridge will be converted into four lounges and quiet workspaces for GE employees. GE will restore the bridge’s existing green metal wall on the east site of the bridge facing Fort Point. A new glass facade will be installed along the west side of the bridge facing Fort Point Channel and Downtown Boston, providing natural lighting for the lounges and workspaces. By restoring the bridge, GE is preserving Fort Point’s industrial heritage for years to come. The Fort Point Channel Landmark District Commission is now reviewing GE’s plans for the bridge. The following is a rendering of the restored bridge:
May 12, 2017
General Electric breaks ground on new Boston headquarters
General Electric has broken ground on Innovation Point, its’ new $200 million, 390,000-square-foot headquarters campus located on the banks of Fort Point Channel in the heart of Boston’s Innovation District. A groundbreaking ceremony was held at Innovation Point on Monday (May 8th, 2017), with speakers including Jeff Immelt, GE’s Chairman and CEO, Ann Klee, GE’s Vice President of Environment, Health & Safety and Boston Development and Operations head, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh.
At Monday’s ceremony, GE announced that it will contribute $50 million towards Boston Public Schools, opioid addiction and other community causes. Mayor Walsh also announced that, over the next 25 years, GE will increase city taxes by $67 million. "This is a big day and a big statement, and one more step forward in the continuing evolution of Massachusetts as a global player on so many fronts and in so many ways," said Governor Baker.
Approximately 800 GE employees are expected to work at Innovation Point, and construction of the campus will generate approximately 1,500 jobs. State and city government officials offered GE $145 million in incentives to relocate its’ headquarters to Boston. Boston’s “great innovation ecosystem, huge talent pool, great leadership and wonderful quality of life” made the city an “obvious choice” for GE, said Klee. “What we're bringing here together is one of the country's oldest companies, in GE, has moved its headquarters to one of the country's oldest cities, in Boston, for the purpose of creating the future,” said Immelt.
Pictures from GE’s groundbreaking ceremony are posted below, and newly revealed renderings of Innovation Point are posted above.
May 10, 2017
Southern-influenced restaurant opening at The Girard, new South End luxury apartment building
Southern Proper, a new Southern-influenced restaurant led by Chef Jason Cheek, will open on the ground floor of The Girard, a newly-opened 160-unit luxury apartment building in the South End’s SoWA neighborhood. The new two-story restaurant would have a full liquor license and would be open until 2 AM; a 635-square-foot seasonal outdoor patio would operate between April and November until 11 PM. Inside, Southern Proper would feature both dining space and bar seating. Southern Proper’s total square footage would be 3,853 square feet.
May 05, 2017
Lovejoy Wharf luxury condos hit market, new renderings revealed
Sales have begun for the 157 new luxury condominium residences at Lovejoy Wharf, and stunning new renderings of the distinctive waterfront property have been revealed. Condominium prices start at $750,000; condominiums for sale average $1,343.26 per square foot, ranging from $755,000 for a 629-square-foot 7th floor studio to $2.6 million for a 1,601-square-foot 5th floor 3-bedroom/3-bathroom. The 15-story Lovejoy Wharf condominium building will feature state-of-the-art amenities; more information about amenities is posted above. Construction of the building is just about complete, with occupancy expected in Summer 2017. The following are the latest renderings and photographs of the Lovejoy Wharf condominium building:
May 02, 2017
Related Beal unveils The Beverly, Downtown Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development in over 25 years
Related Beal has unveiled The Beverly, formerly known as Parcel 1B, a 484,000 square foot building which will be Downtown Boston’s first 100% affordable and workforce housing development in over 25 years. The Beverly will feature 239 top-quality apartment residences, including much-needed family-sized apartments, providing downtown living at a moderate price. The building will also include a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Lease applications for residences will be available from July through September 6th, with move-ins expected in early 2018. The latest building information and renderings are posted above.
Apr 27, 2017
Facade nears completion at Parcel 1B development in Bulfinch Triangle
Installation of brick and glass curtain wall finishes along the Parcel 1B development’s multifaceted facade is essentially complete. Facade sections that will be finished with metal panels are being fireproofed, and the last few windows are being installed along the brick and metal panel sections. Inside the building, framing of individual apartment and hotel units has begun. Upon the development’s opening in early 2018, Parcel 1B will feature a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel, 239 mixed-income rental apartment residences, and 10,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Parcel 1B:
Apr 27, 2017
Finishing touches underway at Forecaster 121 luxury residences in Bulfinch Triangle, opening this Spring
Forecaster 121’s exterior facade and windows have been fully installed, and finishing touches are being put on the building’s interior in anticipation of Forecaster 121’s luxury residences’ opening this Spring. Forecaster 121 features 80 1- and 2-bedroom luxury condominium residences available now for sale. The following are photographs of Forecaster 121:
Apr 23, 2017
Hyatt Centric hotel coming to Congress Square in Financial District
Hyatt Hotels Corporation has announced it will open a Centric hotel, Hyatt’s new millennial-minded, upper-upscale lifestyle boutique hotel brand, at the 458,300 square foot Congress Square development in the Financial District. The new hotel, Hyatt Centric Boston, is expected to open in 2018 and is part of a 12-hotel worldwide expansion campaign; Centric launched in 2015 and currently includes 14 hotels in North and South America. Centric hotels emphasize individual, social design that captures local flavor, centered about The Corner, Centric hotels' signature craft cocktail lounge, and a locally-themed bar and restaurant. Staff at Centric hotels are specially trained to provide custom-tailored tourism recommendations for guests.
