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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.
On our previous visit to One Dalton this past fall, Boston’s newest skyscraper was still very much a construction site. Now with the Four Seasons open the property has been transformed into the 5-star, luxurious yet subtle retreat synonymous with the brand. During a tour hosted by the developer, Richard Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter and Company,we got a look inside Boston’s second Four Seasons.
The One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel Entrance. Residents will enter through a separate entrance to the property around the corner.
Developer Richard Friedman, President & CEO of Carpenter and Company, in one of the three duplex penthouses at One Dalton
After buying the land 7 years ago, One Dalton has been a long time in the making for Friedman and his team. Friedman, who will live at the property himself, mentioned it has been an “amazing experience to change the skyline” and he expects when fully complete One Dalton will be the “social hub of the city”.
In talking with Darren Messina, Executive VP Design and Construction at Carpenter and Company, we learned of some of the challenges the construction team faced while bringing the 742-foot tower to life on this postage stamp site. To mitigate movement, the team installed a giant belt truss around the 24th floor of the building, something that had never been done before in Boston. Messina credits Rachel Parks, at Suffolk Construction, with making this happen by creating the BIM modeling for this complex piece of the puzzle. The logistics of delivering the tons of concrete necessary for the poured-in-place reinforced concrete columns, core walls, and slabs and ensuring the proper strength also kept the construction team on their toes.
The view from the last remaining penthouse home at One Dalton
Up in the last available penthouse (a steal at around $40M) work still remains to be finished however the scale of the 7,500 square foot, duplex unit is impressive and the views of course amazing. Last time we visited we took the hoist elevator to the top of the tower. Luckily this time the permanent elevators were in place and when moving at top speed will transport residents to the 61st floor in under a minute.
Down a few levels, interior finishing is a bit further along for the other condo residences. These homes come with a choice of 3 kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring options. Wolf and sub-zero appliances are of course included. While the team won't tell us how many of the 160 condo units have been sold, they did comment that One Dalton is the fastest selling Four Seasons project to date.
Interior finishing is still wrapping up for the condo residences at One Dalton.
On the Wellness Floor (the 7th floor) the 2,500 square foot fitness center, offers an array of equipment selected by renowned celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak. Also on this level is the gorgeous, curved lap pool and the spa. All amenities on the Wellness Floor are available for both residents and guests to utilize. Condo owners will also have access to their own private amenities including the 24th floor Entertainment Gallery featuring a golf simulator, private theater, and family activity center. On the 50th floor, the 50/50 Club designed by the interior designer and architect Thierry Despont offers residences an exclusive club and lounge featuring more of those wonderful views of the Charles River and Boston skyline.
The Wellness Floor at One Dalton features a fully equipped fitness center, lap pool, and spa.
Within the hotel's, 215 guest rooms, no detail has been left ignored including 6 different types of wallpaper in a deluxe guest room, a tv in the bathroom mirror, voice-activated remotes along with fine crystal for the bar and herringbone china for your morning coffee. The property also boasts 2GB internet, the fastest network in Boston (right behind MIT).
Guests rooms at One Dalton feature a mix of modern & classic finishes.
A key piece of the One Dalton finishing is the art curated by Kate Chertavian. Chertavian, who has over 25 years of experience curating independent projects, traveled the world finding unique and fitting pieces for the project with Friedman. While we are certainly not art critics, the pieces chosen throughout the lobby and hotel space are all unique and beautiful but not stuffy or pretentious.
A sampling of the art specially curated for One Dalton.
Our final stop of the tour was the globally renowned Zuma restaurant. The restaurant space, designed by Studio Glitz, features a variety of textures, including wood, stone, glass, and metal to offer the visitor hidden pockets of discovery throughout the space. The restaurant is definitely eye-catching and the cocktails and food we sampled were delicious. Zuma's GM says business has been busy with bookings being made 3 weeks in advance.
Along with final finishing on the condos, yet to come at One Dalton is the Trifecta Bar, named for the soft triangle design of the building. Currently blocked by the crane, future guests of the hotel will walk through this bar to access the elevators. A small park across from the hotel entrance is also now underway, adding some green space to the project site. The development team expects construction to be 100% complete sometime in September.
The Last Tower Crane Has Come Down At EchelonSeaport
Over the course of the last 12 months, EchelonSeaport development has operated with as many as four tower cranes on site. Last week, the final crane was removed as shown on the image below. This important milestone signals completion of the "structural" phase of the Project including the curtainwall façade on all 3 towers. We have now fully progressed onto the "finishes" stage of construction.
133 Seaport (Tower 1)
Plumbing & Electrical Work: In progress and completed through floor 20
Kitchen and Vanity Cabinets: Installation has started
Wood Flooring & Bathroom Tiles: Completed through floor 9
Interior & Exterior Amenities: Continues to progress with the lobby fireplace frame now installed, and the waterfall pool framing completed
The Four Seasons One Dalton is now open and welcoming guests to its 215 rooms. Boston's newest skyscraper features the hotel rooms on the lower floors topped by 180 luxury condos. Residents and guests alike will have access to luxury service and a full suite of amenities including The Wellness Floor. Spanning the entire 7th floor, The Wellness Floor features a fitness center, 64-foot lap pool, and salon, all overlooking Back Bay. Also now open within One Dalton is global dining sensation Zuma. Zuma specializes in dishes designed for sharing from three open kitchens: the main kitchen, sushi counter, and robata grill.
Construction Rapidly Progressing for EchelonSeaport: First Units Expected to Welcome Residents Later This Year
Construction is rapidly progressing for EchelonSeaport with window and facade install nearly complete for the third and final tower in the project. Along Seaport Boulevard interior finishing is ongoing for 133 Seaport, a Regent Collection, expected to be complete by the end of this year. 135 Seaport and the multifamily building will be complete in later 2019, early 2020.
These three towers will contain 1.3 million square feet of development including 717 residences and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. Over 60,000 square feet of indoor and outdoor amenity space will also be included in the project, complete with two signature outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, engaging courtyards, and oversized private terraces.
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.
Construction Nearing Completion at One Dalton: Expected Opening Late April
The tower crane for the 61-story One Dalton has started shrinking as construction is nearing completion for one of Boston's most anticipated projects. The 712,500 square feet development will include 180 luxury condos along with a 215 room Four Seasons Hotel. Residents and guests alike will have access to an array of amenities including a fitness center and spa with lap pool, Zuma Restaurant, and a 5,000-square-foot park designed by award-winning landscape architect Michael Van Valkenburgh. One Dalton is expected to open late next month.
Facade and Window Install Begins for Rental Building at EchelonSeaport
With 133 Seaport, A Regent Collection anticipated to open this fall exterior work is nearly complete on this first condo building in EchelonSeaport. Work is also ongoing for 135 Seaport, the second condo tower and facade and window install have started for the rental tower
133 Seaport, a Regent Collection, and 135 Seaport will include a total of 447 luxury condos.
The rental tower at EchelonSeaport will feature 270 luxury apartment homes.
When complete EchelonSeaport will include 1.3 million square feet of development with 717 residential units total and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space.
PTC Relocates to 250,000 SF Global Headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District
Cresa and Margulies Perruzzi Architects lead project team to deliver PTC’s transformational, technology-rich workplace at 121 Seaport Blvd.
The Boston office of Cresa, the world’s largest occupier-focused commercial real estate firm, and Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of New England’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, today announced the completion of a new 250,000 SF global headquarters for PTC Inc.(PTC), a global provider of technology that transforms how companies design, manufacture, operate, and service things in a smart connected world. PTC relocated its headquarters from Needham, Mass., to 121 Seaport Boulevard, a newly constructed 17-story, 400,000 SF office building in Boston’s Seaport District. The building recently received the USGBC’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, its highest level of sustainability achievement.
PTC’s new technology-rich headquarters is a key part of the company’s business transformation, enhancing PTC’s profile and serving as a premier destination for employees, customers, and partners to experience PTC’s technology. At the heart of PTC’s new transformational headquarters is the Corporate Experience Center (CXC), an interactive showcase for PTC’s innovative technology, including its ThingWorx® industrial Internet of Things and Vuforia Augmented Reality (AR) platforms.
To facilitate the move to a new headquarters, PTC engaged Cresa as a global partner across multiple service lines, including site selection, lease administration, transaction management, workplace strategy, and project management. Cresa accomplished a six-month process in 30 days with fast-tracked negotiations that secured PTC’s 18.5-year lease for 250,000 SF at 121 Seaport. As the first signed tenant, PTC leased 63 percent of the building, where the company will house 1,000 of its 6,000 worldwide employees. PTC will occupy the building’s top nine floors with direct access to the roof deck from the top floor and access to a common area with an outdoor terrace on the third floor. Cresa also advised PTC on workplace strategy and facilitated PTC’s shift toward an activity-based, open office plan and free address concept for its workspace.
“Our move to Boston’s Seaport District signals a continued focus on innovation through forward-thinking technological advancements, as well as an evolution of our workplace strategy to anticipate the technology and workforce of the future,” said Eric Snow, senior vice president, corporate communications, PTC. “This workspace is intended to be transformational in every way: the urban location, workplace design, and abundant use of technology will provide our employees with the best possible work environment to thrive and innovate, all while offering our customers a state-of-the-art venue for experiencing our technology. We are thrilled to make this exceptional space our new home.”
MPA’s design for PTC’s headquarters was strongly influenced by the unique, elliptical-shaped glass tower of 121 Seaport. To maximize views of Boston Harbor and downtown Boston, the open office design places conference rooms and meeting spaces around the building core on each floor, and arranges bench seating with ergonomic sit-to-stand desks in a radial fashion that aligns with the oval shape. More than 200 technology-enabled collaboration and huddle rooms support PTC’sactivity-based workplace, which has no private offices and no assigned seats, encouraging employees to work where they want. Open-seating collaboration areas and touchdown spaces anchor the north and south end with a variety of seating styles. On every floor, a themed work café/coffee space, each dubbed “The Hive,” offers employees a diverse experience for casual meetings, socialization, and quiet time. Gigantic curved LED light fixtures span the arc on each floor, with colored lights on the 17th floor providing a dramatic view from the street at night.
With its convergence of digital and physical features and a layout that encourages employees and customers to co-mingle, the 17th floor is at the forefront of PTC’s new headquarters design. The world-class CXC provides visitors with a customized, hands-on tour to experience a world powered by PTC’s Industrial Internet of Things, Augmented Reality, Product Lifecycle Management, and 3D CAD technologies. This is made possible through a combination of state-of-the-art meeting space and more than 20 experiential exhibits showcasing customer and partner innovations. These exhibits dynamically demonstrate PTC’s technology by using Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and even a ride-on experience to bring the solutions to life. In addition, an adjacent R&D lab and maker space allow customers to engage with PTC engineers as they develop the next generation of innovative technology. A large café called “The Common” faces the CXC on the other side, providing plenty of seating for both employees and visitors. A large, open stair with a glass head-house connects The Common to the landscaped roof deck with outdoor seating.
