With lab space fully leased, the Alewife Research Center remains on schedule for a 2018 opening. The project, a 223,000-square-foot speculative lab building continues construction across from the Alewife transit station in West Cambridge. With structural framing, concrete floor pouring, installation of floor-to-ceiling glass, and exterior finish panels along the building's facade underway, the building is beginning to take shape.
The project remains on schedule using Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, implement, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
Facebook is planning to hire more than 500 employees for its new office in Cambridge, according to Ryan Mack, Facebook Boston site lead, who discussed more the move and the company’s hiring plans.
“We’re always hiring,” Mack said in an interview. “We’re actively recruiting and I’d be happy to talk with people.”
Here’s what we know so far about the new Facebook office (and the types of jobs it’s looking to hire).
The new office
The company moved from its current location at One Broadway to 100 Binney St. The two locations are less than a 10-minute walking distance from each other in the Kendall Square area. Mack said that the new space is around 130,000 square feet, so six times the size of the current space.
How many positions?
Mack estimates that the new space has a capacity of 650 employees. Currently, over 100 people work in the Boston office.
What profiles is Facebook Boston looking for?
Primarily, technical and engineers. “We are hiring software engineers focusing on infrastructure, mobile application development, networking, compilers, data warehouses, machine learning experts and data scientists,” Mack said. In the Facebook Boston location, employees focus on machine learning and how to scale machine learning efficiently, among other things.
How to apply?
Currently, the Facebook careers page lists 20 openings for Boston. The company is looking for software engineers with different specializations, including machine learning, traffic infrastructure, iOS and Android. Minimum qualifications include bachelor’s or master’s degree in computer science or related fields and at least one year of software development experience (but requirements may vary). There are also tech openings for university grads, interns and Ph.D. university grads.
The construction of 100 Binney Street remains on schedule using Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, implement, and monitor projects in their entirety. The innovative software gives developers the ability to see the full spectrum of their project down to every last detail. Touchplan has let developers keep their projects on or ahead of time leading to lower costs and more efficient construction.
Phase I of the Hub on Causeway continues as construction stays on pace for completion in 2018. The first phase of construction consists of 210,000 total square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space, including the city of Boston’s largest supermarket, a 60,000 square foot Star Market, and the Northeast’s first ArcLight Cinema, ArcLight Boston, a 60,000 square foot theater with 15 screens.
L.L.BEAN CELEBRATES GRAND OPENING OF ITS FIRST URBAN STORE AT ONE SEAPORT New England neighbor brings the joy of the outdoors to Boston April 6
March 27, 2018 – Boston, MA – New England outdoor retailer L.L.Bean, best known for its L.L.Bean Boots and world-class customer service, announced the grand opening of its very first urban retail store at One Seaport in Boston on April 6 at 9 a.m.
The 8,600-square-foot store will feature an assortment of active and casual apparel, outerwear and footwear, as well as a variety of outdoor gear curated specifically for residents and visitors of Boston.
The grand opening celebration will begin on Friday, April 6 and go through Sunday, April 8. Everyone is invited to the three-day event featuring giveaways, games, a weekend block party, L.L.Bean’s famous Bootmobile and more.
For more information about L.L.Bean’s One Seaport store and the grand opening event, including a detailed schedule of events, visit http://www.llbean.com/seaport
Rebar and plumbing placement ongoing on upcoming 22-story mixed-use tower featuring 414 apartment residences ranging from innovation units to three-bedrooms. Additional work to include mud mat and foundation slab pours.
NEW OMNI HOTEL WILL GET BCEC ‘PAST THE TIPPING POINT,’ DAVID GIBBONS SAYS Mass Convention Center Authority Executive Director Addresses MassEcon Members Meeting
WESTBOROUGH, MA – Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Executive Director David Gibbons told MassEcon members today that the Omni hotel now under construction, with 1,050 rooms, will get the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) “past the tipping point” toward the estimated 3,500 nearby hotel rooms that were forecast as needed when the convention facility was planned in the 1990s. About 2,000 rooms had been built toward that goal, but many of them were limited service hotels, which are not as helpful to convention center business as big groups work to book blocks of rooms several years ahead, Gibbons said.
The new hotel is scheduled to open in 2021. Having enough hotel rooms within a nearby walk of the exhibition space is critical to the success of the venue, Gibbons reported. Gibbons outlined an increasingly positive financial picture of the BCEC, which he said functions as an economic engine for the region’s hospitality industry and larger economy and has been statutorily allowed to run an operating deficit of up to $26 million a year. Gibbons, who has been executive director for two years after serving as general manager of hotels in Boston for more than two decades, said that deficit is being steadily reduced. “We are now approaching zero.”
“Our financial performance gives comfort to people on the Hill that we know what we’re doing and we’re not out wasting money,” Gibbons said. He addressed a breakfast meeting of MassEcon, which is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year as it works with public and private sectors to assist companies in locating or expanding in Massachusetts.
Asked about the recently announced proposal to help reduce Seaport transportation congestion with a gondola transportation system from South Station to the Boston Marine Industrial Park and eastern neighborhood of the South Boston Waterfront, Gibbons called it “intriguing... an interesting idea.” Gibbons said the convention center authority has “a huge transportation profile” in managing several private transportation initiatives from North Station to the Seaport and is also involved in planned water transportation from the North Station area. “They have to go through a public process,” Gibbons said of Millennium Partners, which has Seaport plans for about two million square feet of development and has put forward the gondola concept. “There are some aesthetic issues. We are in need of solutions. The gondola may be one of them.”
Gibbons said the recent annual impact of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority amounts to a total of $775 million in economic activity, 336 events, 665,965 hotel room nights, and 732,587 attendees. The authority spends $115 million a year for operations and has 300 direct employees. It owns three facilities: the BCEC, the Hynes Memorial Convention Center in the Back Bay, and the MassMutual Center in Springfield.
The authority is embarking now on a $2 million study to determine future needs, what they will cost, and how to pay for them. Gibbons said the BCEC has been handicapped by having been scaled back from its original size in exhibition space and parking, as well as having only one large ballroom instead of two. He said the current order of priorities is to see the Omni hotel, which is being developed with no public subsidy, finished, to add meeting space, and later to expand the BCEC’s 516,000 square feet of exhibition space.
The Hub on Causeway is progressing nicely and getting taller. Boston Properties recently submitted to the city that they would like to change the height of one of the towers from 420 feet to 495 feet to meet the changing needs of the marketplace.
This transformative mixed use project will be adding to the already changing neighborhood. Rising from a lively podium, office, residential and hotel towers will house premium entertainment venues, specialty retailers, high-concept dining and loft-style office space to result in a work/live/play “city within a city.” A steel-and-glass structure reminiscent of the district’s original railways forms the façade of the eight-story gateway, which connects directly to the North Station transportation hub.
It is also rumored that Verizon's new brand Oath will be an anchor tenant as reported by major news outlets recently.
Bose beginning tenant fit-out of newly leased space at Boston Landing. Consisting of 98,000 square footage on levels 7-8-9 & 10 in the building, new lighting and lighting control is being completed. Installation of new electric rooms on each level and new general purpose power wiring. All heating and cooling equipment is already in place.
Pre-leasing of Lantera residential tower at Boston Landing to begin this month
Lantera, the new 17-story, 295-unit luxury apartment tower at Boston Landing, will begin pre-leasing of residences in mid-March and is expected to open to residents this May. Formerly known as The Residences at Boston Landing, the tower will feature studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom residences along with 16,500 square feet of ground-floor retail featuring restaurants and specialty shops.
Amenities at Lantera will include the “Loft18” lounge and rooftop terrace, a “Tech bar” work from home space, a Zen garden dubbed “The Grounds”, a fitness studio, an outdoor pool deck, an indoor/outdoor dog park and pet spa and an open gathering space dubbed “The Veranda” with a fireplace lounge, a demonstration kitchen, a bar and a gaming area.
Lantera is located steps from the new Boston Landing commuter rail station and just off of the Massachusetts Turnpike, in the heart of the dynamic new Boston Landing neighborhood minutes from Downtown Boston. 155 above-grade garage parking spaces and bicycle parking will be located on site.
Pierce Boston, one of Massachusetts’ tallest residential towers, officially opens to residents
Pierce Boston, a 30-story, 378-foot-tall tower that is Massachusetts’ tallest tower west of the Back Bay, officially opened to residents today. The tower, featuring an angular profile clad in glass, is located at the gateway to Boston and is now prominently visible from the Massachusetts Turnpike and other key points. Pierce Boston features 109 condominium residences, 240 apartment residences and over 20,000 square feet of dining and retail space across its’ first two floors. The tower is located in the heart of the growing, active Fenway neighborhood, and features sweeping views of the surrounding cityscape and countryside. “Pierce Boston’s residents are going to love living in The Fenway,” said Jed Lowry, Vice President at Pierce Boston co-developer Landsea, in a prepared statement. “So much is happening in The Fenway, and Pierce Boston is the perfect home base, with everything you need to enjoy an active, urban lifestyle in one of Boston’s best neighborhoods.”
