Construction Nearly Complete for GE’s Renovation at Necco Court
Months after scrapping plans for a larger tower on the site, GE is wrapping up construction on renovations to the historic buildings on Necco Court. After deciding not to move forward with the new construction aspect of the project GE sold the site to Alexandria Real Estate and signed a 12-year lease for the warehouse buildings. The 100+-year-old brick and beam warehouses are currently being fully renovated and will include a bistro and modern office space for around 250 GE employees.
As part of the project the Necco Court bridge is being restored with half of the bridge’s facade being replaced with new metal, while the side facing the Fort Point Channel will be replaced with glass. Gensler is the architect on the project and Eversource provided energy efficiency solutions. Eversource is supporting a number of energy-efficient building elements in this project with incentive dollars, including energy-efficient lighting and lighting controls, high performing chillers, pumps, windows, walls and roof materials with high insulating values. Construction is expected to wrap up in the coming months.
Hay Creek Hotels Set to Manage Central Square Boutique Hotel
The development team behind the upcoming boutique hotel at 907 Main Street in Central Square has secured Hay Creek Hotels, to oversee the design, pre-opening and long-term management of the property. Nauset Construction is transforming a historic mixed-use building into a 67-key boutique luxury hotel. Located in the heart of Central Square at the corner of Main and Columbia Streets, the hotel will feature an attractive blend of amenities, including two new restaurants, The Dial and The Blue Owl, and Praliné, a French Bakery, as well as the iconic Toscanini’s Ice Cream, in its original, newly renovated location.
Originally constructed in 1871, the four-story, mixed-use office/residential property was later renovated in 1928 into 12 apartment units with first-floor retail space. The building is within the Central Square District of the National Register of Historic Places and is considered to be a contributing building. Nauset and the design team worked closely with the Cambridge Historical Commission to ensure compliance with the organization’s exacting renovation standards. This transit-oriented development is within walking distance to Kendall Square, widely considered to be the hottest market for Life Science and Technology commercial space in the nation.
The property was purchased by the current owners in 2008 whose shared vision, shaped by the revitalization underway in Central Square and the nearby Kendall Square expansion was to create a boutique hotel. “We wanted to develop something that will preserve the look and history of this area while meeting the market demand for a hotel that features compelling bar and restaurant offerings,” said Tim Johnson of Sean Casey, LLC, the developer of the project.
The brand identity and interiors were created with direction from Hay Creek Hotels and designed by Gensler Boston, and Boyes-Watson is the architect of record for the project. Inspired by Margaret Fuller and the Transcendentalists movement, 907 Main will feature exclusive offerings and partnerships that provide a sophisticated and refined stay while inspiring guests and locals to “embrace their rebel within”.
This experience will be created through the diversity of the neighborhood and the hotel’s unique amenities, such as The Dial restaurant and bar, complete with an outdoor courtyard located at street level and designed to capture the essence of the city. French Bakery Praliné will occupy the Columbia Street retail location, offering patrons Mariage frères teas and artisanal confections including macarons, chocolates, croissants and pastries.
Hay Creek Hotels and Gensler concepted each venue within 907 Main to reflect the freewheeling culture and art of the Central Square neighborhood. The rooms above were designed to pay homage to the original architecture, showcasing original brick walls and bay windows. The renovation of the existing structure includes the restoration of the original concrete and masonry building façade. Nauset will also construct a connecting four-story addition to house a two-bedroom penthouse suite as well as The Blue Owl rooftop restaurant, bar and outdoor terrace that will feature picturesque skyline views of the City and the Charles River. The addition will be clad with metal panels and fly-ash composite trims. This historic, adaptive reuse project is designed to meet LEED-certifiable requirements.
“This project allows us to draw on two of Nauset Construction’s greatest strengths – working with tight, zero-lot line urban infill sites, and the thoughtful restoration and repurposing of historically significant structures,” said Nauset Construction President Anthony Papantonis. The project is anticipated to be completed by the close of 2019.
CitizenM Open At The Hub on Causeway
The CitizenM hotel at The Hub on Causeway is now open. The European inspired hotel features 272 rooms along with ample common space including an outdoor roof deck with outstanding views. While the rooms at CitizenM may be small they come equipped with smart features including MoodPad-operated lighting and high-quality finishes like XL king beds and rain showers. Rooms rates are currently listed at $279 per night.
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Next up for The Hub on Causeway, the expected opening of the Star Market and ArcLight theater this fall followed by the first occupancy of the residential tower, Hub50 House. Hub50 House, now leasing, will offer 440 luxury units with an array of amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck.