In addition to the LEED Platinum-certified 121 Seaport building, PTC’s headquarters is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. The company is also implementing the FitWelSM program for employee health and wellness.
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
Facade Install Begins at 135 Seaport, EchelonSeaport's 2nd Condo Tower
EchelonSeaport's second condo tower is taking shape at 135 Seaport Boulevard with facade install underway. The facade is a mix of glass and precast concrete to mimic stone in keeping with Boston's traditional building materials.
EchelonSeaport's first condo building, 133 Seaport is also rapidly moving forward with window install nearly complete and balconies in place. Construction of 133 Seaport is set to be complete in October of this year with 135 Seaport not far behind in late 2019. Both 133 & 135 Seaport are part of the Regent Collection. Regent Hotels & Resorts, known the world over for award-winning, white-gloved five-star service, will bring a sense of style and attention to service detail second to none to EchelonSeaport.
EchelonSeaport's first two stories and will be centered around Autumn Lane, a new pedestrian mall, and Harbor Square, a new courtyard. Multiple public access points will be added to create a vibrant streetscape featuring outdoor seating on multiple levels, distinctive artwork, and beautiful landscaping.
A Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for Boulevard on the Greenway, the 36 unit luxury condo building overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The project also includes just over 3,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Residents will have access to an automated parking system, fitness center, and club room.
Final Sections of Glass Facade Install Underway on Penthouse Levels of One Dalton
With a spring opening fast approaching, the final pieces of One Dalton's glass facade are being put in place. These last sections will enclose the duplex penthouse homes on the building's 60 & 61st floors. One Dalton will be the tallest residential tower in New England at 740 feet with the upper floors containing 180 private luxury condos. Underneath will be a Four Seasons luxury hotel with 215 rooms.
At the base of the tower, work is also being completed on the building's grand entrances, one for the hotel and one for residences.
Both residents and guests of the hotel will have access to numerous amenities including a fitness center, spa, and indoor pool. Construction is set to be complete in April.
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.
With an investigation by the Gaming Commission putting the gaming license of the Encore Boston Harbor in question work still continues on the 3 million square foot project. Steve Wynn has filed a lawsuit to block the release of the report, claiming it will violate his privacy rights. Amidst these questions, The Encore marquee has been put in place that will welcome guests this coming June.
The $2.5 billion project will feature over 600 luxury hotel rooms along with 210,000sf of gaming area. A public waterfront park is also being constructed along the Mystic River. Along with interior work, road improvement work has also started around the development.
Window Install Ongoing for 133 Seaport at EchelonSeaport
Window and facade install is ongoing for 133 Seaport Boulevard, the flagship residences at EchelonSeaport. The first phase of this 1.3 million square foot project will feature 255 luxurious condos. As the project progresses the array of outdoor terraces the tiered design will create really begin to stand out. Along with these private outdoor spaces, residents will also have access to the building's 60,000 sf of amenity space including 3 distinct pools, various lounge spaces, and a state of the art fitness center. Construction of 133 Seaport is expected to be complete in late 2019.
In total EchelonSeaport will feature 717 residences along with 125,000sf of restaurant and retail space. Full completion of the project is expected in 2020.
A luxurious model unit is now ready for Boulevard on the Greenway, the upcoming 36 unit condo project situated overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway.
Along with the condos, the development will include 3,550 sf of ground floor retail. A historic building on site designed by notable architect Charles Bulfinch has also been preserved and integrated into Boulevard on the Greenway's facade.
Concrete Core Climbing at 314 Main Street in Kendall Square
The concrete core is climbing for site 5, 314 Main Street, as part of MIT's Kendall Square Initiative. The upcoming 17 story building will be home to Boeing, who has leased 100K sf of space in the project along with the new 57K sf MIT Museum. The building will also feature retail and restaurant space on the ground floor. Construction is expected to be complete in 2020.
Framing is ongoing for the addition to One Broadway as part of the MIT Kendall Square Initiative. One Broadway will be home to the 19,000 square foot Roche Brothers Marketplace. The updated ground floor will also include a restaurant and an updated lobby. Construction on One Broadway is set to be complete in Summer 2019.
One Dalton has been rising to its full height for the past several years, changing the face of the Boston skyline. Now BLDUP has been given a sneak peek inside the luxurious $750 million project and we were not disappointed.
First stop the construction elevator to the 61st floor. At 740 feet, One Dalton will be the tallest residential tower in New England. The top floor along with the 60th below will be home to three ultra-luxurious Penthouse Estates. The 360-degree views, even on a cloudy day are nothing short of amazing. You’ve got Fenway Park, The Charles River, Cambridge, Downtown, and you could practically reach out and touch the Prudential Center. On a clear day, I’m told you can see the Berkshires.
View of Fenway Park from the 61st floor
Along with the views, the Penthouse Estates will each feature Blue de Savoie polished marble countertops and backsplashes paired with SieMatic cabinets, bathrooms featuring heated glazed marble floors and Dornbracht fixtures and a double-height terrace complete with outdoor fireplaces. There is also a service corridor neatly tucked into the back of each unit that will allow the hotel staff to deliver packages, dry cleaning, or room service unnoticed. Two of these homes are already sold, with the third remaining available at $40 million. Debbie Collins, Director of Sales for Carpenter & Company tells BLDUP the residences at One Dalton are the fastest selling residential development in Four Seasons history. And this is without advertising or marketing. The developers at Carpenter and Company, have run a whisper campaign to date. This word of mouth coupled with the Four Seasons brand has brought in buyers from throughout Boston and beyond.
Floors 26 to 61 of the tower are residential space with no more than 6 units on a given floor. There will be 6 elevators total allowing for easy access to these sky-high condos. The residents will have access to all the hotel amenities below along with the 50/50 Club, a private residents only space on the 50th floor. The development team is converting what would have been a $12 million condo into additional amenity space for the elite homeowners.
After taking in the views, we venture down to the lower floors to check in on the hotel portion of the building. Here finishes are being installed and a sophisticated blend of textiles and textures gives the hotel the opulent feel you would expect from a five-star resort. Every attention has been paid to detail from the millwork on the closets to the door handles that are shaped to look like the building.
The One Dalton shaped door handle
There will be 215 hotel rooms in total in this prime location between Back Bay and the South End.
A corner suite featuring floor to ceiling windows
A spacious custom millwork closet
A stylish black vanity featured in the hotel bathrooms.
Next, we make a stop on the 7th floor, the entire space dedicated to Health and Wellness. There will be a spa, fitness center, and 65 ft curved lap pool. Unfortunately, the pool was covered during our visit but you could still see the beautifully tiled walls and comfortable design of the space. We also saw what will be the fitness space, as with the rest of the building it features numerous large windows for an airy, open feel. We were then able to see what will be one of the luxurious ballroom spaces. Even through the construction, you can see how impressive these spaces will be when complete.
The 65-foot curved lap pool will offer guests and homeowners a year-round retreat.
A pre-function space leading to an opulent ballroom.
Heading downstairs again, we hit the 2nd floor, food, and beverage, which will feature Zuma, Izakaya-style Japanese dining. Zuma’s culinary concept features a main kitchen, sushi counter and robata grill offering modern, sophisticated Japanese cuisine.
As we exit past the site of the upcoming 5,000sf park, I learn what might be my favorite little gem of information about the property, all the sidewalks surrounding the project will be heated. It seems the development and design teams really have thought of everything. With an expected opening in just several months, April 2019, we can’t wait to see One Dalton complete.
One of what will be two grand entrances to One Dalton (separate for the hotel & residences).
Install of the glass facade for the 61 story, 740-foot tower is nearing its apex at One Dalton. The massive new Four Seasons Hotel and Residences will include 180 luxury condominiums and a 215 room hotel. Building amenities will include a lap pool, fitness center, salon, and 50th-floor residents lounge. There will also be a new 5,000 square foot park built at the tower's base.
Big Night Entertainment Group Confirms Restaurant and Nightclub
Back in March BLDUP reported that a lease had been signed by Big Night Entertainment Group for 15,236 square feet in the Promenade area of Encore Boston Harbor casino and hotel. The New England based entertainment group has formally announced plans for the space within the $2.5 billion casino this week.
The group said that the restaurant will be called Mystique, and the nightclub will be called Memoire. The restaurant will feature an Asian-fusion menu and will seat more than 530, including a 94-seat lounge with wraparound bar. The nightclub will overlook the resort’s casino floor and will accommodate up to 600 people.
Cottonwood Discusses EchelonSeaport's Progress & Design at ULI Fall Meeting
From the corner of the convention center looking out onto the rising development that will be EchelonSeaport, Becky Mattson head of the Boston/East Coast Office of Cottonwood Management, provided insight into the development team's design and progress on the massive project.
At around 1.3 million sf, EchelonSeaport is the second largest construction project in Boston currently just behind the Encore Boston Harbor. The three-tower structure is being built in phases with window and facade installation underway on the first tower at 133 Seaport Blvd. The development team expects completion of this first phase in just about 1 years time.
For the design, Cottonwood chose to work with two architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and CBT Architects. KPF was chosen to bring an international flair to the project and CBT to ensure the interior finishes appealed to the local market. Ms. Mattson also discussed how the distinct stepped design of the buildings will allow for numerous coveted corner units and the steps create amazing outdoor terrace space with harbor or ocean views.
EchelonSeaport will also offer 60,000sf of amenity space designed by Jeffrey Beers to be "spaces people actually use, not just nice looking in a brochure". Along with three pools, a fitness center, and a wine tasting room, one of the most unique amenities will be an innovation space with programming from the MIT designX program.
Once fully complete in 2020 EchelonSeaport will bring a new lifestyle concept to the ever-changing Seaport District.
A view of the current construction progress from Seaport Blvd.
A large crowd turned out Tuesday morning for the topping off and a special look inside the impressive construction site that will be EchelonSeaport. After almost 1 year of construction the final beam for 133 Seaport Boulevard signed by the construction team, project workers, and the crowd, was put in place.
Pictured Above: The final beam for EchelonSeaport
The nearly 4-acre site, once home to a series of parking lots will include 717 residential units and 125,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space. Alex Shing, CEO of Cottonwood Management, told the crowd EchelonSeaport will be the flagship community for his team and looks forward to Cottonwood’s continued involvement in Boston. Cottonwood's goal with EchelonSeaport was to use the most advanced urban planning to construct a project that integrates with the existing community. The large central courtyard will host open-air markets and public events that will bring the neighborhood and residents together.