Apartments are located up to floor 18, and condominiums are located on floors 19 through 29 underneath the 30th floor Levity Lounge, a space exclusive to condominium owners that will include a private dining room, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas, private sky cabanas for purchase and a sky top pool. Nathálie, a wine bar by the team behind Downtown Crossing’s Haley.Henry, will open on Pierce Boston’s ground floor this Summer. As of the end of 2017, 70% of Pierce Boston condominiums have been sold, and 20% of apartments have been leased.
Finishing touches underway at Proto apartments, opening this Summer in Kendall Square
The facade of the 22-story Proto luxury apartment tower in Kendall Square has been fully installed, and fit out of the tower’s interior is underway in advance of its’ scheduled opening this Summer. Proto will feature 280 apartment residences ranging from micro units to two-bedrooms, with 16,000 square feet of retail home to Mediterranean restaurant Cava Grill, Bank of America and a coffee shop. The tower will include amenities such as an outdoor terrace, an indoor fireside lounge and collaborative workspace. Ori Systems robotic furniture will be available as well. Newly revealed renderings of Proto are posted above. The following is a photograph of Proto:
Shore Leave tiki bar coming to 345 Harrison in South End
The proponents of the Upper South End’s successful Bar Mezzana Italian restaurant will open Shore Leave, a tiki bar and restaurant, on the ground floor of the neighborhood’s new-construction 345 Harrison apartment development. The island-inspired Shore Leave will be located across from Ink Block, home of Bar Mezzana, and is expected to open later this year. Details of Shore Leave’s menu have not yet been revealed. The Shore Leave space will be designed by Hacin + Associates, and fit out by Cafco Construction. Opening this Spring, 345 Harrison will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences, as well as 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail that will also be home to CVS/Pharmacy.
New Northeastern University student housing tower, one of Roxbury’s tallest buildings, tops off
Northeastern University’s new 21-story student housing tower, located at 10 Burke Street in Roxbury steps from Ruggles Station, has topped off, becoming one of Roxbury’s tallest buildings. The $160 million tower will contain 221 student housing units for Northeastern students, and is Boston’s first ever dormitory financed by a private developer; Northeastern has partnered with American Campus Communities to build the tower. With the final beam now in place, installation of exterior finishes will begin along the tower’s facade. The tower will include resident amenities such as recreation and gaming areas and a fitness center, in addition to approximately 3,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space. Construction of the tower began last Summer, and is expected to last approximately two more years. The following is a video of the tower’s topping-off:
Finishing touches underway at South End’s new-construction 345 Harrison luxury apartments
The multifaceted facades of both buildings of 345 Harrison, a 14-story, 535,900-square-foot mixed-use development located in the burgeoning Upper South End, have been just about fully installed, bringing a bright new multicolored array of red, yellow, orange, grey and white exterior finishes, in addition to blue floor-to-ceiling windows, to the growing neighborhood. Inside the buildings, luxurious finishes including California Closets, Italian cabinetry, quartz and granite countertops, stainless steel appliances, USB outlets and wood plank flooring are being installed within residences.
Finishing touches are also being put upon 345 Harrison’s amenity spaces, including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with an indoor lounge and outdoor roof deck, an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room. On the development’s ground floor, glass is being fit along retail spaces, which will total 40,000 square feet and include a 10,000-square-foot CVS Pharmacy. In the coming weeks, landscaping of 345 Harrison’s central pedestrian plaza will begin. 345 Harrison is expected to open early this year. The following is a photograph of 345 Harrison:
The $950 million, 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development, which is transforming the long-vacant former site of the storied Boston Garden arena into a 21st century mixed-use development, celebrated a major milestone yesterday with the topping off of its’ Phase One podium. A 39-foot steel beam, the final piece of the podium, was signed by project team and community members and placed at the top of the future entrance to The Hub on Causeway. Standing 100 feet in the air, the beam will be located at the top of the podium’s future 15-screen ArcLight Cinemas movie theater, set to open in late 2019 along with a 60,000-square-foot Star Market, which will become Boston’s largest grocery store, a 31,680-square-foot entertainment venue by Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England and cybersecurity and IT operations analytics solution provider Rapid7’s new 147,000-square-foot headquarters.
Phase One of The Hub on Causeway will feature a total of 175,000 square feet of office space and 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space, along with a new glass-topped atrium entry for TD Garden and a new entrance and underground connector tunnel for North Station that are due to open in October 2018. Over 11,000 tons of steel have been erected in order to construct the Phase One podium. “Thanks to the hard work of so many people, The Hub on Causeway will soon be the new gateway to Boston, forever changing the landscape of this neighborhood for the better,” said Charlie Jacobs, CEO of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings, in a prepared statement. The Hub on Causeway is now visible from Interstate 93 approaching Boston from the north.
“The topping off of the steel podium of The Hub on Causeway represents the next milestone in creating an exciting destination at the northern gateway to the City of Boston,” said Bryan Koop, Boston Properties’ Boston Region Executive Vice President, in a prepared statement. “The Hub will bring Bostonians, visitors, commuters, and fans together to share an experience that will include unmatched entertainment options, great food, and modern conveniences, creating a dynamic heart of the neighborhood.” Upon the project’s completion, three towers will be constructed atop The Hub on Causeway including 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. The following are photographs of the topped-off podium:
Wine bar opening at Fenway’s new Pierce Boston luxury tower
The proponents of Downtown Crossing’s haley.henry wine bar, located on the ground floor of the 45 Province condominium tower, will open a second wine bar dubbed nathálie on the ground floor of the new 30-story Pierce Boston, the Fenway neighborhood’s tallest tower. Between 50 and 60 wines will be served at nathálie, emphasizing female wine producers and old world varieties, per Eater Boston. Fit out of the 1,200-square-foot space, which will also include a 200-square-foot outdoor patio, is expected to commence in March. nathálie is expected to open this Summer, and will feature a variety of seating options including a bar, high-tops along windows, a lounge area and banquette seating.
“Where haley.henry is a very masculine, tinned fish/wine bar, nathálie will be the dynamic, invigorating daughter that brings a whole new twist to Fenway,” said haley.henry and nathálie owner Haley Fortier in a prepared statement. “We are very much looking forward to establishing some amazing relationships by providing a unique wine bar experience for this part of the city.” Pierce Boston is set to open in February, and features residences including 109 condominiums and 240 apartments as well as 30,000 square feet of exclusive retail across the first two floors. At the top of the tower is a Levity Lounge exclusive to condominium owners, which includes the highest situated outdoor pool in the City of Boston.
150 Seaport waterfront condominium tower breaking ground this Spring
The 22-story 150 Seaport waterfront condominium tower in the Seaport District is expected to break ground this Spring, following a deal to create more on-site public space. Environmental advocacy group Conservation Law Foundation (CLF) had previously sued developer Cronin Holdings on the grounds of limiting public access to the waterfront with the approved tower.
In exchange for CLF dropping the lawsuit, allowing construction of the tower to move forward, Cronin will provide $13.1 million towards a new waterfront park and $5.4 million towards waterfront programming for children. Cronin will also build a public dock on the 150 Seaport site and increase the portion to the project footprint dedicated to public use by 60%.
The $260 million 150 Seaport will contain 124 luxurious condominium residences with sweeping views, as well as 10,700 square feet of ground and second level retail/restaurant space and three levels of underground parking. The tower will replace the existing Atlantic Beer Garden and Whiskey Priest bars.
Boston Landing’s Auerbach Center, future home of Boston Celtics practice facility and Mass Innovation Labs, nearing completion
The facade of Boston Landing’s Auerbach Center, future official practice facility of the Boston Celtics and home of a new biotech incubator for Mass Innovation Labs, is nearly complete, with just about all exterior finish and glass curtain wall panels installed, including the practice facility’s signature 40-foot glass wall overlooking the Massachusetts Turnpike. Finishing of the building’s interior areas is now underway in order to prepare for the anticipated mid-2018 opening of both the 71,000-square-foot state-of-the-art basketball practice facility and the two-level, 84,000-square-foot biotech incubator. The six-story, 160,000-square-foot Auerbach Center will also feature 5,700 square feet of retail on its’ ground floor. The following are photographs of The Auerbach Center:
Finishing touches underway at The Residences at Boston Landing, luxury apartments opening this Summer in Brighton
The 17-story facade of The Residences at Boston Landing, a 295-unit luxury apartment community opening this Summer at the 15.2-acre Boston Landing mixed-use development in Brighton, has been completed, with all windows and exterior finish panels installed. Inside the building, luxurious finishes are being installed within residences, common areas and amenity spaces, which will include 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. On The Residences at Boston Landing’s ground floor, glass has been installed along the facade of the building’s 16,400 square feet of retail space. Residences at the building will include studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms, which will be located across from the new Boston Landing MBTA commuter rail station with direct service to Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of The Residences at Boston Landing:
CVS Pharmacy coming to ground floor of 345 Harrison development across from Ink Block in South End
CVS Pharmacy will reportedly open a 10,000-square-foot store within the 40,000-square-foot retail component of 345 Harrison, a nearly-complete mixed-use development opening early 2018 across from Ink Block in the South End. Per an update by The Boston Sun, the CVS lease is finalized, and developer UDR is also in discussions with retail tenants including a bar and restaurant concept. UDR is also considering opening a dog day care at 345 Harrison given neighborhood demand. 345 Harrison will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences with amenities including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with an indoor lounge and outdoor roof deck, an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool and a state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room.
