Dec 31, 2018
Exterior Work Nearly Complete for Education First Phase III
The install of the unique facade is nearly complete for Education First's new building in Cambridge's North Point Neighborhood. The 300,000sf project will feature student housing, educational, office, and retail space. This project will allow Education First (EF) to expand their North American operations while enhancing the institutions' existing North Point international campus and providing students with a new on-campus housing option. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2019.
Dec 17, 2018
American Realty Advisors Acquires Seaport Building for $455 Million
Los Angeles based, American Realty Advisors has acquired the building at 121 Seaport Square for $455 Million.
The property features a 17-story, 450,000-square-foot tower located in the heart of Boston's Seaport District. 121 Seaport features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000-square-foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is 100%-leased, with tenants including Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, who has leased 250,000 square feet, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, who has leased 150,000 square feet. Both tenants will open new global headquarters at 121 Seaport.
Oct 30, 2018
Electrical Permit Issued for Two Drydock
An electrical permit has been issued for the upcoming 13-story building on Parcel Q1 in the Seaport. The building is set to contain 225,000 square feet of office space with 11,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. A 12,000 square foot public plaza will be constructed at the building's ground level fronting Drydock Avenue. Office workers will have access to an 11th-floor roof terrace facing the Boston skyline and a rooftop terrace at the penthouse level.
Sep 25, 2018
Foundation Work Underway at Parcel Q1
Foundation work is underway for new office space coming to the corner of Drydock Avenue & Harbor Street in the Seaport. The building is set to include over 211,000 sf of office space along with 8,400 sf of ground floor retail. A new public plaza will also be built along Drydock Avenue.
The $128 million project is expected to be complete in December 2019.
Sep 19, 2018
Exterior Work Progressing for EF III
Exterior work is ongoing in Cambridge's North Point neighborhood for the new Education First building. This 12-story building will feature 300,000 sf of student housing, educational, and office space. The building will house around 500 students and feature a cafeteria, lounge, fitness center, and bike room.
Planned in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), the project will provide $20.4 million in funding for environmental cleanup and the relocation and construction of a new permanent DCR maintenance and operations facility. The EF III project will provide a link between the existing park spaces at North Point Park and North Point Commons and will activate a site currently barred from public use.
Aug 17, 2018
Exterior Work Underway at New Boston College Rec Center
Exterior work is underway at Boston College's upcoming Connell Recreation Center. The 240,000 square foot project will include a new gym, multi-purpose courts, swimming pool, jogging track, and golf simulator along with administrative offices. The project is set to open next summer.
Jun 08, 2018
The Harlo is One of Boston's Best
The Harlo, a new 17-story mixed-use building featuring 212 luxurious apartment residences and approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space with premium dining options remains one of the hottest apartment buildings in the city.
An ideal Fenway location, an absurd amount of amenities, and reasonable rental rates make this multi-family dwelling one of the most sought-after in Boston. Apartments start at around $2,500 a month and increasingly grow more expensive relative to square-footage.
With Multiple private outdoor spaces at The Harlo, including a yoga terrace; a fifth-floor outdoor terrace featuring cabanas, a fire pit and grills; and a top-level skydeck it makes sense that Bostonians are eagerly looking to call 1350 Boylston Street home.
The Harlo opened this past fall (2017) and the project remained 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.
Jun 07, 2018
Electrical Fit-Out Underway at 121 Seaport
Floors 3 through 11 at 121 Seaport are having electrical work completed including lighting power and fire alarm installation.
The new 17-story, 450,000-square-foot tower located in the heart of Boston's Seaport District. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000-square-foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is 100%-leased, with tenants including Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, who has leased 250,000 square feet, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, who has leased 150,000 square feet. Both tenants will open new global headquarters at 121 Seaport.
Dec 30, 2017
Skanska sells ownership stake in Watermark Seaport luxury apartments for about $60 million
Skanska, in partnership with project co-developer Twining Properties, has announced the sale of its’ Watermark Seaport luxury apartment tower in the Seaport District to CLPF Residences at Seaport LLC. The sale of Skanska’s equity ownership in the development, 42.75%, will reportedly amount to about $60 million. The transfer of ownership of Watermark Seaport to CLPF will reportedly occur in the first quarter of 2018.