Mayor Walsh also addressed the crowd, thanking the development team for their commitment to the City of Boston and their efforts in helping Boston reach its goal of 53,000 new units of housing by 2030. Walsh also applauded the innovative design, making special mention of the sky bridge that connects the buildings.
Pictured above: A view from the courtyard inside EchelonSeaport, looking up at the sky bridge.
EchelonSeaport will offer residents 5-star white glove service along with 60,000 square feet of amenities including 3 pools, indoor basketball court, golf simulator, and open-air dog run. Completion of the project is expected in phases between late 2019 and early 2020.
Concrete Core Construction Underway at 314 Main Street
The first tower crane is now in place at 314 Main Street, lot 5 of MIT's Kendall Square revamp, with the second crane to be installed in just a few days time. Work is also ongoing for the concrete core of the upcoming 17-story building that will be home to Boeing, the world's largest aerospace company, who has leased 100,000 square feet of the project. 314 Main Street will also house the new 57,000 square foot MIT Museum and feature retail and restaurant space on the ground floor.
The Benjamin & Via in Boston's Seaport District has been refinanced for $468 million via American General Life Insurance Company.
The Benjamin & VIA encompass Boston’s largest mixed-use project in over 30 years, spanning 1.5 million residential and retail square feet over three acres of land. Located in the heart of the Seaport District, The Benjamin (22 stories tall) and VIA (20 stories tall) are built to the highest standard of modern luxury and feature sweeping Boston skyline and Boston Harbor views
With expected opening in late September, interior finishing is wrapping up at Boulevard on the Greenway. The 36 unit luxury building, overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway is already 75% sold according to Sales Manager, Josh Carr. Resident amenities on the project are set to include concierge service, a club room, fitness center, pet spa and state-of-the art automated parking.
Steelwork Installed for Pedestrian Bridge at EchelonSeaport
EchelonSeaport representatives have announced that the framework for the building's pedestrian bridge has now been installed. The unique design will connect two of the towers in this 1.3 million-square-foot project in Boston's Seaport. In total the development is set to include 447 luxury condos along with 270 rental units. All residents will have access to the projects three pools, sun decks and numerous other resort style amenities.
The first two floors of EchelonSeaport will also include retail and restaurant space centered around a new pedestrian mall and courtyard. Construction of EchelonSeaport with be completed in phases between late 2019 and early 2020.
The highly anticipated One Dalton tower has topped off on this sweltering August day. The $750 million project will be the tallest residential tower in New England at 740 feet and 61 stories tall and will consist of 712,500 square feet of residential, hotel and retail space. One Dalton's upper floors will contain 180 private luxury condominium residences. Underneath will be a Four Seasons luxury hotel with 215 rooms.
One Dalton building amenities will include a lap pool, a fitness center, a salon with manicure, pedicure and hair styling services, a private yoga and pilates studio, a golf simulator room with a wet bar and a private theater room. A 50th floor Private Residents’ Club Lounge designed by Thierry Despont will feature a dining room, a lounge area, a fully appointed bar and catering kitchen and a terrace with sweeping views of the Charles River and Boston skyline. A new 5,000 square foot park will be constructed at One Dalton's ground level.
Boeing will be Kendall Square Initiative’s First Major Tenant
Boeing, the world’s largest aerospace company, will soon become part of the MIT/Kendall Square innovation fabric. The company has agreed to lease approximately 100,000 square feet at MIT’s building to be developed at 314 Main St., in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge.
The agreement makes Boeing the first major tenant to commit to MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative, which includes six sites slated for housing, retail, research and development, office, academic, and open space uses. The building at 314 Main St. (“Site 5” on the map above) is located between the MBTA Red Line station and the Kendall Hotel. Boeing is expected to occupy its new space by the end of 2020.
“Our focus on advancing the Kendall Square innovation ecosystem includes a deep and historic understanding of what we call the ‘power of proximity’ to address pressing global challenges,” MIT Executive Vice President and Treasurer Israel Ruiz says. “MIT’s president, L. Rafael Reif, has made clear his objective of reducing the time it takes to move ideas from the classroom and lab out to the market. The power of proximity is a dynamic that propels this concept forward: Just as pharmaceutical, biotech, and tech sector scientists in Kendall Square work closely with their nearby MIT colleagues, Boeing and MIT researchers will be able to strengthen their collaborative ties to further chart the course of the aerospace industry.”
Construction Continues at One Broadway as Part of MIT Kendall Initiative
Construction is ongoing at One Broadway in Kendall Square to make way for the new 19,000 square-foot Brothers Marketplace. Roche Bros. Supermarkets signed a lease on the space late last year, bringing a much-needed grocery store to Kendall Square.
The updated ground floor at One Broadway will also include a restaurant, new space for Dunkin Donuts, and an updated lobby. Work on this part of the project is set to be complete in summer 2019. These improvements are part of a larger MIT Kendall Initiative which includes 6 new buildings for this Cambridge neighborhood.
Frame construction is underway at one of the Seaport's most anticipated new developments, EchelonSeaport. The massive project is set to include 717 residences and 125,000 square-feet of retail space. Resident amenities will include multiple pools, a two-story basketball court with tech wall that can broadcast games or fitness classes, and an innovation center. The retail space component of the project will be centered around a new pedestrian mall and public courtyard featuring outdoor seating on multiple levels.
The multi-phase project is set to be completed between late 2019 and early 2020.
Scheduled to open June 2019, construction continues at Encore Boston Harbor. As the project moves along, road improvement work has started in areas around the casino resort including Sullivan Square, Route 99/Broadway, Sweetser Circle and Santilli Circle.
The 34-acre, 3 million square foot five-star casino opening June 2019 will feature a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower will contain over 600 luxury hotel rooms with a standard room size of over 600 square feet. When complete, the project will transform Everett, surrounding cities, and impact the other casinos across New England.
Construction at One Dalton has reached the 60th floor and is proceeding at a clip of about one and a half floors per week. Upon completion, One Dalton will be the tallest residential building in all of New England – transforming Boston’s skyline at 742 feet tall.
One Dalton, which will house 215 Four Seasons hotel rooms and 160 luxury condominium residences, is scheduled top off in July 2018 and the new five-star Four Seasons hotel will be open for business in March 2019.
New Boston Ventures Continues Redevelopment of Boulevard on the Greenway
Developer New Boston Ventures - alongside construction teams Commodore Builders and Walsh Brothers - is currently redeveloping Boulevard on Greenway, a four-story building & 19th-century warehouse with 36-condo residential complex. Finegold Alexander Architects is the lead architect and LDa Architecture & Interiors is handling the interior design. The building is located at 110 Broad Street beside the Rose Kennedy Greenway in downtown Boston. The Boulevard’s amenities will include concierge service, a club room, a fitness center, a pet spa, and an underground parking garage with room for 48 vehicles. Renovations are currently ongoing, with the project slated for completion by August 2018.
Work continues on the exterior of One Dalton with over half of the exterior glass facade now in place. As the 61 story tower continues to take shape it's presence has already changed the iconic Boston skyline.
With an expected opening of first quarter 2019, pre-sales continue as buyers look to join this exclusive new community.
One Dalton will be the tallest residential tower in New England at 740 feet and will consist of 712,500 square feet of residential, hotel and retail space. One Dalton's upper floors will contain 180 private luxury condominium residences. Underneath will be a Four Seasons luxury hotel with 215 rooms.
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.
Installation of plumbing fixtures, plumbing equipment, and all associated plumbing piping has begun. Work is being performed in Tower 1, Tower 2, and Tower 3 (Levels 1-26).
The three mixed-use towers containing 1.3 million square feet are under construction across 3.5 acres in the Seaport District. 717 residences and 125,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space will be built at EchelonSeaport. Two of the EchelonSeaport towers will contain 447 luxury condominium residences, and one tower will contain 270 luxury apartment residences.
EchelonSeaport Condos to Range from $700k to $5 million
Condo prices at EchelonSeaport to start from $700,000 and rise to $5 million. The property, slated to open in late 2019, has units ranging from studio to three-bedrooms. The project, made up of three buildings, will contain 717 apartments and condos in total. The 447 condos set to hit the market make up for the most available in the seaport district as of May 2018.
Resident amenities at EchelonSeaport will include two signature outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, engaging courtyards and oversized private terraces. Retail and restaurants will be located across EchelonSeaport's first two stories.
The BPDA has issued a building permit to The Children's Hospital Corporation for their new clinical building at 55 Shattuck St, adjacent to their building at 300 Longwood Ave.
The Permit, with a valuation of $377,007,487, includes a "parent permit" for the base building as well as a "child permit" for the foundations and for interior fit-up. The foundation permit may be issued as a whole or may be further broken down into three separate parts, mini piles, mat foundation serving the bridge, and the main building slurry wall.
The upcoming project, construction of a new $1 billion state-of-the-art clinical building at its’ Longwood Medical Area campus will feature a 16-story building, which will also have four floors below grade and will expand the hospital’s bed capacity by 71, from 401 beds to 472 total. 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.
As construction continues, the MIT Kendall Square Initiative project is expected to offer significant benefits for Cambridge, for MIT, and for the region.
It will bring new housing units to one of the most sought-after parts of the city, as well as major new research and development facilities to what is already, as The Boston Globerecently described the Kendall area, “the beating heart of biotech. And if Kendall is the beating heart, then MIT must be the aorta. …”
The new facilities will provide even greater opportunities for interaction and cross-fertilization between the biotech and other high-tech companies that have flocked to the area, and the students and faculty of MIT, whose presence helped draw those companies in the first place.
The intermingling of these academic and commercial communities should further enhance the already abundant opportunity for partnerships, internships, collaborations, and serendipitous meetings.
The large development 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.
With an expected opening in late August 2018, the Penthouse Unit in the new luxury condo building has just hit the market for $5.75 million. The building is located at the heart of the Rose Kennedy Greenway, directly across from Rowes Wharf in Boston's legendary Waterfront, The Boulevard on the Greenway is the newest residential addition to this quintessential Boston neighborhood.
Comprised of a collection of 36 stunning new construction homes sprouting from a beautifully restored historic Charles Bullfinch building, nestled between Boston’s Downtown and Waterfront neighborhoods.
Building & unit amenities include a state-of-the-art automated parking system, private fitness center, concierge services, resident's club room, private outdoor spaces, duplex penthouse residences, pet spa, bike Storage, and private resident storage.