Magna Hospitality Group, Hyatt Centric Boston’s owner, acquired Congress Square’s 85,700 square foot boutique hotel component for $16.5 million from Related Beal in August 2016. The hotel will incorporate an existing 12-story, 53,072 square foot building at 68 Devonshire Street and construct a new 13-story horizontal addition on the adjacent vacant lot. Congress Square is a 458,300 square foot mixed-use development overlooking Post Office Square which will feature hotel, office, residential and retail space. Office and retail space, which are being developed by Related Beal, are now leasing. Advertising agencies DigitasLBi and Publicis.Sapient will open a 200,000 square foot joint headquarters at Congress Square.
Apr 02, 2017
Initial demolition underway at General Electric Headquarters in Fort Point, groundbreaking set for May 8th
Interior demolition is underway at the two long-abandoned historic Necco Court warehouses that will become part of General Electric (GE)’s new $200 million Fort Point headquarters. An official groundbreaking for GE’s 390,000 square foot headquarters is set for May 8th. GE will fully restore the two existing warehouses and construct a new 12-story, 293,000 square foot building topped off by a sweeping solar panel on the adjacent parking lot. The new headquarters will be occupied by approximately 800 GE employees. As part of the project, approximately 1.5 acres of public space, as well as a ground-floor coffee bar and waterfront restaurant, will be constructed. Full completion of GE’s headquarters is expected by early 2019; completion of the restoration of the existing warehouses is expected by mid-2018. The following are photographs of the General Electric Headquarters site:
Mar 26, 2017
Mosaic at the Riverway residences in Mission Hill now open
Mosaic at the Riverway, a 145-unit mixed-income residential building in Mission Hill, is now complete and open, with all condominiums sold and affordable apartments now leasing. Located steps to the Longwood Medical Area, Mosaic on the Riverway features 42 market-rate condominiums, 43 affordable condominiums and 60 affordable apartments. The following are photographs of Mosaic at the Riverway:
Mar 01, 2017
Lovejoy Wharf luxury condominium sales launching in April, new amenity details revealed
Related Beal has announced that sales of the 157 new luxury condominium residences at Lovejoy Wharf will commence in April, with occupancy slated for Summer 2017. Sales are expected to start at $750,000, with residences ranging from studios to three-bedrooms. New details of condominium amenities at Lovejoy Wharf have been released; the latest details are posted above. Distinctive amenities at Lovejoy Wharf will include a landscaped 12th floor rooftop terrace with sweeping views, as well as 34-bottle wine coolers by Gaggenau and Kaldewei deep-soaking tubs in each residence.
Feb 14, 2017
Forecaster 121 in Bulfinch Triangle nearing completion, luxury condominiums on sale
Forecaster 121 is nearing full completion in anticipation of the Bulfinch Triangle luxury condominium building's opening in the first half of this year. Panelling has been fully installed along the building's south side, and finishes are nearly fully installed along the new 4-story rooftop addition. Windows have been fully installed along Forecaster 121's restored original masonry facade. Forecaster 121's 80 luxury condominiums are now on sale and include 1- and 2- bedroom configurations as well as penthouses. The following is a photograph of Forecaster 121:
Feb 12, 2017
Facade installation underway at Parcel 1B in Bulfinch Triangle
The 14-story Parcel 1B hotel, retail and affordable housing building in Bulfinch Triangle is nearly fully sealed. Exterior weatherproofing has reached the building's top floor, brick finishes have reached the 12th floor and the glass curtain wall has reached the 10th floor. Parcel 1B is expected to open within the next year and will feature 239 affordable residential apartments, a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of Parcel 1B:
Feb 10, 2017
Lovejoy Wharf condominiums near completion, sales start expected this spring
The 17-story, 162-unit luxury condominium building at Lovejoy Wharf, located at 131 Beverly Street in Bulfinch Triangle, is nearing completion. Facade finishes and windows have been fully installed, and condominium interior fit out is well underway. Condominium sales are expected to start this spring. The following are photographs of 131 Beverly Street:
Jan 10, 2017
New West Broadway Hotel details and renderings revealed, site work begins
New details and renderings have been revealed of the upcoming 14-story West Broadway Hotel in South Boston. The hotel will feature multiple luxurious amenities, including a second-floor outdoor terrace, and a live entertainment restaurant will be located on the ground floor. Site work for the hotel is officially underway following the City of Boston's issuing of a building permit. Preparations are underway to construct the hotel's foundation. The latest hotel details and renderings can be found above.
Dec 18, 2016
General Electric Headquarters Fort Point land sale closes for $83 million
General Electric and MassDevelopment closed Friday (December 16th) for $83 million on the acquisition of the 2.5-acre future site of General Electric’s $200 million headquarters in Fort Point. The site was sold in two separate transactions.