The 17-story Watermark Seaport was completed in the first quarter of 2016 and features 346 luxurious apartment residences, including 65 lofts in a six-story building adjacent to the main tower. Watermark Seaport, which is LEED Gold sustainability certified, also includes 25,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, including an 11,590-square-foot CVS Pharmacy and multiple dining options. Resident amenities at Watermark Seaport include a roof deck with views of the Financial District and Boston Harbor, a wellness studio, a resident lounge, an innovation lab and underground parking.
Dec 28, 2017
The Harlo new-construction luxury apartment tower now open in Fenway
The Harlo, a new-construction luxury apartment tower located in the heart of the Fenway neighborhood, has opened to residents. The building features 212 studio to three-bedroom apartments, with amenities including a top-level sky deck with sweeping views; a fifth-floor terrace with barbecue stations, canopies and a fire pit; intimate lounges and co-working and fitness spaces. The Harlo's facade is distinctively multifaceted, with a unique blend of red, yellow, brown and black exterior finish panels meshed with floor-to-ceiling windows. On The Harlo’s ground floor, Tatte Bakery and Oath Pizza are now open, and Cava Mediterranean Grill will open in early 2018. The following are photographs of The Harlo:
Oct 02, 2017
Education First breaks ground on NorthPoint campus expansion
Education First (EF) broke ground Monday (October 2nd) on a new 12-story, 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building adjacent to its’ existing campus in East Cambridge’s NorthPoint neighborhood. The building will provide EF and its’ Hult International Business School with their first on-campus housing option, allowing the institutions to expand their North American operations. The building will also help EF expand total Boston employment to 1,500 workers by 2020; 1,200 people are currently employed at EF’s Boston campus.
The new building will be EF's third in Boston and will contain approximately 278 units with 500 beds across the top seven floors, 22,754 square feet of office space, 14,566 square feet of student cafeteria and restaurant space with approximately 400 seats and 13,873 square feet of student lounge and administrative space. Initial site work by W. L. French Excavating Corporation is now underway to prepare the EF III site for foundation construction; Skanska USA Building is EF III's general contractor. The State of Massachusetts has awarded EF $6 million in tax incentives to help subsidize the new building, and MassDevelopment will issue $25 million in bonds to fund road and sewer improvements.
Sep 12, 2017
121 Seaport now 100%-leased with Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ lease of 150,000 square feet
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, currently based in New Haven, CT, will open a new 150,000-square-foot headquarters at 121 Seaport, bringing the state-of-the-art elliptical office tower to 100% occupancy. Last week, it was announced that Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC has leased 250,000 square feet at 121 Seaport; the building features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space. Alexion, a global biopharmaceutical company that develops and delivers life-changing therapies for patients with rare diseases, will occupy floors three through eight of 121 Seaport and open its’ new headquarters in June 2018.
Newmark Knight Frank represented 121 Seaport developer Skanska in both Alexion and PTC’s leases; Cushman & Wakefield represented Alexion, and Cresa represented PTC. “121 Seaport now being 100 percent leased demonstrates the Seaport’s arrival as one of Boston’s most sought-after submarkets and business destinations,” said Charley Leatherbee, head of Skanska’s Commercial Development operations in Boston, in a prepared statement. “We delivered a building based on flexibility, innovation, sustainability and efficiency. We are honored that a pioneering company such as Alexion selected our building. Alexion and PTC are moving their respective industries forward in a building that pushes the boundaries of traditional design.” 121 Seaport will open in the first quarter of 2018, and also features 50,000 square feet of prime retail across its’ first two floors.
Sep 07, 2017
IoT technology provider PTC opening 250,000-square-foot global headquarters at 121 Seaport
Global Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, currently based in Needham, MA off of Route 128, will open a new 250,000-square-foot global headquarters across the top half of the new 17-story 121 Seaport elliptical tower in the Seaport District. PTC has leased the space for 18.5 years and will take occupancy in early 2019. Over 1,000 employees across all PTC company operations will work at PTC's new headquarters. With PTC's lease, 121 Seaport is now 63% leased.