Big Night Entertainment Group Adds to Growing Portfolio
BNEG has committed to lease approximately 15,236 square feet in the Promenade area of Wynn Boston Harbor casino and hotel.
The entertainment group, which operates 12 venues in Connecticut (Foxwoods Casino) and Massachusetts is continuing to build off of their success with their most recent Seaport District projects, The Grand and Scorpion Bar.
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
Wynn Boston Harbor casino staying on target for 2019
Work has begun on the 21st floor of the Everett superstructure casino hotel. The project, which began in August of 2016, is slated for a completion date of June 2019.
In addition to work on the hotel, the state of the art convention center's (above) roof and facade are also nearing completion. The center will rival that of the neighboring Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
Interior installation of specialty curved escalators have also begun in the building. Wynn officials are leaving no detail overlooked as this multi-billion dollar development is the most expensive in the history of Massachusetts.
The project timing can be attributed to Touchplan, a construction software that allows developers to plan, impliment, 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.
Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condominiums in Financial District top off
The 12-story concrete superstructure of Boulevard on the Greenway, a new-construction luxury condominium building located in the heart of the Financial District overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, has topped off. With concrete pouring complete, installation of Boulevard on the Greenway’s panelized facade system has begun, with tan brick exterior finish panels already reaching the building’s second floor. The facade will integrate an existing historic brick facade designed by acclaimed architect Charles Bulfinch, which dates back to the early 1800s. Inside the building, steel framing is being erected in order to partition individual residences.
Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 31 luxury condominium residences now on sale, as well as five artist lofts and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. Underneath the building will be a two-level Park Plus underground automated parking garage, a first for Boston. The following is a photograph of Boulevard on the Greenway:
Interior amenity spaces of EchelonSeaport luxury residences revealed
Noted interior designer Jeffrey Beers International (JBI), who has designed amenity spaces at luxury residential towers such as New York City’s One57, has been selected to design the lobbies and amenity spaces at the two luxury condominium towers of the $900 million EchelonSeaport mixed-use development. Beers will design spaces such as the towers’ sky lounges, wine room, fitness spaces, outdoor pool terraces and library. Both towers will be connected by a landmark pedestrian bridge. “Threading together art and intellect, simplicity and culture, EchelonSeaport will attract residents that desire a residence exuding sophistication, community and authenticity,” said Alex Shing, Chairman and CEO of EchelonSeaport co-developer Cottonwood Management, in a prepared statement.
The condominium towers’ interior design will place a strong emphasis upon community. “We have a wealth of amenities, especially outdoor spaces, which blend into indoor spaces, each servicing diverse functions and appealing to different tastes,” said Beers in a prepared statement. “They share a common goal: Echelon’s amenities are an extension of the home, they are about expanding the definition of your residence, bringing people together and creating connectivity.” Beers will also design the lobby and amenity spaces of EchelonSeaport’s apartment tower, whose design will be inspired by the historic Fort Point neighborhood and will blend modern luxury with a unique urban, industrial style.
The foundations of EchelonSeaport’s three towers are just about complete, and the towers’ elevator cores are beginning to rise out of the ground and into the growing Seaport skyline. Two tower cranes have been erected, with a third crane soon to rise. Completion of EchelonSeaport is slated to be phased between late 2019 and early 2020. The 1.3-million-square-foot development will feature 717 luxury residences, including 447 condominiums and 270 apartments, and 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of EchelonSeaport:
1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport development secures $480 million construction loan
Natixis has provided $480 million in construction financing towards Echelon Seaport, a 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development underway in the Seaport District that is one of the City’s largest projects currently underway. The loan will finance the $900 million Echelon Seaport’s 733 luxury apartment and condominium residences and 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The 3.5-acre Echelon Seaport will be constructed across three new buildings and is the latest installment in the Seaport District’s 23-acre Seaport Square development plan. “We’re thrilled to be financing Boston’s Seaport Square project, which illustrates our ability to provide borrowers tremendous capital markets access and unique, tailored deal structures and financing solutions,” said Greg Murphy, Natixis’ Americas Head of Real Estate Finance, in a prepared statement.
Natixis assembled a number of international banks to contribute towards the loan. “A Class A, quality asset in a gateway city is very attractive for a lot of foreign lenders,” said Murphy. Natixis recently opened a new 128,000-square-foot Boston office at the new-construction 888 Boylston office building in the Back Bay, and aims to increase its’ Boston presence in 2018. “Boston has had a lot of tech growth, given all of the research universities there,” said Murphy. “We believe Boston is a solid performer and has very strong demand drivers for office and multifamily properties.”
Construction of Echelon Seaport began in March 2017, with completion expected by the first quarter of 2020. The development will be the first to bear proponent’s Cottonwood Management’s new Echelon lifestyle brand, and will feature amenities including a wine room, outdoor and indoor swimming pools, a spa treatment room and an innovation center. Residences will feature luxurious finishes such as floor-to-ceiling windows, Porcelanosa cabinetry and porcelain tile. Over 400 of Echelon Seaport's residences will be condominiums, and the remainder will be apartments.
One Dalton hotel component tops off, work on upper floor condominiums begins
One Dalton’s 23-story, 215-key hotel component has topped off, and work has begun to construct the tower’s 180 luxury condominium residences and exclusive amenity spaces on floors 24 through 61. About 20 stories of One Dalton’s blue glass curtain wall facade have been constructed, and the tower is now beginning to surpass the height of the adjacent 30 Dalton and Sheraton Hotel towers on its’ way to becoming the Back Bay and Boston’s third-tallest tower at 61 stories and 740 feet high. One Dalton’s concrete superstructure is expected to top off in mid-2018, with completion expected by late 2018.
Condominiums at One Dalton are now on sale starting at $2.75 million. At the tower's summit will be three two-level Penthouse Estates, two of which are reportedly under agreement. One of the Penthouse Estates has reportedly sold to Dell Technologies Chairman & CEO Michael Dell, and one reportedly sold for about $40 million. A third Penthouse Estate is currently offered for $40 million.
Amenities at One Dalton will include a pool and fitness center, a salon, a yoga and pilates studio and a 50th floor Private Residents’ Club Lounge featuring an indoor lounge and dining area as well as an outdoor terrace with sweeping views of the Charles River and Boston skyline. The following are photographs of One Dalton:
Roche Brothers supermarket coming to $1.2 billion MIT Kendall Square Initiative development
Leading local grocer Roche Brothers will open a 19,000-square-foot Brothers Marketplace grocery store at One Broadway in Kendall Square, part of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s multi-phased $1.2 billion Kendall Square Initiative mixed-use development. The grocery store is expected to open in summer 2019 and will share One Broadway's repositioned ground floor with a restaurant and a new home for Dunkin Donuts. One Broadway's repositioning is part of the 1.8-million-square-foot MIT Kendall Square Initiative development, which will construct six new buildings in Kendall Square including approximately 888,000 square feet of office space, 115,000 square feet of retail, 450 graduate student housing units, 290 housing units and over 1.8 acres of open space.
A grocery store has reportedly been the most requested retail use for the development by neighborhood residents, local employees, and students. “The community’s desire for a grocery store was raised in every conversation that we had with stakeholders during our zoning process,” says Steve Marsh, Managing Director of MIT’s Real Estate Group, in a prepared statement. “It is so important to those who live and work in Kendall that we worked to incorporate it in the earliest possible phase of our development. Going forward, we believe that the market will also serve as an anchor for other retail that contributes to a vibrant neighborhood and greater sense of place in the square.”
Michael Dell scoops up second Boston penthouse at 61-story One Dalton tower
Dell Technologies Chairman & CEO Michael Dell has reportedly entered a contract to acquire one of three $40 million penthouse residences atop the 61-story One Dalton tower under construction in the Back Bay, which, following Dell’s acquisition of a Millennium Tower penthouse residence last year, would make Dell the owner of penthouses at both of Boston’s, and New England’s, tallest residential towers. Per a Wall Street Journal report, Dell’s penthouse will be approximately 7,300 square feet in size across two stories, with a 570-square-foot outdoor terrace.
Listed for sale at $40 million each, One Dalton’s penthouses are expected to be Boston’s most expensive ever sold, nearly 15% higher than the $35 million, 13,000-square-foot Millennium Tower penthouse acquired by billionaire John Grayken in 2016. Sales of condominiums at One Dalton have not yet closed. Dell purchased his 4,110-square-foot Millennium Tower penthouse for $10.9 million, closing on the residence in December 2016. Dell Technologies acquired Hopkinton, MA-based EMC Corporation for $60 billion in Fall 2016.
One Dalton will be Boston’s third-tallest building at 740 feet and 61 stories tall, featuring 180 private luxury condominium residences above a 215-room Four Seasons luxury hotel. Completion of One Dalton is expected in Fall 2018. The building has reached nearly half of its’ full height and is expected to top off in early 2018. The following is a photograph of One Dalton:
Wynn Boston Harbor casino superstructure nearing full height of 24 stories
The $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett is nearing its’ full height of 24 stories, on schedule for completion of framing by the end of 2017. A three-story steel section of the casino along the Mystic River has topped off, and concrete pouring of the casino’s 24-story tower has reached approximately the 15th floor. The tower will be 350 feet high and house over 600 luxury hotel rooms.
Following completion of framing, the casino’s facade will be installed. By the end of 2018, the casino will be sealed and interior finish work will commence. Wynn Boston Harbor is on schedule to open in summer 2019 and will be set over 34 scenic waterfront acres with a 210,000 square foot gaming facility featuring approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables, as well as a 24/7 public waterfront park featuring sweeping views of the Boston skyline. Wynn Boston Harbor will also include retail and restaurant space as well as a spa and health club. The following is a photograph of Wynn Boston Harbor, courtesy Cannistraro:
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:
Treviicos begins slurry wall construction for Boston Children’s Clinical Building
Underground construction specialist Treviicos, headquartered in Charlestown, MA, is at work constructing a slurry wall for Boston Children’s Hospital’s new $1 billion Clinical Building in the Longwood Medical Area. The building will be 11 stories high with four stories below grade, requiring a substantial slurry wall foundation to reinforce its’ superstructure and protect the building from groundwater. Accordingly, Treviicos will construct a three-foot-thick wall 790 linear feet long, with a maximum depth of 100 feet and average depth of 75 feet. Altogether, the wall will have a concrete surface area of 50,000 square feet.
Treviicos will use a combination of a one-to-two-level internal bracing system and a total of 50 tiebacks to support the Clinical Building’s slurry wall. Once the slurry wall is excavated, tiebacks will be installed within tieback sleeves injected into the slurry wall by Treviicos, and Treviicos will commence cement grouting along the excavated slurry wall in order to strengthen its’ concrete.