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:
Pierce Boston nears February 2018 opening, finishing touches underway
Finishing touches to the interior and exterior of Pierce Boston, the new 30-story luxury tower located at the gateway to the booming Fenway neighborhood, are underway in advance of the tower’s scheduled opening in just over a month. The tower’s striking glass facade is essentially complete, and luxurious finishes have been almost fully installed throughout apartments, condominiums and amenity spaces. Pierce Boston features 109 condominiums and 240 apartments available for sale and lease, respectively. Apartments are located across floors three through 18 of Pierce Boston, and condominiums are located across floors 19 through 29. The tower’s 30th floor features a Levity Lounge exclusive to condominium owners featuring a library, a fitness center, a private dining room and the highest situated outdoor pool in the City of Boston. Across the tower’s first two floors will be 30,000 square feet of exclusive retail. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
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.
Alewife Research Center, West Cambridge's latest spec lab building, tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held last Friday (December 8th) for Alewife Research Center, a 223,000-square-foot speculative lab building under construction across from the Alewife transit station in West Cambridge. With structural framing complete and concrete floor pouring nearing completion, installation of floor-to-ceiling glass and exterior finish panels along the building's facade will soon commence. Completion of Alewife Research Center is expected in 2018, with space now available for lease.
Lab space in West Cambridge has become increasingly desirable in recent years, with an average asking rate of over $55 per square foot and vacancy of just 3% (under 20,000 square feet) per Lincoln Property Company's Q3 2017 Cambridge Lab and Office Market report. West Cambridge still presents a bargain relative to Mid-Cambridge and East Cambridge, where lab rents average nearly $77 and $76 per square foot, respectively. The following are photographs from the Alewife Research Center topping-off ceremony:
Fenway Center secures ground lease and construction financing, groundbreaking planned mid-January
Fenway Center joint venture partners Gerding Edlen, TH Real Estate and Meredith Management have signed a $21 million long-term ground lease with the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT) for Phase I of the project and secured over $136.5 million in construction financing through The Union Labor Life Insurance Company, allowing construction of the project to begin after years of delays. Construction of the $240 million Phase I is scheduled to begin immediately, with a groundbreaking ceremony planned for mid-January. Starting the week of Monday December 11th, logistics for Phase I’s construction will begin to be put in place on site.
Phase I of Fenway Center will take two years to construct, with completion expected in early 2020. Phase I will feature two buildings with 312 apartments, 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 200 underground parking spaces. A 12,000-square-foot air rights deck and landscaped pedestrian walkway will also be constructed over Yawkey Station as part of the project.
Fenway Center’s much-anticipated groundbreaking represents the culmination of years of work. The project was first proposed in 2002 by Meredith Management. “We are very pleased that this important project for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the City of Boston will finally be realized,” said Kelly Saito, a Partner at Gerding Edlen, in a prepared statement. “Fenway Center’s phenomenal location, the vibrancy of the surrounding neighborhood and the continued demand for housing in the Boston market make this a great time to start construction.” “It is extremely gratifying to achieve this milestone for the project,” said co-developer John Rosenthal of Meredith Management in a prepared statement. “I could not have asked for better partners than Gerding Edlen and TH Real Estate to bring Fenway Center to life.” “Boston is thriving and remains a target for institutional investors around the globe,” said Pamela West, TH Real Estate’s Regional Head of Multifamily Transactions, Northeast, in a prepared statement. “The city’s live/work environment has attracted companies from the suburbs and increased demand for housing and mixed-use properties, and we are pleased to join our partners on this project.”
Upon full completion, Fenway Center will represent a $600 million investment in the Fenway neighborhood, generating $5.7 million in property taxes per year. The project will feature a total of approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail, in addition to over 30,000 square feet of park and green space. Discussions are ongoing between Fenway Center's developers and MassDOT regarding the lease agreement for Phase II of the project. The developers are required to close the Phase II lease by December 2020.
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.
22-story Proto apartment tower, opening Summer 2018 in Kendall Square, tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held today for Proto, a 22-story tower featuring approximately 280 apartment residences located in the heart of Kendall Square. The tower has now reached its’ full height, with structural concrete pouring and steel construction complete. Exterior finish panels and windows have been nearly fully installed along Proto’s facade, and interior fit out has begun. Leasing of apartments at Proto will commence January 2018, with the tower expected to open Summer 2018. Proto, located at 88 Ames Street steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), multiple leading biotechnology companies and major employers such as Facebook and Google, will contain apartments ranging from micro units to two-bedrooms, with 36 designated affordable. 16,000 square feet of retail will be located along the tower’s ground floor. The following is a photograph of Proto:
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.
Interior renderings of 345 Harrison luxury apartments in South End, opening early 2018, revealed
Developer UDR has revealed renderings of residences and amenity spaces at 345 Harrison, a new 585-unit South End luxury apartment community with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail slated to open in early 2018. 345 Harrison will offer residents exclusive amenities including a 13th floor Sky Lounge with sweeping views of the Boston skyline featuring an indoor lounge and an outdoor roof deck with a fireplace and sweeping views; an outdoor, resort-style rooftop pool; and a 4,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fitness center and yoga room. Residences at 345 Harrison will feature custom finishes with “sleek, contemporary designs and cinematic views” per UDR. The latest renderings of 345 Harrison are posted above.
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.
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:
Pierce Boston condos in Fenway 60%-sold, apartment rents revealed
The 30-story Pierce Boston mixed-use tower’s 109 condominiums are 60%-sold, and leasing of the tower’s 240 apartments has now begun in advance of Pierce Boston’s opening in early 2018. Rents for studio apartments start at over $2,900 per month, one-bedrooms start at over $3,000 per month, two-bedrooms start at $4,600 per month and three-bedrooms start at over $7,000 per month. Apartments are located across floors three through 18 of Pierce Boston, and condominiums are located across floors 19 through 29. On Pierce Boston’s 30th floor is a Levity Lounge featuring a pool, a library, a fitness center and a private dining room exclusive to condominium owners. Across the tower’s first two floors will be 30,000 square feet of exclusive retail.
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:
Newly opened Life Time Center wellness-oriented development in Chestnut Hill now 100%-leased
The 286,000-square-foot Life Time Center health, wellness and medical development in Chestnut Hill, which opened in June, is now 100%-leased with Newton-Wellesley Hospital's lease of 6,185 square feet. Newton-Wellesley Hospital joins tenants Life Time Athletic, who opened a 129,000-square-foot fitness center at Life Time Center in June, and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, who will open a 140,000-square-feet medical care facility at Life Time Center in late 2019. “We are thrilled to have Newton-Wellesley Hospital select Life Time Center,” said Michael Wilcox, Senior Vice President and Director of Leasing at Life Time Center developer The Bulfinch Companies, in a prepared statement. “Newton-Wellesley Hospital’s lease reinforces our vision of establishing the premier medical and wellness facility in Greater Boston.” Life Time Center is prominently situated on Route 9, a short drive or transit ride to the Longwood Medical Area and Downtown Boston. The building features large efficient floor plates, a sunlit atrium and over 1,000 garage parking spaces. Private shuttle service is provided to the Chestnut Hill MBTA Green Line station.
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.
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.
Concrete superstructure of 88 Ames tower in Kendall Square over halfway poured, exterior finish installation underway
The 22-story concrete superstructure of 88 Ames Street, a mixed-use tower under construction in Kendall Square, is over halfway to its full height, with 12 full floors poured. The building’s elevator core has reached the 13th floor, and metal anchors are being placed along the 13th floor’s base in order to pour the base slab. 88 Ames Street will top off in the coming months, with completion expected next year. The building's first gray and white exterior finish panels have been installed up to the sixth floor.