MassDevelopment paid $57.4 million to acquire the historic warehouses at 5 and 6 Necco Court, which will be renovated and incorporated into the future headquarters facility. MassDevelopment's acquisition is part of the State of Massachusetts' $120 million incentive that is being used to build General Electric's headquarters. MassDevelopment also closed Friday on $90 million of financing through Citizens Bank, which will be used to acquire and renovate the Necco Court warehouses.
General Electric paid $25.6 million to acquire the remaining land on which a new 12-story, 293,000 square foot building will be constructed. General Electric’s new facility will total 390,000 square feet. It was also announced Friday that Suffolk Construction will be the facility’s construction manager.
Nov 23, 2016
Ribbon cut on 67 affordable Chinatown apartments
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held yesterday (November 22nd, 2016) for Oxford Ping On, a 67-apartment Chinatown affordable housing development. Mayor Martin J. Walsh cut the ribbon on the building, which is developed by the Chinese Economic Development Council (CEDC) and Hudson Group North America. The following are social media posts with photographs from the ceremony:
Nov 17, 2016
Forecaster 121 exterior nears completion, condominiums on sale
Windows have been nearly fully installed along the facade of the historic Bulfinch Triangle brick warehouse that will house Forecaster 121’s 80 luxury condominiums. New finish panels have been installed along the building’s north and south faces, including along the four-story rooftop addition. Occupancy of Forecaster 121 is anticipated in the First Quarter of 2017.
Condominiums at Forecaster 121 are now on sale with one bedrooms starting in the low $600,000s, one-plus bedrooms starting in the high $800,000s, two bedrooms starting in the mid $900,000s and penthouses priced upon request. Forecaster 121 is located across from under-construction Bulfinch Crossing, a $2.2 million project that will transform the existing Government Center Garage into a 2.9 million square foot mixed-use development. The following are photographs of Forecaster 121:
Nov 11, 2016
Parcel 1B in Bulfinch Triangle tops off
A topping off ceremony was held yesterday (November 10th, 2016) for Related Beal’s 14-story Parcel 1B apartment and hotel building in Bulfinch Triangle, which has reached its’ full height after just 23 weeks of construction. A large section of the Parcel 1B building’s facade, which includes precast brick panels, has been installed.
The Parcel 1B building will feature 239 affordable apartments targeted to upper-middle, moderate and low-income households. The hotel component will be a Courtyard Marriott and will feature 220 rooms. The Parcel 1B building is scheduled for completion in early 2018; Related Beal will open the housing inquiry list in early 2017. The following are photographs of the Parcel 1B building:
Nov 02, 2016
BPDA approves General Electric Headquarters
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved the $200 million General Electric (GE) Headquarters project in Fort Point. Pending zoning and environmental approvals, GE's new headquarters is expected to break ground in Early 2017 and open at least partially in 2018, The Boston Globe reports.
Oct 05, 2016
Mosaic on the Riverway condominium closings underway, 100% sold out
Closings of Mosaic on the Riverway’s 85 mixed-income condominiums commenced last Friday (September 30th, 2016). 11 condominiums have closed to date for an average of $928 per square foot. Closing prices to date range from $499,408 for a 569 square foot one-bedroom/one-bathroom unit to $825,300 for an 892 square foot two-bedroom/two-bathroom unit. Mosaic on the Riverway’s condominium component is 100% sold out per the Mosaic on the Riverway condominium sales website. The 145-unit Mosaic on the Riverway contains 42 market rate condominiums, 43 affordable condominiums and 60 affordable rental units.
A 569 square foot sixth floor one-bedroom condominium at Mosaic on the Riverway has been listed for rent for $3,600/month per Trulia. The following are photographs of a completed unit at Mosaic on the Riverway via Trulia:
Sep 16, 2016
Cannistraro opening new Seaport District factory
In an official press release yesterday (September 15th, 2016), local mechanical construction services firm Cannistraro announced that it will relocate its manufacturing and warehousing operations to the 157,000 square foot historic industrial building located at 25 Fid Kennedy Avenue in Boston's Seaport District overlooking Boston Harbor. Cannistraro has secured a fifty year ground lease with the City of Boston for Parcel N, the 3.5-acre Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) site on which the buildng stands. Cannistraro will substantially rehabilitate the property for use as a prefabrication and assembly plant for plumbing, fire protection, HVAC piping and sheet metal systems. These materials will be installed at construction sites throughout the Boston region. Cannistraro is expected to occupy its' new Seaport District factory in September 2017.
Sep 09, 2016
The Girard, opening early fall and now leasing, is nearly complete
The exterior shell of The Girard is completely sealed, with windows installed and finish panels covering just about the entire exterior. The Girard features 160 luxury apartments ranging from one to three bedrooms, nearly all of which are finished and ready for move-in. Apartments are now leasing; visit GirardBoston.com for more information. Resident amenities at The Girard will include a two-story lobby, an art gallery, meeting rooms and a fitness center.
