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Cengage to relocate headquarters to nearly fully leased Pier 4 office building in Seaport District
Global education and technology company Cengage will relocate its’ headquarters to 117,000 square feet at Pier 4, a mixed-use Seaport District development overlooking Boston Harbor opening this Fall. Cengage’s office will be located across the second through sixth floors of Pier 4’s 13-story, 373,000-square-foot office building, with a private outdoor terrace on the fourth floor.
Cengage, who is currently located in Fort Point’s Channel Center, has leased its’ new space for 10 years and will move its’ 500 Boston-based employees to Pier 4 this Fall. The company is the United States’ largest provider of higher education teaching and learning materials, and is currently seeking to hire nearly 100 people to sustain its’ rapid transformation from a print company to a fully digital company. “Cengage has experienced significant growth since moving our headquarters to Boston in 2014,” said Cengage Chief Technology Officer George Moore in a prepared statement. “The region’s pool of the best and brightest tech talent has enabled our company to embrace new innovations that support students. The amenities, dynamic nature of the [Seaport] neighborhood and unobstructed views of the Boston Harbor will fuel our momentum, while inspiring current and future employees to think big, embrace the unknown and accelerate new ways of learning.”
With Cengage’s lease, the Pier 4 office building is nearly fully leased. The building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will open a new 202,000-square-foot headquarters across the top seven floors. In total, the building features 353,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail. Amenities will include a state-of-the art fitness center, bicycle storage and three levels of parking, with a new public Harborwalk and one-acre waterfront park. The $500 million Pier 4 will also feature a nine-story condominium building with 106 residences now on sale and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
New Emmanuel College residential tower in Fenway tops off, exterior finishing underway
Emmanuel College’s New Julie Hall on-campus residential tower, located in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood, has topped off at 19 stories tall, and finishing of the building’s exterior facade is underway. The facade has been fully sheathed and fireproofed, and nearly all windows have been installed. Brick exterior finishes have been installed along the tower’s base, and will be installed along upper floors in the coming weeks. Within sealed floors of the tower, framing of individual units and amenities spaces is underway, in addition to installation of finishes.
New Julie Hall is expected to open in Fall 2018 and will feature nearly 700 beds for Emmanuel College students. With the new building, the school will be able to house 84% of its’ student body on campus, up from 73% previously, allowing 11% more students to live on campus. Amenities at the building will include lounges and top-floor function space overlooking the Emerald Necklace and Boston skyline. The following are photographs of Emmanuel College’s New Julie Hall:
Roche Brothers supermarket coming to $1.2 billion MIT Kendall Square Initiative development
Leading local grocer Roche Brothers will open a 19,000-square-foot Brothers Marketplace grocery store at One Broadway in Kendall Square, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s multi-phased $1.2 billion Kendall Square Initiative mixed-use development. The grocery store is expected to open in summer 2019 and will share One Broadway's repositioned ground floor with a restaurant and a new home for Dunkin Donuts. One Broadway's repositioning is part of the 1.8-million-square-foot MIT Kendall Square Initiative development, which will construct six new buildings in Kendall Square including approximately 888,000 square feet of office space, 115,000 square feet of retail, 450 graduate student housing units, 290 housing units and over 1.8 acres of open space.
A grocery store has reportedly been the most requested retail use for the development by neighborhood residents, local employees, and students. “The community’s desire for a grocery store was raised in every conversation that we had with stakeholders during our zoning process,” says Steve Marsh, Managing Director of MIT’s Real Estate Group, in a prepared statement. “It is so important to those who live and work in Kendall that we worked to incorporate it in the earliest possible phase of our development. Going forward, we believe that the market will also serve as an anchor for other retail that contributes to a vibrant neighborhood and greater sense of place in the square.”
Mass Innovation Labs leases space at Boston Landing’s Auerbach Center
Leading biopharmaceutical industry accelerated commercialization program Mass Innovation Labs has announced 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. Mass Innovation Labs will open its’ new two-level space, which will be aimed at accommodating cutting-edge biotech and technology companies looking for tailored space and operating programs, in June 2018. The company opened its’ first biotech incubator at 675 West Kendall Street in Kendall Square and recently leased 52,000 additional square feet at 21 Erie Street in Cambridge, which will open in May 2018, for a second biotech-geared space
The Boston Landing space marks Mass Innovation Labs’ first foray into helping grow technology and engineering companies. “We are thrilled to extend our expertise to the technology industry, and the Boston Landing location is an ideal synergy of companies that create breakthrough products, services and technologies,” said Amrit Chaudhuri, CEO and co-founder of Mass Innovation Labs, in a prepared statement. “Through our Cambridge location, we have demonstrated that we know how to provide the right support for businesses to help them achieve success quickly. We’re excited to bring our proven model to the Boston Landing ecosystem to support technology companies as they design and develop tomorrow’s new solutions.”
Mass Innovation Labs follows recent leases at Boston Landing including life science companies Proteostasis Therapeutics and Roche Diagnostics Operations, who have taken approximately 29,000 square feet each at nearby 80 Guest Street, and Bose Corporation, who has leased 98,000 square feet at 80 Guest Street. Both 80 Guest Street and The Auerbach Center were built on spec and are now nearly 100%-leased. “We are excited to be welcoming Mass Innovation Labs to the Boston Landing campus,” said Jim Halliday, Managing Director for Boston Landing developer New Balance Development Group, in a prepared statement. “The addition of Mass Innovation Labs to provide an environment for technology companies to thrive in order to perform research and develop their technology advancements is at the heart of the innovational and entrepreneurial spirit of Boston Landing, its project sponsor, New Balance, and the other likeminded tenants calling Boston Landing home.”
The Auerbach Center will feature 85,000 square feet of Class A office and laboratory space, in addition to the Boston Celtics’ new 71,000 square foot basketball practice facility and 5,700 square feet of retail. Upon completion, the Boston Landing will feature three office and laboratory buildings, 80,000 square feet of retail, a 175-key hotel, a 295-unit residential apartment building, Warrior Ice Arena, The Auerbach Center, a track and field sports center, a commuter rail station and 1.4 acres of landscaped open space.
Boston University opens newly built Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre
Boston University (BU) has opened its’ newly built 75,000-square-foot Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre along Commonwealth Avenue in Brookline. The state-of-the-art, LEED Silver-sustainable complex features a 250-seat black-box theatre, production and costume shops, design labs, classrooms, faculty offices and a public landscaped plaza facing Commonwealth Avenue.
The new theatre has placed BU’s College of Fine Arts (CFA) performance and production students in the same location for the first time in decades, moving the university’s theatre from its’ longtime home on Huntington Avenue that it shared with the Huntington Theatre Company. BU sold the Huntington Avenue property, located at 252-264 Huntington Avenue, to QMG Huntington LLC in May 2016 for $25 million; QMG now proposes to construct a 32-story tower dubbed The Huntington on the site featuring 426 apartment residences, 7,500 square feet of retail and restaurant space and a preserved 890-seat, 35,654-square-foot theatre that would be gifted to the Huntington Theatre Company.
BU’s new theatre, located at 820 Commonwealth Avenue next to the CFA, has been constructed as part of a $50 million investment in CFA improvements which will also include a makeover of the CFA’s building at 855 Commonwealth Avenue, across from the theatre. The following is a photograph of BU's new theatre:
Hotel opens at The District Burlington, new mixed-use neighborhood north of Boston
A 170-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel has opened at The District Burlington, a new mixed-use neighborhood located in Burlington, MA created from a 1970s office park. Suites at the hotel include one- and two-bedrooms and feature free Wi-Fi and flat-screens, kitchens and living areas. On-site amenities include parking, an indoor pool, a hot tub and a gym. A casual steakhouse will open at the hotel in 2018, complementing The District's culinary options which include Island Creek Oyster Bar, Pressed Cafe, Tavern in the Square and Tuscan Kitchen.
The District Burlington's office component is over 85% leased by over 40 tenants, including BAE Systems, Black Duck Software, Charles River Development and Decision Resources. A total of 30,000 square feet of retail are now located at the development, and The District Burlington's streetscape has been enhanced with new sidewalks and bicycle sharing in order to improve walkability and connectivity. The development is located just 15 miles from Boston, minutes from Interstate 95/128.
150 Seaport waterfront condominium developer paying nearly $2 million for sliver of Seaport sidewalk
Cronin Holdings has reached an agreement with the City of Boston to buy 3,290 square feet of Seaport District sidewalk adjacent to 150 Seaport Boulevard, a site which Cronin will develop into a $260 million, 22-story, 124-unit luxury condominium tower, for $1.95 million. The sale will amount to about $593 per square foot, a far cry from the land’s original appraisal of $55,000. The site was ultimately reappraised based upon its’ value to Cronin’s project, as opposed to comparisons to similar unusable lots across Boston. The 3,290-square-foot site will give Cronin the space needed to construct the 283,700-square-foot tower; Cronin will pay the City for the site over 10 years with interest. Pending State environmental approvals and resolution of a lawsuit filed by the Conservation Law Foundation regarding public access to the waterfront, Cronin plans to break ground on 150 Seaport in Fall 2018.
Boston’s first co-living tower proposed at Ink Block in South End
National Development has partnered with Ollie, a leading co-living and micro-housing specialist, to construct 7INK by Ollie, Boston’s first major co-living development, at Ink Block in the South End. The 14-story 7INK by Ollie would be located at the corner of Herald and Albany Streets and contain 245 shared suites and micro-studios emphasizing communal living. The proponents have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the project, which would be the six-acre Ink Block development’s seventh and final building.
Ink Block currently consists of apartments, condominiums, a hotel, one of the country’s highest volume Whole Foods Markets, acclaimed restaurants, retailers and fitness studios. “7INK by Ollie and the co-living program is the logical evolution of our innovative Ink Block brand,” said Ted Tye, Managing Partner of National Development, in a prepared statement. “The built-in infrastructure of Whole Foods Market, our restaurant and fitness retailers, the soon to open AC Hotel by Marriott, and our new Underground at Ink Block art park make this a perfect location for co-living.” National Development and Ollie anticipate starting construction of 7INK by Ollie in late 2018, pending city approval.
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.
Downtown Crossing site approved for condominium building sold to Emerson College for $24 million
Panoramic Properties, proponent of the approved 13-story, 12-unit 171 Tremont Street luxury condominium building in Downtown Crossing, has sold the property to Emerson College for $24 million. Emerson plans to renovate the vacant five-story, 17,752-square-foot office building which stands on the property over the next nine to 12 months. 171 Tremont Street’s final purpose will be determined at a later date; in the short term, Emerson plans to use the building as office space. “It gives us some flexibility with some of our existing programs to take advantage of the space with some modest renovations,” said Emerson Senior Assistant Vice President of Real Estate Art Mombourquette in an interview with Banker & Tradesman. “The building is in fairly good condition, so we don’t see an extensive scope of work there.” 171 Tremont Street is strategically located in the heart of Downtown Crossing overlooking Boston Common, and will allow Emerson to create further ties between the Boylston and Washington Street parts of its’ campus.
Panoramic Properties’ original development plans for 171 Tremont Street called for a 355-foot condominium tower with 31 condominiums. Facing neighborhood opposition, the approved building was ultimately reduced to 155 feet tall with 12 condominiums. Panoramic Properties acquired 171 Tremont Street for $16.4 million in June 2014. “We are happy to see a wonderful and vibrant institution like Emerson take control of this site, and we remain committed to staying active in the Boston Market,” said Joseph Dabbah of Panoramic Properties in a prepared statement. Newmark Knight Frank’s Tom Greeley represented Panoramic Properties in the $24 million sale of 171 Tremont Street to Emerson.
Bose leases space at Boston Landing’s 80 Guest Street spec office building
Audio equipment leader Bose Corporation has leased 98,000 square feet at the 80 Guest Street spec office building at the Boston Landing development in Brighton, bringing the building to nearly 100%-leased. Bose, headquartered in Framingham, MA, will open its’ Boston office in Summer 2018. “We are excited to welcome Bose, a global company that is headquartered locally and recognized for their technology and innovation, to Boston Landing,” said Jim Halliday, Managing Director at Boston Landing developer NB Development Group, in a prepared statement. “The Bose transaction brings our 80 Guest Street property to near 100% leased and puts its imprint on the transformative nature and innovative spirit that is Boston Landing as the western gateway into Boston.” McCall & Almy represented Bose in the transaction, with Transwestern representing NB Development Group.
Bose’s lease follows life science companies Proteostasis Therapeutics and Roche Diagnostics Operations’ leases of approximately 29,000 square feet each at 80 Guest Street in September 2017. Both companies will take occupancy of their spaces during the first half of 2018. 80 Guest Street is a 10-story, 486,000-square-foot building featuring 230,000 square feet of office and laboratory space space, 12,000 square feet of retail, three levels of parking and the 55,000-square-foot Warrior Ice Arena, home of the official practice facility of the Boston Bruins. Upon completion, the 15.2-acre Boston Landing development will feature three office and laboratory buildings, 80,000 square feet of retail, a 175-key hotel, a 295-unit residential apartment building, Warrior Ice Arena, The Auerbach Center (future basketball practice facility of The Boston Celtics), a track and field sports center, a commuter rail station and 1.4 acres of landscaped open space.
Farm-to-table waterfront restaurant opening at Pier 4 condominium building in Seaport District, new project renderings revealed
The Seaport District’s first farm-to-table restaurant will open on the ground floor of the upcoming Pier 4 waterfront condominium building. The restaurant will be operated by Kristin Canty, owner of organic, farm-to-table Concord, MA restaurant Woods Hill Table, and will have 140 seats, including a raw bar, along with a 40-seat patio. Like Woods Hill Table, food will be sourced directly from The Farm at Woods Hill, Canty’s Bath, New Hampshire-based farm. Canty hopes to decorate the restaurant, which has yet to be named, with items sourced from the former Anthony’s Pier 4 restaurant, which closed in 2015 and was demolished in 2016 to make way for the condominium building.
The $500 million Pier 4 development, which is expected to open in Fall 2018, will feature two buildings with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. The nine-story condominium building will feature 106 residences now on sale and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A 13-story commercial building will feature 353,000 square feet of office space, anchored by Boston Consulting Group’s new 202,000-square-foot headquarters across the top 7 floors, and 20,000 square feet of retail. Newly revealed renderings of Pier 4, including the condominium building's residences and multiple roof decks, are posted above.
The Pier 4 condominium building’s concrete superstructure is nearing its’ full height, with pouring of the final floor underway. In the coming months, exterior finishes and windows will be installed along the condominium building’s facade. The commercial building is fully glassed in with floor-to-ceiling windows, and interior fit out is now underway. The following is a photograph of Pier 4:
Suffolk Construction cuts ribbon on Roxbury headquarters expansion
Suffolk Construction cut the ribbon last week on a $22 million, 38,000-square-foot addition to its’ Roxbury headquarters, the first phase of an expansion that will invest $60 million in the neighborhood. The addition’s ribbon cutting ceremony, held Wednesday, October 25th, was conducted using interactive, digital technology, featuring digital scissors that cut a red ribbon projected across three widescreen televisions, in lieu of a traditional physical ribbon. At the addition’s groundbreaking last September, Suffolk Construction used virtual reality headsets in lieu of shovels and dirt.
Suffolk Construction’s new addition features an auditorium, collaborative workspace, a new cafeteria, a salon, a massage room, a fitness and wellness center, new conference rooms, a ground-floor outdoor patio and a second-floor outdoor terrace. The addition also features a new Smart Lab, which will be used to identify, test and scale transformative new construction technologies. The next phase of Suffolk Construction’s expansion will be a full renovation of the interior of its’ existing offices, located adjacent to the addition. Suffolk Construction is currently building future Boston landmarks such as the $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot Wynn Boston Harbor casino and 61-story, 740-foot-tall One Dalton, New England’s future tallest residential building. The following is a video of the addition’s ribbon cutting ceremony:
500-foot tower now possible in Kendall Square with Cambridge approval of MIT Volpe Center site zoning petition
The City of Cambridge has approved the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s zoning petition for the 14-acre Volpe Center parcel in Kendall Square, enabling MIT to construct buildings up to 500 feet tall. Preliminary plans call for at least one 500-foot-tall residential tower at the Volpe Center, which would be the tallest building in Cambridge and among the tallest buildings in New England. The 500-foot tower would dwarf MIT’s 295-foot-tall Green Building, Cambridge’s current tallest building.
With Cambridge’s approval of the Volpe Center parcel's up-zoning, the next step in MIT’s development of the site is a Planned Unit Development (PUD) filing with the City, which will further define the buildings, uses and spaces of the future development. MIT’s preliminary plans call for approximately 1.7 million square feet of commercial development, including retail and active street uses, and approximately 1,400 housing units across 10 acres of the parcel. Four acres of the parcel will be used to construct a new home for the Volpe Center per MIT’s agreement with the United States General Services Administration (GSA), the parcel’s current owner. “It’s the mix of commercial, residential, open space, retail, innovation space, active street use, and community space that will allow the Volpe site to ultimately become what we imagine,” said Israel Ruiz, MIT’s executive vice president and treasurer, in a prepared statement. “We’ve spent a lot of time looking at vital innovation centers around the world and know that each of these ingredients must be in place in order to create a highly functioning, nimble, and synergistic community.”