PTC employs over 6,000 people worldwide and is a market leader in IoT and augmented reality. The company is developing technology that transforms how companies design, manufacture, operate and service the “things” in IoT. PTC has been headquartered in the Boston area since its’ founding in 1985.
By moving to the Seaport District, PTC aims to enhance its ability to attract and retain talent, following in the recent footsteps of major players including Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, General Electric, PwC and Reebok. “There are few places in the world that can lay claim to as many ‘firsts’ as Boston,” said PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann in a prepared statement. “It is clear that this region has the opportunity to yet again become a beacon of innovation in technologies as disruptive as the Internet of Things and Augmented Reality. At PTC, we aim to be a catalyst to extend Boston’s global reputation as a hub for technology leadership.” The Class A, LEED Platinum-configured 121 Seaport is on target for completion in the first quarter of 2018 and features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space across two stories at the building’s base.
Aug 16, 2017
Curtain wall complete at 121 Seaport, elliptical glass Class A office tower now leasing
121 Seaport’s sweeping elliptical glass curtain wall facade has been fully installed across all 17 of the tower’s floors. The facade features floor-to-ceiling high-performance vision glass, resulting in sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. 121 Seaport’s elliptical design reduces wind loads and gives the building less direct solar exposure, resulting in 15 percent energy savings. 121 Seaport is built to LEED Platinum sustainability specifications.
Inside 121 Seaport, installation of HVAC utilities is nearing completion in anticipation of tenants moving into the tower. Future 121 Seaport tenants have not yet been announced; office and retail space at 121 Seaport is available for lease. 121 Seaport features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space across two stories at the building’s base. The following is a photograph of 121 Seaport:
Jul 12, 2017
The Harlo, new luxury residences opening this Fall in Fenway, revealed
Skanska has taken the wraps off of The Harlo, a new luxury residential building featuring 212 studio to three-bedroom apartments opening this Fall at 1350 Boylston Street in the Fenway. The Harlo will feature an eclectic collection of today’s most desirable amenities, including a top-level sky deck with sweeping views; a fifth-floor terrace with barbecue stations, canopies and a fire pit; intimate lounges; and co-working and fitness spaces. Residences will feature elegant finishes including exposed concrete ceilings, quartz countertops and hardwood floors. The Harlo will be professionally managed by Bozzuto. On The Harlo’s first floor will be premium dining options including Tatte Bakery, Oath Pizza and Cava Mediterranean Grill. Additional information about The Harlo, including the latest building renderings, is posted above.
Jun 19, 2017
Interactive museum honoring Seaport District history coming to 121 Seaport ground floor, building facade nears completion
Skanska has announced it will construct a new interactive pedestrian museum at Harbor Way, the 20,000-square-foot, 70-foot-wide pedestrian promenade between its’ recently-completed 101 Seaport and under-construction 121 Seaport office and retail developments, honoring the history of the area’s development. The museum will focus upon Skanska’s discovery of an old shipwreck below the 121 Seaport construction site in May 2016, highlighting the landmaking of the Seaport District that caused the ship to be found a few blocks inland from Boston Harbor. The museum will explain how the Seaport District was once a tidal flat, which was filled with land in 1896, burying the old shipwreck. The museum will include facts about the ship’s last journey from Rockland, Maine and artifacts found within the ship, as well as the Seaport District’s initial use as a vast rail yard. "Boston has so many underground secrets and mysteries yet to be discovered. The shipwreck was both a surprise and an eye-opening experience and sheds new light on both the history of Boston's Seaport, and the historic connections between Boston and the rest of New England,” said Joe Bagley, the City of Boston’s Archaeologist.