88 Ames Street will feature 280 apartment residences and 16,000 square feet of retail located steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Kendall Square’s multiple centers of employment, restaurants and retail options. The following is an aerial photograph of 88 Ames Street, courtesy Boston Properties:
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:
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.
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:
Facade installation underway at 345 Harrison apartments in South End
The multifaceted brick, metal panel and glass curtain wall facade of 345 Harrison's east tower has been nearly fully installed. Inside the building, metal studs have been erected to partition individual apartment residences, allowing for interior finishing to begin in the coming months. Throughout the recently topped off west tower, concrete floors are being poured on upper floors and fireproofing is being sprayed on completed lower levels. Installation of the west tower's facade will begin in the coming months. 345 Harrison will open in early 2018 and will feature 585 luxurious apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
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:
Bell Partners acquires new Olmsted Place apartments in Jamaica Plain for $103.25 million
Residential real estate developer and investor Bell Partners has acquired the 196-unit Olmsted Place luxury apartments in Jamaica Plain, which opened in Fall 2015, from developers Boston Residential Group (BRG) and Carlyle Realty for $103.25 million in cash. The sale amounts to $526,785.71 per apartment. Olmsted Place overlooks the scenic, Frederick Law Olmsted-designed Emerald Necklace parklands and features desirable amenities including an outdoor pool deck, a tree-lined terrace, a fitness center and a resident lounge. BRG and Carlyle acquired the Olmsted Place site, located at 161 South Huntington Avenue, for $10,127,857 in December 2013 and proceeded to develop the $84 million Olmsted Place apartment community. A 55,000-square-foot complex home to The Home for Little Wanderers formerly stood on the site. Olmsted Place is located steps from the MBTA Green Line and the Longwood Medical Area, a short drive or train ride to Downtown Boston.
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.
345 Harrison mixed-use development in South End tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held last Wednesday (July 12th) for 345 Harrison, an upcoming mixed-use development in the South End featuring 585 apartment residences and 40,000 square feet of retail. The two-building development has topped off at 14 stories tall and is on schedule to open in early 2018. Located across from the Ink Block development and steps from multiple new and planned buildings, 345 Harrison is set to further activate a rapidly-growing corner of the South End with increased residential presence and a walkable, engaging streetscape. “The owner and architect took an innovative approach to this ultra-urban site by creating ground level open spaces that extend under building elements many floors above and connect to the public streets,” said Mark Junghans, Principal and Managing Director of the Boston office of 345 Harrison engineer VHB. “It gives it the feeling of a village space and creates the perfect spot for restaurants, sidewalk cafes and passive spaces for the residents and public alike.” The following is a photograph from the 345 Harrison topping-off ceremony, courtesy VHB:
399 Congress mixed-use tower in Seaport District starts foundation work, new rendering revealed
Preparations for foundation work are now underway at the future site of the 22-story 399 Congress mixed-use tower in the Seaport District, which will feature 414 apartment residences and approximately 12,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, innovation and lobby space. Foundation work, including excavation of the building’s three-level, 144-space underground parking garage, is scheduled to last through next April, at which point structural frame construction will begin.
399 Congress' facade will feature a mix of dark and light grey metal panels with glass curtain wall, as opposed to the originally-proposed tan finish panels; the latest 399 Congress rendering is posted above. The building will be located across from the $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport mixed-use development, which broke ground last month, and steps from the $157 million, 325,000-square-foot Waterside Place Phase 1B mixed-use development, which is expected to start construction this year. Developer Crescent Heights acquired the 0.7-acre 399 Congress Street site for $36 million in January 2016. Crescent Heights recently closed on $157 million of construction financing for 399 Congress provided by The Union Labor Life Insurance Company.
JM Electrical installs top-notch HVAC control system at Pierce Boston, Fenway’s tallest tower
Interior finishing at Pierce Boston, the Fenway neighborhood’s tallest tower, is well underway, with luxurious finishes taking shape in the 30-story tower’s apartments, condominiums and exclusive amenity spaces, and JM Electrical hard at work installing a state-of-the-art HVAC control system that will enable advanced climate control in all residences and common spaces. JM Electrical’s HVAC system will maintain precise temperature and humidity levels throughout Pierce Boston, ensuring residents of the building’s luxurious homes will be able to uphold ideal climate conditions as well as optimizing the building’s ventilation and energy-efficiency.
Pierce Boston’s gleaming floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall facade is just about complete, and the focus of construction has turned to plastering and finishing residences, common spaces and the building’s top-floor Levity Lounge, an exclusive condominium owners’ amenity space featuring private dining, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas with unprecedented views, a pool deck and private sky cabanas for purchase. Located at the gateway to the Fenway neighborhood, Pierce Boston will feature 109 condominium residences on upper floors, 240 apartment residences at the building’s center and two stories of street-level retail totaling 20,000 square feet. Pierce Boston is expected to open in early 2018. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
Fenway Center developers finalizing air rights lease, construction launch expected this Fall
Developers John Rosenthal and Gerding Edlen have been granted an extension through the end of September to finalize their 99-year state lease for the Massachusetts Turnpike air rights necessary to build the 1.1-million-square-foot Fenway Center, which is now expected to start construction work this Fall. Initial preparation work could commence as early as September on the $230 million first phase of the $590 million, two-phased project. The first phase will be constructed next to the Massachusetts Turnpike on existing parking lots bounded by Beacon Street, Maitland Street and Yawkey Way.
The developers and the state had originally faced a June 30th deadline to finalize the lease; however, appraisals of the property took longer than expected. In an interview with the Boston Herald, State Transportation Secretary Stephanie Pollack said the state agreed to extend the deadline to September given that the developers have been “meeting milestones and getting things done,” and that there has been “a lot of progress in recent months.” The developers will pay the state $21 million once the lease is finalized. Fenway Center will feature five buildings containing approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail, in addition to over 30,000 square feet of on-site park and green space and 1,290 parking spaces.
Dana-Farber leases 140,000 square feet at Chestnut Hill’s new Life Time Center, building now over 95%-leased
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute has leased 140,000 square feet of space at the new 286,000-square-foot Life Time Center health and wellness development in Chestnut Hill, also home to a 129,000-square-foot Life Time Fitness location, bringing the building to over 95%-leased. Dana-Farber’s long-term lease totals two floors; Dana-Farber's new location will open in late 2019, serving as an extension of the Institute’s main campus in the Longwood Medical Area. The facility will provide clinical trials and patient care, including exams, infusions, and supportive services to newly diagnosed adult cancer patients, as well as follow-up and survivorship care. Life Time Center officially opened on June 1st, with the grand opening of Life Time Fitness. The property is prominently situated on Route 9, located at the gateway to Chestnut Hill, a short shuttle ride from the MBTA Green Line.
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:
Panoramic sky pavilion opens at Avalon North Station luxury apartment tower
A stunning top-floor, indoor-outdoor sky pavilion featuring panoramic views of the Boston skyline has opened at the new 38-story Avalon North Station luxury apartment tower in Bulfinch Triangle. The pavilion is open to all Avalon North Station residents and features a luxurious indoor lounge with state-of-the-art finishes and furnishings, in addition to a spacious outdoor roof deck. Open since last Winter, Avalon North Station features 503 luxury apartment residences with studio, one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom configurations now available for lease conveniently located steps to North Station, the Harborwalk and Downtown Boston. The following are photographs of the new sky pavilion at Avalon North Station:
Exterior finishing underway at 345 Harrison, upcoming South End luxury apartments
The east building at 345 Harrison has topped off at 14 stories tall, and installation of the building’s exterior facade is well underway. Brick and metal exterior finish panels have been installed up to the east building’s top floor at sections. Finishes, in addition to windows, are nearly fully installed along the east building's base facing Harrison Avenue. Remaining sections of the east building are now being weatherproofed. Construction of the steel frame of 345 Harrison’s west building along Washington Street is well underway, and has risen to as high as seven stories at sections. Opening in early 2018, 343 Harrison will feature 585 apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Life Time Fitness opens new club at Chestnut Hill’s Life Time Center
Life Time Fitness’ new 129,000-square-foot club at the newly built 286,000-square-foot Life Time Center health, wellness and medical development in Chestnut Hill opens its’ doors this morning. Dubbed Life Time Athletic Chestnut Hill, the club is Life Time Fitness’ first Diamond Premier location and features seven dedicated studios; LifeCafe, a full-service, fast casual restaurant and bar; and LifeSpa, a full-service salon and spa with nine serene and relaxing treatment rooms. LifeSpa will provide massages, facials and full hair and nail services. Classes at the club will include AMP, EDG and PWR cycle, Strike and TCX group fitness, barre and Pilates, in addition to an entire Yoga portfolio.