The Volpe Center’s mix of uses will complement Kendall Square’s ever-growing innovation economy. “The Kendall Square innovation ecosystem has demonstrated a remarkable capacity to reinvent itself and evolve over time,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif in a prepared statement. “In that long evolution, the federal government’s decision to keep the Volpe Transportation Systems Center here with a reinvigorated presence, together with MIT’s plans to redevelop the remaining parcel, point the way to a compelling future. In guiding the redevelopment, our goal is to make the region’s innovation ecosystem even stronger, creating a dynamic and welcoming place to live and work, which will attract the industries of tomorrow and fuel academic and commercial research collaborations — all of which will help Kendall Square thrive over time by sustaining its creative evolution.”
As part of the zoning approval, MIT has committed to construct 950 new graduate student housing units, which will allow the Institute to house more than 50 percent of its current graduate student population on campus. MIT broke ground this week on a new 450-unit graduate student housing building in Kendall Square, part of its’ overall Kendall Square Initiative development, and is currently formulating plans to construct a second 500-unit building in the coming years and construct 200 additional units within existing campus buildings; MIT intends to apply for permits for both projects no later than the end of 2020. Upon completion, MIT’s Volpe Center development will generate approximately $23 million in taxes annually for the City of Cambridge on a currently tax-exempt parcel.
Boston’s newest luxury nightclubs open at The Benjamin in Seaport District
The Grand and Scorpion Bar, two exciting new nightclubs spearheaded by local nightlife venue proponent Big Night Entertainment Group, have opened on the ground floor of The Benjamin new-construction apartments in the Seaport District, the latest development in the Seaport’s transformation into Boston’s hottest nightlife destination. The Grand opened Wednesday night with a sold-out show headlined by EDM artist Hardwell, and will host two more opening shows Friday and Sunday nights featuring R3HAB and Steve Aoki, respectively. Scorpion Bar will host its’ opening party tonight, featuring former Kiss 108 radio personality DJ Costa.
The Grand meshes glamour, sophistication and high energy, featuring an expansive dance floor, an open glass staircase, custom marble tables, hand-blown glass chandeliers and a 70-foot LED wall. The club will provide a full VIP experience, with stadium VIP bottle seating and VIP bars. The Grand will operate Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights from 10 PM to 2 AM, and will be available for events all week long. Scorpion Bar will be a unique blend of a traditional Mexican tequila cantina and a rock bar, with a Mexican-inspired food and cocktail menu including over 100 tequilas and scorpion dancing. The venue will be open daily from 12 PM to 10 PM, with the bar open Sunday to Wednesday from 12 PM to 12 AM and Thursday to Saturday from 12 PM to 2 AM.
Big Night Entertainment Group, proponent of The Grand and Scorpion Bar, also owns and operates nightlife venue Empire Restaurant & Lounge across from The Benjamin on the ground floor of One Marina Park Drive, and will open a new venue in the first phase of The Hub on Causeway in Bulfinch Triangle, which is on schedule for completion in late 2018. The Grand and Scorpion Bar help fill the void left in Boston’s club scene by the closing of Big Night Entertainment Group’s The Estate, a mega-nightclub located in the Theater District, in 2015. Other retail now open at The Benjamin and its’ sister building VIA’s 250,000 square feet of retail includes fitness center Equinox, Seaport Barbers and men’s clothing store Bonobos. A third nightlife venue, Kings Dining & Entertainment, will open on the ground floor of VIA this coming Monday, October 30th. The two buildings feature a total of 832 luxury apartment residences. The following is a rendering of The Grand and Scorpion Bar at The Benjamin:
$140 million permanent financing secured for Aloft and Element Hotels in Seaport District
The 330-room Aloft Hotel and 180-room Element Hotel in the Seaport District, which opened in Winter 2016 and are located across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) in Boston’s Seaport District, have received a total of $140 million in permanent financing. The loan was secured for the borrower, a partnership of Ares Management and CV Properties LLC, by HFF through Starwood Property Trust. The hotels cost a total of $158 million to develop; HFF also arranged the hotels’ $97 million construction loan through RBS Citizens and Santander Bank N.A.
The Aloft and Element Hotels are located in the heart of Boston’s rapidly developing Seaport District, making them attractive towards business and leisure travelers, and are also home to local entertainment options such as The Social Register and W XYZ Bar. “The hotels opened for business in early 2016 and have enjoyed a strong reception due in part to the phenomenal growth of the Seaport area, the quality of the development and the strong demand generated from the BCEC,” said HFF Managing Director Anthony Cutone in a prepared statement. Each hotel features amenities including a pool, a fitness center and function/meeting space.
$205 million financing obtained for The District Burlington
The District Burlington, a former suburban office park recently transformed by National Development, Charles River Realty Investors and AEW Capital Management into a walkable mixed-use neighborhood, has received $205 million in financing secured by HFF. The seven-year fixed-rate permanent loan was obtained though a major life insurance company. “The borrower did a fantastic job repositioning the asset to become a best-in-class mixed-use park with the best amenity package available in the market,” said HFF Managing Director Greg LaBine in a prepared statement. “That led to increased tenant demand and higher rents, which when coupled with top institutional sponsorship within the borrower group, made this a compelling opportunity for the lender.”
The District Burlington is over 85% leased by a very diverse set of over 40 tenants, including BAE Systems, Black Duck Software, Charles River Development and Decision Resources. With amenities such as a new Marriott Residence Inn hotel, an 8,000-square-foot fitness center, an OMMMSpace housing yoga and meditation classes, private shuttle service to the Alewife MBTA Red Line station and a 30,000-square-foot retail cluster featuring Island Creek Oyster Bar, Pressed Cafe, Tavern in the Square, Tuscan Kitchen and Market and TD Bank, The District Burlington provides an ideal blend of a relaxing suburban setting and urban convenience. The development is located just 15 miles from Boston, minutes from Interstate 95/128.
In response to community concerns regarding density, height and various other matters, Weiner Ventures has downsized its’ proposed 1000 Boylston mixed-use development at the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue in the Back Bay to consist of just one shortened condominium tower, eliminating a previously proposed adjacent apartment tower. The condominium tower’s height has been reduced from 40 stories and 566 feet to 32 stories and 484 feet, and would now contain 108 residences, down from 160.
With the elimination of the 182-unit apartment tower, 284 residential units have been eliminated from 1000 Boylston, and overall project density has been reduced by 36% from 689,000 square feet to 439,500. Proposed retail space within the tower’s five-story podium has been increased from 35,000 square feet to 45,500, and would extend across the podium’s first two stories. Revised 1000 Boylston project plans have been filed with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project. The latest 1000 Boylston renderings are posted above.
80 Guest Street spec office building at Boston Landing lands two life science tenants, reaching 40%-leased
Life science companies Proteostasis Therapeutics and Roche Diagnostics Operations have each leased approximately 29,000 square feet at Boston Landing’s newly built 80 Guest Street speculative office development, which is now 40%-leased. Both companies will take occupancy of their spaces during the first half of 2018. Transwestern represented Proteostatis in its’ lease, and Cushman & Wakefield represented Roche. NB Development Group represented themselves in both leases. Proteostatis is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to the discovery of groundbreaking therapies to treat cystic fibrosis and other diseases caused by dysfunctional protein processing. Roche specializes in truly differentiated medicines in oncology, immunology, infectious diseases, ophthalmology and diseases of the central nervous system, and is also a leader in vitro diagnostics, tissue-based cancer diagnostics and diabetes management.
“We are excited to continue the transformation of Boston Landing with the addition of both Roche Diagnostics and Proteostasis Therapeutics as both are engaged in important and innovative discoveries centered around health & wellness,” said Jim Halliday, Managing Director of NB Development Group, in a prepared statement. “The work and values of both these companies align well with enhancing the innovation and health & wellness spirit already entrenched with the presence of New Balance, the Boston Bruins and the Boston Celtics, as well as the investment made by John Hancock in the residential project at Boston Landing. With the growth in life-science activity within the Cambridge-Boston market, at Boston Landing we look forward to continuing our inroads in attracting other innovative life-sciences and other R&D tech minded industries to the Boston Landing campus.”
80 Guest Street is a 10-story 486,000-square-foot building featuring 230,000 square feet of office and laboratory space space, 12,000 square feet of retail, three levels of parking and the 55,000-square-foot Warrior Ice Arena, home of the official practice facility of the Boston Bruins. Upon completion, the 15.2-acre Boston Landing development will feature three office and laboratory buildings, 80,000 square feet of retail, a 175-key hotel, a 295-unit residential apartment building, Warrior Ice Arena, The Auerbach Center (future basketball practice facility of The Boston Celtics), a track and field sports center, a commuter rail station and 1.4 acres of landscaped open space.
Treviicos constructs slurry wall foundation of The Benjamin & VIA, newly opened Seaport District landmark development
Locally-based ground improvement expert Treviicos played an instrumental part in the recent completion of The Benjamin & VIA, two exclusive mixed-use towers in Boston's Seaport District featuring 832 modern apartment residences and 250,000 square feet of retail, constructing the building’s below-grade slurry wall foundation. Treviicos constructed a 1,552-foot-long, 86,500-square-foot reinforced concrete slurry wall along The Benjamin & VIA’s perimeter, which serves as the development’s foundation wall. The Benjamin & VIA’s location just steps from Boston Harbor presented significant geotechnical challenges, including persistent groundwater presence and unstable soil conditions, that Treviicos was able to expertly navigate, constructing a strong, 30-foot-thick wall using over 800 tons of steel, 8,800 cubic yards of concrete and 1,000 embedded steel plates connected with beams and girders in order to provide structural support.
The Benjamin & VIA’s slurry wall consists of 72 concrete panels and has an average depth of 55 feet, enclosing three below-grade parking levels containing 775 vehicle spaces that are now open to both building residents and the public. Apartment move-ins at The Benjamin & VIA began this summer, and multiple retailers will open this Fall, starting with an Equinox fitness center due to open October 17th. The latest information about The Benjamin & VIA apartments and retail is posted above. The following are photographs of Treviicos at work at The Benjamin & VIA:
Historic Circle Cinema sign re-installed atop Cleveland Circle mixed-use development
National Development has re-installed the historic Circle Cinema sign, a longtime landmark of Cleveland Circle, atop the new six-story, 92-unit Waterstone luxury adult apartment community at the $85 million, 218,520-square-foot Circle mixed-use development. The sign was unveiled in a special ceremony Wedensday evening attended by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Boston City Councillor Mark Ciommo and National Development Managing Partner Ted Tye. The Circle is expected to open in early 2018, and will also feature a 162-room AC Hotel and approximately 14,000 square feet of retail space across the ground floors of both new buildings. The following are photographs from the Circle sign installation ceremony:
New 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square now fully leased
Ahead of construction completion this Fall, Alexandria Real Estate Equities has fully leased the 431,500-square-foot 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square. In addition to anchor tenant Bristol-Myers Squibb, who has leased 208,000 square feet across floors one to five, and Facebook, who has leased 129,636 square feet across the building's top three floors, venture-backed biotech startups Foghorn Therapeutics, Sigilon Therapeutics, Tango Therapeutics and TCR2 Therapeutics will each lease approximately 22,000 square feet at 100 Binney. Alexandria will now shift its' focus towards pre-leasing its' new 172,500-square-foot 399 Binney Street speculative lab and office building in Kendall Square; with foundation construction now underway, 399 Binney Street is expected to open in late Fall 2018.
Omni Hotel Seaport proponents kick off city review process, Q3 2018 groundbreaking anticipated
The Davis Companies and Omni Hotel Management Corporation, developers of an upcoming 1,054-key luxury hotel located on a 2.1-acre Massport-owned parcel across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in the Seaport District, have filed plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), kicking off the hotel’s city review process. Though projects constructed on Massport-owned land are exempt from the City of Boston’s Zoning Code, both Massport and the proponents have agreed that the project will voluntarily undergo city review.
The Omni Hotel will feature amenities including 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space with two large 25,000 square foot and 15,500 square foot ballrooms, 40,000 square feet of retail space, an 8,500 square foot spa and fitness center and a rooftop pool. The hotel could also feature an above-ground skating rink. The Omni Hotel will provide the Seaport District and the BCEC with much-needed hotel rooms; per a report released by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) in 2016, the BCEC has the fewest hotel rooms available within walking distance in comparison to convention centers in major US cities. Meanwhile, in 2016, Boston placed among the cities with the highest hotel rates in the country. Construction of the Omni Hotel is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2018, with completion expected in 2021.
Samuels shifts focus of Landmark Center redevelopment to offices from residential, renames project 401 Park
Seeking to capitalize upon the Fenway neighborhood’s emergence as a premier office destination, Samuels & Associates proposes to refocus its’ redevelopment plans for Landmark Center, scrapping plans for an addition containing 550 apartments with a 110,000-square-foot retail podium and instead constructing a 506,000-square-foot building featuring office space and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Strong demand for office space at the existing Landmark Center, as well as Samuels’ recently completed 237,000-square-foot Van Ness office building, which has attracted technology, data analytics and lab tenants, prompted Samuels to revise the previously approved project plans.
Another factor in the switch to an office focus was Samuels’ decision to preserve Landmark Center’s 1,500-space above-grade parking structure, citing the growing scarcity of parking in the Fenway neighborhood and the high costs of constructing an underground garage. Accordingly, a 110,000-square-foot retail podium that would have been located at the base of the previously approved residential building, which would have replaced the above-grade garage and featured a Wegmans supermarket, has also been eliminated. As part of the currently proposed project, Landmark Center’s existing 978,200-square-foot office and retail component would also be renovated.
Phase One of the Landmark Center redevelopment project, which Samuels has renamed 401 Park, is currently underway with full completion expected in Spring 2019. Phase One will include construction of a new 1.1-acre open space along Park Drive, which is expected to open in mid-2018, as well as creation of new open spaces and public realm improvements throughout the Landmark Center site and a destination food hall featuring local chefs within the existing building.
Pending approval by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing Samuels’ revised proposal, construction of Phase Two, which would feature the new 506,000-square-foot office building, would commence in 2019 contingent upon leasing activity. “Bringing office and lab space to [401 Park] not only meets a clear demand for such space – as evidenced by the success of Van Ness and the early stage tech and creative economy companies that are growing out of the space at [startup incubator Hatch Fenway, located at Landmark Center] – but it also adds to the vitality of the neighborhood,” said Erik Grabowski, executive director of 401 Park development partner J.P. Morgan Asset Management, in a prepared statement. The latest 401 Park project information, including renderings, is posted above.
Facebook leasing top three floors of new 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square
Facebook has reportedly leased the top three floors of the newly built 10-story 100 Binney office building in Kendall Square, amounting to 129,636 square feet. Facebook will open a new office at 100 Binney in 2018 with capacity for up to 650 employees. The company will hire more than 500 new employees, becoming one of Cambridge’s largest employers. Facebook currently occupies an 18,500-square-foot office at One Broadway in Kendall Square, with capacity for up to 150 employees.
Per a Boston Globe report, Facebook’s new office will focus on providing mobile and data center support to Facebook’s 2 billion users, as well as serve as a hub for machine learning. The office will also focus upon building more efficient networks with telecom companies and partnering with hardware manufacturers for new product development. A new Connectivity Lab striving to provide internet and technology access to the 4 billion people worldwide who lack internet access will also be located at the office.
Facebook will share 100 Binney with global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, who has leased approximately 208,000 square feet across floors one through five through at least 2030. A total of 300 employees will work at Bristol-Myers Squibb’s new office. Just floors six and seven remain for lease at 100 Binney, amounting to approximately 80,000 square feet. 100 Binney totals approximately 431,500 rentable square feet and is expected to be delivered in the fourth quarter of this year.
Topping off ceremony held for The Auerbach Center, future Boston Celtics practice facility at Boston Landing
A topping off ceremony was held Wednesday (August 23rd) for The Auerbach Center, the 17-time NBA Champion Boston Celtics’ future official practice facility located at Brighton’s 15.2-acre Boston Landing development. The Auerbach Center has reached its’ full height of six stories, and both fireproofing of the building’s frame and pouring of concrete to construct floors are well underway. Opening in mid-2018, The Auerbach Center will contain a total of approximately 160,000 square feet of space, including the Boston Celtics’ 71,000-square-foot state-of-the-art basketball practice facility, 85,000 square feet of Class A office and laboratory space and 5,700 square feet of retail. The following is a photograph from The Auerbach Center’s topping-off ceremony, courtesy Nathan Fried-Lipski / Nate Photography:
Ribbon cut on newly completed Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartments, and Marina Bay boardwalk expansion, on Quincy waterfront
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held Saturday, August 12th for the newly completed Meriel Marina Bay luxury apartments on the Quincy waterfront, and the associated expansion of the Marina Bay boardwalk. The boardwalk’s size has been nearly doubled as part of Meriel Marina Bay’s development, creating new publicly-accessibly waterfront space and retail. Meriel Marina Bay features two five-story buildings featuring 352 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom residences and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, with resident amenities including a fitness center, three elevated courtyards, a swimming pool and on-site garage parking. Breathtaking views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline are visible throughout Meriel Marina Bay. Over 25% of apartments at Meriel Marina Bay are leased following the launch of leasing last Spring; apartments are now available for lease.