Skanska’s new museum will be linked to an augmented reality exhibit that will sync to a smartphone application available for download, which will provide a more detailed, virtually guided tour through the museum. Reclaimed wood from the old shipwreck will also be incorporated into 121 Seaport; unique pieces of furniture will be created using the ship’s remnants and will accent the building’s common areas and conference rooms. “The buildings we create should positively impact the community beyond the confines of their own walls. Many of Boston’s neighborhoods preserve the city’s past in compelling ways. With Harbor Way, we are introducing the Seaport’s story in a way that marries Boston’s reverence for preserving history with the Innovation District’s spirit,” said Charley Leatherbee, leader of Skanska’s development operations in Boston. The following is a rendering of the interactive museum:
121 Seaport is nearly fully glassed in, with the 17-story building’s high-performance glass curtain wall installed as high as the 16th floor. Inside the building, concrete pouring and fireproofing spraying are complete on all levels. 121 Seaport will open in 2018, with office and retail space now available for lease. The building will contain 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space at the two-story podium at the base of the building. 121 Seaport will be built to LEED Platinum energy-efficiency standards; a private rooftop terrace will provide stunning views of Boston’s skyline and harbor. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
May 30, 2017
Education First proposes 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building in North Point
Education First proposes to construct a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building in Cambridge's North Point district, the company's third ground-up North Point mixed-use building. The building, which would be located at 10 North Point Boulevard, would complement Education First's existing mixed-use buildings at One Education Street and Two Education Circle, providing new educational, office and retail space along with the company's first Boston-area student housing component. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to commence in October 2017, with anticipated initial occupancy in Late Spring 2019; construction would take approximately 22 months. The City of Cambridge is now reviewing the proposed building.
May 21, 2017
Finishing touches underway at 1350 Boylston Street luxury apartments, opening this Fall in Fenway
Just about all exterior finishes have been installed along 1350 Boylston Street’s 17-story facade, with window installation complete. Inside the building, state-of-the-art finishes and appliances are being installed in 1350 Boylston Street’s distinctive luxury apartment residences, which will feature sweeping views of the Boston skyline and the Emerald Necklace. Upon completion, 1350 Boylston Street will feature 212 luxurious apartment residences and approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space located steps to the MBTA Green Line and a short walk to the Back Bay. The following are photographs of 1350 Boylston Street:
Apr 04, 2017
121 Seaport tops off, glass curtain wall installation underway
121 Seaport, an upcoming Class A office building in the Seaport District, has topped off at 17 stories tall, and the building’s high-performance glass curtain wall has been installed as high as the third floor. The curtain wall will provide a 360-degree transparent coating surrounding 121 Seaport, providing sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. At the building’s center, the construction team is pouring concrete on floors and spraying fireproofing along pillars and ceilings; concrete pouring and fireproofing spraying is complete on lower floors. The 450,000 square foot 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space atop a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail platform. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Mar 13, 2017
SoulCycle and Tikkaway Grill now open at 101 Seaport
Both full-body indoor cycling and lifestyle studio SoulCycle and Indian-inspired restaurant Tikkaway Grill have opened new locations at the new 440,000 square foot 101 Seaport Class A office and retail building in the Seaport District. SoulCycle is the Seaport's first fitness studio and features 57 bikes as well as a lifestyle boutique featuring SoulCycle performance and leisure clothing. Tikkaway Grill is a "self-directed journey through the traditional tastes and flavors of India," featuring build-it-yourself rice bowls, salad bowls and whole-wheat Roti wraps. Opening this month at 101 Seaport will be Juice Press and Yoki Express, at which point 101 Seaport's 25,000 square feet of street-level retail will be fully occupied. Also open at 101 Seaport are Aceituna Grill, by CHLOE., Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks.
Mar 12, 2017
Facade fully weatherproofed at 1350 Boylston Street luxury apartments in Fenway
Windows and moisture-resistant cladding have been fully installed at 1350 Boylston Street, and exterior finish panels have been installed along over half of the building's facade. Inside 1350 Boylston Street, metal framing is being erected to partition individual residential units. Opening this Fall, 1350 Boylston Street will feature 212 luxury apartment residences and approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 1350 Boylston Street:
Feb 21, 2017
Vegan dining sensation by CHLOE. opens Thursday at 101 Seaport
by CHLOE., a plant-based, fast casual restaurant with locations in New York City and Los Angeles, will open this Thursday (February 23rd, 2017) at the recently completed 101 Seaport office and retail building in the Seaport District. by CHLOE. will front onto the upcoming Harbor Way pedestrian passage, which will ultimately link Summer and Congress Streets and future development to the waterfront.