Gilbane Selected as Construction Manager for 225 Wyman
Hobbs Brook Management has selcted Gilbane to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the 500,000-square foot speculative building at 225 Wyman St. in Waltham’s Hobbs Brook Office Park. The building will offer the largest contiguous block of class A space in the area.
Construction on the 5-story, lab-capable building designed by Gensler will begin in August and be completed in 2021. The project will also include a new parking garage within the Hobbs Brook Office Park to accommodate parking needs for the complex.
“We selected Gilbane for their extensive expertise in planning and building laboratory facilities,” Hobbs Brook Management principal architect Brad Cardoso said in a statement. “Gilbane has previously worked with Gensler on projects of this size and they are well-positioned for a successful project.”
Rapid7 Moves Into Posh New HQ at The Hub on Causeway
Rapid7 has officially moved into their new 147,000-square-foot office space at the Hub on Causeway. The new headquarters The firm has more than doubled its global headcount since 2014 and has nearly 500 of the 1,000 employees working locally. The new office space is modern, open, and hopes to create an exceptional work experience for employees.
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Facade Removal Underway at One Post Office Square
Demo work continues for the upcoming modernization and expansion of One Post Office Square. The existing facade dating back to 1980 is being removed up to the 30th floor and replaced with a new glass curtain wall. On the upper floors, the glass will be applied over the existing facade. New square footage is also being added to the site in the form of a new 18-story building to replace the existing parking garage. This new structure will include 300 fully automated parking spaces with 13 floors of office space above. The upgraded tower will also include new amenity spaces with sweeping views of the surrounding skyline, a fitness and conference center, a restaurant, and retail space.
Work Continues on Foundation/Below Grade Parking for Seaport Square Block L4
Construction is ongoing for the foundation and two levels of below-grade parking at Seaport Square Block L4, future home of Amazon. Block L4 will feature 444,000 square feet of office space above two levels of retail, 81,000 square feet. The project will also bring a new park to the area, connecting Summer Street to the Waterfront, Harbor Square Park will be a 1/3 mile public promenade designed by the world-renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, possibly best known for their work on Manhattan’s High Line.
Construction on Seaport Square Block L4 is expected to be complete in 2021.
Steel Framing Rapidly Rising for Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway
Steel framing is rapidly progressing for the final phase of the Hub on Causeway, the 650,000 square feet office tower. Verizon has already committed to a lease of 440,000 square foot within the building. Elsewhere in the project interior work is ongoing for the residential tower, citizenM hotel, and the office and commercial spaces in the podium.
The citizenM hotel is expected to open in mid-September and fit-outs are also ongoing for the Star Market, what will be Boston's largest supermarket, along with the ArcLight theater with both expected to open this fall as well.
Leasing is also underway for the residential units, 440 in total, which feature Italian cabinetry with under cabinet lighting, Silestone countertops, and in-unit laundry. Residents at Hub 50 House will have access to an array of luxury amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck. First residents are set to move in this fall, making for what are sure to be a busy couple of months for one of Boston's largest project.
Seaport Square Block L4 Financed for $435 Million
The project at Seaport Square Block L4 has been financed via Citizens Bank for $435 million.
The upcoming project consists of a 17 story retail and office building to be constructed on a 1.63-acre parcel in Boston's Seaport Square.
The 525,000 square foot building will feature 81,000 square feet of retail space on the first two levels accompanied by 444,000 square feet of office space on the upper 15 levels.
625,000 Square Foot Office Tower at 125 Lincoln Street Officially Under Review
Oxford Properties planned 24 story office tower to replace the garage at 125 Lincoln Street is now officially under review. The plans call for a 625,000 square foot office building with retail and publicly accessible ground floor uses. The development would also include the redesign of 7,500 square feet of existing open space at the corner of Lincoln Street and the Greenway along with the creation of a publicly accessible indoor space of approximately 7,000 square feet that includes gathering and retail spaces. Parking capacity for up to 275 vehicles would be located in up to five levels below grade. Oxford Properties purchased the garage for around $40M in May 2017.
NBC Universal's New Media Center Taking Shape
NBC Universal's upcoming 160,000 square foot facility is taking shape within Founder's Park in Needham. The building will be home to NBC 10 Boston, Telemundo, NBC Sports Boston and New England Channel News (NECN) and will feature the most cutting edge broadcast technology. Construction is expected to wrap up this fall.
Demolition Nearly Complete at 225 Wyman Street in Waltham
Demo is wrapping up at 225 Wyman St. in the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham to make way for a new construction, 500,000+ square foot project. Located along 128, in the busy tech/life-science corridor, the floor plates of the building are designed to accommodate office and lab space. On-site amenities will include a cafe, fitness center, and conference space. 225 Wyman is expected to be ready for tenant-fit out in Q1 2021.