Raw space of The Girard’s ground-floor retail is complete. Finishing touches are being put on the entrance to The Girard’s two-level underground parking garage, which will contain 162 spaces. The following are exterior photographs of The Girard:
The following are photographs showing a completed two-bedroom unit at The Girard, courtesy Nickerson PR:
Aug 12, 2016
Related Beal sells approved Congress Square boutique hotel project to Magna Hospitality Group for $16.5 million
Last Friday (August 12th, 2016), Related Beal sold the approved boutique hotel component of the Congress Square development project to hotel investor, developer and manager Magna Hospitality Group of East Warwick, Rhode Island for $16.5 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. An 85,700 square foot boutique hotel is approved for construction at Congress Square. The approved hotel site is located at 68 Devonshire Street and includes an existing 12-story, 53,072 square foot building and an adjacent vacant lot. To construct the approved hotel, the existing building would be thoroughly renovated and a 13-story addition would be constructed on the vacant lot. The following is a rendering of the boutique hotel approved for construction at Congress Square:
Related Beal now only retains ownership of Congress Square's 40 Water Street, where approximately 285,000 square feet of office space and 31,000 square feet of retail are currently under construction. Related Beal sold 15 & 19 Congress Street, the residential component of Congress Square, to Thibeault Development last week for $14.55 million; 35 condominiums with ground-floor retail are approved for construction at 15 & 19 Congress Street.
The following is a Congress Square site plan:
The following is the deed for the sale of the approved boutique hotel project to Magna Hospitality Group:
More information about Congress Square is posted below.
Aug 06, 2016
Residences still planned for two Congress Square buildings sold Thursday
In an official press release on Friday, Related Beal announced that the buildings at 15 and 19 Congress Street sold Thursday for $14.55 million by Related Beal to Thibeault Development will be redeveloped into residences as originally planned. It has not been announced whether Thibeault Development's residences will be condominiums or rentals, and a unit count has not been specified; a Notice of Project Change (NPC) has not been filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) at this time. Related Beal had intended to construct 35 condominiums at 15 and 19 Congress Street; the buildings total 54,461 square feet.
According to the official press release, Thibeault Development will construct approximately 5,750 square feet of retail on the ground floor of 15 and 19 Congress Street fronting the future Quaker Lane, a pedestrian-friendly avenue planned at the center of the Congress Square development project. "We are excited with the master plan for Congress Square that Related Beal has developed and are looking forward to being a part of bringing it to fruition," said Billy Thibeault, Principal at Thibeault Development. Related Beal will continue to develop the remainder of the Congress Square project. "The residences that Thibeault is developing at 15 and 19 Congress Street contribute greatly to our vision of Congress Square as a dynamic addition to Boston's downtown,” said Stephen Faber, an executive vice president at Related Beal. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the sale of 15 and 19 Congress Street to Thibeault Development. More information about Congress Square is posted below.
Aug 04, 2016
Related Beal sells two Congress Square buildings to Thibeault Development
This afternoon, Related Beal sold two buildings, located at 13-19 Congress Street, on the Congress Square development site in Downtown Boston to Thibeault Development of Everett, MA for $14.55 million as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. Related Beal acquired the site for $87 million in 2013 and guided the Congress Square development project through approvals; the project started construction earlier this year. Della Thibeault, a Manager at Thibeault Development, was available for comment and confirmed that the firm is now the owner of 13-19 Congress Street. Related Beal retains ownership of the other three buildings at Congress Square and of a Devonshire Street parcel intended for construction of a boutique hotel; representatives of Related Beal were not available for comment this afternoon. This page will be updated with additional information as it becomes available. The following is a site plan of Congress Square; the buildings sold to Thibeault Development are numberred 19 & 15 Congress:
The following is the deed for the sale of 13-19 Congress Street to Thibeault Development:
Aug 01, 2016
General Electric releases renderings and details for Boston headquarters
General Electric (GE) and development partner Massachusetts Development Finance Agency (MassDevelopment) today released renderings and details for GE's future Boston headquarters campus along Fort Point Channel in an Expanded Environmental Notification Form/Project Notification Form (EENF/EPNF) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority; the following is a link to the full EENF/EPNF. The Boston Business Journal reports that on August 22nd, approximately 175 GE employees will begin working at GE's temporary Boston headquarters facility at 33-41 Farnsworth Street in Fort Point. The following is a building section of GE's new campus showing intended uses:
Building Section w/ Intended Uses
The following is a graphic showing environmentally-friendly and sustainable features:
Campus Sustainability Elements
The following is a site plan showing proposed conditions:
Jul 17, 2016
Archer | Donahue on Beacon Hill approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Archer | Donahue on Beacon Hill for construction at last Thursday’s board meeting. Developed by JDMD Owner, LLC of Dedham, the $162 million Archer | Donahue will feature 71 residential condominiums with approximately 5,700 square feet of undetermined resident amenities. The project will fully restore two existing buildings at 33-61 Temple Street and construct a new penthouse level. Construction of Archer | Donahue could commence this summer. A rendering of Archer | Donahue is posted above.