Meriel Marina Bay is the latest addition to Quincy’s thriving Marina Bay neighborhood, located a short drive, transit trip or boat ride to Downtown Boston. “The expansion of the Marina Bay boardwalk is a truly meaningful milestone in our work to complete the Meriel Marina Bay community and further enhance the many wonderful aspects of this neighborhood,” said Hines Managing Director Michael Francis in a prepared statement. “The new boardwalk and new retail spaces will provide additional opportunities to complement the already thriving mix of retail offerings along the waterfront and provide both locals and visitors with added space to enjoy the unique benefits of this waterfront neighborhood.”
Meriel Marina Bay complements Quincy’s recent resurgence, with hundreds of thousands of square feet of new housing and commercial space currently under development and recently completed. “Our city has experienced an ongoing positive evolution across all neighborhoods over the last number of years with the steady addition of new businesses and residents proud to call Quincy home,” said Quincy Mayor Thomas P. Koch in a prepared statement. “Marina Bay has particularly continued to thrive as a destination where residents and visitors alike come to live, work and play, and I’m thrilled to see the continued growth of this community with the expansion of the boardwalk through the construction of Meriel Marina Bay.”
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 saidthe 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.
Pier 4 office building nearly glassed in, condominium building superstructure concrete pouring underway
The Seaport District’s 13-story, 373,000-square-foot Pier 4 waterfront office building, which will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, is nearly fully glassed in, with floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall panels installed up to the building’s 10th floor. Pouring of concrete floors and fireproofing spraying are both just about complete inside the building. The Pier 4 office building will feature open floor plates with sweeping views of Boston Harbor. Boston Consulting Group has leased 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors; expected occupancy is in Fall 2018. A total of 353,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of retail will be located at the Pier 4 office building; space is now available for lease.
Pouring of the concrete superstructure of Pier 4’s nine-story, 106-unit waterfront luxury condominium building is now underway, with the first floor podium and second floor both fully poured. Sales of Pier 4’s condominiums, which range from one to four bedrooms and are the only Seaport residences surrounded by water on three sides, are now underway, in addition to leasing of the building’s 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A condominium sales center has been constructed on the future site of Pier 4’s waterfront park, which will provide the public with sweeping Boston Harbor and Boston skyline views. The following are photographs of Pier 4:
Wood framing underway at 2nd Avenue Residences luxury apartments in Needham
Wood framing of Phase 1 of 2nd Avenue Residences, a five-story, 390-unit luxury apartment development built by Dellbrook | JKS located just off of Route 128 in Needham, is nearing completion, with Phase 2's wood framing also well underway. Underground plumbing is underway for Phase 3 of 2nd Avenue Residences; wood framing of Phase 3 will commence in the coming months. 2nd Avenue Residences' 583-car precast parking garage is nearing completion, with its' first sequence built ahead of schedule and the second sequence well underway. 2nd Avenue Residences will feature apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms, with desirable amenities such as a pool deck and outdoor entertaining space. The following is a photograph of 2nd Avenue Residences, courtesy Dellbrook | JKS:
Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End reach 60% pre-sold benchmark
The upcoming Siena at Ink Block luxury condominiums in the South End, which recently topped off, are already 60% pre-sold. This strong early demand represents the upper South End's recent renaissance, with transformative new developments such as Ink Block bringing new residents and retail options to the area. Siena residents will be located steps from the Whole Foods Market at Ink Block, in addition to multiple desirable restaurants and shops, and a short walk to Downtown Boston, South Boston and the Seaport District. Siena will feature 76 residences, with amenities including a rooftop Sky Lounge and roof deck with sweeping Boston skyline views. Siena is expected to open in early 2018.
Innovative The Benjamin & VIA residences in Seaport District now open, new retail offerings revealed
The Benjamin & VIA, two exclusive new mixed-use towers located in the heart of the Seaport District featuring 832 modern apartment residences and 250,000 square feet of retail, are now open. Spanning 1.5 million square feet, the $650 million development is Boston’s largest mixed-use project in over 30 years. Luxury apartments ranging from studios to three-bedroom penthouses are now available for lease.
Retail at The Benjamin & VIA will open from late this Summer to early this Fall. Newly confirmed retailers include men's clothing store Bonobos, Italian coffee house Caffe Nero, outdoor outfitter Filson, clothing and outdoor gear store L.L. Bean, athletic apparel retailer Lululemon, men's clothing retailer Mr. Sid, and eyeglass retailer Warby Parker. Additional retailers will include fitness and lifestyle leader Equinox, Mexican tequila cantina rock bar Scorpion Bar & Restaurant and destination nightclub The Grand, bowling experience center Kings Bowl, chic restaurant and full bar Lobby Lounge, artisan Italian restaurant and marketplace Tuscan Italian Kitchen & Market, movie theater Showplace ICON Theatre and high-energy steakhouse STK®.
“We are thrilled to be part of such an incredible transformation taking place here in the Seaport, said Heather Boujoulian,Senior Vice President and Director of Development Investment Management at The Benjamin & VIA co-developer Berkshire Group, in a prepared statement. “From the exciting restaurants and retail stores to the recent opening of the church and the developing streetscape, our residents have access to everything right at their doorstep.” Newly revealed graphics of The Benjamin & VIA, in addition to the latest project information, are posted above.
Facade finish installation complete, interior finishing underway at The Residences at Boston Landing
All exterior finish panels have been installed along the 17-story facade of The Residences at Boston Landing,
the residential component of the 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development in Brighton. Window installation along the facade is nearing completion, and installation of metal stud framing has begun inside the building in order to partition The Residences at Boston Landing's 295 luxury apartment residences. On The Residences at Boston Landing's ground floor will be 16,400 square feet of retail space; the building will also feature premier common spaces such as a fitness center, multiple roof decks, an active lounge with a pool table and a 20,000 square foot landscaped patio with a swimming pool and cabanas. The Residences at Boston Landing is expected to open in June 2018. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
The Auerbach Center, future Boston Celtics practice facility at Boston Landing, nears topping off
Construction of the steel frame of The Auerbach Center, the future official practice facility of the Boston Celtics, at Boston Landing in Brighton is nearing the building’s full height of six stories. On The Auerbach Center’s lower levels, both fireproofing and pouring of concrete to construct floors have begun. Part of the 15.2-acre Boston Landing development, The Auerbach Center will contain a total of approximately 160,000 square feet of space, including the Boston Celtics’ 71,000-square-foot state-of-the-art basketball practice facility in addition to 85,000 square feet of Class A office and laboratory space and 5,700 square feet of retail. Completion of The Auerbach Center is expected by mid-2018. The following are photographs of The Auerbach Center:
UMass Boston's first student residence hall tops off at 12 stories tall
UMass Boston's first-ever on-campus student residence hall, featuring 1,077 beds and a host of amenities, has topped off at 12 stories tall. A topping-off ceremony was held at the $120 million residence hall today, during which the structure's last steel beam was lifted into place. With structural steel construction complete, concrete floor pouring is now underway on the residence hall's upper floors. Concrete floors have been poured on the building's lower floors, along which facade weatherproofing has begun. Opening in time for the Fall 2018 semester, UMass Boston's residence hall will also provide the UMass Boston community with a new ground-floor dining hall. Resident amenities will include a TV lounge, a gaming area and a study lounge. The following are photographs from the residence hall topping-off ceremony, courtesy residence hall architect Elkus Manfredi Architects:
Facade weatherproofing and interior framing underway at Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End
Large weatherproofing sections have been installed along the facade of Siena at Ink Block, a new luxury condominium building opening next year at Ink Block in the South End. Window and facade finish installation at Siena will begin in the coming weeks. Inside the building, metal stud framing is being installed to partition individual condominiums. Siena will feature 76 new luxury condominiums, which are now on sale, with resident amenities including an indoor-outdoor rooftop sky lounge with sweeping views, a fully equipped fitness center, 24/7 concierge service and on-site parking. The following are photographs of Siena At Ink Block:
Facade installation complete at AC Hotel South End, opening this Fall at Ink Block
Windows and finishes have been fully installed along the facade of AC Hotel South End, a contemporary hotel opening later this year at Ink Block in the South End. Finishing of the building’s 200 guest rooms is now underway; plastering of rooms is nearing completion, and luxurious finishes are being installed throughout. Amenities at AC Hotel South End will include a bar, a lounge area, a fitness center and an indoor pool. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
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:
BLDUP’s Building of the Week: 2nd Avenue Residences luxury apartments in Needham
Built by Dellbrook | JKS and opening in the first half of 2019, 2nd Avenue Residences will feature 390 luxurious apartment residences located in Needham a short drive from Route 128. Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms and include multiple desirable amenities, such as a pool deck and outdoor entertaining space. The following is a video exhibiting 2nd Avenue Residences:
Transformation of vacant East Cambridge municipal tower moves forward with court ruling
The transformation of the vacant Sullivan Courthouse and Middlesex Jail tower in East Cambridge has moved forward with the Massachusetts Appeals Court's upholding of the project's approval, ending a lengthy court battle and allowing developer Leggat McCall to proceed with construction. A group of East Cambridge residents had sued to block the project, citing concerns with the tower's density and height. Construction will now begin imminently on a gut rehabilitation of the tower, located at 40 Thorndike Street in East Cambridge. The tower will be converted into approximately 430,000 square feet of office, research & development space, 15,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 24 apartment residences, all within the existing structure. Two floors will be removed from the existing 22-story, 282-foot-tall tower, resulting in a 20-story structure that is 24 feet shorter.
Reebok unveils new Seaport headquarters at The Innovation and Design Building
Reebok has unveiled new renderings of “The Home of Fitness”, its’ new 220,000-square-foot global headquarters at The Innovation and Design Building in the Seaport District which will open this Fall. Designed by Gensler and located at 25 Drydock Avenue, “The Home of Fitness” will span five floors and house 700 Reebok employees. “The new home of fitness will be more than just an office building, it will be a workplace unlike any other in an amazing part of the city,” said Reebok Vice President John Lynch in a prepared statement. “It will be a great environment to inspire Reebok to make the best fitness products in the world. These new visuals show that the new space is modern, beautifully designed, and innovative while retaining the authenticity of this historic building.”
“The Home of Fitness” will feature creative common spaces including an “alternative activity-based work zone” that encourages collaboration with “a comfortable and light-filled environment” graced with sweeping Boston skyline views, and a “work cafe” with grab and go food offerings and a sit-down cafe with bar height, booth, round-group and lounge seating, in addition to a stadium bleacher area for large group events and meetings. Together, Reebok and Gensler have created a space graced with natural lighting and an open floorplan that will foster innovation and a healthy workplace. “We are inspired and energized by Reebok,” said Gensler Studio Director and Principal Arlyn Vogelmann in a prepared statement. “Together we are creating a new world-class headquarters experience for both their staff and customers that will allow them to provide the most active and healthy workplace, attract top talent, and showcase the brand in the best possible way.” The following are renderings of “The Home of Fitness”:
Interior finishing underway at Allston’s new Trader Joe’s supermarket, opening by end of year at Continuum
Interior finishing work at the upcoming 13,000-square-foot Trader Joe’s supermarket at the recently completed $150 million, 350,000-square-foot Continuum mixed-use building in Allston, located steps from Harvard Business School, is well underway. Painting of surfaces including the retail space’s exposed ceiling, utilities and structural poles is now underway, and the space will soon be equipped with shelving, kiosks and other essential supermarket items. Trader Joe’s is expected to open at Continuum by the end of this year, joining upcoming retail options including Jewish deli concept Our Father’s Deli as well as a coffee shop and fitness retailer yet to be named. Just 3,787 square feet of retail space remain for lease at Continuum; the remaining space comes equipped with a full liquor license at no further cost to the tenant. The following are photographs of work underway at Trader Joe’s:
Weatherproofing underway at The Circle, luxurious new hotel and adult housing opening Early 2018 in Brighton
Both buildings at the 218,520-square-foot Circle mixed-use development in Brighton's Cleveland Circle have topped off, and weatherproofing of the structures is now underway. Windows have been fully installed at the future 92-unit Waterstone luxury adult apartment building, and the building's exterior is just about fully fireproofed. Exterior facade finish installation will begin at Waterstone in the coming weeks. Window installation is well underway at the 162-room AC Hotel, and moisture-resistant cladding installation has begun at the building's base. A total of approximately 14,000 square feet of retail space will be located along The Circle's ground floor; The Circle is jointly developed by National Development and Boston Development Group and is located steps from the MBTA Green Line. Completion of The Circle is anticipated in Early 2018. The following are photographs of The Circle:
Sephora opens in Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace Pavilion, Helical Drilling provides helical pile geotechnical design/build solution
The replacement of an aging 1970s retail structure at Faneuil Hall Marketplace downtown with a gleaming new pavilion featuring a sweeping glass curtain wall is now complete, with a new Sephora high-end cosmetics store now open. The project presented a unique construction challenge given its’ small footprint and location in a popular historic neighborhood constantly bustling with tourists and office workers. Furthermore, the site is located in an area of Boston created with urban fill, which can be unstable if not properly reinforced. The associated transportation needs to replace existing urban fill would have been unsuitable for Faneuil Hall Marketplace’s tight, busy urban location. Accordingly, it was deemed necessary to install piles on the site in order to strengthen the soil.
Traditional pile driving, which is very loud and requires large equipment to perform, not to mention very long individual piles, would not have been ideal for Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Accordingly, geotechnical design/build specialist Helical Drilling was brought in to install helical piles, smaller, more space-efficient foundation elements that can be very cost-effective in a tight urban environment such as Faneuil Hall Marketplace. Helical Drilling performed the helical pile installation in just eight days, allowing the project to proceed quickly, on budget and on schedule. The result is a new modern landmark for Quincy Market that will serve the district for years to come. The following is a photograph of the new Faneuil Hall Marketplace Pavilion, courtesy Helical Drilling:
The following are photographs of helical pile installation underway at Faneuil Hall Marketplace Pavilion, courtesy Helical Drilling:
Glass curtain wall installation begins at Pier 4 offices in Seaport District, condominium sales launch
The first glass curtain wall panels have been installed along the lower levels of the recently-topped-off 13-story, 373,000-square-foot Pier 4 office building. The building will feature 353,000 square feet of Class A office space with floor-to-ceiling windows and open floor plates offering sweeping views of Boston Harbor. On the Pier 4 office building’s upper levels, concrete is being poured to construct floors and fireproofing is being sprayed along columns and ceilings. The Pier 4 office building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will occupy 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors, with completion expected in Fall 2018. 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be located along the Pier 4 office building’s ground floor.
A nine-story residential building featuring 106 luxurious condominiums with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is also being constructed at the Pier 4 site. Foundation construction for this building is currently underway, and a tower crane has been erected in anticipation of superstructure construction. Condominium sales at Pier 4 have launched and are now underway; available residences range from one to four bedrooms and are the only Seaport residences surrounded by water on three sides. Initial demand for condominiums is reportedly strong. “We’ve been receiving tremendous interest in PIER 4,” said Advisors Living CEO Janice Dumont, who is leading the sales team at PIER 4. “These homes offer an urban oasis; an intimate yet energetic retreat within the Seaport. You can walk to the water’s edge, look back at the skyline and be a part of Boston’s inner harbor.” The following are photographs of Pier 4:
Superstructure construction begins at 2nd Avenue Residences, 390 upcoming luxury apartments in Needham
Large sections of the foundation of 2nd Avenue Residences, a new Needham luxury apartment community built by Dellbrook | JKS, have been poured, and the five-story building’s frame has begun to rise. The first wood-framed section of the building’s first floor has been erected, and large vertical concrete sections of the first floor have been poured. Excavations to prepare for remaining concrete foundation base pouring continue across the 5.13-acre project site; electrical and plumbing ground utilities have been nearly fully installed. 2nd Avenue Residences will be a $135 million, 390-unit luxury apartment building opening in the first half of 2019 including 583-space precast concrete parking garage as well as two courtyards with pool and outdoor entertaining space. The following are photographs of 2nd Avenue Residences:
The Benjamin in Seaport District welcomes first residents, retail openings at Benjamin & VIA expected by Fall
The Benjamin, a new 354-unit apartment community in the Seaport District, is now open and welcomed its’ first residents earlier this month. The first move-ins at VIA, The Benjamin’s 478-unit sister building, will take place this Summer. Exterior facades of both buildings are now complete, and finishing touches on VIA’s interior as well as the Benjamin & VIA development’s 250,000 square feet of exclusive street-level retail are now underway. Retail at The Benjamin will include fitness and lifestyle leader Equinox, Mexican tequila cantina rock bar Scorpion Bar & Restaurant and destination nightclub The Grand. At VIA will be bowling experience center Kings Bowl, chic restaurant and full bar Lobby Lounge, artisan Italian restaurant and marketplace Tuscan Italian Kitchen & Market, movie theater Showplace ICON Theatre and high-energy steakhouse STK®. Boston’s largest mixed-use development in over 30 years, The Benjamin & VIA features 832 total apartment residences across two new buildings, in addition to retail, and encompasses 1.5 million square feet of space. The following are photographs of The Benjamin & The VIA:
Facade complete at 50 Liberty waterfront luxury condos in Seaport District, interior fit out underway
The 14-story glass-and-marble facade of the 50 Liberty luxury waterfront condominium residences in the Seaport District is complete, with all floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall panels, marble exterior finish panels and private balconies installed. Interior fit out of 50 Liberty’s 120 luxury residences is now underway in anticipation of the building’s opening in Early 2018; luxury residences at 50 Liberty are now on sale. Finishing of 50 Liberty’s interior common spaces, which include desirable amenities such as a private waterfront club room, a board room for meetings and a private gym, is also underway. On 50 Liberty’s ground floor will be 30,000 square feet of civic, cultural and retail space along a new waterfront boardwalk. The following are photographs of 50 Liberty:
13-story Pier 4 office building in Seaport District tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held this past Wednesday (June 7th, 2017) for the 13-story, 373,000-square-foot Pier 4 office building in the Seaport District. The ceremony marked the completion of construction of the building’s steel structural frame. Concrete pouring to construct the office building’s interior floors and interior fireproofing are both now underway, and facade finish installation has begun at the office building’s base.
