Dec 08, 2017
First plans for development of 140-acre Allston Landing revealed
Harvard University, owner of the 140-acre former rail yard known as Allston Landing, proposes to construct a 900,000-square-foot mixed-use development along the yard’s frontage on Western Avenue, which would be the first phase of the yard’s development. Dubbed the Harvard Enterprise Research Campus, the development would span 14.1 acres, featuring 400,000 square feet of office/lab space, 250,000 square feet of hotel/conference center space with 200 rooms and 250,000 square feet of residential space containing 250 units. A total of 800 to 900 parking spaces would be provided, and two public spaces would be created.
The proposed campus would be the latest expansion of Harvard’s growing Allston campus, located steps from Harvard’s upcoming $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex, which just topped off. As part of the campus, a new road, Cattle Drive, would be constructed. Cattle Drive would ultimately connect Western Avenue, Cambridge Street and the future West Station MBTA Commuter Rail stop. Harvard has filed plans for the proposed Enterprise Research Campus with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.
Dec 07, 2017
Harvard University’s new $1 billion Science And Engineering Complex tops off
A topping off ceremony was held last week for Harvard University’s new $1 billion six-story, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex along Allston’s booming Western Avenue corridor. Harvard was joined by members of the project team, who together ceremoniously marked the installation of the Complex’s final steel beam. In the coming weeks, concrete will be poured on the bases of all of the complex’s levels in order to construct floors. Installation of the building’s performative facade, which will allow for abundant natural lighting and increased heating and cooling efficiency, will also begin. Completion of the state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certifiable Science and Engineering Complex, which will be the new home of Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science, is expected in Fall 2020. The building will feature a wide variety of amenities, including laboratories, classrooms, research space and a 5,000-square-foot Maker Space featuring high-end manufacturing and assembly workstations. The following are photographs from the Harvard University Science And Engineering Complex topping-off ceremony:
Nov 01, 2017
Harvard proposes new ArtLab arts collaboration space along Western Avenue Corridor in Allston
Harvard has unveiled plans to construct ArtLab, a new arts collaboration space within the University’s growing Allston campus along the booming Western Avenue Corridor. The 9,000-square-foot space would nurture arts including film, theater, dance and media, with spaces including sound editing stations, an audio recording studio and space for rehearsal, improvisation and informal performance. “The ArtLab will be more than just a space — it will be an important addition to Harvard’s burgeoning arts environment, a home where faculty, staff and students can engage in the kinds of interdisciplinary collaboration both within and beyond the curriculum that is a hallmark of Harvard’s strong and diverse arts community,” said Harvard President Drew Faust in a prepared statement.
ArtLab would be located at Barry’s Corner, the intersection of North Harvard Street and Western Avenue in Allston, steps from Harvard’s under-construction $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex and recently completed 15,000-square-foot Life Lab, as well as multiple new development projects. The building would be located across from the recently completed $150 million, 350,000-square-foot Continuum development, home to a newly opened Trader Joe’s supermarket, and just down the street from Telford 180, a recently completed 85-unit condominium building that sold out pre-completion.
In the coming months, Harvard will file plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing ArtLab. if approved, construction of ArtLab could begin as early as summer 2018, with completion in early 2019.
Oct 11, 2017
Steel frame of Harvard University Science And Engineering Complex in Allston reaches full height
The steel frame of Harvard University’s new $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex in Allston has reached its' full height of six stories. The western end of the building is nearly fully framed, and framing of the eastern end is now underway. Steel decking has been installed on the bases of nearly all levels on the eastern end; concrete will be poured on the decking in the coming weeks in order to construct floors. The building is expected to top off in the coming weeks.
Opening in Fall 2020, the state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certifiable Science and Engineering Complex will be the new home of Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The building will feature a wide variety of amenities, including laboratories, classrooms, research space and a 5,000-square-foot Maker Space featuring high-end manufacturing and assembly workstations. The following are photographs of the Harvard University Science And Engineering Complex:
Aug 08, 2017
Structural frame construction underway at Harvard University Science And Engineering Complex in Allston
Construction of the six-story steel frame of Harvard University’s new Science and Engineering Complex is well underway and has reached the building’s third floor. The building is expected to top off in the coming months. Opening in Fall 2020, this state-of-the-art, LEED Gold-certifiable new academic building will be the new home of Harvard University's John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Science. The building will feature a wide variety of amenities, including laboratories, classrooms, research space and a 5,000-square-foot Maker Space featuring high-end manufacturing and assembly workstations. The following are photographs of the Harvard University Science And Engineering Complex:
Jun 25, 2017
New Harvard science and engineering building will contain state-of-the-art maker space
Harvard University’s upcoming $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex will feature a 5,000-square-foot state-of-the-art Maker Space workshop, providing the Harvard community with a new node to test ideas and incubate enterprises. The space will feature high-end manufacturing and assembly workstations available to Harvard community members of all skill levels, and will be designed to encourage interaction among its’ users. The Maker Space marks Harvard’s latest addition to Allston’s rapidly-developing Western Avenue innovation corridor, following the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab’s opening last Fall. “Allston has become a hub for innovators and entrepreneurs from across the University, and the new Maker Space will provide yet another outlet for the skill and imagination of the Harvard community,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “We look forward to seeing the ideas of engineers, designers, artists, and so many other creators realized in the heart of our expanding campus.” “From the day those doors open, the Maker Space facilities will be a catalyst for discoveries and inventions we cannot even imagine today, said Frank Doyle, the John A. Paulson Dean of Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.
The Cihang Foundation, a philanthropic organization founded by tourism, logistics, and financial services mogul HNA Group in 2010 to broaden the company’s commitment to society and social responsibility, is providing support for the new Maker Space. Adam Tan, CEO of HNA Group, sees the Maker Space as a catalyst for creativity. “Incubation space plays a vital role in bringing enterprises to market,” Tan said. “Harvard is already a global leader in research and discovery, and the Maker Space will empower their talented community of students, faculty, and researchers to propel inventions and innovations for the benefit of all. With its gift to the Maker Space, the Cihang Foundation furthers its mission to give back and echoes HNA Group’s core values of innovation, integrity, and excellence in performance.” Construction of the new Science and Engineering Complex’s vertical steel frame is now underway following completion of the building’s foundation. The Science and Engineering Complex will open in Fall 2020. The following is a photograph of the Science and Engineering Complex construction site, courtesy Harvard:
Dec 29, 2016
Harvard Business School’s new Executive Education Center now complete
Harvard University has completed construction of its’ new 90,000 square foot Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, which will house Harvard Business School’s Executive Education Center. The new building, located in Allston, is expected to achieve LEED Gold sustainability certification and features academic space designed to the highest acoustical and technological standards. The following are photographs of the completed Ruth Mulan Chu Chao Center, courtesy Robert Benson Photography:
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 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.