MIT Kendall Square Construction Recap
MIT's Kendall Square Initiative is rapidly progressing with various stages of construction underway on 4 sites within just a few blocks of Cambridge's most sought after neighborhood. At 314 Main Street, future home of Boeing, facade install is reaching the top floors and next door at 290-292 Maint Street exterior work looks to be nearly complete. The concrete core is also climbing on site #3, 238 Main Street, for what will be a lab/office tower.
Just down the block, the renovations to One Broadway are also rapidly progressing with the Roche Brothers supermarket set to open in the next few months. Work has also started on site #1, next to One Broadway, for the NOMA building. NOMA will include around 300 residential units, 2 levels of parking, and ground-floor retail/restaurant space.
Facade Panel Install Reaches Top Floors for MIT's 290-292 Main Street
Facade panels install is reaching the top floors of the new 28 story MIT building at 290-292 Main Street. The building, at the heart of Kendall Square, will feature around 450 units of graduate student housing on the upper floors along with office and retail space below. Underground parking for over 1450 cars will be available on-site. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2020.
Work Underway for Site 3 of MIT's Kendall Square Initiative
Work has started on the core for building 3 as MIT continues to change the face of Kendall Square. Building 3, located behind the Kendall Building at 238 Main Street will be a 12-story tower designed by Perkins+Will. The building will feature 27,000 square feet of ground floor retail along with 280,000 square feet of flexible lab and office space. on the upper floors. The redevelopment of the Kendall Building is a companion to the project as well. This early 1900’s building with its unique clock tower will become the main entrance to the complex with a 5 story atrium separating the existing and new buildings’ lower masses.
Harrison Street and Bulfinch Partner to Acquire Osborn Triangle
Harrison Street and Bulfinch have partnered to purchase Osborn Triangle for over $1 Billion.
Osborn Triangle is located adjacent to MIT’s campus and consists of three buildings. 610 Main Street North, 1 Portland Street, and 700 Main Street. The property features 676,917 square feet of Lab, Office, and Retail space. Additionally, there is a 650-space parking garage associated with the property.
The buildings have all been recently renovated or built and feature an array of retail stores on the ground level.
Construction Continues for MIT's New Residence Hall
Structural steel framing is ongoing for MIT's upcoming Vassar Street Residence Hall. The project will add 450 new dormitory beds. Rooms will be arranged in clusters of 35 students in a mix of singles and doubles with shared open spaces. Outside the building, a tree-filled entry courtyard and a plaza area will provide green space and gathering opportunities. Target completion date is Fall 2020.
Construction on One Broadway and 314 Main Street Progressing as Part of MIT's Kendall Square Initiative
Framing continues to rise for 314 Main Street as part of MIT's Kendall Square revamp with glass facade install now kicking off. The 17 story building will be home to Boeing and the MIT Museum. Construction is expected to run through 2020. Just down the block work is also continuing on the addition to One Broadway which will be home to new 19,000 square foot Roche Brothers Supermarket. This much-anticipated addition to the neighborhood is set to open this summer.
Framing Ongoing for MIT's Upcoming Undergraduate Dorm
Framing is well underway for MIT's upcoming undergraduate dorm along Vassar Street just a few blocks from Central Square in Cambridge. The 155,000 square foot project will feature 450 new student beds along with a dining hall and varied community spaces. Outside the building, new community and private green space will be created. Construction is set to be complete in Fall 2020.
Facade Work Ongoing for MIT's New Central Utilities Plant
Facade install is ongoing for the Central Utilities Plant expansion at MIT. The new facility will feature two dual fuel combustion turbine generators, two heat recovery steam generators, new electrical distribution switchgear, new CUP control room and a new gas regulator station that will provide additional capacity and more reliable gas service to the Cambridge community. The expansion of the facility is being completed without disruption to the current CUP. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.
First Step on Volpe Parcel Planned for 2019
Since the Cambridge City Council approved MIT’s rezoning petition for the 14-acre U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) Volpe site in October 2017, a team of architects and landscape planners has been working to imagine a new home for the John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center in Kendall Square.
As part of its January 2017 agreement with the federal government, MIT will build a new headquarters for the U.S. DOT Volpe Center on approximately four acres. The building site is located in the northwest corner of the parcel, next to Binney Street and Loughrey Walkway, which runs between Broadway and Binney Street. The new facility will consolidate operations that are currently carried out in six different buildings on the site.
The federal government, working through the General Services Administration (GSA), and MIT engaged architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill to design the new building, which is slated to meet the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold level. The design includes robust sustainability and resiliency features, including solar panels on the roof that will supply at least 30 percent of the building’s hot water demand, and high-efficiency heating, ventilation, and cooling equipment. The team designed the building’s massing, glazing, and interior layouts to maximize daylight into the building, and designed fins on the exterior façades to minimize heating and cooling loads. In addition, the site will incorporate best practices in storm water management.
Although the project is not subject to local review, the design of the new 212-foot-tall center was subject to the federal government’s rigorous review process as part of the GSA Design Excellence Program. This process also considered design guidelines recommended by the City of Cambridge, included peer reviews, and ultimately was approved by the GSA’s regional chief architect and the chief architect of the U.S.
MIT Managing Director of Real Estate Steve Marsh says: “This is a very complex project that is being executed on behalf of the United States government. The collaboration with the federal government has gone very well, and we are pleased with the outcome of the building and landscape design processes. I believe that the new U.S. DOT Volpe Center will be a welcome and vibrant addition to the broader Kendall Square community.”
Inviting and engaging public spaces, including seating areas and walkways, will surround the federal headquarters. A primary goal of the public space is to bring the East Cambridge neighborhood and Kendall Square community together through a new north-south connection. The development of this currently inaccessible site, which comprises predominantly asphalt surface parking, will promote access to and from the residential neighborhood, the Charles River, the MBTA, and the many retail and restaurant offerings in Kendall Square.
In order to achieve this sense of openness and connectivity, the GSA and MIT engaged artist Maya Lin, known for her large-scale, site-specific outdoor earthworks, in coordination with landscape architecture firm Reed Hilderbrand, to create an engaging and inviting public landscape. Central to the open space will be Lin’s landscape-integrated art piece — a physical and visual representation of the Doppler effect, manifested in undulating grassy mounds that depict sound waves.
The incorporation of a Maya Lin art piece within the site is part of the Federal government’s Art in Architecture program which commissions artworks for new buildings nationwide.
Since the outset of the project, the GSA has been focused on constructing a headquarters that is inviting and reflects the context of the site’s surroundings. GSA Regional Commissioner of the Public Buildings Service Glenn Rotondo says: “We are committed to creating a public realm that is well-integrated within the community.”
Once completed, the new U.S. DOT Volpe development will include primarily below-grade vehicular parking and ample bicycle parking. In addition, over 100 new diverse native-species trees will be installed using current best practices in planting, and an extensive landscaping program will be available for the public to enjoy. Even though the federal government is exempt from Cambridge’s local tree ordinance, the tree replacement plan is designed to materially exceed the current local requirements for large projects. To prepare the site for construction, 21 private trees will be removed that are within the building’s footprint or security perimeter. Twenty of those trees are Norway Maples, an invasive species that Massachusetts prohibits from being sold, planted, or propagated. In addition, two street trees will need to be relocated or replaced to accommodate a curb cut required by the project.
Enabling utility work on the Federal site is ongoing, and construction of the garage and building is expected to start later this year and take approximately three years. Once the new John A. Volpe National Transportation Systems Center is up and running, the Institute will be able to commence redevelopment of the remaining 10 acres of the original U.S. DOT Volpe parcel. MIT’s proposal for that portion of the site, which was presented to the community during the rezoning process, features housing (including 280 affordable units), commercial and lab space, retail, open space, a community center, and a job connector.
MIT is currently advancing other commitments that were codified as part of the Volpe rezoning agreement. The Institute has already provided $500,000 toward the design of the Grand Junction multiuse community path, which will be followed by an additional $8 million contribution for continuing design and construction. MIT staff are currently working closely with the city and other stakeholders to implement this critical infrastructure project. In addition, the Institute is in the process of identifying a site for a new 500-bed graduate student residence hall — a commitment made to the City of Cambridge through the Volpe zoning process.
The U.S. DOT Volpe building and landscape design is being shared with the Cambridge Planning Board tonight at the board’s annual Town Gown public meeting.
via MIT News Office (2/5/19)
Facade Install Underway for 290-292 Main Street in Kendall Square
While concrete for the 19th and 20th floor of MIT's 290-292 Main Street is being put in place, facade install has started on the lower floors of the project. The facade features bronzed anodized aluminum panels at slight angles broken up by three-story window groupings. When complete the 28 story tower will include 450 graduate student housing units along with offices space for MIT admissions and a child care facility. Around 10,000 square feet of retail will also be included in the project.
Two existing buildings on the site are undergoing renovations and are being incorporated into the new tower. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.
Framing Underway for 314 Main in Kendall Square
Steel framing is underway for the 17 story building at 314 Main Street a key piece of the MIT Kendall Square Initiative. 314 Main will feature 343,000 square feet of office space, 100,000 of which will be home to Boeing. The office space will feature column-free floors, terraces and Boston views.The project will also include 6,000 square feet of retail and the new MIT Museum
Construction is expected to be complete in 2020.
MIT Planning New College of Computing Just Outside Kendall Square
With a $350M gift from Stephen Schwarzman to found the College of Computing, MIT is planning a new building to house this department. Their current plans call for the new building to replace the existing MIT building at 51 Vassar Street, just a few blocks from Kendall Square. The new project which MIT hopes to complete by late 2022, will serve as a hub for research and innovation in computer science, AI, data science, and related fields that deal with computing advances. MIT plans to begin demolition this fall after the current occupants of the building are relocated over the summer.