Since the project's Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) filing, Archer | Donahue's penthouse level height has been reduced and will not exceed the height of the existing structure. Residential unit count has decreased by four; 75 units were originally proposed. Parking space count has been reduced to 54 from 60. More information about Archer | Donahue is posted below.
Jul 15, 2016
General Electric Headquarters acquisition deal moving forward, construction could start this fall
The Boston Globe reports that General Electric (GE)’s acquisition of its’ future Fort Point headquarters site is moving forward. On Thursday, the board of MassDevelopment, the state economic development and finance agency, reportedly authorized the purchase of the two historic warehouse buildings at 5 and 6 Necco Court, which will be incorporated into GE’s headquarters facility, and an acre of land that will be used for open space. The MassDevelopment board also authorized MassDevelopment on Thursday to apply for up to $120 million in state grants that would be used for the purchase and improvement of GE’s headquarters site.
MassDevelopment Chief Executive Marty Jones states that GE aims to start construction work at the the historic buildings as soon as this fall, with completion and occupancy of the entire facility expected in 2018. GE executives will move this summer to 33-41 Farnsworth Street in Fort Point, which will serve as GE’s temporary headquarters.
GE’s acquisition of the headquarters site is expected to close in September. The approximately 2.5 acre site will reportedly be subdivided into an acre of open space, approximately half an acre where the historic buildings stand and approximately one acre where GE’s new 293,000 square foot building will be erected. MassDevelopment will reportedly own the open space and historic buildings parcels, and GE will own the new building parcel. GE will lease the historic buildings from MassDevelopment.
More information about the General Electric Headquarters project is posted below.
Jul 11, 2016
Renovated Copley Square library reopens
The fully-renovated Johnson Building of the Boston Public Library's Central Library reopened Saturday morning with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Mayor Martin J. Walsh. With new clear glass windows along the facade and an open interior floor plan, the renovations have made the library brighter and more inviting. Other improvements include a revamped lecture hall, a new innovation center and 21st century cutting-edge technology improvements. Visit the Boston Public Library's renovation website for more information. The following are courtesy photographs from Saturday's grand opening:
Grand opening ceremony (Source: Boston Public Library/Twitter)
Computer area (Source: Felix Arroyo/Twitter)
New entrance (Source: Common Boston/Twitter)
More information about the Boston Public Library Central Library Renovations is posted below.
Jun 24, 2016
Letter of Intent filed for General Electric Fort Point headquarters, designed by Gensler
General Electric has filed a Letter of Intent to construct its new headquarters facility fronting Fort Point Channel in Boston. As previously reported, the existing warehouse buildings at 5 and 6 Necco Court will be rehabilitated. The buildings will be connected by a new shared lobby and atrium. A new 293,000 square foot, 12-story building will be built next to the existing buildings. The new building will be connected to the buildings by a pedestrian bridge as well as a new pedestrian passageway, GE Plaza, that will connect Necco Street and the Fort Point Channel harborwalk. Part of GE Plaza will be located underneath a transparent canopy.
Global architecture firm Gensler is designing General Electric's new headquarters facility. Contrary to prior reports, the State of Massachusetts, not the Boston Redevelopment Authority, will own General Electric's facility. Uses and amenities at the facility will include "office, maker space, bistro-cafe, cafeteria, coffee bar, museum, convener space, community co-work lounge, and laboratory" per the Letter of Intent. The following is a preliminary rendering of what General Electric's facility may look like:
Source: Steve Adams/Twitter
General Electric's new facility will include approximately 42,430 square feet of new public waterfront open space along Fort Point Channel. Improvements will also be made to the existing Harborwalk.
The following is a link to the Letter of Intent for the General Electric Headquarters. More information about the General Electric Headquarters is posted below.
Jun 22, 2016
Exterior shell of Mosaic on the Riverway is sealed, condos over 95% sold
Installation of windows at Mosaic on the Riverway is complete, and the exterior of the building is completely sealed from the elements. Exterior finishes are nearly fully installed, and installation of interior finishes is underway. Per the Mosaic on the Riverway project website, condominiums are over 95% sold with one remaining. Mosaic on the Riverway will contain a mix of homeownership condominiums and rental apartments.
Looking west on Fenwood Road
View from Riverway
View from Riverway
View from Brookline Avenue
View from Riverway
USG Securock Sheathing (green) and Carlisle Waterproof Coating (blue) are installed along the Mosaic on the Riverway facade, providing a moisture and mold resistant air/water barrier system. Exterior finish panels are being installed along the facade using a pulley system anchored at the roofline. VMZINC facade application material is being used to affix finish panels.
South corner of building
East corner of building
Pulley system anchored on roof
Crates of VMZINC facade material
Installation of facade
Work is underway on sidewalks and curbing surrounding Mosaic on the Riverway.
Workers curbing out the project
Excavation rigs and telescoping forklift
More information about Mosaic on the Riverway is posted below.
Jun 17, 2016
Seaport District's Innovation Square moving forward
Per the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) website, the approved Innovation Square industrial project in the Seaport District is moving forward. As of this past Tuesday, June 14th, 2016, the project's official phase is listed as Under Construction.