Life Time Athletic Chestnut Hill is the first opening at Life Time Center and will have access to exclusive in-house amenities, including LT Proactive Care/Chestnut Hill Medical, a medical practice, and LT Proactive Care/Chestnut Hill Physical Therapy and Chiropractic, a physical therapy center. The club will also include 26,000 square feet of functional and TEAM training space, including Life Time's exclusive Burn, Cut, Bootcamp and Alpha Training program. A Kids Academy will be dedicated to building a healthy foundation for children aged 3 months to 12 years, with classes and programming including Life Skills, Mind and Body, Fitness and Agility, Language, Arts and Culture.
In total, over 400 pieces of best-in-class cardiovascular and resistance training equipment are located at Life Time Athletic Chestnut Hill. The club is Life Time’s third Greater Boston club and first club within Route 128; two additional clubs are open in Framingham and Westwood, with another opening in Burlington in 2018. Life Time Athletic Chestnut Hill will be open seven days a week, from 4 AM through Midnight. The following are photographs of the new Life Time Athletic Chestnut Hill:
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:
$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:
Concrete superstructure rising at 88 Ames Street apartments in Kendall Square
Concrete is now being poured to construct the first floors of 88 Ames Street’s 22-story concrete superstructure and elevator core. A number of vertical concrete pillars have already been formed. Opening in 2018, 88 Ames Street will enliven Kendall Square with 280 apartment residences and 16,000 square feet of retail at the site of a former parking garage entrance. The following is a photograph of 88 Ames Street, courtesy Boston Properties:
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:
345 Harrison apartments in South End reach full height
345 Harrison’s east tower along Harrison Avenue has reached its’ full height of 14 stories and will soon top off in full. The concrete elevator core of the west tower along Washington Street has reached its’ full height; construction of the west tower’s steel frame will commence imminently. Two active tower cranes now stand in place over the 345 Harrison site. Opening in early 2018, 345 Harrison will feature 585 apartment residences with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Pierce Boston curtain wall nears completion, luxury condominiums now on sale
Unitized glass curtain wall panels have reached the 21st level of Pierce Boston, an exceptional
new 30-story luxury tower in the Fenway. With an unparalleled vantage point as the Fenway’s
gateway structure and tallest tower, Pierce Boston offers unparalleled views of the Boston
skyline, the Charles River, the Emerald Necklace and the surrounding countryside.
Levels 21 through 30 of Pierce Boston are actively being prepared for curtain wall panel
installation. Metal panel anchors, which are used to fasten curtain wall panels, have been
installed as high as Level 26. Inside Pierce Boston, metal stud walls continue to be framed to
construct individual residences, and plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems continue to be
installed. A pool that will become part of Pierce Boston’s exclusive top-floor Levity Lounge was
recently lifted from ground level to the tower’s 30th floor. The pool has been carefully placed into
the Lounge’s future pool deck. A video of the intricate pool installation process is posted below.
Pierce Boston’s 109 distinctive luxury condominium residences, located on levels 19 through
29, are now on sale. These residences will feature breathtaking panoramic views and
state-of-the-art finishes. At Pierce Boston’s summit will be the Levity Lounge, an exclusive
amenity space featuring private dining, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas
with unprecedented views, a pool deck and private sky cabanas for purchase.
For more information about Pierce Boston and to schedule a private showing, visit the Pierce
Boston website or click Contact Broker above. Pierce Boston is on track to be completed within
the next year. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
Initial demolition underway at Alewife Research Center
Demolition of the existing building's interior is underway at Alewife Research Center, kicking off initial site work for the 223,000 square foot laboratory office development. The construction team is at work stripping out all interior non-structural elements and hauling them off site for disposal. The existing building will be fully upgraded and expanded with a new interior, a new double height lobby, a new glass façade and a two-story addition. Completion of Alewife Research Center is expected in 2018. The following are photographs of Alewife Research Center:
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:
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:
Vertical construction begins at 88 Ames Street in Kendall Square
The first vertical concrete and steel columns have been installed as part of the first floor of 88 Ames Street, an upcoming 22-story residential and retail building in the heart of Kendall Square. Excavation of the building’s basement is complete; a 1-story deep sheet pile wall with temporary bracing is installed to support the basement throughout construction. Upon completion, 88 Ames Street will feature 280 apartment residences and 16,000 square feet of retail at the site of a former parking garage entrance. The following are photographs of 88 Ames Street:
The following is an aerial photograph of 88 Ames Street, courtesy Boston Properties:
Framing of 345 Harrison's 14-story steel superstructure has reached the mixed-use development's 10th floor and is rising rapidly. Both of 345 Harrison's elevator cores have now reached their full height. Pouring of concrete floors has commenced at 345 Harrison's base. Opening in early 2018, 345 Harrison will feature 585 residential apartments with 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Construction begins on 223,000 square foot Alewife Research Center in Cambridge
The Davis Companies began work last week on Alewife Research Center, a new 223,000 square foot laboratory building in Cambridge. Alewife Research Center will be located across from the Alewife MBTA Red Line station and will feature state-of-the-art research and development office space intended for biotechnology companies. Completion of Alewife Research Center is anticipated in 2018, and space is now leasing. The project received final approval from the City of Cambridge in December 2016.
Avalon North Station, a new 38-story luxury residential tower in Bulfinch Triangle, is now open and leasing apartments. The newly-built building features luxurious finishes and unparalleled amenities including a sky pavilion and rooftop deck with sweeping views of the Boston skyline and Boston Harbor. Rents at Avalon North Station start at just under $2,300/month for a studio apartment. The following are photographs of Avalon North Station:
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:
Curtain wall and interior fit out underway at Pierce Boston, condos now available
Exterior and interior finishing are well underway at the recently topped-out, 30-story luxury tower Pierce Boston. This architectural standout, designed by Arquitectonica, will serve as the gateway into the Fenway neighborhood. Pierce Boston will take its' place in the Boston skyline as the neighborhood's tallest luxury residential tower, offering a unique vantage point of the city and its' landmarks.
Unitized glass curtain wall panels are rising rapidly along Pierce Boston's façade and have already reached the 16th floor. Inside, metal stud walls are being framed to construct individual units on Pierce Boston’s lower floors (1-18). These levels, beautifully designed by CBT Architects, will house 20,000 square feet of retail, impressive amenity spaces and 240 residential apartments. All floors of Pierce Boston are now being outfitted with plumbing, electrical and HVAC systems.
Pierce Boston’s 109 condominiums, located on floors 19-29, are now on sale and have breathtaking 360-degree uninterrupted views of the city, the Charles River, the Emerald Necklace and the Longwood Medical Area. Unique to new development in the city is Pierce Boston's condominiums' top floor amenity space, the Levity Lounge, featuring private dining, a library, expansive outdoor and indoor seating areas with unprecedented views, a pool deck and private sky cabanas for purchase.
For more details and to schedule a private showing, visit the Pierce Boston website or click Contact Broker above. Pierce Boston is on track to be completed within the next year. The following are photographs of Pierce Boston:
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:
Interior fit out for Life Time Fitness' upcoming 115,000 square foot Chestnut Hill location, opening Spring 2017 at the new Life Time Center on Route 9, is well underway. Over 275 construction workers are now on site daily constructing Life Time Fitness' new space. Medical and retail space at Life Time Center is now leasing. The following is a photograph of work underway at Life Time Center:
Construction of 345 Harrison’s 14-story superstructure is well underway for both of the mixed-use development’s buildings. The northeast concrete elevator core has topped off, and the final story of the northwest core nears completion. Steel framing has reached 345 Harrison’s second floor and continues to progress quickly across the development site. 345 Harrison is expected to open in early 2018. Retail space at 345 Harrison is now leasing. The following are photographs of 345 Harrison:
Lewis Wharf Hotel project on North End Waterfront back on the table
The Lewis Wharf Hotel project on the North End Waterfront, which was sent back to the drawing board in September following a state ruling prohibiting building on existing waterfront pilings submerged by water at high tide, is now back on the table. Banker & Tradesman reports that the development and construction team is revising the proposal to comply with all existing zoning entitlements. “[The proposal] would get radically changed,” says John Moriarty, President of project General Contractor John Moriarty & Associates. “We’ve asked for nothing we wouldn’t be entitled to under the current zoning.”