The slurry wall is expected to take 15 weeks to construct, after which construction of the building’s four below-grade and 11 above-grade floors will begin. The building's structure is expected to be complete in the fourth quarter of 2018, at which point exterior and interior finishing will begin in anticipation of the building's opening in the third quarter of 2021. Once complete, the 565,000-square-foot clinic will feature an expanded cardiovascular program, a new neonatal intensive care unit, individual rooms for patients and state-of-the-art technologies for pediatric care.
Underground construction specialist Treviicos, headquartered in Charlestown, MA, is at work constructing a 2,200-foot cutoff wall at the 143-mile Herbert Hoover Dike (HHD) earthen dam in Martin and Palm Beach Counties in South Florida, stabilizing and securing an aging resource that plays a crucial role in decreasing flood impacts for a large, level area surrounded by flood-prone Lake Okeechobee. Treviicos’ work will allow the HHD, which runs along the lake’s perimeter, to withstand severe weather events such as hurricanes, protecting the area’s residents and preventing damages to property and natural resources. The cutoff wall will minimize “piping”, existing erosion inside the HHD, stop the dam from leaking water and prevent further damage to the HHD by excluding groundwater.
Treviicos’ important work will refurbish and restore a structure that was placed on the Top 10 list of dams requiring reconstruction by the United States Army Corps Of Engineers in 2007. The cutoff wall will be built using both conventional and jet grouting cement construction tactics, with depths ranging from 50 to 77 feet. Treviicos began work at HHD in October 2016; work on the project is expected to last approximately 1 year and 8 months total, with completion expected in Summer 2018. The following are photographs of Treviicos at work at the HHD:
Boulevard on the Greenway concrete superstructure construction underway
Pouring of Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story concrete superstructure overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway, Downtown Boston and Boston Harbor is now underway following completion of the building’s slurry wall foundation by Treviicos. The concrete base slab and columns of the superstructure’s first floor have been poured, as well as the first level of Boulevard on the Greenway’s concrete elevator core. The superstructure’s second floor concrete base slab is now being poured, and a network of cables is being set into the concrete and hydraulically tensioned prior to the concrete's full curing in order to fully strengthen the concrete.
Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 31 luxury condominium residences now on sale, as well as five artist lofts and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. A two-level Park Plus automated parking garage with room for 35 cars will be located underneath the building, set within the building’s 53-foot-deep slurry wall built by Treviicos. An existing Charles Bulfinch designed historic brick facade on site, which is over 200 years old, will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story facade. The following is an aerial photograph of superstructure construction underway at Boulevard on the Greenway:
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:
Underground construction specialist Treviicos, headquartered in Charlestown, MA, is hard at work on the Southeast Louisiana (SELA) drainage program, a multi-year initiative designed to prevent flood damage in the City of New Orleans and its’ surroundings. The SELA project entails construction of concrete-covered canals along major streets such as Jefferson Avenue and Prytania Street in Orleans and Jefferson Parishes, allowing the streets to sustain major rainstorms and hurricanes and playing an important role in preventing future destruction such as the city experienced in the wake of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
Treviicos’ work involves improving soil conditions along the streets to provide support for the concrete canals. Treviicos is replacing the soil between and below two parallel lines of sheet piles along the streets with a soil-cement mass to eliminate under-seepage and create a bottom plug. Improving the streets’ soil is also allowing the general contractor to work in a dry and stable environment for subsequent operations, and saves time and money by requiring just one level of bracing as opposed to traditional retaining systems that require at least two levels of bracing for similar excavation depths. The following are photographs of Treviicos at work at SELA:
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.
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.
Treviicos completes slurry wall of 3.5-acre, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport
Treviicos has completed construction of the 104-panel slurry wall foundation of Echelon Seaport, a $950 million, 1.3-million-square-foot mixed-use development situated on 3.5 acres in the heart of the Seaport District. The slurry wall spans 2,172 linear feet, and has a total concrete surface area of 122,000 square feet. The first slurry wall panels along Seaport Boulevard are now being excavated, and concrete cap beams have been constructed at the top of the excavated panels. Echelon Seaport’s slurry wall has a maximum depth of 154 feet and an average depth of 65 feet; each panel is 30 feet thick.
Within the excavated section of the slurry wall, an internal horizontal bracing system has been installed to retain the slurry wall throughout excavation and foundation construction. Treviicos will use a combination of a one-to-two-level internal bracing system and a total of 349 tiebacks to support Echelon Seaport’s slurry wall. Tiebacks are now being installed along Seaport Boulevard within tieback sleeves injected into the slurry wall by Treviicos. Cement grouting is also underway along the excavated slurry wall in order to strengthen the wall’s concrete.
When complete, Echelon Seaport will feature 733 exclusive apartment and condominium residences and 125,000 square feet of premium retail and restaurant space, located steps from Boston Harbor. Construction of Echelon Seaport will span three years, with anticipated full completion by early 2020. The following are photographs of Treviicos at work at the 3.5-acre Echelon Seaport site:
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:
Treviicos completes slurry wall of Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condos
Treviicos has completed construction of the slurry wall foundation of Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story, 36-unit luxury condominium building overlooking the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The slurry wall has a maximum depth of 53 feet below the Greenway, with an average depth of 47 feet, and has a concrete surface area of 15,500 square feet. Concrete for the 353-linear-foot-long, 30-foot-thick slurry wall was poured from January to March.
Excavation of slurry wall panels at Boulevard on the Greenway hit rock bottom in June, at which point Treviicos installed a two-level internal horizontal bracing system to retain the slurry wall throughout construction. Treviicos will remove the bracing once Boulevard on the Greenway’s foundation is fully constructed and the superstructure has begun to rise in mid-September. A concrete cap beam has been nearly fully installed along the top perimeter of Boulevard on the Greenway’s slurry wall, and concrete is being chipped back from the slurry wall in order to give the wall a uniform shape. The slurry wall will enclose a Park Plus automated parking garage, a first for Boston, featuring room for 35 cars.
Located on a small, angled site in the heart of Downtown Boston parallel to the Central Artery highway tunnel, Boulevard on the Greenway’s slurry wall presented numerous design and construction challenges for the Treviicos team. With thousands of cars passing by the foundation daily, excessive vibration and prevention of wall movement were both design concerns. Thanks to the Treviicos team’s expert engineering, both of these issues have been resolved. Another challenge posed was the existing Charles Bulfinch designed facade on site, which is over 200 years old and will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s future facade. In order to retain the facade throughout foundation construction, an elaborate joint system was installed. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway site:
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.
Above: the $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport development, whose slurry wall foundation is engineered and built by Treviicos
The North American subsidiary of Italy-based Trevi Group, Treviicos was established in 1997 when the Group's Underground Engineering and Tunneling Division acquired Icos Boston, a company with a 40-year history of success and innovation in the United States. This move positioned Treviicos Corporation as a full-service ground engineering company able to provide advanced applications, a broad range of techniques, and the highest level of customer satisfaction.
Above: the $281 million, 450,000-square-foot elliptical 121 Seaport tower, whose slurry wall foundation is engineered and built by Treviicos
Treviicos specializes in Dam Rehabilitation, Slurry Walls, Cutoff Walls, Secant Pile Walls, Drilled Shafts, Jet Grouting, and Ground Improvement. The firm's vast experience in underground construction allows Treviicos to find innovative and cost effective solutions to even the most challenging projects. Treviicos' successfully completed ventures around the United States demonstrate the firm's commitment to quality, safety, and on-time project delivery.
Above: the $650 million, 1.5-million-square-foot Benjamin & VIA development, whose slurry wall foundation is engineered and built by Treviicos
Superstructure construction underway at Wynn Boston Harbor casino in Everett
Construction of the superstructure of the 24-story Wynn Boston Harbor casino, opening June 2019 over 34 waterfront acres overlooking the Mystic River, is well underway. Multiple tower cranes have been installed throughout the site, and are being used to lift the tower’s multiple structural steel girders for installation along the tower’s frame. Concrete pouring has also begun in order to construct the casino's main 24-story tower. The $2.4 billion, 3-million-square-foot casino has already reached four stories high, with the building’s foundation and 3,000-car underground parking structure complete. The long-contaminated site has been fully cleaned, ending the leaching of contaminants into the Mystic River and allowing for the eventual opening of the waterfront site to the public. The following are aerial drone views of Wynn Boston Harbor:
Excavation complete at Boulevard on the Greenway luxury condominiums, foundation concrete pouring underway
Boulevard on the Greenway’s underground parking structure has been fully excavated, and pouring of the structure’s concrete base slab is well underway. The historic, Charles Bulfinch-designed facade on site has been reinforced in anticipation of Boulevard on the Greenway’s 12-story structure’s rise into the Boston skyline; the facade will be incorporated into the new structure. Condominium residences at Boulevard on the Greenway are now on sale; 31 condominiums are available ranging from one to three bedrooms and including penthouse duplexes. Five artist lofts are also available at Boulevard on the Greenway, in addition to approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The following is an aerial photograph of Boulevard on the Greenway:
Concrete superstructure rising at One Dalton, New England’s future tallest residential tower
One Dalton future 61-story superstructure, which will be the tallest residential tower in New England, is rising rapidly and has reached over 10 stories high. At One Dalton’s base, the first glass curtain wall sections have been installed; the first glass panels were installed at One Dalton on June 22nd. Installation of mechanical systems is underway throughout the tower; on Level 7, installation of One Dalton’s pool is now underway. One Dalton is expected to top off in early 2018 and open in Fall 2018. The tower will feature 180 private luxury condominium residences above a 215-room Four Seasons luxury hotel. The following are photographs of One Dalton:
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:
Slurry wall foundation construction underway at $900 million Echelon Seaport mixed-use development
Construction of the $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport development’s below-grade slurry wall foundation is now underway. The 3.5-acre project site is being prepared for excavation of trenches for the wall’s first sections, which will be excavated using slurry wall rigs with hydromill and grab excavators. Steel reinforcement cages will be installed in excavated slurry wall trenches, after which concrete will be poured into installed reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall. Afterwards, slurry wall sections will be excavated, exposing the hardened concrete surrounding Echelon Seaport's foundation and underground parking garage.
Echelon Seaport, which broke ground last Wednesday, will feature three mixed-use buildings totaling 1.3 million square featuring 733 luxury residences, 125,000 square feet of first-class retail and restaurants and a 560-vehicle underground parking garage. Echelon Seaport is due to open in 2020; sales of the development’s condominium residences will commence this Fall. The following are photographs of Echelon Seaport:
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:
$900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot Echelon Seaport mixed-use development breaks ground
Echelon Seaport, a $900 million, 1.3-million-square-foot, three-tower mixed-use development located steps from Boston Harbor, has broken ground in the Seaport District. Formerly known as Seaport Square Block M, the development will be the inaugural project of Cottonwood Management’s new international Echelon lifestyle concept.