by CHLOE. will feature creative, fully vegan recipes free of meat, dairy, and egg products as well as of saturated animal fat, added preservatives, and artificial flavors. by CHLOE.'s menu will include 4 exclusive Boston-themed vegan items: Clam Chowder, Lobster Roll, Boston Cream Whoopie Pie and Boston Cream Pie Chill. Beer and wine will be served in addition to fresh pressed juices and smoothies.
by CHLOE. will be open 7 days a week, from 11am to 10pm Monday through Friday and from 10am to 10pm on Saturday and Sunday, at 107 Seaport Boulevard. The 2,400 square foot Seaport location will seat 43 people; outdoor seating will be added as well. A second Massachusetts location of by CHLOE. will open this Spring at the recently completed Van Ness mixed-use development in the Fenway.
by CHLOE. is the latest addition to 101 Seaport's 25,000 square feet of retail space, which includes the now-open Aceituna Grill, Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks and will soon also include SoulCycle, Juice Press, Tikkaway Grill and Yoki Express. The following is a photograph of by CHLOE.:
Feb 14, 2017
Tatte Bakery & Cafe opening at 1350 Boylston Street this Fall
Tatte Bakery & Cafe has signed a lease to open a new location on the ground floor of the upcoming 1350 Boylston Street luxury residential tower, which will open this Fall in the Fenway. Tatte's new space will occupy approximately 2,900 square feet; 1350 Boylston Street will have 7,000 total square feet of retail. The space will feature handpicked lights and antique fixtures and will serve crafted confections and cuisine for breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner, offering future building residents a convenient and luxurious dining option.
Feb 07, 2017
Aceituna Grill opens Thursday at 101 Seaport
WS Development has announced that Kendall Square-based Mediterranean food restaurant Aceituna Grill will open its' second location at 101 Seaport in the Seaport District on Thursday (February 9th), becoming one of 101 Seaport's 8 confirmed retail offerings. Aceituna's 2,500 square foot space will seat 49 people and will be open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday. Aceituna is the latest retail offering to open in 101 Seaport's 25,000 square foot ground-floor retail component. Other offerings include the now-open Chipotle Mexican Grill and Starbucks, with SoulCycle, By Chloe, Juice Press, Tikkaway Grill and Yoki Express also opening in the coming months.
Jan 30, 2017
121 Seaport elliptical office building nearing top off
121 Seaport’s 17-story steel frame has risen nearly 11 floors, and the Class A office and retail building’s signature elliptical shape is now prominently pronounced. Following pouring of interior concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling high-performance glass will be installed across 121 Seaport’s sweeping façade, providing panoramic 360 degree views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. 121 Seaport’s distinctive aerodynamic design will provide a 15 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in wind loads. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Jan 27, 2017
Windows and exterior finishes nearly fully installed at 1350 Boylston Street
The 1350 Boylston Street apartment and retail building's envelope is nearly weather tight, with window installation nearing completion and finish panels installed across over half of the Fenway building. At 1350 Boylston Street’s rooftop mechanical penthouse, dunnage steel has been erected to enclose utilities. Opening within the next year, 1350 Boylston Street will feature 212 luxury residential apartments with approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of 1350 Boylston Street:
Jan 05, 2017
Exterior facade nears completion at 1350 Boylston Street
Exterior finish panels and windows have been fully installed along a large section of the upcoming 17-story 1350 Boylston Street apartment and retail tower in the Fenway. HVAC units have been installed on the tower’s roof, and framing of interior spaces is now underway. Moisture-resistant cladding has been installed along nearly the entire facade, and pouring of concrete floors is complete. 1350 Boylston Street is expected to open this fall. The following is a photograph of 1350 Boylston Street:
Dec 18, 2016
Parcel Q1 office and retail development in Seaport District approved
The Parcel Q1 office and retail development was approved at Thursday (December 15th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. Located in the Seaport District’s Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP), the $110 million project will construct a 13-story, 298,700 square foot building featuring 211,700 square feet of office space with 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction is expected to commence in the third quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2019.