A topping-off ceremony was held last Friday (December 2nd, 2016) for Pierce Boston, a 30-story mixed-use tower opening Winter 2018 in the Fenway. Concrete construction at Pierce Boston is now complete, with concrete poured on all floors. Pierce Boston will soon be weather tight; glass has been installed on over 10 stories, giving Pierce Boston a striking presence. HVAC construction at Pierce Boston including electrical, mechanical and plumbing utilities is well underway. Interior framing of Pierce Boston’s units and common spaces has also begun. The following are photographs from the Pierce Boston groundbreaking:
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:
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:
Foundation work is underway for 88 Ames, a 22-story mixed-use development in the heart of Kendall Square that will energize the site of a former parking garage entrance. J. Derenzo Companies is hard at work preparing the site for borehole drilling and superstructure erection. The construction team is now drilling large diameter boreholes that will reach down deep into the soil. Massive steel reinforcing cages are already on site and will be placed into the drilled holes and filled with concrete to form a drilled pile. The drilled piles will support the tower and retail podium above. The following are photographs of 88 Ames:
Pierce Boston nears topping off, condos listed for sale
Pierce Boston has risen to nearly its’ full height, currently standing at about 28 stories tall. Pierce Boston will be a 30-story mixed-use tower. Glass has been installed along the first five stories of Pierce Boston’s facade.
Condominiums are now on sale at Pierce Boston. A 22nd Floor one-bedroom is listed for $924,500, and a 19th Floor three-bedroom is listed for $2,913,700. New interior renderings of Pierce Boston have been revealed, including renderings of units; these can be found above. The following is a Tweet by Boston Tweet showing Pierce Boston:
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.
BPDA approves minor changes to Fenway Center, Phase 1 financing secured
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved minor changes to the $580 million Fenway Center development project in the Fenway neighborhood. Approved changes include increasing Building 1 by 6,000 square feet, reducing Building 2 by 6,000 square feet and 17 residential units, increasing Building 3 by 58,000 square feet, decreasing Building 4 by 2,000 square feet and decreasing 6,000 square feet of above-ground parking garage space.
Universal Hub reports that the Fenway Center development team has secured financing for the $230 million Phase 1 of Fenway Center, comprised of Buildings 1 and 2, and that the two buildings are expected to start construction in Spring 2017. "We are truly ready to go," said developer John Rosenthal at last night's board meeting.
New details and renderings have been released of Pierce Boston's penthouse suites and amenities. A total of 10 penthouses will be located at Pierce Boston enhanced with top-of-the-line appliances and finishes. The 30th-story Levity Lounge will feature a Dining Room atop a glass floor, a library well-suited for intimate gatherings and floor-to-ceiling windows offering sweeping views. Premium services at Pierce Boston will include in-house car detailing. Visit the Penthouse and Amenities pages on the Pierce Boston website for more information. The following are new renderings of Pierce Boston:
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:
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:
Pierce Boston, a 30-story luxury residential tower under construction in the Fenway, is over halfway to topping off. The tower's concrete structural frame currently stands at 18 stories tall. A PERI Skydeck system is being used to frame concrete pouring. Per an update from the Pierce Boston team, the tower will soon receive its "brilliant costume" as exterior finishes, comprised of a "glimmering curtain wall made of metal and glass," are installed. Completion of Pierce Boston's facade is anticipated in Spring 2017; the tower is anticipated to open in Fall 2017.
Pierce Boston will feature a mix of 240 rental apartments and 109 condominiums with 20,000 square feet of retail across the tower's first two floors. Resident amenities will include a rooftop pool and a Level 30 Levity Lounge featuring a private dining room with a glass floor. Visit PierceBoston.com for sales and leasing information. The following is a aerial photograph of Pierce Boston, courtesy the Pierce Boston team:
The following is an Instagram post showing Pierce Boston along Boylston Street:
State ruling sends proposed Lewis Wharf Hotel back to drawing board
Last Wednesday (September 21st, 2016), The State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) ruled that development projects cannot be built onto wharves, piers, and pilings that are submerged by water at high tide, sending the proposed 277-key Lewis Wharf Hotel on the North End waterfront back to the drawing board. Per plans filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) in September 2015, the hotel was proposed to be built on a four-acre waterfront site; while 2.4 acres would have sat on Lewis Wharf, an additional 1.6 acres were planned atop decaying pilings in Boston Harbor.
The DEP ruled that, given many of the decaying pilings are submerged during high tide, the pilings cannot be built upon. "Regarding the proposed Lewis Wharf Project, the Department believes that this regulatory clarification
will result in a substantially reduced project shoreline," states the official DEP ruling.
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:
Residential apartments at Avalon North Station, a new 38-story mixed-use tower in Bulfinch Triangle, are now leasing. Rents and floor plans have been posted on the Avalon North Station website; rents will start at $2,270/month for studios, $2,595/month for one-bedrooms, $3,750/month for two-bedrooms and $5,435/month for three-bedrooms. Renters who sign a lease by September 30th will receive one month of rent free. An Avalon North Station leasing representative confirmed that the first move in at Avalon North Station is tentatively scheduled for November 3rd.
AvalonBay has also released photographs of a completed unit at Avalon North Station as well as a video and photographs showing Avalon North Station's sweeping Boston skyline views; both the photographs and video can be found below:
Fenway Center moving forward, project changes proposed
Fenway Center developers Meredith Management and Gerding Edlen submitted a Notice of Project Change (NPC) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) earlier this month proposing changes to the approved Fenway Center development plan; the following is a link to the NPC. Fenway Center would now be constructed in two phases. Phase 1 would include two residential buildings (Buildings 1 and 2) of 7 and 13 stories, respectively, containing a total of 339,000 square feet. Phase 2 would include a 27-story, 375,000 square mixed-use office and residential tower (Building 3) and a 7-story, 111,000 square foot residential building (Building 4) that would be built on an air rights deck above the Massachusetts Turnpike. All four buildings at Fenway Center would have ground-floor retail space. Phase 2 would also entail the construction of a 7-story, 274,000 square foot parking garage on the air rights deck.
With the most recent NPC, minor changes in planned square footage have been made since the NPC approved in September 2011; building heights have not changed. Most notably, 58,000 square feet have been added to Building 3 (part of Phase 2), which would be built atop the air rights deck, and Building 2 (part of Phase 1) has been reduced by 56,000 square feet. Altogether, Phase 1 has been decreased by 50,000 square feet, and Phase 2 has been increased by 50,000 square feet. After the proposed changes, the entire project’s proposed square footage remains at 1,099,000 square feet as approved in 2011.
Per the NPC submission, the development team hopes that the proposed square footage changes will make Fenway Center more readily financeable, allowing for the completion of Phase 1 financing and commencement of construction in Spring 2017. The development team hopes that the proposed increase in Phase 2's density will make Phase 2 and the associated air rights deck more financeable and attractive to future equity partners and hopes to commence construction of Phase 2 in 2018-2019. The NPC is currently under review by the BRA.
345 Harrison elevator core rising, tower crane installed
345 Harrison’s one-level, 275-car underground parking garage along William Mullins Way has been fully excavated. A concrete elevator core is under construction at the garage’s base; the core has risen two stories above grade. A PERI Skydeck system is being used to frame concrete pouring to construct the core. A tower crane has been installed on site in anticipation of impending steel superstructure construction. Mockup finishes have been posted along Traveler Street as a preview of 345 Harrison’s future exterior.
A sheet pile wall has been driven along the garage’s perimeter, and concrete piles have been driven into the garage’s base for structural support. Concrete piles have also been driven at the Traveler Street end of the project site. Large concrete footings are being poured above concrete pile caps at the garage’s base.
345 Harrison will feature two buildings containing approximately 585 residential units and 40,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. Resident amenities will include a 14th floor Sky Lounge with sweeping skyline views, a resort-style pool and a fully-equipped fitness center. Retail space at 345 Harrison is currently for lease, and residential unit pre-leasing is underway. Visit developer UDR’s 345 Harrison page for more information about residential unit pre-leasing. The following are photographs of the 345 Harrison site:
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.
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:
Initial garage demolition complete at 88 Ames in Kendall Square
J. Derenzo Companies’ JDC Demolition division has demolished the section of the existing East Garage in Kendall Square on which 88 Ames, a 22-story mixed-use tower containing 280 residential units and 16,000 square feet of retail space, will be built. The section of the parking garage which will be retained has been sealed off with wood panels, clearing the way for foundation and superstructure construction at the 88 Ames site. Along Ames Street, utility work is underway to prepare for tower construction. The following are photographs of the 88 Ames site:
Utility work on Ames Street with sealed garage section in background
The Davis Companies proposes new 185,000 square foot office project with retail across from Alewife Station
Developer The Davis Companies submitted a Special Permit Application (SPA) to the City of Cambridge last week proposing to overhaul the existing three-story, 137,635 square foot office building located at 35 CambridgePark Drive, across from the Alewife MBTA Station, and construct a two-story, 47,139 square foot vertical addition. Designed by Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, the new five-story building will encompass a total of approximately 185,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office space including approximately 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. The existing building will be throughly renovated, and the exterior will be re-cladded with new finish panels and glass. The Davis Companies acquired the existing building at 35 CambridgePark Drive in March 2016 for $48 million; the existing building sold to the previous owner in July 2014 for $43 million. The following are links to the Special Permit Application and Special Permit Graphic Submission for 35 CambridgePark Drive. The following are renderings of the new 35 CambridgePark Drive:
Southeast View along CambridgePark Drive
Southeast Night View along CambridgePark Drive
Southwest View along CambridgePark Drive
The following is an aerial perspective of 35 CambridgePark Drive:
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.
New details and renderings for proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment in Brighton
Developers Cabot, Cabot & Forbes and Peak Campus have submitted an Expanded Project Notification Form (EPNF) to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) with new details and renderings for the proposed 663,000 square foot redevelopment of the 11.6-acre Saint Gabriel's Monastery site in Brighton. The following is a link to the EPNF. Per the EPNF, approximately 679 rental residential apartments marketed to "graduate students, young professionals and other university affiliates such as residents, faculty and staff" would be constructed on site. The developers anticipate to start construction in mid-2017; construction would last approximately 24 months.
Apartments would range from studios to three-bedrooms and would be constructed across five buildings. The existing monastery building would be restored, and four new buildings would be constructed ranging from one to seven stories tall. The existing Pierce House fronting Washington Street would be restored and would contain one residential unit. A new building would also be constructed on site for the active Shrine to Our Lady of Fatima. The existing Saint Gabriel’s Church and dormitory structures would be demolished. The following is a site plan of the proposed Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment:
Resident amenities could include "a fitness
center, indoor basketball court, common lounges, kitchens, games room, café, outdoor
pool, outdoor grills, and a generous amount of hard and soft landscaped areas." A new public courtyard would be constructed on site providing "vistas of Boston and Cambridge." A total of approximately 7.3 acres of open space would be constructed, representing 62% of
the Saint Gabriel's Monastery site. A total of approximately 395 parking spaces would be constructed on site. The following are renderings of the Saint Gabriel's Monastery Redevelopment; the project's architects are Cube3 Studio and Bargmann Hendrie + Archetype:
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official One Canal ribbon cutting ceremony this past Wednesday, July 13th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to Aimco and Trinity Financial on this important milestone. The 12-story, 435,000 square foot One Canal will further enliven Bulfinch Triangle with 310 new luxurious residential rental apartments, including 20 affordable units, as well as approximately 21,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space located steps to Downtown Boston, the North End and multiple transportation options. Upcoming retail options at One Canal include Boston’s first City Winery, a specialty culinary and cultural destination opening in early 2017. Apartments at One Canal are now leasing, visit LiveOneCanal.com for more information. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the ribbon cutting, and the following are photographs of the ribbon cutting:
Ribbon about to be cut
Ribbon is cut
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb following ribbon cutting
The following are photographs of the completed One Canal:
View of One Canal from Rose Kennedy Greenway
One Canal rooftop pool
One Canal roof deck
Speakers at the One Canal ribbon cutting ceremony included Aimco Chief Investment Officer John Bezzant, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Marty Walsh, Betty Bigwood of the Middlesex Canal Association, Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb and Aimco Vice President of Operations Jason Kessler. The following are photographs of the speakers:
Aimco Chief Investment Officer John Bezzant
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker
Boston Mayor Marty Walsh
Betty Bigwood of the Middlesex Canal Association
Trinity Financial Vice President & One Canal Project Manager Abby Goldenfarb
Aimco Vice President of Operations Jason Kessler
Following speeches and the ceremonial ribbon cutting, guests were given tours of One Canal’s units and amenities. One Canal includes an expansive roof deck featuring a heated pool, an outdoor cinema and a fire pit in addition to 360-degree Boston skyline views. One Canal also includes a 2,000 square foot fitness center and a Canal Club resident lounge. The following are photographs of units and amenities at One Canal:
Superstructure construction is off to a strong start at Pierce Boston. The underground parking structure is complete, and the tower’s 30-story concrete superstructure has risen four floors. The first two floors, which will contain retail space, are fully framed. The construction team is using a Peri Skydeck system to frame concrete construction for each new floor. Pierce Boston will feature 28 stories of residential units, including 240 rental apartments and 109 condominiums, and 20,000 square feet of retail across the first two floors.
Financing raised to build 313 new residential units at Fenway Center
The Boston Globe reports that the Fenway Center development team has raised funding necessary to construct two new apartment buildings at Fenway Center containing 313 residential units. Financing deals have been signed with two large investors, and a total of $230 million has been raised. Construction of the two buildings could start by the end of 2016. A total of five new buildings are planned for Fenway Center; the project will cost nearly $600 million to build.
The development team is now proposing to construct Fenway Center in two phases. The first phase would include the two new apartment buildings and would be constructed on the existing surface parking lots along Beacon Street. The second phase would include three additional buildings and would be constructed above the Massachusetts Turnpike on a new decking. Construction of the first phase would take approximately two years. The development team hopes to start construction of the decking above the Massachusetts Turnpike towards the end of construction of the first phase.
The new two-phased approach would require approval from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT). The current agreement between the development team and MassDOT calls for construction of the decking over the Massachusetts Turnpike as part of the project's first phase. Per project developer John Rosenthal, MassDOT officials have been receptive towards the proposed change. Rosenthal hopes that successful completion of Fenway Center's first phase will raise capital and attract investment necessary to construct the second phase over the Massachusetts Turnpike.
An aerial rendering of Fenway Center is posted above. The following is a rendering of Fenway Center frontage along Beacon Street:
More information about Fenway Center is posted below.
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.
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.
The Boston Business Journal (BBJ) reports that Cabot, Cabot & Forbes (CC&F) proposes to
construct a 680-unit, 610,000 square foot graduate student housing facility at the 11.6-acre
former Saint Gabriel’s Monastery at 159-201 Washington Street in Brighton. The proposed
project would include four new residential buildings and renovation of the existing monastery
The new residential buildings would be three to seven stories tall. The project would be designed to accommodate over 4,100 residents. The renovated monastery building would house co-working space, a cafe and the project’s leasing office. The project would include approximately 400 parking spaces.
No proposed timeframe for the project has been reported at this time. John Moriarty & Associates would be the project’s general contractor. The new buildings would be built using wood-frame construction, a first for large-scale unionized projects in Boston.
We had the honor and privilege of attending the official 345 Harrison groundbreaking ceremony this past Wednesday, May 25th. We would like to extend huge congratulations and thanks to UDR on this important milestone. 345 Harrison will further enliven the rapidly developing South End New York Streets neighborhood with hundreds of new residents in addition to new retail space. Above and below are the latest renderings of 345 Harrison.
Nighttime view of 345 Harrison from Traveler Street towards Downtown Boston
View of 345 Harrison at corner of Harrison Avenue (right) and Traveler Street (left)
View of 345 Harrison at corner of Traveler Street (right) and Washington Street (left)
Speakers at the 345 Harrison groundbreaking ceremony included UDR Vice President of Development Robert McCullough, UDR Development Associate Elizabeth Likovich, City of Boston Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith, CBT Architects Principal David Hancock and John Moriarty & Associates CEO David Leathers.
UDR Vice President of Development Robert McCullough
UDR Development Associate Elizabeth Likovich
City of Boston Chief of Civic Engagement Jerome Smith
CBT Architects Principal David Hancock
John Moriarty & Associates CEO David Leathers
Speeches were followed by a ceremonial groundbreaking on the construction site.
Shovels about to fly at 345 Harrison
Shovels fly at 345 Harrison
UDR development team
CBT Architects team
View of the ceremonial groundbreaking tent
Pile driving and excavation are underway at 345 Harrison. A large section of the project’s sheet pile wall is in place. The sheet pile wall will reinforce 345 Harrison’s foundation and underground parking garage. Two new buildings will be built at 345 Harrison.
Excavators parked along a section of 345 Harrison's sheet pile wall
View of 345 Harrison sheet pile wall along Harrison Avenue (right) towards Downtown Boston
View of 345 Harrison sheet pile wall construction facing Harrison Avenue and Ink Block
Concrete piles are being driven for additional structural support. Approximately 650 concrete piles will be driven at 345 Harrison. A number of H piles will also be driven. A number of piles have been driven along the north side of the project site fronting William Mullins Way. Pre-trenching is underway to remove debris and stone and prepare the south side of the site fronting Traveler Street for pile driving.
Concrete pile driving underway at the corner of Harrison Avenue and William Mullins Way
View of pile driving at 345 Harrison including concrete piles, H piles and sheet piles
The 345 Harrison construction team drives concrete piles along Harrison Avenue
Pre-trenching underway at the south side of 345 Harrison
Excavation of 345 Harrison’s underground parking garage is well underway. A one-level underground garage with parking for 275 cars and 325 bicycles will be built along William Mullins Way. Approximately 10 more vertical feet will be excavated prior to the garage’s completion.
View of partially excavated section of 345 Harrison's underground parking garage along William Mullins Way looking towards Harrison Avenue
UDR is looking for suggestions for potential names and building amenities for 345 Harrison. Tweet your suggestions with #Lovefor345Name and #Lovefor345Amenity, respectively, and you could win up to $10,000!
UDR #Lovefor345 graphic
345 Harrison is expected to open in early 2018. Pre-leasing of residences at 345 Harrison has begun, visit UDR’s 345 Harrison page for more information and to join the interest list. A live camera has been installed showing progress at 345 Harrison. More information about 345 Harrison is posted below.
The following are photographs of 345 Harrison taken earlier in May showing excavation and sheet pile driving underway:
Panoramic view of 345 Harrison site from corner of Washington Street and William Mullins Way
Panoramic view of 345 Harrison site from corner of Harrison Avenue and William Mullins Way
View of excavation underway in background and sheet piles ready for driving in foreground
View of sheet pile wall along Harrison Avenue towards SoWA
J. Derenzo Companies breaks ground at 88 Ames Street
J. Derenzo Companies recently broke ground at 88 Ames Street in Kendall Square and has begun work on installation and improvement of sewage and utilities for the new 22-story mixed-use tower. The tower will contain approximately 280 rental apartments and 16,000 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Work underway along Ames Street
Utility installation by J. Derenzo Companies
Excavation by J. Derenzo Companies in preparation for utility installation
Materials including manhole caps and pipes are staged at 88 Ames Street for upcoming installation. Work is also underway to reinforce the existing parking garage for construction of the adjacent tower. The garage will be partially demolished to make way for the tower.
A J. Derenzo Companies excavator alongside materials for utilities construction
J. Derenzo Companies excavators alongside materials for utilities construction
Pipes staged for utilities installation
Manhole covers staged for utilities installation
A groundbreaking ceremony for 88 Ames Street was held on April 14th, 2016. A live webcam has been installed with a live stream of construction activity at 88 Ames Street. The following is a link to the live webcam.
More information about 88 Ames Street is posted below.
Pierce Boston, named for its architecture that "pierces" the sky, is rising fast! Construction of Pierce Boston’s 30-story frame has begun. A tower crane has been installed; J. Derenzo Companies is at work building the tower crane’s lagging pit to protect the crane and surrounding pipelines. J. Derenzo Companies is also performing excavations for installation of plumbing at Pierce Boston.
J. Derenzo Companies builds crane lagging pit
J. Derenzo Companies performs excavations for plumbing
Pierce Boston’s elevator core has risen two stories. A Peri Skydeck formwork system has been installed along one end of Pierce Boston’s future frame to pour concrete for the building's second story. S&F Concrete is Pierce Boston's concrete contractor; John Moriarty & Associates is Pierce Boston's general contractor.
Pierce Boston with tower crane at left, Peri Skydeck at center and elevator core at right
Pierce Boston with elevator core at left and Peri Skydeck at right
At the frame’s opposite end, a wall is under construction for the Peri system’s second half.
Pierce Boston construction team prepares Peri system wall
A worker prepares the Peri system wall
The Peri system will soon extend all the way to the wall, and concrete for Pierce Boston's second story will be poured.
View of the wall (at left) with respect to the rest of the currently built Peri system
The Peri system will frame the concrete pour for Pierce Boston's second story. Concrete will be poured along the top of the system's decking and along support pillars beneath. The following is an animation showing concrete poured along a Peri system:
Once the concrete has settled, the same Peri system will be used to construct all 30 of Pierce Boston’s stories. Concrete has already been poured along some of Pierce Boston's second story support pillars.
View of Peri system underbody. Note concrete anchors in place for pouring of support pillars.
View of Peri system underbody. Concrete has been poured along some second story support pillars.
We got to climb to the top of the Peri system's decking, where we saw the construction team preparing concrete anchors in anticipation of pouring concrete to construct Pierce Boston’s second story. These anchors will frame third story support pillars.
Construction team prepares concrete anchors for the next story's concrete pour
Another angle of concrete anchor preparation atop the Peri system's decking
At the top, we found more Peri system decking panels that will be used to construct the full Peri system decking for Pierce Boston’s second story concrete pour.
Peri system decking panels ready for full system construction
The following is a video in which Joel Hagan of S&F Concrete explains the Peri system:
From the top of the Peri system decking, we saw freshly poured concrete along what will be a loading dock for Pierce Boston. Pierce Boston's underground parking structure, partially located beneath the future loading lock, is complete.
Aerial view of freshly poured loading dock concrete
Straight-on view of freshly poured loading dock concrete
The Pierce Boston construction team is hard at work building a game-changing tower that will set a new standard for Boston luxury living.
A worker prepares to install a new Peri system decking panel and extend the Peri system along Pierce Boston's full dimensions
A worker constructs Pierce Boston's future loading dock
Additional information about Pierce Boston is posted below.
Feb 20, 2016
Pierce Boston frame about to rise
J. Derenzo Companies is performing excavations in preparation for construction of the first story of Pierce Boston’s 30-story frame. Concrete is just about to be poured at the base of Pierce Boston’s future elevator core. A tower crane is now being installed, signaling the impending start of frame construction.
Pierce Boston's future elevator core ready for a concrete pour. In the background is the base of Pierce Boston's tower crane.
A full view of the Pierce Boston construction site with the future elevator core at center. At right is J. Derenzo Companies preparing for Pierce Boston's frame construction
Pierce Boston's underground parking structure is just about complete and will soon be sealed from above. Accordingly, construction of Pierce Boston's sheet pile wall is complete. The parking structure is connected underground to the existing parking structure of neighboring Fenway Triangle.
View of Pierce Boston sheet pile wall above underground parking structure
Pile driving is complete at Pierce Boston. Pile drivers have been moved off site, making way for construction of Pierce Boston's frame.
Pile drivers are no longer located on the Pierce Boston construction site
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.
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.
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:
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.
J. Derenzo Companies completes demolition at 345 Harrison
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has demolished the former Graybar Electric building at 345 Harrison. In spring 2016, construction will commence of two new mixed-use buildings with approximately 585 residential units and up to 40,000 square feet of retail.
345 Harrison site following demolition of Graybar Electric building
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.
The Seaport District parcel approved for construction of The Residences at 399 Congress Street was sold today by Madison Seaport Holdings LLC to 399 Congress LLC, an affiliate of developer Crescent Heights. Sale price was $36,000,000.
The parcel was last sold in 2006 to Madison Seaport Holdings LLC for $5,650,000.
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!
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.
Pile driving and foundation construction underway at Pierce Boston
Pile driving and foundation construction are well underway at Pierce Boston. Steel piles are being driven to provide structural support. Sheet piles are being driven to construct a sheet pile wall. The sheet pile wall will reinforce Pierce Boston's foundation and underground parking structure. A total of 325 piles will be driven at Pierce Boston.
Steel pile driving underway at Pierce Boston
Steel pile about to be loaded into the pile driver
Sheet piles already driven along Pierce Boston's future sheet pile wall. At right are sheet piles about to be driven.
Leasing begins at One Canal, building nearing completion
Leasing has begun at One Canal as the building nears completion. Visit LiveOneCanal.com for more leasing information. Exterior finishes are just about fully installed, and glass has been installed along One Canal's future ground-floor retail spaces. The construction elevator system is being dismantled, and windows and finishes are being installed in its' place.
Exterior finish installation underway at One Canal
Exterior finish installation is well underway at One Canal. Windows are installed throughout, and the red and yellow brick facade is just about complete. Blue fireproofing has been set in place for installation of metal panel finishes along the windows.
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!
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division is demolishing the former Graybar Electric building at 345 Harrison. Demolition is well underway and will clear the site for construction of two new buildings.
Groundbreaking ceremony held for Pierce Boston as foundation construction commences
An official groundbreaking ceremony for Pierce Boston (formerly The Point) will be held this Thursday, October 15th, 2015. Construction of Pierce Boston is moving forward swiftly; pile driving and construction of Pierce Boston's foundation and underground parking structure has begun.
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has completed demolition of the former building located on the Point development site. Construction will soon begin on foundations of a new 30-story tower.
Window and fireproofing installation underway at One Canal
Windows and blue fireproofing are being installed along One Canal's topped-off frame. Purple moisture-resistant cladding has been nearly fully installed. Brick finishes have been installed along the frame fronting Valenti Way.
The architectural style for 300 Massachusetts Ave will resemble modern-futurism. A wide array of horizontal and vertical lines will make the relatively short stature of the building cut into the skyline. Adding to the interesting design of the building is the stacked boxes look. The exterior of the establishment displays boxy shapes that overlap and contrast in a crowded yet tasteful way. These contrasting forms function to further heighten the building, making it appear taller while highlighting the tan brickwork that is characteristic of surrounding buildings.
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