A groundbreaking ceremony for Echelon Seaport was held this past Wednesday (June 14th, 2017) on the project site, where initial site preparations are already underway. Guests at the groundbreaking ceremony included Governor Charlie Baker, Mayor Marty Walsh and world-renowned Chef Ming Tsai. "This project paves the way for more people to see the Seaport as a place to not only work in and visit, but also a place to live in and call home," said Mayor Martin J. Walsh. "I look forward to the Seaport continuing to become an innovative, welcoming neighborhood for all."
Boasting 733 luxury residential condominiums and apartments, Echelon Seaport will feature two signature outdoor pools, an indoor pool, expansive sun decks, engaging courtyards and oversized private terraces. Sales of Echelon Seaport condominiums will commence this Fall. Echelon Seaport’s three towers will be united by a destination piazza, featuring an architecturally striking landmark bridge, outdoor seating on multiple levels, distinctive artwork, beautiful tree canopies and more than 125,000 square feet of luxury restaurants and retail lining the multiple passageways and streets leading to the central courtyard.
With the Echelon innovation and luxury lifestyle brand, Cottonwood aims to elevate residential living with unparalleled amenities, extraordinary residential terraces and outdoor spaces, and world-class architectural design. “Boston’s Seaport is one of the most exciting neighborhoods in the world right now and is the perfect starting place for Cottonwood to establish the Echelon lifestyle brand,” said Alexander Shing, Chairman and CEO of Cottonwood Management. “Echelon Seaport will anchor the Seaport community with a new level of design, service, and lifestyle amenities. Our world-class team is delivering an intelligent approach to an engaged urban lifestyle with the highest standards of quality and design.” Next steps for Echelon include a new development in New York City located steps from the Empire State building on Fifth Avenue. The following are photographs from the Echelon Seaport groundbreaking ceremony:
Seaport Square Block M breaks ground next Tuesday, Ming Tsai VIP Guest
A groundbreaking ceremony for the $850 million Seaport Square Block M mixed-use development in the Seaport District will be held next Tuesday. Speakers at the ceremony will include Governor Charlie Baker and Mayor Marty Walsh, in addition to a Block M brand unveiling by Cottonwood Management Chairman and CEO Alexander Shing and a special presentation by James Beard award-winning chef and Blue Dragon restaurant owner Ming Tsai.
Tsai's presentation follows the chef's announcement that he will open a new fast-casual stir-fry restaurant called ChowStirs next year. Tsai's renowned Blue Ginger restaurant in Wellesley closed earlier this month after 19 years in business. Tsai has owned and operated the Blue Dragon restaurant in Fort Point since 2013. The Block M development team did not announce Tsai will open a restaurant at Block M. Block M is Cottonwood Management's premiere development in Boston and will feature 730+ luxury residential units with 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space, with completion expected by early 2020.
One Dalton residence sells for $40 million, setting new Boston condominium sale record
A luxury residence at the Back Bay’s upcoming 61-story One Dalton tower has reportedly sold for $40 million, which would surpass Boston’s current condominium sale record by $5 million. The sale of a 13,000 square foot penthouse at Downtown Crossing’s Millennium Tower closed last August for $35 million, claiming Boston’s current sales record. The Millennium Tower penthouse sold for nearly $2,700 per square foot; square footage of the One Dalton residence which sold for $40 million has not yet been revealed.
Sales of One Dalton’s 180 luxury residences have not yet closed; a number of residences are reportedly under agreement with sale prices starting at $2.5 million. In an interview with Bloomberg, Richard Friedman, CEO of One Dalton developer Carpenter & Company, said that One Dalton is “the fastest-selling residential project in Four Seasons history,” and that about 90% of One Dalton buyers are American, with a large majority hailing from Boston. “We’ve sold to no Russians. Maybe one person from China, but they have a relationship to Boston, and a few units to people from Europe or the Middle East,” said Friedman.
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:
Asphalt has been removed from the former 3.5-acre parking lot at Seaport Square Block M, and construction of the 1.012 million square foot development’s slurry wall has begun. An official groundbreaking ceremony for Seaport Square Block M will take place in May, with full development completion expected by early 2020. The $850 million Seaport Square Block M will feature 730+ luxury residential units with 125,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and restaurant space. The following are photographs of the Seaport Square Block M site:
Transformative MIT development aims to create an active, walkable Kendall Square
By Matthew M. Robare
View of the development along the Cambridge skyline
Featuring six new buildings totaling nearly 1.7 million square feet and pegged at $1.2 billion, MIT’s Kendall Square Initiative development is transforming Kendall Square with a pedestrian streetscape, state-of-the-art office space and an increased residential presence. Formerly dormant blocks and surface parking lots will be revitalized with new retail and public spaces topped off with offices and residences that will activate the area 24/7. The development’s SoMa (South of Main Street) phase began construction last fall, and the NoMa (North of Main Street) phase is moving through design review.
A map showing the Kendall Square Initiative buildings within the neighborhood
Updated plans for the NoMa phase were recently revealed. NoMa will construct Building One, a 290 to 300-unit apartment building, as well as 33,915 square feet of new retail and 15,995 square feet of new office space strategically positioned along Broadway and Broad Canal Way. As part of NoMa, the existing One Broadway office building will be improved with additional office and retail space as well as facade renovations and a new office tenant outdoor terrace. Building One will be located adjacent to the existing One Broadway building, replacing an existing surface parking lot, and will provide additional retail frontage along both streets. Building One will be 24 stories tall and will contain approximately 384,050 square feet. At least 53 apartments at Building One will be affordable under Cambridge’s inclusionary zoning ordinance.
Building One from Main Street, looking west
Building One will replace the existing 144-space surface parking lot with 150 garage parking spaces and over 350 bicycle storage spaces. The development team hopes to activate the Broadway frontage with a grocery store; the new retail along Broad Canal Way will complement the existing ground-floor retail along that street located in the Watermark Kendall development.
A view of Broad Canal Way activated through ground floor retail on both sides, with NoMa at right and Watermark Kendall at left
The SoMa phase, Buildings Two through Six, will build five new buildings while preserving three historic buildings on Main Street. Building Two will feature 300,000 square feet of office space and 18,000 square feet of retail at the corner of Main Street and Wadsworth Street. Building Two will replace MIT’s existing Eastgate graduate student housing building.
View of Building Two along Main Street
Building Three will contain approximately 280,000 square feet of research and laboratory space and will be built on the existing Hayward Street surface parking lot. Approximately 27,000 square feet of retail will be located at Building Three’s base.
View of Building Three along Wadsworth Street
Building Four will feature academic housing, with as many as 450 units for graduate students, as well as a 9,000 square foot childcare center and 28,000 square feet of retail.
View of Building Four from Main Street
Building Five will feature 360,000 square feet of office space, 20,000 square feet of retail and a new 65,000 square foot home for the MIT Museum. Building Five will replace the existing Kendall Square Lot and a one-story commercial building. Lastly, Building Six will be a two-story commercial building with 6,600 square feet of retail space.
View of Building Five from Courtyard
About 1,400 parking spaces will be built as part of SoMa, and two new Hubway stations are planned for the full development. A new head house for the Kendall Square MBTA Red Line station may be built. Other pedestrian-oriented improvements are in the works, such as raised crosswalks on Wadsworth Street, multiple new green spaces and the closure of Hayward Street to through traffic, creating a new retail and public space-lined pedestrian mall. The development of retail along the south side of Main Street and side streets will contribute to pedestrian use and make the MIT campus more connected to Kendall Square’s multiple public transit options.
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:
Seaport Square Block M pre-construction starts, official groundbreaking anticipated in May
Cottonwood Management, developer of the 1 million+ square foot Seaport Square Block M mixed-use development in the Seaport District, announced today that pre-construction work has commenced at Block M, and that an official groundbreaking ceremony will take place in May following pre-construction completion. Pasadena, California-based Cottonwood has also opened a new Boston regional office at the new 101 Seaport Class A office building steps from the Block M construction site. Part of the 101 Seaport space will serve as Block M's future residential sales center. "This is a major milestone for our team, to open our new office space and to start pre-construction in the same month. [Block M] is Cottonwood’s first Boston project to break ground, and we look forward to expanding in Boston along with our other activities on the East Coast,” says Alexander Shing, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Cottonwood. Full completion of Block M is expected in early 2020.
One Dalton concrete superstructure pouring underway
One Dalton's 61-story, 740 foot tall concrete superstructure, which will be New England's tallest residential building upon completion, has risen 2 full stories. The construction team is now at work pouring One Dalton's 3rd floor concrete slab. Concrete will continue to be poured at a rate of 1 floor per week; One Dalton is expected to top off in early 2018. One Dalton will feature 180 private luxury condominium residences positioned above a 215-room Four Seasons luxury hotel. The following are photographs of One Dalton:
MIT starts work on Kendall Square Initiative mixed-use development
Demolition is underway at the “SoMa” (South of Main Street) section of MIT’s six-building Kendall Square Initiative development in the heart of Kendall Square. Existing low-rise buildings are being cleared, and site work has begun to make way for MIT’s mixed-use expansion, which will include educational, office, residential and retail uses. In total, the Kendall Square Initiative will construct nearly 1.7 million square feet of new building space. The following are photographs of work underway on the MIT Kendall Square Initiative:
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:
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:
Boulevard on the Greenway luxury residences hit market
The first condominiums at the 12-story Boulevard on the Greenway luxury residential building in Downtown Boston have been listed for sale. Condominiums listed range from a 1,392 square foot eighth floor one-bedroom/two-bathroom unit offered at $1.695 million ($1,218 per square foot) to a 2,362 square foot tenth floor three-bedroom/four-bathroom unit offered at $3.835 million ($1,624 per square foot). A total of five condominiums have been listed for sale. Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 total residences, including 31 market-rate condominiums and five artist lofts.
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:
Treviicos completes Wynn Boston Harbor slurry wall, new interior renderings revealed
Treviicos has completed the 34-acre Wynn Boston Harbor casino’s slurry wall, which will support the 24-story, 3 million square foot casino facility and its’ 3,000 car underground parking garage. The slurry wall spans nearly half a mile at 2,215 linear feet long and consists of 106 30-foot-thick slurry wall panels an average of 85 feet deep. J. Derenzo Companies is now at work excavating the slurry wall panels and Wynn Boston Harbor’s three-level, 3,000 car underground parking garage. The parking garage excavation has reached within 10 feet of the garage’s future bottom.