The Pier 4 office building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will occupy 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors. In total, the building will feature 353,000 square feet of Class A office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A nine-story residential building at Pier 4 featuring 100 luxurious condominiums and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is also under construction facing Boston Harbor. The following are photographs from the Pier 4 topping-off ceremony, courtesy Elkus Manfredi Architects:
Facade installation preparations underway at Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End
The eight-story facade of the recently-topped-off Siena at Ink Block luxury condominium residences in the South End is being prepared for installation of exterior finishes. Steel infill walls have been installed along Siena's perimeter up to the building's fourth floor; these walls will support and reinforce Siena's facade, which will consist of distinctive brickwork and metal panels. Within the building, concrete has been poured at the bases of nearly all floors, allowing for framing of individual residences to begin. Opening in early 2018, Siena will feature 76 new luxury condominium residences now on sale with state-of-the-art amenities including a rooftop Sky Lounge and a fully-equipped fitness center. The following are photographs of Siena at Ink Block:
Facade nearing completion, interior finishing underway at AC Hotel South End
Black and grey exterior finish panels have been installed along large sections of AC Hotel South End's facade, and are just about fully installed along Albany Street. Windows have been fitted along all sides of the building, and weatherproofing is fully in place. Inside AC Hotel South End, individual hotel rooms have been framed, and state-of-the-art modern finishes are being installed. Opening this Fall, AC Hotel South End will feature 200 guest rooms with high-class contemporary amenities including a bar, a lounge area, a fitness center and an indoor pool. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
Exterior and interior finishing underway at Boston University’s Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre
The four-story steel frame of Boston University (BU)’s new Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre on Commonwealth Avenue has topped off, and exterior and interior finishing are now underway. The theatre’s exterior facade is being weatherproofed; moisture-resistant cladding and fireproofing are both being installed in anticipation of exterior finish panel installation along the sides of the building. The theatre will feature a striking glass curtain wall overlooking Commonwealth Avenue, in addition to aluminum composite panel and ultra-high-performance concrete finishes. Inside the building, framing of interior spaces, fireproofing and installation of electrical, mechanical & plumbing utilities are all underway. The 75,000-square-foot Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre will open this Fall. The following are photographs of the Joan and Edgar Booth Theatre:
Developer will activate former Lynn GE plant with new mixed-use development and commuter rail station
By Marlon A. Cohen
For years, the Riverworks commuter rail station, located along the Saugus River in Lynn, has been open only to employees of the nearby eponymous General Electric (GE) plant. However, as part of developer Charles Patsios’ proposal to construct approximately 1,260 residential units over five phases across 65.5 acres formerly owned by GE, the station will be open to the general public in the coming years, providing the surrounding Lynn community with a direct rail connection to Boston.
Last week, Patsios and the State of Massachusetts reached a deal to allow public access to the station for the first time. Per the deal, Patsios will pay to construct two new 783-foot-long accessible station platforms with spacious walkways, as well as an 80-car parking lot. The station, which will be directly accessible by car from the Lynnway (Route 1A), will be a remarkably important improvement for Lynn, providing a 15-minute train ride to Downtown Boston just two stops to Boston’s North Station. The station will also create new transit-oriented housing opportunity north of Boston. “Having the Riverworks station available for everyone makes this a truly transit-oriented development,” Patsios said in an ItemLive interview. Patsios purchased the 65.5-acre site in 2014 for $7.6 million.
Elevator core tops off, concrete superstructure pouring underway at Emmanuel College’s New Julie Hall in Fenway
The first elevator core at Emmanuel College’s New Julie Hall dormitory has topped off at 19 stories tall, and the building’s 19-story concrete superstructure has been poured up to the eighth floor. A second elevator core has reached the building’s ninth floor. Opening in Fall 2018, New Julie Hall will feature nearly 700 beds for Emmanuel College students as well as amenities including lounges and top-floor function space overlooking the Emerald Necklace and the Boston skyline. The following are photographs of Emmanuel College’s New Julie Hall:
The Residences at Boston Landing tops off at 17 stories tall
The Residences at Boston Landing, a 311,000-square-foot mixed-use development in Brighton featuring 295 luxury apartment residences and 16,400 square feet of ground-floor retail, has topped off at 17 stories tall. A topping-off ceremony was held at The Residences at Boston Landing last Tuesday (May 9th, 2017), with speakers including Thomas N. O’Brien, Founding Partner and Managing Director of The HYM Investment Group, Jim Davis, Chairman of New Balance Athletics, Inc, Kevin Adolphe, President and CEO of John Hancock Real Estate and Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh. The Residences at Boston Landing project team, construction workers and community members all gathered on the project site to formally hoist the final steel beam of the development’s 17-story frame into the sky and install the beam at the frame’s summit.
The Residences at Boston Landing’s residents will be situated steps to multiple amenities and direct commuter rail service to Downtown Boston. It was recently announced that dining options Rail Stop Restaurant & Bar, Kohi Coffee Company and Flatbread Pizza Company will all open at Boston Landing; the Boston Landing commuter rail station is expected to open this month. “The Residences at Boston Landing provides residents the opportunity to have access to spectacular amenities within the building, access to the new retail shops on Guest Street, and will benefit from being across the street from the new MBTA commuter rail station," said O’Brien at the topping-off ceremony. The following are photographs of the Residences at Boston Landing topping-off ceremony:
The following are photographs of speakers at the Residences at Boston Landing topping-off ceremony:
The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
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.
Steel frame rising at Boston Landing’s Auerbach Center, future home of Celtics’ practice facility
The Auerbach Center’s concrete base foundation has been fully poured, and the building’s six-story steel structure has risen up to the building's future second floor. Metal decking has been installed along a large section of The Auerbach Center’s first floor; concrete will be poured on the decking in order to construct the first floor’s base. Opening mid-2018, The Auerbach Center will feature 160,000 total square feet of space, which will include the future practice facility of the Boston Celtics. The following are photographs of The Auerbach Center:
Facade finishing underway at AC Hotel South End, opening this Fall at Ink Block
The first exterior finishes have been installed at AC Hotel South End, a trendy boutique hotel that will open this Fall at Ink Block in the South End. Windows and fireproofing have been installed along nearly the entire building, and individual hotel rooms have been framed inside. In the coming months, the facade will be completed, and the hotel’s interior will be appointed with modern, luxurious finishes. AC Hotel South End will feature 200 guest rooms with desirable amenities including a bar and lounge area, a fitness center and an indoor pool. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
Siena at Ink Block luxury condos in South End top off
A topping-off ceremony was recently held for Siena at Ink Block, the South End’s latest luxury condominium building. Hundreds of construction workers and the Siena project team gathered last Friday (April 28th, 2017) to formally hoist the final steel beam of Siena’s 8-story frame into the sky and install the beam at the frame’s summit.
National Development Managing Partner Ted Tye spoke briefly prior to the beam’s installation, thanking the construction and project teams for their hard work. Siena will be located in National Development’s vibrant Ink Block development, which upon Siena’s completion will be home to nearly 500 housing units, the acclaimed Bar Mezzana, Fuji at Ink Block and Lion’s Tail restaurants and top-quality retail including a Whole Foods grocery store.
Completion of Siena is expected in early 2018; with steel frame construction complete, the construction team will commence facade construction and interior finishing. Concrete slabs have been poured at the bases of nearly half of Siena’s floors, allowing for partitioning of individual residences to begin. Siena’s 76 luxury condominium residences, which will feature sweeping skyline views and desirable amenities including a private rooftop bar and lounge, are currently on sale in studio, 1, 2 and 3-bedroom configurations. The following are photographs from the Siena at Ink Block topping-off ceremony:
$76.35 million financing arranged for new Celtics practice facility at Boston Landing
NB Development Group has secured a $76.35 million construction and permanent financing loan for The Auerbach Center, a new 160,000-square-foot mixed-use building at Boston Landing which will include a new practice facility for the Boston Celtics. Financing was provided by East Boston Savings Bank in a deal arranged by Transwestern Consulting Group. NB and the Celtics broke ground on The Auerbach Center in October 2016; completion of the building is expected in mid-2018.
Interior fit out underway at 100 Binney, new Kendall Square Class A lab and office building
Interior fit out is well underway at 100 Binney, an upcoming 431,500 square foot Class A lab and office building in Kendall Square. Tenants at 100 Binney will include global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, who has leased 208,000 square feet. Glass has been installed along 100 Binney’s ground-floor storefronts, and finishing touches are underway along the essentially complete facade. 100 Binney is scheduled for completion this Fall. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
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:
Sulmona and Cafe Luna restaurants open at newly completed 610 Main Street North in Kendall Square
Sulmona, a new Italian restaurant and bar serving brunch, lunch and dinner, and Cafe Luna, a cafe serving breakfast and lunch, have both opened on the ground floor of the new 610 Main Street North mixed-use building in Kendall Square. 610 Main Street North features 280,000 square feet of office, laboratory and retail space and is now occupied by lead tenant Pfizer. The following are photographs of 610 Main Street North:
Massport has selected Omni Resorts and Hotels and New Boston Hospitality LLC, a conglomerate of real estate firms and investors including The Davis Companies, to develop a 1,054-room hotel on a 2.1-acre parcel located across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. The new hotel, which will be the largest in the Seaport District and the fourth-largest in Boston and all of Massachusetts, will feature two new 21-story towers and will also include 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and an 8,500 square foot spa. Construction of the hotel is anticipated to start in summer 2018, with completion expected in early 2021. Omni Resorts and Hotel is the owner and operator of the Omni Parker House hotel in Downtown Crossing. The following are renderings of the Seaport Omni Hotel:
The following is a site plan of the Seaport Omni Hotel:
Window installation underway at AC Hotel South End
Window installation is well underway at the new AC Hotel South End, and fireproofing is being installed along the building’s façade. Inside AC Hotel South End, metal framing is being installed to partition individual hotel rooms. Opening later this year, AC Hotel South End will feature 200 guest rooms located adjacent to the Ink Block development. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
Siena at Ink Block condominiums in South End near topping off
Siena at Ink Block’s eight-story frame has reached the building’s seventh floor and will soon top off. On completed floors, metal floor decks have been installed to support Siena at Ink Block’s future concrete floor slabs, and perimeter relieving angles have been installed to support the building’s future exterior brick façade. Opening in 2018, Siena at Ink Block will feature 76 luxury residences now on sale. The following are photographs of Siena at Ink Block:
Window installation underway at The Circle in Brighton, new renderings revealed
The Waterstone luxury adult apartment building at The Circle, a two-building mixed-use development in Brighton’s Cleveland Circle, has topped off at six stories high. Windows have been installed along a large section of Waterstone’s facade, and weatherproofing and fireproofing of Waterstone are also underway. Next to Waterstone, the future five-story AC Hotel has reached four stories high and will soon top off. Both buildings at The Circle are expected to open in Early 2018. New renderings of The Circle, including renderings of Waterstone luxury residences, have been revealed and are posted above. The following are photographs of The Circle:
Ink Underground, eight-acre cultural playground, opening at Ink Block in South End this June
National Development, developer of Ink Block in the South End, will open Ink Underground, an 8-acre urban park and cultural playground, in a currently underutilized space underneath the Southeast Expressway (I-93) adjacent to Ink Block. Ink Underground will extend east from Albany Street to Fort Point Channel under I-93 and will also feature pedestrian boardwalks and bicycle paths along Fort Point Channel, creating a new, active connection between the rapidly-developing South End and South Boston neighborhoods.
Amenities at Ink Underground will include 24-hour security, a dog park, a curated series of pop-up food and beverage experiences, public art walls, sculpture exhibitions and a diverse program of special events including a graffiti art festival, an artisan night market and fitness classes. Additionally, a bike storage facility and 175 parking spaces will be located at Ink Underground. National Development has entered into a long-term lease as Ink Underground's operator in a public-private partnership with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The following is a rendering of Ink Underground:
New Fenway green space at Landmark Center moving forward, development plan changes anticipated
Developer Samuels & Associates has revealed a new rendering of the upcoming public green space that will replace the current Landmark Center parking lot in the Fenway; this green space will be the first phase of the approved $650 million Landmark Center Expansion development. This rendering is posted above. Construction of the 1-acre green space, which will include a lawn, walking paths, trees and outdoor seating, is anticipated to commence this summer, with completion expected by next summer.
Within the next couple of months, Samuels is expected to reveal proposed changes to the approved Landmark Center Expansion development plan; these changes are reportedly being made primarily in response to changing market conditions since the project's approval in 2014. "There are some physical changes to the building that are changing how we do the retail,” said Samuels Principal Peter Sougarides in an interview with the Boston Herald. Likewise, plans for a 75,000 square foot Wegmans grocery store included in the 2014 development plan may be revised. "We're still working though that," Sougarides told the Herald.
Anonymous investor acquires 45% stake in Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Seaport District campus for $261 million
An anonymous financial investor has paid $261 million to acquire a 45% equity stake in Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ 1.1 million square foot, two-building Seaport District global headquarters campus. Senior Housing Properties Trust (SNH), who acquired the campus for $1.1 billion in May 2014, retains a 55% majority stake in the campus and will continue to manage the property. The anonymous investor’s $261 million investment is based on the campus’ present valuation of $1.2 billion, with under $620 million of existing secured debt on the property.
SNH closed last July on a new 10-year, $620 million mortgage on the campus provided by Morgan Stanley and Citi Bank with a fixed interest rate of 3.53%; the loan will mature in August 2026. “This transaction highlights the increased value of these two well-located, well-leased buildings since we acquired them less than three years ago,” said SNH President & COO David Hegarty in a statement. “This transaction also reduces our investment portfolio’s concentration in this property and reduces our overall leverage.”
Pier 4 office building steel superstructure rising
The steel frame of the 13-story, 373,000 square foot Pier 4 office building in the Seaport District has reached four stories high, with the building’s elevator core topped off. Two full stories of the frame have been erected. The Pier 4 office building will be anchored by Boston Consulting Group, who will occupy 202,000 square feet across the top 7 floors, and will feature 353,000 square feet of Class A office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A nine-story residential building at Pier 4 with 100 luxurious condominiums and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is also under construction facing Boston Harbor. The following are photographs of the Pier 4 site:
Foundation work underway at 2nd Avenue Residences, 390 upcoming luxury apartments in Needham
The first foundation section is being poured at 2nd Avenue Residences, a $135 million 390-unit luxury apartment building being built by Dellbrook | JKS in Needham. Across the 5.13-acre site, excavation continues in preparation for foundation construction. Opening in the first half of 2019, 2nd Avenue Residences will feature 390 luxurious apartments wrapped around a 583-space precast concrete parking garage as well as two courtyards with pool and outdoor entertaining space. The following are photographs of 2nd Avenue Residences:
Interior and exterior finishing touches are well underway at Meriel Marina Bay, a waterfront luxury apartment community opening Phase 1 this Spring in Quincy. Callahan Construction Managers is building this mixed-use property in Quincy’s thriving Marina Bay neighborhood in partnership with client Hines. The construction team is installing luxurious features including stainless steel appliances, porcelain backsplash kitchen tiles, solid quartz countertops, Kronoswiss® hardwood flooring and plush bedroom carpeting in Meriel Marina Bay’s 352 apartments.
Windows have been fully installed across both of Meriel Marina Bay’s buildings, and exterior finish panel installation is just about complete. The construction team is also installing railings and finishes along communal elevated courtyards and apartments’ private balconies. Along Meriel Marina Bay’s ground floor, a public waterfront boardwalk is being constructed overlooking Boston Harbor. The property will also include approximately 20,000 square feet of retail space that will line the boardwalk. The following are photographs of Meriel Marina Bay:
Transformative MIT development aims to create an active, walkable Kendall Square
By Matthew M. Robare
View of the development along the Cambridge skyline
Featuring six new buildings totaling nearly 1.7 million square feet and pegged at $1.2 billion, MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative development is transforming Kendall Square with a pedestrian streetscape, state-of-the-art office space and an increased residential presence. Formerly dormant blocks and surface parking lots will be revitalized with new retail and public spaces topped off with offices and residences that will activate the area 24/7. The development’s SoMa (South of Main Street) phase began construction last fall, and the NoMa (North of Main Street) phase is moving through design review.
A map showing the Kendall Square Initiative buildings within the neighborhood
Updated plans for the NoMa phase were recently revealed. NoMa will construct Building One, a 290 to 300-unit apartment building, as well as 33,915 square feet of new retail and 15,995 square feet of new office space strategically positioned along Broadway and Broad Canal Way. As part of NoMa, the existing One Broadway office building will be improved with additional office and retail space as well as facade renovations and a new office tenant outdoor terrace. Building One will be located adjacent to the existing One Broadway building, replacing an existing surface parking lot, and will provide additional retail frontage along both streets. Building One will be 24 stories tall and will contain approximately 384,050 square feet. At least 53 apartments at Building One will be affordable under Cambridge’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.
Building One from Main Street, looking west
Building One will replace the existing 144-space surface parking lot with 150 garage parking spaces and over 350 bicycle storage spaces. The development team hopes to activate the Broadway frontage with a grocery store; the new retail along Broad Canal Way will complement the existing ground-floor retail along that street located in the Watermark Kendall development.
A view of Broad Canal Way activated through ground floor retail on both sides, with NoMa at right and Watermark Kendall at left
The SoMa phase, Buildings Two through Six, will build five new buildings while preserving three historic buildings on Main Street. Building Two will feature 300,000 square feet of office space and 18,000 square feet of retail at the corner of Main Street and Wadsworth Street. Building Two will replace MIT’s existing Eastgate graduate student housing building.
View of Building Two along Main Street
Building Three will contain approximately 280,000 square feet of research and laboratory space and will be built on the existing Hayward Street surface parking lot. Approximately 27,000 square feet of retail will be located at Building Three’s base.
View of Building Three along Wadsworth Street
Building Four will feature academic housing, with as many as 450 units for graduate students, as well as a 9,000 square foot childcare center and 28,000 square feet of retail.
View of Building Four from Main Street
Building Five will feature 360,000 square feet of office space, 20,000 square feet of retail and a new 65,000 square foot home for the MIT Museum. Building Five will replace the existing Kendall Square Lot and a one-story commercial building. Lastly, Building Six will be a two-story commercial building with 6,600 square feet of retail space.
View of Building Five from Courtyard
About 1,400 parking spaces will be built as part of SoMa, and two new Hubway stations are planned for the full development. A new head house for the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line station may be built. Other pedestrian-oriented improvements are in the works, such as raised crosswalks on Wadsworth Street, multiple new green spaces and the closure of Hayward Street to through traffic, creating a new retail and public space-lined pedestrian mall. The development of retail along the south side of Main Street and side streets will contribute to pedestrian use and make the MIT campus more connected to Kendall Square’s multiple public transit options.
New renderings revealed of proposed 1000 Boylston Street towers in Back Bay
Proponents Weiner Ventures and Prudential Financial have revealed new renderings of 1000 Boylston Street, a 689,000 square foot Back Bay mixed-use development that would feature two 40-story (566 foot) and 24-story (283 foot) residential towers with ground-floor retail. These renderings are posted above and show the development visible from a number of key Boston points; the two towers are poised to become a key feature of the Boston skyline. The current 1000 Boylston Street proposal calls for 160 condominium residences, 182 apartment residences and 35,000 square feet of retail. The following are renderings of 1000 Boylston Street:
The following is a program stacking for 1000 Boylston Street:
Fit out underway for Tuscan Kitchen’s new Seaport District location at The Benjamin & VIA
Premier Italian restaurant and food retailer Tuscan Kitchen & Market has commenced interior fit out work for its’ upcoming Seaport District location, which will open Fall 2017 at The Benjamin & VIA. The 2-story, 14,500 square foot space, which will be located at VIA’s base with a private entrance on Seaport Boulevard, will feature seating for 300 people as well as a full wine bar with over 6,000 exquisite wines. Tuscan’s new location will be enclosed with glass and will feature sweeping skyline views. “We’re very excited about [our new location] and thrilled to be collaborating with one of the coolest developments in Boston,” said Tuscan owner Joe Faro in an interview with Bostinno. “[The Benjamin & VIA] has the right setup with the right tenants and the right mixture of uses, and it’s something the [Seaport District] doesn’t have yet.” The following are exterior and interior renderings of Tuscan Kitchen’s upcoming Seaport District location:
150 Seaport luxury condominium development receives City zoning approval, could break ground this Fall
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA)'s Zoning Commission approved the 124-residence 150 Seaport luxury condominium development in the Seaport District last Wednesday, the final official approval required to start construction. Developer The Cronin Group hopes to start construction of the project, which will overlook Boston Harbor, this Fall. The zoning approval follows a lawsuit filed last month by the Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) against the State of Massachusetts, who approved the project last December, and developer The Cronin Group on the grounds of restricting public access to the waterfront. 150 Seaport will include onsite public amenities including a Harborwalk extension and upgrades to Seaport Wharf, an adjacent water taxi and ferry terminal.
Elevator core nears full height at Emmanuel College’s New Julie Hall in Fenway
Concrete pouring to construct New Julie Hall's elevator core has reached the 19-story building's future 14th floor, and first floor formwork is being assembled to commence superstructure construction. When complete, New Julie Hall will house nearly 700 Emmanuel College students, enabling 84% of the student population to live on campus. The following are photographs of New Julie Hall:
Facade nearing completion at 50 Liberty luxury condominiums in Seaport District
Marble exterior finish panels and floor-to-ceiling windows have been installed along a large section of 50 Liberty's 14-story facade, ranging from 6 stories high facing Boston Harbor to 8 stories high along Liberty Drive. Opening in Fall 2017, 50 Liberty will feature 120 luxurious waterfront condominium residences with 30,000 square feet of civic, cultural and retail space. The following are photographs of 50 Liberty:
MIT starts work on Kendall Square Initiative mixed-use development
Demolition is underway at the “SoMa” (South of Main Street) section of MIT’s six-building Kendall Square Initiative development in the heart of Kendall Square. Existing low-rise buildings are being cleared, and site work has begun to make way for MIT’s mixed-use expansion, which will include educational, office, residential and retail uses. In total, the Kendall Square Initiative will construct nearly 1.7 million square feet of new building space. The following are photographs of work underway on the MIT Kendall Square Initiative:
Façade complete at 100 Binney Class A offices in Kendall Square
Façade installation along all sides of 100 Binney’s 10-story facade is essentially complete, as the signature curved curtain wall has reached its’ final height. The construction crew is now focused on completing interior fit-out for upcoming tenants, who will include global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb, and installing the building’s ground-floor glass storefronts and lobby entry canopy. Final enclosure panels are also being installed along 100 Binney’s rooftop dunnage steel to screen the building’s large rooftop mechanical units. Scheduled for completion this Fall, 100 Binney will bring over 431,500 square feet of Class A office and lab space to Kendall Square’s booming Binney Street corridor. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
AC Hotel South End tops off, weatherproofing underway
AC Hotel South End’s 6-story frame has topped off, and weatherproofing is underway along the facade. The building's first windows have been installed along Albany Street. Opening later this year at the Ink Block, AC Hotel South End will feature 200 hotel rooms, a bar and lounge area, a fitness center, an indoor pool and conference rooms. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
Vertical steel construction starts at Siena at Ink Block condominiums
The first vertical steel columns have been erected to construct Siena at Ink Block's structural frame, bringing the future 8-story South End luxury condominium building above ground level. Frame construction is now underway in earnest. Siena is scheduled to open in 2018 and will feature 76 luxury condominium residences now on sale. The following is a photograph of frame construction underway at Siena:
610 Main Street North, new Kendall Square laboratory building, now open
Construction of 610 Main Street North, a new 280,000 square foot Kendall Square laboratory building with ground-floor retail, is complete and occupied by lead tenant Pfizer. On 610 Main Street North's ground floor, interior fit out is well underway for Sulmona, a new Italian restaurant and café, to open this Spring. The following are photographs of 610 Main Street North:
John Hancock takes major equity stake in The Residences at Boston Landing
John Hancock Financial has taken a major equity stake in the under-construction Residences at Boston Landing residential and retail development in Brighton. John Hancock joins New Balance and The HYM Investment Group in developing the 17-story building, which will feature 295 residential apartments and 16,400 square feet of retail. Terms of John Hancock's deal with New Balance and HYM were not disclosed. The Residences at Boston Landing is scheduled to open in June 2018.
The Benjamin & VIA near full exterior completion and summer opening
The Benjamin’s exterior façade is fully installed, and exterior finishes are installed along almost the entire façade of VIA. Residential and retail interior fit out is well underway at both Seaport District buildings, which together are Boston’s largest mixed-use project in over 30 years. A number of residential units at The Benjamin are plastered, and interior framing is well underway at VIA. The Benjamin is expected to open in early summer, with VIA to follow later this summer. Both buildings will encompass 1.5 million square feet of space across three acres, featuring a total of 832 modern apartment homes and 250,000 square feet of exclusive retail. The following are photographs of The Benjamin & VIA:
50 Liberty waterfront condominium exterior finish installation underway
Marble exterior finish panels and floor-to-ceiling windows are now being installed along the first floors of the Seaport District's new 14-story 50 Liberty waterfront luxury condominium and retail building. The building's mechanical penthouse has been constructed and now houses HVAC units. Concrete has been poured to construct 50 Liberty's interior floors. Opening in Fall 2017, 50 Liberty will feature 120 luxurious waterfront condominium residences with 30,000 square feet of civic, cultural and retail space. The following are photographs of 50 Liberty:
The elevator core of the 13-story, 373,000 square foot Pier 4 office building
has reached nine full stories in height and will top off imminently. Steel construction has begun at the office building's base and is pushing upwards towards the building's full height of 13 stories. Preparations are also underway to construct the foundation of the future nine-story, 100-residence Pier 4 condominium building facing the Atlantic Ocean. The following are photographs of Pier 4:
Steel frame rising at The Residences at Boston Landing
The Residences at Boston Landing's 17-story steel frame is rapidly rising and has reached 4 stories in height. The building's concrete elevator core has topped off, and foundation work is complete. The Residences at Boston Landing will feature 295 apartments with 16,000 square feet of retail space located across from New Balance's new headquarters and the new Boston Landing commuter rail station. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
MIT agrees to develop Volpe Center Parcel in Kendall Square
MIT signed an exchange agreement with the United States General Services Administration (GSA) on Wednesday (January 18th, 2017) to own and develop the 14-acre Volpe Center parcel in the heart of Kendall Square. MIT will ultimately own a 10-acre section of the parcel. MIT will first develop a new building for the GSA on a 4-acre section of the parcel, which the GSA will own. The GSA selected MIT as the parcel’s developer in November 2016. “When this parcel became available, it felt obvious to us that we should pursue this unique opportunity to work with the City and our Cambridge neighbors to help shape the future of the Kendall Square neighborhood, so that it would serve both MIT and the broader community,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif in an official statement Wednesday. “It is now clear that our future success depends on making sure that Kendall succeeds as a place – a place where people want to live, work and play, and a place that makes our city stronger, too.”
The six-story, 200-room AC Hotel South End’s superstructure has reached five stories high and will soon top off. Four stories of wood framing have been constructed above the building’s steel-framed podium. Carpenters are hard at work finishing installation of the wood framing’s prefabricated stud walls and flooring. A brick finish section has been installed at AC Hotel South End’s base. AC Hotel South End is scheduled for a late 2017 opening. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
50 Liberty condos hit market, new details and renderings revealed
The Fallon Company has listed several waterfront luxury condominiums at 50 Liberty in the Seaport District for sale. Condominiums listed range from a 1,297 square foot one-bedroom/two-bathroom unit with one garage parking space offered for $1,848,995 to a 3,573 square foot three-bedroom/three-bathroom penthouse unit with two garage parking spaces offered for $9,100,225. The latest details and renderings of 50 Liberty can be found above.
Reebok moving headquarters to Innovation & Design Building in Seaport District
Athletic apparel and shoe company Reebok has announced it will move its’ headquarters from Canton, MA to the Innovation & Design Building in the Seaport District. Reebok will move to the Innovation & Design Building by Fall 2017 and will occupy 220,000 square feet across five floors. Approximately 700 people will be employed at Reebok’s new headquarters. The space will also include a two-story, 30,000 square foot gym, a design lab, a restaurant and an 8,000 square foot Reebok FitHub retail store. Reebok intends to construct a public one-mile running track around the Innovation & Design Building.
Reebok is excited to become a part of Boston’s growing innovative community. “Our new workspace will improve our performance, speed innovation and create a vibrant collaborative culture,” says Reebok president Matt O’Toole. “It will allow us to be closely connected to the broader innovation and design community in Boston, and not in a traditional cloistered corporate environment, which can inhibit creativity. We’re creating the workplace of the future.” The following are renderings of Reebok’s new headquarters:
J. Derenzo Companies breaks ground on first-ever UMass Boston student housing
A groundbreaking ceremony was held last Thursday (December 1st, 2016) for UMass Boston’s first-ever on-campus student housing facility, which will open in Fall 2018. The J. Derenzo Companies team is hard at work performing initial site work to prepare for pre-cast structural pile driving. Following pile driving, the residence hall’s pre-cast concrete foundation will be constructed. The following are photographs of the UMass Boston residence hall site:
100 Binney’s signature curved glass curtain wall along Binney Street is nearing completion, with glass installed over halfway to the top of the upcoming Kendall Square Class A lab and office building. Along Linskey Way, all precast brick panels and nearly all windows have been installed. All concrete floor slabs have been poured, and all steel framing is fireproofed. The 100 Binney construction team is now shifting from structural work to interior fit out. Scheduled for completion in Fall 2017, 100 Binney will bring over 431,500 rentable square feet (RSF) of Class A lab and office space to Kendall Square’s booming Binney Street corridor. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
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:
A topping-off ceremony was held Tuesday (November 29th, 2016) afternoon for 50 Liberty, a new 14-story mixed-use building opening Fall 2017 on the Seaport District waterfront. During the ceremony, the final steel beam of 50 Liberty’s structural frame was lifted to the frame’s top and installed in place. Work is now underway on exterior and interior finishing of 50 Liberty. Concrete floor slabs have been poured on over half of 50 Liberty’s floors. The following are photographs from 50 Liberty's topping-off:
New The Benjamin & VIA details and renderings revealed
The Benjamin & VIA co-developer Berkshire Group has revealed new project details and renderings. Spanning 1.5 million square feet across three acres, The Benjamin & VIA is Boston’s largest mixed-use project in over 30 years. The latest project information can be found above.
The Benjamin is fully glassed in, and exterior finishes have been just about fully installed. Interior finishing of The Benjamin’s apartments is well underway, with framing of interior spaces complete. Exterior finishes have been installed along a large section of VIA’s facade, and interior space framing is underway. The following are photographs of The Benjamin & VIA:
LStar Communities held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday (November 23rd, 2016) for the new $6.7 million Patriot Parkway at Union Point in South Weymouth. The completion of the Parkway frees hundreds of acres of land at Union Point up for development. The completed Parkway, financed by MassDOT, cuts through the 1,500 acre Union Point site, linking Routes 3 and 18 as well as the South Weymouth commuter rail station and the future Union Point town center district. Town Center Apartments, a new mixed-use development with 265 apartments and 14,000 square feet of retail, is already under construction at the end of the Parkway steps to the commuter rail station.
Union Point residents were delighted to welcome the new Parkway and enthusiastically honked their car horns as they drove along the road for the first time. The following are photographs from the ribbon cutting ceremony:
Two premium dining establishments open at The District Burlington
Premium dining establishments Pressed Cafe and Island Creek Oyster Bar are now open at The District Burlington, a 1.3 million square foot office and retail development that is redefining the suburban mixed-use experience. The District Burlington is oriented around a walkable streetscape with outdoor seating and other amenities. The surrounding relaxing suburban environment and exciting dining options make The District Burlington a great place to work and spend a night out. With the addition of Pressed Cafe and Island Creek Oyster Bar, there are now a total of 2,000 restaurant seats at The District Burlington, or two seats for every three District Burlington office workers! Additional dining destinations, as well as a 170-room Marriott Residence Inn hotel, are planned for The District Burlington in 2017.
The Pressed Cafe and Island Creek Oyster Bar teams are excited to become a part of The District Burlington. “We’re delighted to open our second location at The District Burlington, where we’re joining a thriving restaurant community,” says Shore Gregory of Island Creek Oyster Bar. “Chef Jeremy Sewall’s lunch and dinner menu will highlight the incredible farmers and fisherman that we work with, while Jackson Cannon’s beverage program will be a draw for the after-work crowd.” Island Creek Oyster Bar at The District Burlington includes bar and table seating as well as private dining options. “At The District Burlington we have the opportunity to expand our reach within a new, food-oriented community,” says Roi Shpindler, owner of Pressed Café. “Our second location will foster connection and collaboration over fresh, clean food and local, micro-roasted coffee.” Pressed Cafe at The District Burlington features 150 flexible seats designed for gathering, working and playing.