The project has been in the works since November 2012, when developer Kavanagh Advisory Group was designated as the site's tentative developer. The project was approved for construction in December 2013.
This page will be updated with further details as they become available. More information about the approved Innovation Square project is posted below.
Jun 06, 2016
New name for 600 Harrison Avenue, installation of exterior finishes begins
Installation of exterior finish panels has begun at The Girard, located at 600 Harrison Avenue in the South End. Grey brick finishes have been installed along much of the building's ground floor. Installation of windows, purple moisture and mold-resistant sheathing and silver fireproofing is just about complete. Brown cladding fastening system panels are being installed over the fireproofing; these panels are being used to install exterior finish panels.
View of The Girard from Harrison Avenue towards Malden Street
View of The Girard along Malden Street from Harrison Avenue
View of fireproofing and windows on The Girard's facade along Malden Street
View of windows, fireproofing and cladding fastening system panels on The Girard's facade along Malden Street
View of grey brick finishes on The Girard's facade along Malden Street
The wall at The Girard’s eastern end is almost fully covered with exterior finish panels. These panels are being hoisted into position with a system of pulleys anchored at the roof line.
View of exterior finish panel installation underway at the Albany Street end of The Girard
View of exterior finishes at The Girard from Saint Helena's Park
Close-up view of pulleys used to install exterior finishes at The Girard
View of The Girard from Wareham Street
Pre-leasing at The Girard has begun, visit GirardBoston.com
for more information. Additional information about The Girard is posted below.
Apr 17, 2016
Forecaster 121 rooftop addition tops off as building nears occupancy
We had the honor and privilege of taking a hard hat tour of Forecaster 121, an 80-unit luxury condominium building with uniquely inspired design under construction in Boston's historic, walkable Bulfinch Triangle. Thanks to Consigli Construction for showing us around!
Forecaster 121's four-story rooftop addition has topped off, and sheathing has been installed along nearly the entire addition. New photographs of Forecaster 121's exterior are posted above.
Forecaster 121 residents will enjoy sweeping views of Boston Harbor, the Boston skyline and Boston's inspired streetscape:
We were thoroughly impressed by Forecaster 121's bright and open interior layout, centered about a unique light atrium:
Floors three through 10 will front onto Forecaster 121's light atrium, which will deliver natural light to bedrooms:
Units at Forecaster 121 will feature open, modern layouts with high ceilings:
Units will also incorporate classic features such as exposed brick walls:
Forecaster 121 will offer unique living space with the best of modern living and historic preservation. More information about Forecaster 121, including architectural renderings, is posted below.
Forecaster 121's rooftop addition structure topped off recently during the week of March 20th, 2016:
Scene from our topping off earlier this week! Construction going quickly with Consigli now on board! pic.twitter.com/H6Y23m5Iar— Forecaster 121 (@Forecaster121) March 22, 2016
The following are exterior photographs of Forecaster 121 taken on March 31st, 2016. Sheathing has been installed along much of the rooftop addition:
The following are exterior photographs of Forecaster 121 taken on March 24th, 2016 just after the rooftop addition's topping off. Accordingly, Forecaster 121's tower crane has been removed. Installation of sheathing along the rooftop addition is off to a strong start:
Apr 03, 2016
New details and renderings for proposed condominium conversion of former Suffolk University buildings
JDMD Owner, LLC has submitted an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) for the proposed Archer | Donahue project on Beacon Hill. The development team hopes to start construction in late summer 2016; Consigli Construction is the project's construction manager.
The following is a link to the full EPNF. The following are EPNF renderings of Archer | Donahue:
Apr 01, 2016
Related Beal sells Lovejoy Wharf building for $150M
Related Beal's sale of the Hoffman Building, located on Lovejoy Wharf, to Union Investment of Germany closed Thursday. Recorded sale price is $150,000,001. Related Beal acquired the Hoffman Building, located at 160 North Washington Street, for $11,250,000 in 2012. The agreement for the sale was first reported in November 2015 by Banker and Tradesman.
The Hoffman Building houses the headquarters of shoe manufacturer Converse and contains a total of 214,000 square feet of office space. Related Beal remains the owner and developer of 131 Beverly Street, an under-construction condominium tower located on Lovejoy Wharf adjacent to the Hoffman Building. 131 Beverly Street will contain 162 residential units across 17 stories. Additional information about the Lovejoy Wharf project is posted below.
The following is the deed for Thursday's sale of The Hoffman Building to Union Investment:
The following is the deed for Related Beal
's acquisition of The Hoffman Building in 2012:
Mar 25, 2016
General Electric reaches deal to acquire Fort Point parcel
The Boston Globe reports
that General Electric has reached a deal to buy a 2.5-acre parcel on Fort Point Channel. The parcel consists of two vacant warehouses and parking. General Electric will build a new headquarters facility on the parcel. Procter & Gamble, current owner of the parcel, will retain much of the current parking lot; only a section of the lot will be sold.
General Electric will develop the new facility in partnership with the Boston Redevelopment Authority. The Boston Redevelopment Authority will own the facility, and General Electric will lease. Sale of the 2.5-acre parcel is expected to close in nine to 12 months; General Electric hopes to occupy the new facility by 2018. General Electric has not yet filed development plans; an architect for the new facility is yet to be hired. Approximately 800 people will work at General Electric's new facility.
Mar 25, 2016
Interior demolition underway at Congress Square
J. Derenzo Companies’ JDC Demolition division is hard at work performing interior demolition at Congress Square in Boston’s Financial District. The JDC team is gutting the five existing Congress Square buildings, paying careful attention to the abundant historic detail inside. Authentic copper and marble finishes are prominent throughout the buildings; pillars and walls feature intricate patterns and carvings. These unique details will be preserved as part of the Congress Square development.
During our visit to the Congress Square site, we observed the JDC team raising Bobcat vehicles to the buildings' upper floors. These vehicles will be used to perform interior demolition:
Great views of the Boston skyline are abundant throughout the buildings, particularly on upper floors:
We also observed the first restored copper panel on Congress Square’s exterior. As previously reported, the authentic copper panels on Congress Square’s exterior will be fully restored to their “original, copper dipped shine:"
Initial site work is also beginning on a parcel on which a new Congress Square building will be built. The building will front Devonshire Street and will house a boutique hotel:
More information on the Congress Square project, including architectural renderings, is posted below.
Mar 21, 2016
Exciting discovery made at Congress Square
Arrowstreet reports an exciting discovery has been made at Congress Square, currently under construction in Boston’s Financial District. While restoring painted exterior grillwork of the historic buildings, the Consigli construction team discovered that the grillwork is copper-plated and that the panels contain previously unseen intricate craftsmanship. The panels will now be fully restored to their “original, copper dipped shine,” which will further enrich the pedestrian experience that is central to the Congress Square project. We are excited to watch Congress Square continue to progress and cannot wait to see what other hidden historic details are uncovered!
Below are renderings of the restored copper grillwork:
Congress Square will fully restore five historic buildings. New glass additions will be constructed above the buildings; a new hotel building will also be built on site. A pedestrian mall lined with retail spaces and outdoor seating will be built at the site’s center. More project information, including renderings, is posted below.
Mar 21, 2016
600 Harrison Avenue tops off
600 Harrison Avenue is topped off, and windows are installed along much of the building’s frame. Exterior finishes will follow shortly; the frame is being coated with Carlisle 705FR-A fire proofing (silver) over National Gypsum moisture and mold-resistant sheathing (purple). Sheathing has been nearly fully installed. It appears exterior finishes are about to be installed at the Albany Street end of the building, where installation of the cladding fastening system (brown panels and red-topped fasteners) over the fire proofing has begun!
600 Harrison Avenue’s distinctive frame is becoming a significant feature along rapidly-developing Harrison Avenue in Boston’s South End. We are looking forward to watching installation of exterior finishes! 600 Harrison Avenue will contain 160 apartments and approximately 3,600 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
View of 600 Harrison Avenue at corner of Harrison Avenue and Malden Street
View of 600 Harrison Avenue along Malden Street
View of 600 Harrison Avenue at Malden Street end, where cladding fastening system installation has begun
New windows delivered to 600 Harrison Avenue
View of window lifted for installation at 600 Harrison Avenue
View of window lifted for installation at 600 Harrison Avenue
View of windows installed at 600 Harrison Avenue
View of 600 Harrison Avenue facing Saint Helena's House
Feb 16, 2016
600 Harrison nears top-off, installation of fire proofing and windows begins
600 Harrison Avenue is nearly topped off. Installation of fire proofing is beginning at the Albany Street end of the building as moisture and mold-resistant sheathing is installed along the sides; sheathing has been installed underneath all fire proofing. Installation of windows is beginning along the bottom of the building following installation of fire proofing.
Feb 12, 2016
Construction starting at Congress Square
Construction is starting at Congress Square in Boston's Financial District
! Construction fencing has been installed at Quaker Lane along with signage reading "Under Construction." Consigli Construction
will manage Congress Square's buildout.
Feb 08, 2016
J. Derenzo Company is actively preparing the Parcel 1B construction site for construction of a 14-story building. Formerly known as The Merano, the building at Parcel 1B will include a 220-room Courtyard Marriott hotel and 239 affordable workforce apartments. At the Parcel 1B groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday, we got to see J. Derenzo Company at work performing excavations and pile driving for the building’s future foundation.
We had the honor and privilege of joining developer Related Beal at Parcel 1B’s official groundbreaking ceremony on Thursday. We are very excited to watch J. Derenzo Company and Consigli Construction build Parcel 1B, a development project that will create new community-driven housing opportunities in downtown Boston and bring new residents and visitors to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood. Photographs from Thursday’s groundbreaking ceremony are posted above.
Related Beal is also the developer of Lovejoy Wharf in Bulfinch Triangle and Congress Square in Boston's Financial District. The company recently acquired the former Quinzani's Bakery site in Boston’s South End and filed a letter of intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct a new residential development.
Jan 15, 2016
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the Stillings Garage Expansion in Fort Point for construction:
BRA board approves 22 Boston Wharf Rd in #Southie, adding office/retail to existing garage. https://t.co/XgMzAXLcJO pic.twitter.com/aNHIafadfl— BRA (@BostonRedevelop) January 15, 2016
Jan 07, 2016
Letter of Intent submitted for condominium conversion of two Suffolk University buildings
JDMD Owner, LLC
has submitted a Letter of Intent
to the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct 75 condominiums in two former Suffolk University buildings on Beacon Hill at 33-61 Temple Street. The following is a link to the full Letter of Intent
JDMD Owner, LLC acquired the buildings last summer on July 2nd, 2015 for $43.5 million. The following is the deed for JDMD Owner, LLC's acquisition:
More information about the proposed project is posted below.
Jan 06, 2016
Brick finishes have been installed along much of 131 Beverly as the building moves closer to topping off! New photographs posted.
Jan 06, 2016
Construction fencing has been installed at The Merano, and initial site work is kicking off! New photographs posted.
Jan 05, 2016
Installation of sheathing begins at 600 Harrison Avenue
600 Harrison Avenue's frame has risen significantly. The final building will be six stories tall. The building’s distinctive architecture is taking shape. Installation of moisture and mold-resistant sheathing has begun along the bottom of the building.
Jan 01, 2016
131 Beverly's frame is about to top off! New photographs posted.
Dec 29, 2015
Shell nearly sealed at Mosaic on the Riverway
Exterior finishes and windows are nearly fully installed at Mosaic on the Riverway. Work will soon commence on interior finishes.
Frontage along the Riverway
Frontage along the Riverway
Installation of windows and finishes underway
Frontage along Brookline Avenue
Frontage along Brookline Avenue
Dec 28, 2015
Construction is set to begin this week at The Merano. New pre-construction photographs posted.
Dec 22, 2015
Installation of brick finishes is starting at Oxford Ping On! The following are photographs of Oxford Ping On:
Dec 01, 2015
On 11/30/2015, Sun Condos LLC sold the 6 West Broadway project site to Six West Broadway LLC, a limited liability company whose owner, RPS Development of South Boston, is also developing the under-construction 14 West Broadway site next door. Sale price was $15,000,000. Sun Condos LLC's owner, Pappas Enterprises Inc. of South Boston, bought the 6 West Broadway parcel in 2003 for $1,350,000. A hotel is approved for construction at 6 West Broadway.
Nov 30, 2015
Frame construction starts at 600 Harrison Avenue
Significant progress has been made on 600 Harrison Avenue by Consigli Construction! The building continues to rise; Utile’s design calls for 600 Harrison Avenue to be six stories tall. On our recent site visit, we were thoroughly impressed by the hard work and attention to detail actively being put into 600 Harrison Avenue’s construction by the Consigli team. Keep up the great work! We look forward to continuing to watch Consigli build what is sure to be a transformative development project for the SoWA District.
Oct 9, 2015
Frame construction about to start at 600 Harrison Avenue
We are excited for 600 Harrison Avenue’s frame to begin to rise on the building’s new foundation! An AmQuip crane is parked on site, presumably to begin loading frame construction materials onto the construction site.
Nov 27, 2015
We visited under-construction Forecaster 121 in Boston's Bulfinch Triangle. Much progress has been made on the four-story rooftop addition to the handsome, historic Forecaster Building. Consigli Construction is doing a beautiful job, and we look forward to watching Forecaster 121 continue to grow!
Jun 03, 2015
The Forecaster 121 construction team is hard at work preparing the historic Forecaster Building for thorough renovation and restoration. Framing of walls has begun within the building's interior. A tower crane has been installed for construction of Forecaster 121's four-story rooftop addition; construction of the addition's base has begun.
Nov 24, 2015
We visited under-construction 131 Beverly Street on Lovejoy Wharf. Consigli Construction is hard at work, and the building's core continues to rise. When complete, 131 Beverly Street will be 14 stories tall. View our photographs of 131 Beverly Street above and learn more about the project below.
Also, Steve Adams of Banker and Tradesman reports that developer Related Beal is expected to sell the recently-completed Hoffman Building on Lovejoy Wharf, currently home to Converse headquarters, to a German pension fund for $150 million: http://www.bankerandtradesman.com/2015/11/german-fund-exse-hq-for-150m/
Sep 24, 2015
Mosaic on the Riverway tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held today
for Mosaic on the Riverway. Expected completion of the project is in 2016.
Sep 18, 2015
Foundation work moving forward at 600 Harrison Avenue
Construction at 600 Harrison Avenue in Boston's South End's SoWA District is progressing swiftly. The building’s underground parking structure has been excavated, and the foundation has been nearly fully installed. Concrete is being poured along the foundation.
Jun 01, 2015
Converse moved into its completed space at 160 North Washington Street in mid April 2015. Soon afterwards, the new Harborwalk space on Lovejoy Wharf opened to the public. 131 Beverly Street broke ground in late April 2015 and is expected to be complete by spring 2017.
May 28, 2015
Boston developer proposes downtown apartment complex for low and middle income residents—Boston Globe, 4/29/2015