Approximately 800 tiebacks are being installed along the slurry wall for stability reinforcement; 200 tiebacks have been installed, and 600 remain. Wynn Boston Harbor is on track to open June 3rd, 2019; the Massachusetts Gaming Commission voted Wednesday, October 26th to approve the casino’s final design and opening date. New interior renderings of Wynn Boston Harbor have been revealed; these can be found above. The following are photographs of the Wynn Boston Harbor slurry wall:
The following are photographs of tieback installation underway:
The following are photographs of pile driving underway:
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:
Treviicos preparing to commence Seaport Square Block M slurry wall construction
Treviicos has staged drill rigs on the Seaport Square Block M construction site in preparation for the project’s imminent groundbreaking. Treviicos will construct the Block M project’s slurry wall. A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for Block M in Late Fall 2016. The $850 million-plus mixed-use project will construct three mixed-use towers featuring approximately 733 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and 125,000 square feet of retail located in the heart of the Seaport District on what is now a surface parking lot. The following are photographs of Treviicos’ staging at Block M:
Developer Carpenter & Company has released an updated One Dalton website revealing the interior of One Dalton's exclusive condominiums. New interior and exterior renderings have been released along with a One Dalton video; these can be found above. Carpenter has also released a 360-degree animation showing views from the top of One Dalton.
Boulevard on the Greenway condos priced from $1.46 million, slurry wall pre-trenching underway
J. Derenzo Companies is hard at work preparing the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site for Treviicos to install the building’s slurry wall foundation. Derenzo is pre-trenching the slurry wall, excavating deep trenches along the slurry wall’s perimeter down to glacial till and refilling the trenches with flowable fill. The fill will serve as the base for Treviicos’ installation of guide walls for the slurry wall. The guide walls will in turn frame pouring of concrete to construct the slurry wall.
Derenzo is also relocating existing utilities to outside the perimeter of the slurry wall to make way for slurry wall construction. A concrete duct bank was poured today to contain relocated water piping, and a second duct bank will soon be poured for relocated television transmission lines and electrical wiring. An existing elevator core that extends deep into the construction site will also soon be pulled out of the ground to make way for the slurry wall.
The existing Charles Bullfinch-designed facade that will be incorporated into Boulevard on the Greenway is being fully reinforced in anticipation of start of foundation construction. The facade will be reinforced with concrete columns on Saturday (October 22nd, 2016) and further reinforced with steel beams on Monday (October 24th, 2016), at which point a concrete grade beam will be poured.
A sales gallery for Boulevard on the Greenway is now open at 88 Broad Street in Downtown Boston. One, two and three-bedroom condominiums are for sale priced from $1.46 million. An expanded website, TheBoulevardBoston.com, has been released with more information about Boulevard on the Greenway. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway site:
The following is the latest Boulevard on the Greenway sales brochure:
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:
One Dalton foundation wall complete, elevator core construction underway
Treviicos has completed One Dalton’s slurry wall, which has been fully excavated by The Welch Corporation. One Dalton’s foundation wall is fully built; a slurry wall is in place along Belvidere and Dalton Streets, and secant piles are in place along the Christian Science Center. The foundation cap beam, which holds the top of the foundation wall together, has been installed. Both the slurry wall and secant piles tie into bedrock over 150 feet below the building.
The 61-story elevator core is now being built. Metal formwork is being arranged at the foundation’s base to frame the concrete pour to construct the core. A 7 foot thick, 900 cubic yard wide concrete mat slab is now being poured at the core’s base. The following are photographs of the One Dalton construction site:
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:
Wynn Boston Harbor excavation underway, slurry wall nearing completion
Treviicos has nearly completed Wynn Boston Harbor’s slurry wall. Trenches for the wall’s final sections are being excavated using slurry wall rigs with hydromill and grab excavators. Steel reinforcement cages have been installed in excavated slurry wall trenches that range from 50 to over 120 feet deep. Treviicos is hard at work pouring concrete into installed reinforcement cages to complete the slurry wall.
Slurry wall sections have been excavated where concrete has been poured, exposing the hardened concrete. Following excavation, a cap beam, an extra layer of concrete, has been poured above the slurry wall to continue the foundation. J. Derenzo Companies is at work excavating both the slurry wall and Wynn Boston Harbor’s 3,000 car underground parking garage.
Completion of the garage is anticipated before the end of the year, at which point construction of the 3 million square foot casino’s 24-story, 350 foot tall steel frame will begin. Structural pile driving is now underway to support the future casino. The following is a video tour of Wynn Boston Harbor's slurry wall by Treviicos' David Gazda:
The following are photographs of the Wynn Boston Harbor construction site:
Excavation of Boulevard on the Greenway's underground parking structure is well underway. J. Derenzo Companies has cleared all debris from the construction site and is now excavating 29 vertical feet of soil. Boulevard on the Greenway's parking structure will be mechanically operated and will contain 48 stacked parking spaces. The 12-story, $58.7 million building will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail located in the heart of Downtown Boston on the Rose Kennedy Greenway. The following is an Instagram post by Kelly Roche showing an aerial view of the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site:
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:
Initial site work has commenced at Boulevard on the Greenway to prepare for the 29-foot-deep excavation of the building’s 48-space mechanically-operated underground parking structure. J. Derenzo Companies is clearing the construction site of debris from demolition of a pre-existing building and preparing for the upcoming excavation. Drilling is underway to install a temporary underground electrical conduit system to power the construction site. Treviicos will install a slurry wall foundation system for the underground garage and expects to start work in December.
A pre-existing historic Charles Bulfinch designed facade has been firmly secured and will be integrated into Boulevard on the Greenway’s future facade. The 12-story, $58.7 million Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of the Boulevard on the Greenway construction site:
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.
Two new Senior Vice Presidents join Seaport Square Block M development team, project groundbreaking imminent
In an official press release, developer Cottonwood Management announced Thursday that it has appointed Edward Vydra to Senior Vice President and Mike Schumacher to Senior Vice President of Development. Vydra and Schumacher will join Rebecca Mattson, Head of East Coast Development, in developing the $850 million-plus mixed-use Seaport Square Block M project, which is expected to break ground this fall. Vyrda will be the leading senior project executive for Seaport Square Block M, and Schumacher will oversee the successful implementation of all construction activities for the project.
The Seaport Square Block M project will entail the construction of three mixed-use towers featuring approximately 733 residential units, including both apartments and condominiums, and 125,000 square feet of retail located in the heart of the Seaport District on what is now a surface parking lot. “Cottonwood is preparing for a momentous few months with the groundbreaking of our first development project in Boston. Ed and Mike’s expertise is invaluable as we look to create a state-of-the-art residential community experience reflective of the Seaport District’s dynamic, innovative spirit,” says Alexander Shing, Chairman and CEO of Cottonwood Management Group.
Vydra and Schumacher have extensive backgrounds in commercial real estate (CRE). Vyrda previously served as a Managing Director at Taurus Investment Holdings and has also worked with Lend Lease Real Estate Investments, WS Development and CareMatrix. Schumacher previously held a 19-year tenure at Boston Properties, most recently serving as Vice President of Construction.
Albert J. Welch Corporation has nearly fully excavated One Dalton’s deep foundation. A total of 70 vertical feet of soil will be excavated. Three levels of horizontal internal brace frames have been installed along One Dalton’s secant pile wall to support the excavated foundation. Per the official construction website, secant piles at One Dalton tie into bedrock over 160 feet below grade. As excavation draws to an end, structural pile caps and H-piles are visible at the base of the parking structure. Excavation will soon be followed by pouring of concrete mat slabs along the deep foundation, with superstructure steel and concrete construction commencing shortly thereafter. Per the official construction schedule, concrete work at One Dalton is anticipated to commence in October 2016. At street level, One Dalton’s tower crane is erected in anticipation of superstructure construction.
One Dalton will be a 61-story, 740 foot tall tower with a 215-room Four Seasons Hotel at its’ base and 180 luxury condominiums above. Two below-grade basement levels will be built underneath One Dalton; neither will contain parking. Hotel guests and residents at One Dalton will have access to parking in the existing Christian Science Plaza underground garage; a new access ramp will be constructed off of Clearway Street through One Dalton’s basement. The following are photographs of excavation underway at the One Dalton construction site:
The following are photographs of One Dalton's foundation support structure:
The following is a panoramic photograph of the base of One Dalton's foundation:
The following is a photograph of One Dalton's tower crane:
Wynn Resorts acquires future casino service road from McDonald's for $1 million
Last Thursday (August 11th, 2016), Wynn Resorts acquired a 0.44-acre section of the 1.1-acre McDonald's restaurant property located at 128 Broadway next to the future Wynn Boston Harbor casino site for $1 million as recorded in the Middlesex County Registry of Deeds. Wynn Resorts will construct a service road for the future casino across the section acquired. The existing single-story, 3,180 square foot McDonald's building will be demolished; McDonald's will build a new location on the 0.65-acre property section retained. Wynn Resorts also granted an easement to McDonalds last Thursday over and across the future service road to allow access and egress. The terms of the deed for Wynn Resorts' acquisition include a prohibition from establishing an eating establishment on the property for 20 years. Wynn Resorts acquired Parcel 1 and Lot 2 on the plan below; McDonald's retains ownership of the 0.65-acre Lot 3. The existing McDonald's building, located across Lot 2 and Lot 3, will be demolished.