The following are photographs of Island Creek Oyster Bar:
The following are photographs of Pressed Cafe:
The following are streetscape photographs of The District Burlington:
50 Liberty, a 120-unit luxury condominium building located in the Seaport District overlooking Boston Harbor, is about to top off at 14 stories tall. Concrete has been poured on about half of of the building’s floors. At 50 Liberty’s base, finish installation systems are being installed in order to commence installation of exterior finish panels and windows. Pre-sales of 50 Liberty luxury condominiums will commence shortly. The following are photographs of 50 Liberty:
The Circle residential podium erected, hotel foundation construction underway
The first-story podium of the six-story Waterstone adult residential building at The Circle, a 213,000 square foot mixed-use development in Cleveland Circle, has been erected. Wood framing of five floors above the podium's concrete base will now commence. Both elevator cores of Waterstone at The Circle have topped off at six stories tall.
Construction of the AC Hotel at The Circle's foundation is underway. J. Derenzo Companies is at work excavating the foundation, and large sections of concrete have been poured. Steel erection to construct AC Hotel's five-story structural frame is anticipated in early December. Completion of underground utility construction at The Circle is also anticipated in early December. Completion of both buildings at The Circle is anticipated in Fall 2017. The following are photographs of The Circle:
Sepia at Ink Block attains LEED Gold sustainability certification
National Development's Sepia at Ink Block luxury condominium building, which opened in Fall 2015, has attained a prestigious LEED Gold sustainability certification. Sepia achieved LEED Gold based on the building's innovative energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly design. Sepia's efficient use of environmental resources will improve the surrounding environment and result in lower utility bills for residents:
New 171 Tremont luxury condominium renderings revealed
New renderings have been released of the 12 luxurious condominiums at 171 Tremont Street, an upcoming $55 million 13-story building in Downtown Crossing. The new renderings show 171 Tremont Street’s future sweeping views and ultra-high quality finishes. 171 Tremont Street was approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) last month. New renderings of 171 Tremont Street can be found above.
Derenzo completes Brookline Place demolition, site work underway
J. Derenzo Companies has fully demolished the former storefront block at Brookline Place and is now performing site work to construct a temporary surface parking lot. The temporary lot will provide parking for the existing One Brookline Place building, which will be retained, while the existing Brookline Place parking garage is demolished and a new garage is built in its’ place as part of the Brookline Place Redevelopment project. Following construction of the new garage, a new eight-story building and a new addition to One Brookline Place will be constructed. The following are photographs of the Brookline Place site:
Meriel Marina Bay’s Building Two has reached six stories tall, the building’s full height. The frames of both buildings at Meriel Marina Bay are now being prepared for installation of exterior finishes. Windows have been installed along large sections of both buildings. Meriel Marina Bay will open in Spring 2017 and will feature 352 luxurious residential apartments overlooking Boston Harbor with sweeping views of the Boston skyline.
Geotechnical design/build contractor Helical Drilling prepared the Meriel Marina Bay construction site, which overlooks scenic waterfront Squantum Point Park, for development of the two new Meriel Marina Bay buildings. The existing urban fill on which the Park and its’ surroundings are built was deemed unsuitable for traditional foundation support methods such as over-excavate/replace and deep pile foundations. Accordingly, Helical Drilling installed several hundred Geopeir grouted rammed aggregate pier elements in the Meriel Marina Bay site’s soil. These elements extend 9 to 16 feet below grade and support the footings of Meriel Marina Bay. The following are photographs of Meriel Marina Bay, courtesy the development team on Twitter:
Siena at Ink Block frame construction scheduled for January 2017, building opening 2018
Structural steel erection to construct Siena at Ink Block's frame is scheduled for January 2017 per an Instagram update by the development team. Foundation installation is underway; excavation of Siena's underground parking garage is complete, and all piles have been driven. Siena is scheduled for a 2018 opening, and the building's 76 new luxury residential condominiums are now for sale. Condominiums listings at Siena at Ink Block include a studio for $688,600, a one-bedroom for $957,000 and three two-bedrooms ranging from $1.19 to $1.428 million. The following is the Instagram update:
Island Creek Oyster Bar now open at The District Burlington
Island Creek Oyster Bar opens today (Thursday, November 3rd) evening at 5 PM at The District Burlington, a creative mixed-use development that embodies the future of suburban workspace. Island Creek Oyster Bar is the latest addition to The District Burlington’s growing retail offering. A number of exciting shops and restaurants are already open, and Pressed Cafe will open around November 15th. Visitors to The District Burlington are treated to a relaxing suburban environment with urban amenities and conveniences centered about a walkable street grid and natural beauty, making The District Burlington a unique, inspiring place to work or spend a night out. Learn more about The District Burlington’s exciting offerings above. The following are photographs of the new Island Creek Oyster Bar at The District Burlington, courtesy Michael Harlan Turkell:
A tower crane has been installed at Pier 4, signaling the impending start of superstructure construction for the 13-story, 373,000 square foot Pier 4 office building. Construction of the building's concrete elevator core will commence imminently, followed by the building's steel frame. Vertical metal formwork has been installed alongside the crane to frame concrete pouring to construct the elevator core. Excavation of the Pier 4 office building's foundation is complete. The following are photographs of the Pier 4 site:
Simon Property Group has decided to shelve plans to construct the approved 52-story Copley Place Tower in Copley Square for the immediate future, The Boston Globe reports. Simon CEO David Simon cited rapidly rising construction costs and concerns about oversupply of luxury housing in a recent conference call with analysts. “I would encourage everybody to study what’s going in construction costs and what’s going on in supply and demand,” said Simon, “it’s just not the right time to do it.” Simon could build the tower at a future date; the company will move forward with planned improvements to the existing Copley Place shopping mall.
Boston Celtics and New Balance break ground on Boston Landing practice facility
The Boston Celtics and New Balance broke ground Monday (October 24th, 2016) on The Auerbach Center at New Balance World Headquarters, the future official practice facility of the Boston Celtics. Named after the late Boston Celtics President and Coach Arnold “Red” Auerbach, The Auerbach Center will be located at Boston Landing in Brighton along the Massachusetts Turnpike facing approximately 130,000 daily commuters. The Auerbach Center will feature a new 70,000 square foot basketball practice facility that will be distinctively cantilevered out to the edge of the Turnpike 55 feet in the air. A forty foot glass wall along the Turnpike will enclose The Auerbach Center’s practice courts, giving passing commuters high visibility of official practice sessions and the team’s 17 NBA championship banners. “Boston Landing is truly becoming the gateway into the City of Boston from the west, while at the same time a unique culture of health, wellness, and movement with the addition of the Auerbach Center,” said Jim Halliday, Managing Director of NB Development Group, in an official release.
Three buildings proposed above Mass Pike in Back Bay
At a Citizens Advisory Committee meeting hosted by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) last night (October 25th, 2016), developers Samuels & Associates, Weiner Ventures and Prudential Financial presented their proposal to construct three new buildings above the Massachusetts Turnpike in the Back Bay. The buildings would be located at the intersection of Boylston Street and Massachusetts Avenue on MassDOT Air Rights Parcels 12 & 15. Additional information about the proposed buildings can be found above. The following is a link to the developers' presentation.
National Development cuts ribbon on new office space at The District Burlington
National Development held a ribbon cutting ceremony last Wednesday (October 19th, 2016) for Building 700, a newly expanded and improved office building at The District Burlington. The ribbon cutting coincided with Octoberfest, an annual after-work outdoor party for District Burlington tenants held on the Building 800 lawn with food, craft beer and a corn hole competition. Octoberfest attendees were delighted to visit Building 700’s newly opened roof deck, sit back in a comfortable chair and take in sweeping sunset views across the idyllic surrounding countryside. New improvements to Building 700 include a new lobby and a four-story, 80,000 square foot glass-curtained addition with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open floor plan and the aforementioned 4,000 square foot roof deck. The roof deck features outdoor seating, television screens, a fireplace, grilling stations and a bar.
The District Burlington’s exciting retail offerings will soon be joined by Island Creek Oyster Bar, opening around November 1st, and Pressed Cafe, opening around November 15th. Both retailers will offer outdoor seating, providing desirable urban conveniences in a peaceful suburban setting located a short drive from Downtown Boston. A Marriott Residence Inn hotel, which is about to top off at six stories tall, will further activate The District Burlington; the hotel is expected to open in 2017.
The District Burlington is a great place to work with refreshing surroundings and a plethora of engaging retail options. Office and retail spaces are currently available at The District Burlington ranging from 1,000 to 200,000 square feet, including at the new Building 700 addition. There is also opportunity to construct an approximately 180,000 square foot build-to-suit office building at The District Burlington. Visit DistrictBurlington.com for more information. The following are photographs of Building 700's facade:
The following are photographs of Building 700's interior:
The following are photographs of the new Building 700 roof deck:
The following are photographs of Building 700's entrance:
The following is a photograph from the Building 700 ribbon cutting:
The following are photographs from Octoberfest:
The following are photographs of The District Burlington's hotel and retail options:
National Development has released a new video presenting the recently opened Ink Block Apartments, now leasing in the South End's New York Streets neighborhood. The video shows the latest perspectives of Ink Block including common spaces, units and the development's signature Skyline Pool.
Condominiums at Siena at Ink Block, a new 76-unit luxury condominium building, are now for sale. The Sweetgreen, Fuji at Ink Block and Bar Mezzana restaurants are now open at Ink Block. Corepower Yoga will open at Ink Block in November, with the Bottled in Bond restaurant soon to follow. The following is the new Ink Block video:
Union Point plans revealed at BLDUP, Inc.’s Developer’s Agenda
LStar Communities’ Managing Partner Kyle Corkum revealed the latest plans for Union Point, a a 1,500 acre mixed-use development located 12 miles from Boston, at BLDUP, Inc.’s inaugural Developer’s Agenda event last Thursday evening. Corkum, with help from John Tocci Jr., Director of Virtual Design and Construction at Tocci Building Companies, led Developer’s Agenda attendees on a 3D virtual tour of Union Point and revealed new project renderings, which can be found on the Union Point BLDUP page.
Corkum spoke of the “unprecedented opportunity to build something spectacular” at Union Point, namely a “new transit-oriented city.” The State of Massachusetts has invested $53 million into a new 2.5-mile parkway at Union Point that leads to a new MBTA Commuter Rail Station; the State also invested $23 million into the MBTA Station.
Corkum unveiled plans for a “tremendous concentration of restaurants in an urban environment” that will be centered around a new man-made lake. These restaurants will surround new professional athletic facilities, activating the restaurant district. At game times, streets will be closed off “like Yawkey Way” in Boston. According to Corkum, professional sports teams have already committed to playing at Union Point.
Ultimately, over 100 commercial buildings will be constructed at Union Point; Union Point will feature up to 4,000 homes and up to 6 million square feet of commercial. Construction recently began on Town Center Apartments, a mixed-use development at Union Point with 14,000 square feet of retail and 265 units of rental housing. Six major projects at Union Point are now underway; up to 20 major projects will be underway by Spring 2017.
BPDA approves 171 Tremont Street, 12 new Downtown Crossing luxury condos, for construction
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved 171 Tremont Street for construction. Located in the heart of Downtown Crossing overlooking Boston Common, the $55 million 171 Tremont Street will be a new 13-story residential building containing 12 luxury condominiums. 171 Tremont does not require Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approval and can now proceed with construction.
A new One Seaport Square video was released yesterday (October 20th, 2016) showing exclusive new perspectives of One Seaport Square, specifically views from the penthouse level of the upcoming Benjamin apartment tower. The Benjamin, facing Fort Point Channel, is expected to unveil in 2017 and will feature sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. The following is the new video:
Continuum opens new global headquarters at Innovation and Design Building
Global innovation design firm Continuum, who assisted the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) with its' rebranding, announced Monday the completion of its’ new 50,000 square foot global headquarters located at the 1.4 million square foot Innovation and Design Building in Boston’s Seaport District. Continuum’s workspace, completed in June 2016, features a unique mix of open and informal spaces for interaction and collaboration and discrete private spaces for individual work and small group meetings. The workspace also features public spaces for visitor tours, large meetings and events.
Continuum’s new workspace is designed by Höweler + Yoon Architecture and built by Commodore Builders. “This dedicated project team collaborated seamlessly to deliver a unique and edgy workspace that fits our firm, how we work, and how we innovate with our clients,” said Carmencita Bua, Chief Operating Officer at Continuum. Continuum relocated 120 employees from West Newton to Boston’s booming Innovation District. “Our move back to Boston – and the Innovation and Design Building in particular – puts Continuum at the center of technology and design innovation, and allows us to recruit top talent in the City of Boston,” said Bua. The following are photographs of Continuum’s new workspace:
The Benjamin at One Seaport Square is one story away from being fully glassed in. Plastering and interior finishing are well underway inside The Benjamin's future residences. Glass and exterior finish panels have been installed along nearly half of VIA’s facade, and concrete has been poured on nearly all of VIA’s floors. Both The Benjamin and VIA are anticipated to unveil in 2017. The following are photographs of One Seaport Square:
Pier 4 office building foundation excavated, concrete pouring underway
The foundation of the Pier 4 office building has been excavated, making way for a future two-level underground parking garage. A horizontal foundation support system has been installed to support the foundation throughout construction. Metal formwork is being installed at the foundation's base in preparation for concrete pouring. The 13-story Pier 4 office building will contain 353,000 square feet of office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following is a photograph of the Pier 4 office building foundation:
50 Liberty’s 14-story steel structural frame has reached nine stories in height. Balconies for future condominiums have been installed along 50 Liberty’s facade. Concrete pouring is underway on 50 Liberty’s first and second stories. A construction elevator is being assembled along 50 Liberty’s frame; the elevator will be used to transport materials and finishes throughout construction. 50 Liberty will feature 120 luxurious waterfront residential condominiums with sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. The following are photographs of 50 Liberty:
Suffolk Construction hosts Virtual Groundbreaking for headquarters expansion
Suffolk Construction hosted a Virtual Groundbreaking ceremony yesterday (September 29th, 2016) for the $22 million, 38,000 square foot expansion of the company's existing Roxbury headquarters. No real dirt was moved at the ceremony; instead, per a Boston Globe report, officials donned headsets and hoisted virtual dirt with a virtual shovel. A video simulation of Suffolk Construction's future headquarters was projected behind the officials; with each virtual shovel scoop, a new section of the headquarters was projected, from foundation to finishes, until the full building was virtually complete. The following is a link to the full simulation video; the following is a video by Shirley Leung of the virtual shovel scooping:
Experience the future of suburban workspace at The District Burlington
National Development has opened a new Experience Center at The District Burlington, giving potential tenants the opportunity to experience firsthand the property’s innovative workspace design. The Experience Center exhibits the future of suburban workspace. Furnishings are brightly, creatively designed and arranged in an interconnected, open layout that encourages collaboration and teamwork. No two parts of the Experience Center are alike, engaging visitors to delve into the space's diverse offerings. At the Experience Center’s center are a treadmill and core balance stools, encouraging corporate wellness. Sweeping, calming views of the surrounding greenery and nature trails abound.
Visit DistrictBurlington.com to schedule a tour of the Experience Center and for The District Burlington leasing information. Workspaces are currently available at The District Burlington ranging from 1,000 to 200,000 square feet, including the newly constructed 80,000 square foot, four-story glass-curtained Building 700 addition with floor-to-ceiling windows, an open floor plan and a private roof deck. There is also opportunity to construct an approximately 180,000 square foot build-to-suit office building at The District Burlington. The following are photographs of the Experience Center, courtesy National Development:
100 Binney, new Kendall Square lab and office space, tops off
A topping off ceremony was held for 100 Binney on Friday, September 16th, 2016 to celebrate the installation of the last steel beam of 100 Binney's 10-story structural frame. Concrete pouring is underway on levels one through five of 100 Binney. Orange vertical nets have been installed along the levels' exterior to contain debris from blowing to street level while concrete is poured.
Scheduled for substantial completion in October 2017, 100 Binney will be a 431,500 rentable square foot (RSF) Class A lab and office building in Kendall Square. The following is a photograph from the 100 Binney topping off ceremony, courtesy project engineer McNamara Salvia:
AC Hotel South End's six-story structural frame is now rising above the hotel's completed foundation. Steel framing has risen one story above grade and will contain the future hotel's bar and lounge area, fitness center, indoor pool and conference rooms as well as part of the at-grade parking area. Opening late 2017, AC Hotel South End will be a 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott located in the South End adjacent to the Ink Block development. The following are photographs of AC Hotel South End:
A new suburban experience arises at The District Burlington
National Development has redefined the suburban experience with The District Burlington, a dramatic transformation of a 9-to-5 1970s office park into a dynamic, 24/7 walkable place. Finishing touches are now underway on a four-story, 80,000 square foot glass-curtained addition to the 11-story, 200,000 square foot Building 700, a landmark office tower positioned at the center of The District Burlington and prominently visible from nearby Route 128. Designed to encourage a healthy, collaborative working environment, the Building 700 addition features abundant natural lighting, floor-to-ceiling windows, an open, customizable floor plan and a private roof deck with sweeping views of The District Burlington's peaceful, green setting.
New retail spaces and a 170-room hotel are enlivening former surface parking lots at The District Burlington. Tavern in the Square, TD Bank and Tuscan Kitchen are now open, with Island Creek Oyster Bar and Pressed Cafe soon to follow. The hotel, a Marriott Residence Inn, is expected to open in 2017; wood framing of upper hotel floors is underway. A walkable street grid has been introduced with widened sidewalks, public plazas and a bike share program.
Visit DistrictBurlington.com for more information about office and retail leasing opportunities at The District Burlington. The following are photographs of The District Burlington:
Tishman Speyer has released a new Pier 4 video showing the latest renderings of the future office and condominium buildings. A 13-story office building containing 353,000 square feet of office space and 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and a nine-story residential building containing 100 luxurious condominiums and 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail are under construction at Pier 4. Premier management consulting firm Boston Consulting Group (BCG) will be the office building's anchor tenant, occupying 202,000 square feet across seven floors. Visit Pier4Boston.com for information about buying and leasing space at Pier 4. Additional information about and renderings of Pier 4 can be found above. The following is the new Pier 4 video:
Siena at Ink Block underground parking excavation underway, condominiums for sale
Siena at Ink Block’s 31-space underground parking garage is just about fully excavated. A retaining wall consisting of H piles and wooden lagging has been installed along the garage’s perimeter to retain the future building’s foundation. A horizontal foundation support system consisting of large-diameter round steel beams has been installed across the garage to further reinforce the foundation. Concrete piles have been driven into the base of the garage to support the future building. Visit the construction site’s camera for real-time imagery of Siena at Ink Block as well as the neighboring AC Hotel South End project.
Siena at Ink Block, the next phase of National Development’s successful Ink Block development located in the South End’s New York Streets neighborhood, will be an eight-story building featuring 76 luxury condominium units. Visit SienaBoston.com for condominium sales information. A number of condominiums will be maisonettes opening directly onto street level, a first for the rapidly-developing neighborhood. Resident amenities will include a rooftop Sky Lounge with both indoor and outdoor spaces featuring sweeping skyline views. Other amenities will include a fitness center, 24/7 concierge service and convenient access to Ink Block’s multiple retail offerings including Whole Foods Market and the recently opened Bar Mezzana, Fuji at Ink Block and Sweetgreen restaurants. The following are photographs of Siena at Ink Block:
Proposed Downtown Crossing pencil tower shrinks to 13 stories
The Dabbah Family of Switzerland, developers of the proposed 171 Tremont Street pencil tower in Downtown Crossing, submitted a revised proposal to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last Friday (September 9th, 2016) proposing a 13-story, 175 foot tall tower with 12 luxury residential condominium units; the following is a link to the revised proposal. The previous 171 Tremont proposal, submitted last May, proposed a 19-story, 235 foot tall tower with 18 condominiums. A previously proposed underground parking garage has been eliminated; instead, off site valet parking would be offered to building residents.
The Boston Globe reports that the project's cost is now pegged at about $55 million; the cost of the project as submitted last May was pegged at $70 million. The original 171 Tremont proposal, submitted in December 2014, proposed a 355-foot tall tower with 31 condominiums; the tower's height has since shrunk 180 feet. The currently proposed height of 175 feet conforms with existing area zoning regulations; if approved by the BRA, 171 Tremont will not require Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) approval to proceed with construction.
AC Hotel South End concrete foundation pouring underway
Pile driving is complete at AC Hotel South End, and concrete is being poured to construct AC Hotel South End’s foundation. J. Derenzo Companies is performing foundation excavation. The hotel’s basement level has been built, and concrete foundation walls and footings are being constructed throughout the construction site. AC Hotel South End will be a 200-room AC Hotel by Marriott located in the South End adjacent to the Ink Block development. Guest amenities will include a bar and lounge area, a fitness center, an indoor pool and conference rooms. 63 surface parking spaces will be constructed adjacent to the hotel. The following are photographs of the AC Hotel South End site:
New details and renderings for proposed 29-story Fenway tower, construction could start mid-2017
Developer Trans National Properties today filed a Project Notification Form (PNF) with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) to construct 2 Charlesgate West, a 29-story, 340 foot tall mixed-use tower in the Fenway neighborhood that would include approximately 295 residential units, 10,000 square feet of restaurant/retail space and 7,500 square feet of office space; the following is a link to the PNF. Trans National Properties anticipates to start construction of 2 Charlesgate West in the second quarter of 2017; construction would take approximately 24-30 months. Additional information about the 2 Charlesgate West proposal can be found above.
Meriel Marina Bay wood framing nearly complete, exterior finishing underway
The wood frame of Meriel Marina Bay's Building One, overlooking Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline, is complete. Windows and moisture-resistant sheathing are now being installed along Building One's exterior. Building Two's five-story frame is just about to top off; exterior finishing of Building Two will commence shortly afterwards. Opening Spring 2017, Meriel Marina Bay will feature 352 waterfront luxury rental residential apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms located on the Marina Bay boardwalk steps to beaches, ferry service to Downtown Boston and multiple waterfront dining and entertainment options. Visit MerielMarinaBay.com for apartment leasing information. As part of Meriel Marina Bay, the Marina Bay boardwalk will be extended along Boston Harbor; approximately 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be located at Meriel Marina Bay fronting the new boardwalk. The following are photographs of Meriel Marina Bay:
The following is a panoramic view of the Marina Bay boardwalk:
American Realty Advisors acquires University Station retail component for $206 million
Last Wednesday (August 17th, 2016), California-based real estate investment manager American Realty Advisors acquired the 400,000 square foot retail component of the two million square foot, 120-acre multi-phased University Station development in Westwood for $206 million as recorded in the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. The retail component opened recently, in March 2015, and features leading tenants including Wegmans, Target, Lifetime Fitness, Nordstrom and Panera Bread. The following is a link to the official press release announcing American Realty Advisors' acquisition, and the following is the deed for the acquisition:
610 Main Street North nearly complete, landscaping and interior finishing underway
The seven-story exterior shell of 610 Main Street North, a 280,000 square foot, LEED Gold-certified multidisciplinary research facility located in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, is finished. Interior finishes are just about ready for Pfizer, 610 Main Street North's lead tenant, to move in. Landscaping has been installed along the new Watson Courtyard located between 610 Main Street North and South. Interior fit out of 610 Main Street North’s 10,000 square foot ground-floor retail space along Main Street is well underway. 610 Main Street North is the latest addition to the quickly growing Osborn Triangle district at MIT. The following are photographs of 610 Main Street North:
View from Portland Street
View from the corner of Portland Street and Main Street
View from Main Street
View from Main Street
Finishing touches on the patio in the Watson Courtyard
The Boston Business Journal reports that the 237,000 square foot office component of Van Ness in the Fenway is fully leased with biotech company Decibel Theraputics' recent lease of 32,000 square feet. Decibel will reportedly move to Van Ness in early 2017. Other office tenants at Van Ness include health care risk manager CRICO, athletic wristband manufacturer Whoop and UnitedHealth Group data services arm Optum. Van Ness opened in summer 2015 and contains 172 residential units, 237,000 square feet of office space and 200,000 square feet of retail including a 170,000 square foot Target store.
Waterstone at The Circle foundation nearing completion, pre-leasing begins
Foundation work is nearing completion at Waterstone at The Circle, a 92-unit luxury adult apartment community under construction in Cleveland Circle. Waterstone at The Circle is the first component of The Circle, an approximately 213,000 square foot, $85 million development project partially located in Boston and Brookline. The Circle will entail the construction of the six-story Waterstone at The Circle as well as a five-story, 162-key AC Hotel by Marriott on the site of the former Circle Cinema and Applebee’s Restaurant. Approximately 6,000 square feet of retail fronting Chestnut Hill Avenue will be located across both buildings. A total of 188 parking spaces will be located on site, including 103 underground and 85 at grade. The following are renderings of The Circle:
View South along Chestnut Hill Avenue
View North along Chestnut Hill Avenue
The Circle open space
View of The Circle from Cassidy Playground
The Circle development team, a joint venture of National Development and Boston Development Group, secured over $80 million of project financing in March 2016 through Santander Bank; the exact financing figure is $80,084,251. Work on the AC Hotel will begin shortly, and completion of both buildings is expected by Fall 2017. Pre-leasing of apartments at Waterstone at The Circle has begun, visit ClevelandCircleDevelopment.com for more information.
J. Derenzo Companies has just about fully excavated the section of The Circle’s single-level, 103-space underground parking garage that will be located underneath Waterstone at The Circle. Part of the garage will also be located underneath the AC Hotel. Concrete has been poured along nearly all vertical sections of the Waterstone at The Circle garage, and the building’s seven-story elevator core has risen to the future ground floor. Pile driving is complete at Waterstone at The Circle, and concrete is being poured atop pile caps to create Waterstone at The Circle’s foundation. Excavation rigs and other construction vehicles and equipment are staged on the future site of the AC Hotel. The following are photographs of the Circle site:
View East of Waterstone at The Circle foundation
View West of Waterstone at The Circle foundation
View West of Waterstone at The Circle foundation
Concrete pouring underway along East Section of Waterstone at The Circle foundation
Concrete pouring underway along East Section of Waterstone at The Circle foundation
150 Seaport, 124 new condominiums in the Seaport District, approved for construction
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved 150 Seaport, a new 22-story glass waterfront tower, for construction. Located in the Seaport District next to recently opened 100 Pier 4, 150 Seaport will contain 124 residential condominiums and 10,700 square feet of retail. 150 Seaport will be located on the present site of the Atlantic Beer Garden and Whiskey Priest bars, both of which will be demolished. Construction of 150 Seaport could commence in the second quarter of 2017. More information about 150 Seaport is posted below.
A topping-off ceremony was held for VIA, the second building at One Seaport Square, on Wednesday, July 20th, 2016. The ceremony marked the installation of the last steel beam of the two-building, $650 million, 1,500,000 square foot One Seaport Square development project. The following are photographs of the topped-off 20-story VIA:
VIA's final steel beam
VIA's topped off frame
View of VIA's topped off frame along Seaport Boulevard
View of VIA's topped off frame from Fort Point Channel Harborwalk
The Benjamin, One Seaport Square’s first building, topped off on Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016 at 22 stories tall. Together, the two buildings will contain 832 residential apartments and 250,000 square feet of retail located in the heart of Boston’s Seaport District. Retail options at One Seaport Square will include a Big Night Entertainment bar and nightclub, an Equinox Fitness gym, a Kings Bowl bowling alley, a ShowPlace ICON movie theater and a Tuscan Kitchen & Market neighborhood restaurant and market. Courthouse Square, a 17,000 square foot retail-lined open pedestrian plaza, will be located in between the two towers. The following are renderings of One Seaport Square:
View of The Benjamin (foreground) and VIA (background) of One Seaport Square
View of One Seaport Square (at right) along Seaport Boulevard towards Downtown Boston
Visit TheBenjaminSeaport.com and VIAseaport.com for more information about residential leasing at One Seaport Square; both buildings are anticipated to unveil in 2017. One Seaport Square residents will enjoy sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. The following are photographs of views from the top of The Benjamin:
View of Downtown Boston
View of Downtown Boston
View of Boston Harbor
Concrete pouring is complete on each floor of The Benjamin and nearly every floor of VIA. Glass installation has almost reached the top floor of The Benjamin and is underway on the ground floor of VIA. Both buildings’ facades will be nearly fully comprised of glass. Balconies have been installed along The Benjamin’s facade, and installation of balconies is underway along VIA’s. The following are photographs of The Benjamin and VIA:
View of The Benjamin (foreground) and VIA (background) from Fort Point Channel Harborwalk
View of The Benjamin from Congress Street Bridge
View of VIA from top of The Benjamin
View of VIA from Seaport Boulevard; note glass installation underway at base
The following are photographs of The Benjamin's nearly-complete glass facade:
The Benjamin's glass facade from Northern Avenue
The Benjamin's glass facade from Northern Avenue
The Benjamin's glass facade from Seaport Boulevard
The Benjamin's glass facade from Sleeper Street
The Benjamin's glass facade from Sleeper Street
The Benjamin's glass facade from Sleeper Street
The following are photographs of Courthouse Square:
View of Courthouse Square towards Fort Point
View of Courthouse Square towards Boston Harbor
The following are street-level photographs of One Seaport Square:
100 Binney’s structural steel frame has risen eight stories and will soon top off at 10 stories tall. 100 Binney will contain a total of 431,500 rentable square feet (RSF) of Class A lab and office space targeting a minimum of LEED Platinum sustainability certification. A stunning glass facade with landscaped balconies with allow for abundant natural lighting. The building’s dual core, 40,000 RSF floor plates will provide flexible workspace design capability. Global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb has leased 208,000 square feet at 100 Binney through at least 2030. Developer Alexandria Real Estate Equities has committed $175.1 million in equity towards 100 Binney and secured $310 million in construction financing for the project in April 2016 through Bank of China; financing was arranged by CBRE. 100 Binney will cost a total of approximately $485 million to develop.
The 100 Binney construction team is at work placing steel truss elements into the building’s structural steel frame and fastening the truss elements into the frame with tension assemblies. Two tower cranes are being used to construct 100 Binney’s frame. Pouring of concrete floors has commenced on 100 Binney’s first story. Orange vertical nets have been installed on the second and third stories to prepare for concrete pouring; the nets will contain debris from blowing to street level. The building foundation’s horizontal foundation support system, which will soon be dismantled, is visible through 100 Binney’s future underground parking garage ramp on Linskey Way. The following are photographs of 100 Binney:
View North along Binney Street
View South along Binney Street; note orange vertical nets
View South along Linskey Way; note orange vertical nets
View North along Linskey Way
Tower crane and structural steel frame
Steel truss elements staged for installation
Tension assemblies staged for installation
View of horizontal foundation support system through future underground parking garage ramp on Linskey Way
Freshly poured concrete on 100 Binney’s first story
Freshly poured concrete on 100 Binney’s first story
View of 100 Binney’s first story from Linskey Way; note steel forms for first story concrete pouring
View 100 Binney’s first story from Binney Street
More information about 100 Binney Street is posted below.
A topping-off ceremony was held for Meriel Marina Bay on June 28th, 2016. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the topping-off. During the ceremony, Meriel Marina Bay's last beam of steel was lifted into place and installed, completing Building Two's structural steel frame. 163 wood-framed residential apartments will now be constructed above Building Two's steel frame. Wood framing is underway on Building One, which will contain 189 apartments.
Located in Quincy's waterfront Marina Bay neighborhood with sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline, Meriel Marina Bay will feature 352 luxury apartments across two new buildings. Resident amenities will include a fitness center, three elevated courtyards and a swimming pool in addition to sweeping ocean and skyline views. The project will also include a public waterfront boardwalk extension and approximately 20,000 square feet of retail.
J. Derenzo Companies has completed initial excavation and pre-trenching at AC Hotel South End. Pile driving is now underway; precast concrete piles averaging 100 feet long are being driven into the ground to provide structural support for the future AC Hotel South End building.
Pile driving rig
Precast concrete piles ready for driving
Partially driven piles
View of AC Hotel South End site looking towards Troy Boston
Tips of shortened piles; piles at AC Hotel South End will average 100 feet long
More information about AC Hotel South End is posted below.
May 8, 2016
J. Derenzo Companies completes demolition, starts excavation at AC Hotel South End
J. Derenzo Companies’ JDC Demolition has fully demolished two former structures at the AC Hotel South End site, and demolition debris has been fully cleared. Work has begun on AC Hotel South End’s foundation; J. Derenzo Companies has started initial excavation and pre-trenching to prepare the site for pile driving.
View of AC Hotel South End site looking towards Downtown Boston
View of AC Hotel South End site looking towards Troy Boston
Backhoe (at left) and excavator (at right) used for initial excavation and pre-trenching
New Balance Headquarters earns LEED Platinum resource efficiency certification
New Balance's new headquarters facility at Boston Landing, completed in 2015, has achieved Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum resource efficiency certification. This is the highest attainable efficiency honor awarded by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). New Balance's facility is the first in the United States and one of only three worldwide to earn all possible points for Indoor Environmental Quality under the USGBC's rating system.
Suffolk Construction Roxbury headquarters expansion approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the expansion of Suffolk Construction's Roxbury headquarters for construction at this month's board meeting. The 38,000 square foot expansion will provide new space for Suffolk Construction to expand its workforce. Four existing vacant buildings will be demolished to construct the expansion.
A rendering of the Suffolk Construction Expansion project is posted above. The following is a link to the Small Project Review Application for the Suffolk Construction Expansion project. More information about the Suffolk Construction Expansion project is posted below.
New Boston Celtics practice facility at Boston Landing moves forward
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved 40 Guest Street, a new mixed-use building at Boston Landing, for construction at this month’s board meeting. Construction of the building is expected to commence in fall 2016.
The new six-story building will contain office and retail space as well as the new practice facility of the Boston Celtics basketball team. 40 Guest Street is the next phase of the Boston Landing development project. The following is a link to the Development Plan for 40 Guest Street.
Street development team submits modified proposal
The 171 Tremont Street development team has submitted a Draft
Project Impact Report to the Boston Redevelopment Authority with a modified
proposal for the project. The height of the proposed building has been reduced
to 212 feet from 237 feet and to 19 floors from 20 floors. The total number of
residential units proposed at 171 Tremont Street has been reduced to 18 from
19, with one residential unit on each floor. Total proposed parking spaces have
been reduced to 21 from 28. Valet parking would be operated in place of
previously proposed mechanical parking systems. The following is a link to the Draft Project Impact Report for 171 Tremont
Street; the following is a project rendering:
Letter of Intent filed to construct a 28-story tower at 2 Charlesgate West in the Fenway
A Letter of Intent has been filed by Trans National Properties with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct a 28-story, 340 foot tall tower at 2 Charlesgate West in the Fenway; the following is a link to the Letter of Intent. Designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects, the approximately 395,000 square foot tower would contain up to 325 residential units with a mix of rental and ownership units.
The tower would also contain approximately 10,000 square feet of retail and up to 6,000 square feet of office space. The Boston Herald reports that retail at the tower would include a restaurant serving produce and cider made at Natick, MA's Lookout Farm, which is owned by Trans National Properties founder Steven Belkin, and a deli. Office space at the tower would be occupied by Trans National Properties.
In accordance with the City of Boston's Inclusionary Development Policy, Trans National Properties would construct 45 to 50 designated affordable housing units. A least 50% of these units would be included within the tower; the remaining units would be built off site in collaboration with the Fenway Community Development Corporation and Fenway Studios.
The Boston Globe reports that Trans National Properties expects to file more detailed plans for the tower this summer. Trans National Properties hopes to start construction of the tower in spring 2017 and open the tower in 2020. An existing office building at 2 Charlesgate West, which houses Trans National Properties' headquarters, would be demolished to make way for the tower.
The following are new renderings of the proposed tower at 2 Charlesgate West:
View of proposed tower from Emerald Necklace
View of proposed tower frontage along Ipswich Street
J. Derenzo Companies demolishes last section of Circle Cinema
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division demolished the last standing section of Circle Cinema early Saturday morning. The way has now been cleared for construction of new hotel and senior housing buildings expected to be complete in 2017. The following is a video by National Development's Ted Tye showing the last standing section's demolition:
Description of planned tower in Winthrop Square proposal
Trans National Group owns the buildings at both 2 and 6 Charlesgate West as well as the adjacent 1161 Boylston Street and a fourth vacant parcel. The four parcels total 20,325 square feet. Trans National Group is headquartered at 2 Charlesgate West.
Map of four parcels owned by Trans National Properties
A letter of intent to construct the tower has not yet been submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority. This page will be updated with any additional details as they become available. The following is a rendering of 2 Charlesgate West:
J. Derenzo Companies demolishes former Circle Cinema building
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has just about fully demolished the former Circle Cinema building in Cleveland Circle:
The Applebee's restaurant building formerly located on site is completely demolished. All that remains of Circle Cinema is a single former screening room:
Circle Cinema contained seven screening rooms prior to demolition. Virtually the entire theater has been reduced to rubble:
The hollowed shell of Circle Cinema is visible from the neighboring ballpark:
Part of the former Circle Cinema parking area remains underneath the remaining screening room:
The Circle Cinema site presents a unique transit-oriented location abutting an active rapid transit line and within walking distance to multiple public transportation options:
A new hotel building and senior housing building will be built on the Circle Cinema site. Anticipated project completion is in 2017. More information about the Circle Cinema Redevelopment project is posted below.
Demolition of the original Anthony’s Pier Four restaurant building commenced Tuesday. A new waterfront park will be constructed at the building’s former location. The following are photographs of the demolition taken Thursday:
The following are photographs of the demolition taken Tuesday:
The slurry wall foundation for the two new Pier Four buildings is currently being excavated:
Reinforcement cages are being lowered into the excavated slurry wall trenches. Concrete will soon be poured into the reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall foundation:
New Pier Four renderings, Anthony's restaurant demolition next week
The Boston Herald reports new renderings have been released for the under-construction Pier Four project in Boston's Seaport District. The project will consist of a 13-story office building (Phase Two) and a 100-unit, nine-story luxury condominium building (Phase Three). The following are the latest renderings:
The Boston Herald also reports that the existing Anthony's Pier Four restaurant building on site will be demolished next week. A waterfront park and plaza will be built at the restaurant's current location.
More information about the Pier Four project is posted below.
Proposed square footage at 150 Seaport has increased slightly, from 275,000 square feet to 283,700. 124 residential condominium units are now proposed, up from 110. Resident amenities would include a fitness spa and a library.
A total of 273,000 square feet of residential space are proposed at 150 Seaport; on the ground and second floors would be 10,700 square feet of retail and restaurant space. An underground parking garage would be built with 179 spaces.
The Benjamin apartment tower at One Seaport Square topped off last week on Wednesday, March 23rd. A ceremony was held Wednesday in which the frame’s final beam, adorned with a pine tree, was lifted to the very top of the 22-story building:
Glass is being installed along The Benjamin’s facade fronting Northern Avenue. Glass installation has reached the building’s fourth story:
Accordingly, fireproofing and moisture/mold-resistant sheathing are actively being installed along The Benjamin’s lower floors:
Installation of balconies along The Benjamin’s facade has progressed significantly. Residents will enjoy sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor:
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved 125 Guest Street for construction at last night's board meeting. The project will contain 295 residential units; 38 units will be designated affordable in compliance with the City of Boston’s Inclusionary Development Policy. Retail spaces will be located on 125 Guest Street's ground floor.
We had the honor and privilege of attending the topping off ceremony for the Building 7 addition at The District Burlington. Thanks again to National Development and the project team for hosting us! It was exciting to watch the final beam, featuring a distinctive paint job, rise above the project site and come into place on the addition’s fourth floor rooftop. The Building 7 addition topped off on Thursday, February 25th, 2016. The following are photographs from the ceremony:
The 54,000 square foot addition to Building 7 is being constructed in conjunction with a renovation of the existing structure to create a modern office tower well suited for 21st century innovation. Upon completion, Building 7 will feature naturally lit open workspace with a green roof deck. The Building 7 addition will feature a gleaming glass curtain overlooking lush landscaping and the overall District Burlington development area. A total of 80,000 square feet of new office space will be built at Building 7; the original Building 7 consists of approximately 200,000 square feet of office space.
A walkthrough of the Building 7 project site yielded distinctive features including a backup generator enclosure that will ensure the building is consistently powered:
Backup generator enclosure
The District Burlington development is easily accessible by car via Route 128 (America’s Technology Highway) and by public transportation via a shuttle to and from nearby train service.
Much progress has also been made at other parts of The District Burlington. Along District Avenue, Tavern in the Square has opened in a gleaming new retail space. Other retail spaces are nearing completion; these will feature desirable retailers including Island Creek Oyster Bar, Pressed Cafe and TD Bank. A new Residence Inn hotel has also begun construction; developed by Finard Properties, the hotel will feature 170 rooms with amenities including a business center, meeting space and a restaurant. (Note: The hotel site has been acquired by Finard Properties; the hotel's architect is Group One Partners, and the hotel's general contractor is Callahan Construction Managers.)
The District Burlington is redeveloping a 1970s office park into a walkable destination that will attract visitors both during and outside of work hours. New parking structures are under construction to accommodate what will undoubtedly be an influx of visitors to The District Burlington. The glass curtain of the Building 7 addition will be an inviting backdrop to a revitalized, walkable District Avenue.
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition has nearly fully demolished two low-rise buildings on the AC Hotel South End site. Construction of the future hotel's foundation will soon commence with initial excavation and pre-trenching to prepare the site for pile driving.
View of AC Hotel South End site looking towards Downtown Boston
Soon-to-be-demolished foundation of a former building
A location of salad chain Sweetgreen, who recently opened a location in Fort Point next to soon-to-open Caffe Nero
This spring, the South End Open Market will move across Harrison Avenue from Ink Block. A Harrison Avenue redesign is also in the works with bike lanes, plantings, wider sidewalks and other improvements.
Siena, a 76-unit condominium building, and AC Hotel South End, a 200-room hotel, are currently under construction at Ink Block. This spring, construction will commence at 345 Harrison Avenue, located across Harrison Avenue from Ink Block. 345 Harrison Avenue, a mixed-use development by UDR, will contain approximately 577 residential units and 33,500 square feet of retail. Related Beal has also filed a Letter of Intent to construct a residential development at the former Quinzani's Bakery site located across Traveler Street from Ink Block.
Slurry wall foundation construction is beginning at Pier Four Phases Two and Three. Preparation for demolition of the former Anthony's Pier Four building on the Pier Four Phases Two and Three site has also begun.
Excavation of the Phase Two office building's foundation and construction of the building's slurry wall is expected to take approximately eight months. Afterwards, the office building's mat foundation will be poured, a process that will last under a month.
One Seaport Square's frame is well on its way to completion. Per a recent update by John Hynes, Boston Global Investors' Managing Director, The Benjamin will top off within the next three weeks. VIA will follow shortly afterwards, topping off within the next seven weeks.
Construction of 50 Liberty's slurry wall foundation is nearly complete. Final excavations are taking place, and concrete for the mat foundation is beginning to be poured. We are excited to watch 50 Liberty's frame begin to rise! New photographs of 50 Liberty are posted above.
New details of the 150 Seaport project were presented at the Boston Redevelopment Authority's Municipal Harbor Plan Advisory Committee Meeting on February 17th, 2016. Developer Cronin Holdings LLC filed a Letter of Intent for 150 Seaport on December 21st, 2015.
The proposed project has prompted a review of the Boston Redevelopment Authority's existing South Boston Municipal Harbor Plan, a guideline for planning and development in the Seaport District and along the South Boston Waterfront. Specifically, the Boston Redevelopment Authority is pursuing an amendment for the 21,000 square foot proposed 150 Seaport site. The Plan, which dates to 2000, does not include the proposed 150 Seaport site. In 2000, the site was one of the few developed sites in the Seaport District.
At the February 17th meeting, Cronin Holdings LLC presented new proposal details including harbor setbacks, shadow impacts and building footprints:
J. Derenzo Companies commences demolition at AC Hotel South End
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition has commenced demolition on the AC Hotel South End site! Work began on Thursday; today, J. Derenzo Companies is demolishing the former taxi dispatch building on site. We are very excited to watch J. Derenzo Companies prepare National Development's AC Hotel South End site for a distinctive building that will bring new energy to a rapidly growing corner of Boston's South End.
Initial work at AC Hotel South End starting within next 30 days
Demolition on the AC Hotel South End site will begin in approximately 30 days according to a Boston Business Journal report. As shown in our photographs below, construction fencing has already been installed surrounding the AC Hotel South End site.
This week, on Monday, February 22nd, National Development transferred ownership of the AC Hotel South End site from South End Hotel I LLC and South End Hotel II LLC, entities who have controlled AC Hotel South End's land acquisition, to Albany Street Hotel LLC, an entity who controls AC Hotel South End's financing and development. Sale price was $10M. The following is the deed for the transfer:
Construction fencing installed at AC Hotel South End
Construction fencing has been installed surrounding the AC Hotel South End project site. Demolition of the existing buildings on site is anticipated imminently to make way for the construction of a new 200-room hotel. The AC Hotel South End site is located on Albany Street adjacent to the Ink Block development. Both projects are developed by National Development.
View of AC Hotel South End site towards Downtown Boston
View along Albany Street towards Downtown Boston
View from Albany Street towards Ink Block
View along Albany Street towards Downtown Boston
The following are pre-construction photographs of the AC Hotel South End site taken in January 2016:
View of AC Hotel South End site towards Downtown Boston
Developer The Druker Company is ready to begin construction at EB80 and is waiting to sign a major office tenant before breaking ground. John Moriarty and Associates will manage EB80's construction. When complete, the 308,000 square foot EB80 will consist of 290,000 square feet of office space and 18,000 square feet of retail space.
With pile driving completed, foundation work is moving forward at 50 Liberty in Boston's Seaport District! A. A. Will Corporation is hard at work digging 50 Liberty's future foundation and underground parking structure. We can't wait to watch the impending concrete pour!
January 15, 2016
Pile driving is complete at 50 Liberty, and excavation of the building's slurry wall foundation is beginning.
Initial site work has begun at Pier Four Phases Two and Three in Boston's Seaport District! The construction team is getting ready to break ground on a 373,000 square foot office building (Phase Two) and 100 luxurious waterfront condominiums (Phase Three). A. A. Will Corporation is performing initial earthwork in preparation for foundation construction. Electric contractor John A. Penney Company is installing an electrical system that will be used to power the busy construction site. Turner Construction Company is Pier Four Phases Two and Three's construction manager. Expected completion of Phase Two is in 2017, with Phase Three following in 2018.
Below is a video showing work taking place at Pier Four Phases Two and Three in Boston's Seaport District:
Impressive progress is being made at Boston Landing, a transformative multi-phased mixed-use development project in Boston's Allston neighborhood. New Balance's recently-opened headquarters building has a striking presence on both Guest Street, the Boston Landing development's main artery, and the parallel Massachusetts Turnpike, with sweeping curves and an overall distinctive design. New Balance's new headquarters opened for business in September 2015. Next door, an under-construction ice rink and 10-story office building are nearing completion. The ice rink will serve as the Boston Bruins' official practice facility.
On our recent visit, the construction team was hard at work putting finishing touches on the ice rink and office building, both of which are expected to be complete by fall 2016. Take a look at our new construction photographs posted above. More project information, including the full Boston Landing development plan, is posted below. Also check out 125 Guest Street, a residential component of Boston Landing currently under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority.
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!
The Element Hotel opened for business on January 14th! The aLoft will follow shortly, opening on February 4th. We stopped by the completed buildings, both of which have distinctive finishes that bring a creative presence to developing D Street, located at the heart of Boston's innovative Seaport District, and invite passersby to stop and take a look. Ground-floor retail spaces at the aLoft and Element Hotels are now leasing, a great opportunity for retailers to become a part of one of Boston's hottest real estate markets. View our new photographs of the completed aLoft and Element Hotels, posted above.
Construction has begun on the Circle Cinema Redevelopment in Cleveland Circle. J. Derenzo Companies will soon begin demolition of the existing Circle Cinema and Applebee's buildings on site. Asbsetos removal and installation of construction fencing started Monday. Cranshaw Construction is managing the Circle Cinema Redevelopment.
The following are photographs of Circle Cinema and the adjacent Applebee's restaurant:
Excavation of 100 Binney’s foundation and underground parking structure is underway. Concrete has been poured along the sides of the foundation. A horizontal foundation support system has been installed to reinforce the foundation during excavation.
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!
A deed was recorded today in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds transferring ownership of the Circle Cinema site from National Amusements Inc. to Cleveland Circle Development Associates LLC, an affiliate of National Development and Boston Development Group, for $1. Construction of a new AC Hotel and senior housing on the site is expected to commence in 2016. The following is today's recorded deed:
National Development and Boston Development Group, developers of the Cleveland Circle Redevelopment project, acquired the Circle Cinema development site for a total of $9.5 million in November 2014.
The developers closed on the acquisition of the Circle Cinema theater site on November 16th, 2014 for $5.5 million. The following is the deed for the sale recorded in the Norfolk County Registry of Deeds:
The developers closed on the acquisition of the adjacent Applebee's restaurant site on November 26th, 2014 for $4 million. The following is the deed for the sale recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
We recently stopped by the aLoft and Element hotels under construction in Boston's Seaport District. The buildings appear to be nearing completion. Check out our construction site photography and learn more about the hotels here on BLDUP.com.
A groundbreaking ceremony was held for Meriel Marina Bay on September 21st, 2015. Guests included Quincy Mayor Tom Koch, Massachusetts State Senator John F. Keenan, Massachusetts State Representative Bruce J. Ayers and Quincy Planning Board Chairman William Geary. Meriel Marina Bay will feature 352 waterfront luxury residential apartments, 20,000 square feet of retail and a public waterfront boardwalk. Occupancy of Meriel Marina Bay is expected in Spring 2017. The following is a link to the official press release for the groundbreaking. The following is a photograph from the groundbreaking, courtesy Hines:
Interior renovations complete at the Innovation and Design Building
The Innovation and Design Building, a bastion of Boston’s innovative and creative economy, recently underwent interior renovations totaling over $13 million. All common spaces received new finishes including lighting, carpeting, wallpaper and more. New art displays and furniture were also installed throughout. The result is a bright, airy layout that invites visitors to explore the building’s various companies and showrooms. 3D design software firm Autodesk recently announced it will move into the Innovation and Design Building in fall 2015, a key asset to the building and to Boston’s ever-growing technology community.
The building’s preexisting open floor plan, with high ceilings and wide spaces filled with natural light, has been beautifully preserved as well as improved with attractive, upscale new finishes that are in tune with the rapidly developing Seaport District. Yet the Innovation and Design Building, originally a US Navy storehouse, has a unique historical character. The strength portrayed by the Innovation and Design Building's straightforward yet meticulous architecture provides a stark contrast to many of the Seaport’s sleek, newly constructed developments. With its large paned windows and imposing white stone façade, the Innovation and Design Building serves as a testament to the waterfront’s longstanding history as Boston’s focal point of industrial innovation and design. Accordingly, the Innovation and Design Building’s new finishes are intricately detailed with carefully selected patterns and colors, a thoughtful tribute to the building’s time-honored function as an incubator of thoughtfully innovative design and engineering. The following are photographs of the Innovation and Design Building:
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