Dec 04, 2016
1350 Boylston nears weather tightening
1350 Boylston will soon be weather tight and fully sealed. Along a large section of the upcoming Fenway apartment and retail building, exterior finishes are in place over 16 of 17 stories. Final concrete pouring is underway on 1350 Boylston’s top floor. Windows and finish installation systems are installed at the building’s base, and moisture-resistant cladding has been nearly fully installed. The following is an aerial photograph of 1350 Boylston:
Nov 18, 2016
1350 Boylston Street tops off
Skanska held a topping off ceremony for 1350 Boylston Street, a 17-story mixed-use tower in the Fenway, on Wednesday (November 16th, 2016). The ceremony marks completion of structural steel erection on 1350 Boylston. Work will now commence in earnest on exterior and interior finishing targeting a Fall 2017 opening.
Students from the nearby McKinley Preparatory High School joined Skanska for 1350 Boylston Street's topping off. Throughout the building's construction, Skanska has dedicated time to educating McKinley students about the construction process. “Through each of our construction projects, we aim to contribute to the communities where we work, and 1350 Boylston is a perfect example of that philosophy,” said Kerim Evin, head of Skanska’s Greater Boston building construction operations. “Our partnership with the McKinley School has benefitted our team as well as the students we’ve had the privilege of working with.” The following are photographs from the topping off:
Nov 02, 2016
121 Seaport steel frame nears midway point
121 Seaport’s 17-story steel frame has risen nearly five full stories, including the future two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium base. The building’s distinctive elliptical design is beginning to take shape, with uniquely rounded steel beams installed. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Oct 23, 2016
1350 Boylston Street nears topping off
1350 Boylston Street, a new mixed-use building in the Fenway, is about to top off at 17 stories tall. Moisture-resistant sheathing is being installed at the tower's base, and concrete has been poured on nearly half of the building's floors. A construction elevator is being assembled along 1350 Boylston Street's facade in anticipation of installation of exterior and interior finishes. 1350 Boylston Street is expected to open in Fall 2017; additional information about 1350 Boylston Street can be found above. The following is a tweet by Girder-Slab showing 1350 Boylston Street's nearly topped-off frame:
Thanks @SkanskaUSA for the tour of 1350 Boylston St #Boston. Girder-Slab is available competitively from your customary steel fabricators! pic.twitter.com/YzhXbbQKkv— GIRDER-SLAB® (@GirderSlab) October 19, 2016
Sep 30, 2016
121 Seaport elevator core tops off
The 17-story concrete elevator core of 121 Seaport has topped off, and a new project banner has been hung along the core. Construction of 121 Seaport's elliptical structural steel frame will follow imminently. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is targeting LEED Platinum efficiency certification; the building's elliptical design will result in 15 percent energy savings due to less direct solar exposure. The following is a tweet by Skanska showing 121 Seaport's topped-off elevator core:
The core of 121 Seaport is up & will be one of the most sustainable #office buildings in #Boston when complete. #CRE pic.twitter.com/3UllGrUOSr— Skanska USA (@SkanskaUSA) September 29, 2016
Sep 21, 2016
New interactive website and renderings for 121 Seaport
Skanska has released a new interactive website, 121seaport.com, with leasing information for 121 Seaport, a state-of-the-art 17-story, 450,000 square foot tower under construction in the Seaport District. Additionally, new interior and exterior renderings have been released; these renderings can be found above. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium.
Aug 29, 2016
Skanska releases new details and renderings for proposed Seaport office building
Skanska has released new details and renderings for the proposed Seaport District office building at Parcel Q1, located in the Boston Marine Industrial Park (BMIP) across from the proposed Marine Wharf Hotel steps to the Innovation and Design Building, in a Project Notification Form (PNF) filed with the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) today; the following is a link to the PNF. Designed by SGA, the proposed building would be 13 stories tall with 211,700 square feet of office space, 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail and a new 12,900 square foot public plaza fronting Drydock Avenue. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2017, with expected completion in the third quarter of 2019. Additional information about the proposed building can be found above.
Jul 17, 2016
New Boston College recreation center approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Boston College’s $95 million new recreation center for construction at last Thursday’s board meeting. A 240,000 square foot recreation building will be constructed containing athletic facilities including a gymnasium, swimming pools, multi-purpose courts, a golf simulator and a jogging track. Construction of the building could commence this summer. More information about Boston College’s new recreation center is posted below.
Jun 30, 2016
1350 Boylston Street foundation nearly complete, superstructure steel rising
1350 Boylston Street’s concrete foundation is nearly complete, and the 18-story elevator core is finished. Concrete has been poured along the entire base of the 105-car underground parking structure. The horizontal foundation support system, used to reinforce the under-construction foundation, has been dismantled. Steel forms are posted along the sides of the parking structure; concrete will soon be poured into these forms to complete 1350 Boylston Street’s foundation. Additional concrete framing equipment is staged along the base, as well as cast iron pipes that will be used to construct the building’s drainage system.
Superstructure construction at 1350 Boylston Street is off to a strong start; vertical steel girders are installed along nearly the entire parking structure’s base. 1350 Boylston Street will be a 17-story building that will feature 212 rental residential apartments and approximately 7,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
View of superstructure steel and foundation from Private Alley 932
Panoramic view of construction site from Private Alley 932
Foundation under construction
Material for drainage system
View of superstructure steel and foundation from corner of Boylston Street and Kilmarnock Street
Tower crane and elevator core
More information about 1350 Boylson Street is posted below.
May 27, 2016
Boston College proposes new recreation center
Boston College has filed a Small Project Review Application
with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct a new recreation center on
campus. Construction would start in June 2016, with completion in December
The following is a link to the Small Project Review Application for Boston
College Recreation Center. A rendering of the proposed building is posted
above. More information about the Boston College Recreation Center project is
May 24, 2016
Skanska files Letter of Intent to construct new office building at Boston Marine Industrial Park
Skanska has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority proposing to construct a new eight-story, 230,000 square foot office building with ground-floor retail in Boston's Seaport District; the following is a link to the Letter of Intent. The proposed building would be located at the intersection of Drydock Avenue and Harbor Street on Parcel Q1 of Boston Marine Industrial Park, across from the Innovation and Design Building. The Boston Redevelopment Authority granted Skanska tentative approval to construct an office building on the 36,799 square foot Parcel Q1 in May 2015. The following is a preliminary rendering of the proposed office building:
May 10, 2016
Elevator core at 1350 Boylston Street tops off
1350 Boylston Street's elevator core has topped off. At the top of the elevator core is a decking system that was used to frame pouring of concrete to construct the core.
1350 Boylston Street's topped-off elevator core. Note decking at top of core.
View of 1350 Boylston Street's elevator core from nearby Pierce Boston
Construction of 1350 Boylston Street's 17-story steel superstructure has begun. The first pieces of superstructure steel have been installed at the building's base.
Vertical pieces of superstructure steel installed at 1350 Boylston Street
View of rising steel superstructure (center) with respect to elevator core (left) and sheet pile wall (right)
At the base of the parking structure, the construction team is assembling a PERI Skydeck system that will be used to frame pouring of concrete to construct 1350 Boylston Street's superstructure. A similar system is being used to build Pierce Boston, a 30-story tower also under construction in the Fenway neighborhood.
At the parking structure's base are the walls and yellow beams used to build the Skydeck system
Concrete for 1350 Boylston Street's mat foundation has been poured at the base of the parking structure. Additional foundation concrete is now being poured vertically along the sheet pile wall. With foundation concrete poured and superstructure construction underway, 1350 Boylston Street's horizontial foundation support system will soon be dismantled.
View of foundation support system extending horizontially across the poured foundation
View of foundation concrete poured vertically along the sheet pile wall up to the horizontal foundation support system. Concrete will be poured along the entire sheet pile wall following dismantling of the support system.
View of foundation support system against sheet pile wall
View of foundation support system against sheet pile wall
More information about 1350 Boylston Street is posted below.
Feb 20, 2016
Tower crane installed at 1350 Boylston Street
A tower crane has been installed at 1350 Boylston Street, signaling the impending start of elevator core and superstructure construction. When we arrived at 1350 Boylston Street, tower crane installation had just been completed. The crane used to build the tower crane was parked on site.
View of completed red tower crane (right) beside the white crane (left) used to build the tower crane
A second smaller white crane was also present, presumably to lift the excavators out of the nearly fully excavated parking structure.
At right is the larger white crane used to build the tower crane. At left is the smaller white crane, which has presumably just lifted the yellow excavator beside it out of the parking structure.
View of both white cranes along Boylston Street
View of white crane securing system
Excavation of 1350 Boylston Street's foundation and parking structure is almost complete. Foundation concrete will soon be poured along the sheet pile wall and the base of the parking structure.
An excavator at the base of the nearly fully excavated foundation. Along the perimeter of the foundation is a sheet pile wall horizontally reinforced by a foundation support system.
Apr 12, 2016
101 Seaport sold to Union Investment for $452 million
An official press release from Skanska confirms the sale of 101 Seaport to Union Investment of Germany. Sale price is $452 million. The Boston Globe notes that the sale represents the highest price per square foot ever recorded for a Boston office tower, at $1,027 per square foot. A deed was recorded for the sale at 9:46 AM this morning in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds:
Skanska bought the 101 Seaport parcel in 2013 for $33 million. Union Investment also recently bought the Hoffman Building on Lovejoy Wharf for $150 million. More information about 101 Seaport is posted below.
Mar 04, 2016
Pile driving is complete at 121 Seaport, and concrete has been poured on pile caps. Excavation and construction of 121 Seaport's foundation continue in addition to reinforcement installation along the MBTA Silver Line tunnel, which runs underneath the project site. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
January 15, 2016
Pile driving is in progress at 121 Seaport, and excavation of 121 Seaport's foundation has begun. Reinforcements are being installed along the unearthed roof of the MBTA Silver Line tunnel. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Jan 12, 2016
Foundation construction underway at 1350 Boylston Street
Foundation construction is underway at 1350 Boylston Street. The construction crew is currently excavating the building’s future basement and underground parking garage.
Excavation underway at 1350 Boylston Street
Excavation underway at 1350 Boylston Street
A sheet pile wall has been constructed along the perimeter of the 17-story building's foundation. An excavation support system has been installed horizontially across the foundation area to reinforce the completed sheet pile wall.
Excavation support system reinforces sheet pile wall
View of excavation support system across foundation area
Oct 20, 2015
Burger King demolished
Burger King has been demolished, and construction of the new 17-story building at 1350 Boylston Street will commence
by the end of the month.
1350 Boylston Street parcel, now vacant
Jun 14, 2015
Burger King demolition imminent
Construction fencing has been installed surrounding the 1350 Boylston Street parcel, signaling the imminent demolition of the Burger King restaurant structure to make way for a new 17-story building.
Construction fencing surrounding Burger King
Nov 24, 2015
Skanska is hard at work preparing the 121 Seaport site for construction! When complete, 121 Seaport promises to be "a workplace built on human-centered design," an inspiring layout that will undoubtedly inspire future tenants to "think forward, work forward [and] more forward" together. The Boston Globe's Tim Logan reports that there is strong interest amongst potential office tenants in leasing space at 121 Seaport. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Aug 07, 2015
We are excited to observe construction of Skanska USA's 121 Seaport office tower! The building broke ground on July 9th, 2015.
Apr 30, 2015
The primary function of Novartis is to market and develop products that will prevent and cure disease. With hopes to insure the survival of the human race, the site will positively affect the residents of Cambridge and millions beyond. Drawing in visitors, new retail space and restaurants will grace the bottom of the ground floors of the Novartis buildings. Trees and public space will revitalize the pedestrian and working experience at Novartis. For students and post-grads, the complex will offer close to thousands of biotech jobs and internships. The BLDUP team will be monitoring this construction, please leave your questions or comments below and check back for updates.