128 Broadway site plan
The following is the deed for Wynn Resorts' acquisition of 0.44 acres at 128 Broadway:
Summer Olympics slow Boulevard on the Greenway construction
Banker & Tradesman reports that construction of Boulevard on the Greenway has been put on pause due to required utility work coinciding with the 2016 Summer Olympics underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. In order to commence work on Boulevard on the Greenway's foundation, a major Comcast transmission line that traverses the construction site must be relocated. Comcast reportedly requested that developer New Boston Ventures hold off on relocating the cable until after the Olympics' closing ceremonies on August 21st, 2016. “They didn’t want any chance of interrupting service, so we’re not relocating the line until after the Olympics,” says Jim Alexander, a principal of Boulevard on the Greenway architect Finegold Alexander Architects. Following the Olympics, construction will commence on the foundation of the $58.7 million, 12-story Boulevard on the Greenway. The building will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
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:
In an official ceremony Thursday (August 4th, 2016), Wynn Resorts marked the start of construction at the $2.1 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino. Crews have been on site since last week making preparations for commencement of work. Construction officially kicked off with a celebratory blasting of airhorns led by Mayor Carlo DeMaria of Everett and Bob DeSalvio, Senior Vice President of Development at Wynn Resorts:
Wynn Boston Harbor will be a 3 million square foot five-star casino located on a 34-acre site along the Mystic River in Everett. The casino will feature a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower will contain over 600 luxury hotel rooms. An underground parking garage with capacity for approximately 3,000 cars will be constructed on site. Wynn Boston Harbor will also include retail and restaurant space. A 24/7 public waterfront park, including a boat dock, with sweeping views of the Boston skyline will be constructed along the Mystic River. Renderings of Wynn Boston Harbor are posted above; the following is a photograph of the Boston skyline as seen from Wynn Boston Harbor:
View of Boston skyline from Wynn Boston Harbor
Chris Gordon, President of Wynn Design and Development in Massachusetts, gave a rundown of the Wynn Boston Harbor construction timeline during the ceremony; the casino is expected to open in June 2019. Soil excavation by J. Derenzo Companies and slurry wall construction for Wynn Boston Harbor's foundation by Treviicos is currently underway. A rail line located adjacent to the casino site will be used to remove soil from the Wynn Boston Harbor site. A deal for steel procurement will be signed this week; steel frame construction will begin by the end of this year with completion of framing by the end of 2017. By the end of 2018, the casino will be sealed and interior finish work will commence. The following are photographs of soil excavation and slurry wall construction underway, including detailed construction descriptions:
Soil excavation underway
Soil excavation underway
Freight train along rail line that will be used to remove soil
Excavators and slurry wall rigs at 34-acre Wynn Boston Harbor site
Slurry wall grab excavator used to excavate slurry wall trenches
Slurry wall rig with hydromill excavator used to excavate slurry wall trenches
Slurry wall rigs
Slurry wall steel reinforcement cages; these will be lowered into excavated slurry wall trenches, and concrete will be poured inside
Slurry wall steel reinforcement cages
Concrete is poured into a 100 foot deep steel reinforcement cage; the cage has been lowered into an excavated slurry wall trench
Per an Instagram post today by subcontractor Liberty Construction Services, the Wynn Boston Harbor construction crew was at work today pouring concrete for the casino's construction field office. The field office will serve as the base of operations throughout construction. The Boston Globe announced last Friday that construction of the casino would "commence immediately" following the State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)'s denial of an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville that delayed the start of the project. The following is Liberty Construction Services' Instagram post:
Wynn Boston Harbor casino construction moving forward
The Boston Globe reports that Wynn Resorts will move forward with construction of the $2.1 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino. The State of Massachusetts' Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) has denied an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville that delayed the start of the project. Robert DeSalvio, president of Wynn Boston Harbor, states that construction crews are being "readied and mobilized" and that "construction of Wynn Boston Harbor and the eventual hiring of 4,000 union workers will commence immediately" now that the state's license has been granted. As part of the license's conditions, Wynn Resorts will increase public open space at the casino site by approximately two acres, creating a total of 6.5 acres of open space. The Wynn Boston Harbor project is on schedule to open early 2019.
More information about Wynn Boston Harbor is posted below.
$58.7 million financing secured for Boulevard on the Greenway
Commercial real estate capital intermediary Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) reports that it has secured $58.7 million in financing for Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story mixed-use building under construction in Boston's Financial District. A $46 million fixed-rate construction loan has been secured through East Boston Savings Bank, and $12.7 million in subordinate financing has been secured through Canyon Partners Real Estate. Currently under construction, Boulevard on the Greenway will feature 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
New Boston Ventures acquires air rights for Boulevard on the Greenway construction
Last Monday, July 11th, 2016, developer New Boston Ventures acquired air rights for construction of Boulevard on the Greenway for $594,000 from the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) as recorded in the Suffolk County Registry of Deeds. The Boston Business Journal reports that the air rights acquisition was necessary as a number of the units at Boulevard on the Greenway’s edges will extend into public right-of-way, namely the surrounding streets. According to BRA spokesperson Nick Martin, air rights takings are rather frequent for buildings with overhangs that extend into city property, and “a larger taking than you might normally see” was required for Boulevard on the Greenway. Boulevard on the Greenway will be a 12-story mixed-use building featuring 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
The following is the deed for New Boston Ventures’ air rights acquisition at 110 Broad Street, the future site of Boulevard on the Greenway:
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
Foundation brace frames are installed, and soil excavation is underway at One Dalton, a 61-story, 699-foot tall tower under construction in the Back Bay that will be New England’s tallest residential structure. One Dalton will feature a Four Seasons Hotel with 211 rooms in addition to 188 upper-floor residential condominiums and ground-floor retail. The following is a rendering of One Dalton:
As soil is excavated, the completed concrete form of One Dalton’s deep foundation is being unveiled. A total of 70 vertical feet of soil will be excavated at One Dalton. Once all soil is excavated and remaining concrete is poured along the foundation and underground parking structure, One Dalton will be ready to rise.
Wynn Resorts acquires 1.5-acre LTI Limo headquarters, located across from Everett casino site, for $11.3 million
This past Thursday, June 30th, 2016, Wynn Resorts acquired the world headquarters facility of livery company LTI Worldwide Limousine (LTI), located in Everett across Route 99 from the future site of the Wynn Boston Harbor casino, for $11.3 million as recorded in the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds. The acquired LTI headquarters span two parcels totaling approximately 1.5 acres.
It has been previously reported that Wynn Resorts will acquire additional properties surrounding the casino site. Wynn Resorts expects to open the $2 billion Wynn Boston Harbor casino in May 2019 pending an official decision on an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville. The appeal decision is expected to be issued shortly, and the casino could break ground this month.
LTI's headquarters are located across two parcels, 16/24 Mystic Street and 35 Bow Street. The following is a locus map of the parcels:
Demolition by J. Derenzo Companies nearly complete at Boulevard on the Greenway
J. Derenzo Companies' JDC Demolition division has just about fully demolished the former building at 110 Broad Street and the interior of 102 Broad Street. The historic facade of 102 Broad Street, designed by Charles Bulfinch, will be preserved and incorporated into the future facade of Boulevard on the Greenway, a 12-story mixed-use building featuring 36 residential units, including 31 luxury condominiums and five artist lofts, and approximately 3,550 square feet of ground-floor retail.
JDC Demolition excavator with demolition rubble
View along Broad Street
Metal bracing has been installed surrounding the historic Bulfinch facade to support and reinforce the facade throughout construction of Boulevard on the Greenway.
View of metal bracing from Broad Street
Metal bracing along Bulfinch facade exterior
View of metal bracing through Bulfinch facade
Metal bracing along interior of Bulfinch facade
Metal bracing along Bulfinch facade exterior and fastened to ground
More information about Boulevard on the Greenway is posted below.
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:
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.
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:
Wynn Resorts is reportedly putting groundbreaking on hold for the Wynn Everett Casino following an environmental appeal filed by the City of Somerville. The project had been scheduled to break ground in April 2016. Initial site preparation and decontamination work began in September 2015. Suffolk Construction is the project's construction manager.
At a public meeting held this evening at District Hall in Boston’s Seaport District, developer Cottonwood Management gave an update on construction progress at Seaport Square Parcels M1 and M2. Boston Global Investors (BGI) Managing Director John Hynes also gave an update on other active Seaport development projects.
Parcels M1 and M2 is Cottonwood Management’s first Boston-area development project. First approved in 2010, the project has been amended five times. Cottonwood Management, who acquired M1 and M2 in October 2015, filed a sixth amendment to the M1 and M2 development plan on December 31st, 2015. The amendment contains minor design changes and will be heard on March 17th, 2016 by the Boston Redevelopment Authority board. (Link to amendment.)
A second developer, Regent Hotels and Resorts, has joined the M1 and M2 development team and will manage the M1 and M2 property. Contrary to prior reports, there will not be a hotel or short-term rental apartments at M1 and M2.
The development team anticipates to file for building permits for M1 and M2 over summer 2016. Foundation work is anticipated to commence in October 2016 with construction of slurry walls. Foundation excavations and site work would be completed by September 2017. Ground floors of M1 and M2 would be completed by February 2018, with full project completion by August 2019.
M1 and M2 is tied with One Seaport Square for largest Seaport development, at 1.1 million square feet. Three towers are currently proposed as part of the M1 and M2 development plan. The towers would contain residential and retail space. The M1 and M2 project is designed to accommodate home ownership. Two of the towers would contain condominium units. The third would contain apartments and could potentially change to condominiums depending upon market conditions. A total of 750 residential units will be built at M1 and M2.
Two parking garages would be built at M1 and M2 with a total of 560 striped spaces. The MBTA Silver Line tunnel cuts directly through the project site and separates the parking garages. Both parking garage entrances will be located off of East Service Road, which will soon be renamed Pier Four Boulevard. The amount of affordable units at M1 and M2 is not yet finalized; there will likely be a balance of on site and off site affordable units to satisfy affordable housing requirements.
M1 and M2 is designed to accommodate and encourage pedestrian use. A new retail-lined pedestrian mall, Autumn Lane, will cut through the project site, leading to a central courtyard space, Harbor Square. There will be a total of four pedestrian connections into the M1 and M2 project.
In other news, CapitalOne 360 Cafe will occupy the ground floor of the under-construction Block H Offices on Seaport Boulevard. At One Seaport Square, The Benjamin (Parcel B) will top off within the next four weeks. Parcel C will follow shortly afterwards, topping off within the next eight weeks. Expected completion of One Seaport Square is in May 2017. 80% of retail space has been pre-leased at One Seaport Square. Across Seaport Boulevard from One Seaport Square, Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel’s shell is anticipated to be complete by July 2016, with the interior complete by November 2016.
Annual real estate taxes upon total buildout of the Seaport Square parcels will be $30M per year. An estimated 50,000 total construction jobs will be created across Seaport Square.
Deep foundation construction underway at One Dalton
Construction of One Dalton's deep foundation is underway. Piles are being driven ranging from 65 to over 160 feet below grade to provide structural support. The building's slurry wall is also under construction.
View from Dalton Street
View from Dalton Street
Apr 6, 2015
Initial foundation work underway at One Dalton
Initial foundation work is underway at One Dalton. Construction fencing has been installed, and slurry wall pre-trenching is underway. Foundation excavation and slurry wall construction will soon commence.
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:
Deeds have been recorded for Seaport Square parcels M1 and M2 transferring ownership of the parcels to Boston Seaport M1&2 Land LLC, a limited liability company comprised of Chinese private equity firm Celona Capital and California-based developer Cottonwood Management. Cottonwood Management will develop parcels M1 and M2.
Below are the deeds recorded today for parcels M1 and M2: