Dec 10, 2017
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:
Sep 26, 2017
W. L. French performs utility installation and site excavation at Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building in Mission Hill
Construction of the foundation of the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s new $55 million Multipurpose Academic Building in Mission Hill is well underway, with W. L. French Excavating Corporation performing below-grade electrical, water and sewer utility installation, as well as preparing the site to allow structural pile driving to proceed. The precast concrete piles have been driven into the ground throughout the 0.8-acre Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building site. Steel sheet piles have also been driven to support the 20 foot deep excavation for the below grade portion of the building. W. L. French is currently proceeding with the basement excavation.
Following completion of below-grade site work, concrete will be poured to construct the Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building’s foundation, and the building’s superstructure will be built. The Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building will feature 78,000 square feet of space that will support the school's engineering, science and innovation programs and will be the first new academic structure on the Wentworth campus in 45 years. The following are photographs of W. L. French at work at Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building:
Jun 15, 2017
Wentworth breaking ground on state-of-the-art science and engineering building
The Wentworth Institute of Technology breaks ground next week on a new $55 million, 78,000-square-foot academic building that will support the school's engineering, science and innovation programs and will be the first new academic structure on the Wentworth campus in 45 years. A groundbreaking ceremony for the building with guests including Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be held at the project site, located in Mission Hill, next Wednesday (June 21st, 2017) morning. Occupancy of the new building, which will contain laboratory and office space in addition to presentation and gathering areas for students, faculty, and staff, is anticipated in Spring 2019.
Wentworth's new building will house the school's new Biological Engineering Program, in addition to its' Biomedical and Civil Engineering programs; the maker space for Wentworth’s Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center, Accelerate; and a new manufacturing lab. “Wentworth is a leader in engineering, technology, design, and management education, and this new building will help our students prepare for the opportunities of the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century,” said school President Zorica Pantić. “Wentworth’s curriculum is evolving, and this requires new and different teaching and learning spaces with configurations that promote interdisciplinary approaches to solving the technical challenges of our day,” said the school's Vice Presidenct for Business David Wahlstrom.
May 23, 2017
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:
May 11, 2017
New Wentworth engineering building approved in Mission Hill
The Wentworth Multipurpose Academic (MpA) Building, which will feature approximately 69,000 square feet of academic space to accommodate an expansion of the Wentworth Institute of Technology's academic engineering programs, was approved at today’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The building can now proceed with construction.
Mar 09, 2017
Restoration underway at BU's Myles Standish Hall in Fenway
Renovations are well underway to restore Boston University’s Myles Standish Hall student residence, set in a 203,000 square foot historic hotel building in the heart of Kenmore Square. Work is nearing completion at the west end of the building, with new windows installed and interior fit out underway. Myles Standish Hall will be renovated in phases, with full completion expected in Fall 2018. The following are photographs of the Myles Standish Hall Renovation:
Feb 12, 2017
Wentworth proposes new engineering building
The Wentworth Institute of Technology is proposing to construct a new 69,000 square foot building in Mission Hill to help facilitate the expansion of its' engineering programs. The building would feature the latest engineering equipment and lab technology, along with an open layout designed to encourage collaborative learning. Wentworth has filed plans for the building with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Nov 06, 2016
Ribbon cut on Pagulica Harvard Life Lab, now home to 17 startups
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Thursday (November 3rd, 2016) to mark the opening of the Pagulica Harvard Life Lab in Allston. 17 life science and biotech startups have moved into the completed 15,000 square foot wet lab building. The Lab has been named after donors Steve and Judy Pagliuca. The following are tweets from the ribbon cutting ceremony showing the completed Pagulica Harvard Life Lab:
Jul 10, 2016
Exterior finish installation underway at Harvard Life Lab
The Harvard Life Lab is topped off, and windows are installed. Exterior finishes are now being installed along the building's exterior. The Harvard Life Lab, an affiliate of the Harvard Innovation Lab, is scheduled to open for the upcoming academic year and will nurture life science innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard University. Visit the Harvard Life Lab website for more information. The following is a progress photograph of the Harvard Life Lab, courtesy Gaston Electrical:
Progress shot of the new #Harvard Life Lab facility. We are excited to be part of this #innovative #modular project. pic.twitter.com/PwZ0PYy5vA— Gaston Electrical (@GastonElec) July 8, 2016
(Source: Gaston Electrical/Twitter)
More information about the Harvard Life Lab is posted below.
Mar 18, 2016
Harvard Life Lab approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the Harvard Life Lab for construction at last night's board meeting. The Harvard Gazette reports the lab is scheduled to open this fall. Teams can now apply for space and mentorship at the lab on the Harvard Innovation Lab's website.
The Harvard Life Lab will empower science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation, building upon the success of the existing Harvard Innovation Lab by nurturing life science startups. The lab will also sponsor STEM workshops for local residents and contribute funds towards the purchase of Chromebook laptops for Allston-Brighton public school students.
Feb 15, 2016
Myles Standish Hall Renovation is now approved for construction.
Feb 09, 2016
Harvard University proposes to build new Life Lab in Allston
Harvard University is proposing to build a 15,000 square foot interim facility for a new Life Lab that will help foster scientific innovation and grow Harvard's startup community. The project would be located in Allston and is under review by the Boston Redevelopment Authority. Project details are posted below.