MIT Kendall Square Construction Recap
MIT's Kendall Square Initiative is rapidly progressing with various stages of construction underway on 4 sites within just a few blocks of Cambridge's most sought after neighborhood. At 314 Main Street, future home of Boeing, facade install is reaching the top floors and next door at 290-292 Maint Street exterior work looks to be nearly complete. The concrete core is also climbing on site #3, 238 Main Street, for what will be a lab/office tower.
Just down the block, the renovations to One Broadway are also rapidly progressing with the Roche Brothers supermarket set to open in the next few months. Work has also started on site #1, next to One Broadway, for the NOMA building. NOMA will include around 300 residential units, 2 levels of parking, and ground-floor retail/restaurant space.
Custom Facade Going Up at Harvard's Science and Engineering Complex
The custom facade system specially designed for Harvard's Science and Engineering complex is now being installed. The system includes 3 different facade elements to optimize energy efficiency and thermal performance. On the upper floors, a metal skin will cover the building to minimize solar heat gain in the warmer month, capture thermal energy in winter, and provide natural light and ventilation to the interior spaces. On the two below-grade levels transparent glass ribbons open toward the public courtyard but are still shaded by projecting slab edges and light shelves that will reflect natural light deep into the interior of the building. The central atrium of the project features large glass façades that also bring in more natural light. All three outer façade systems include operable vents to support natural ventilation for the facility.
On the interior of the project fireproofing is ongoing along with drywall finishing and MEP install. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.
Work Ongoing for Exterior Walls for BU Dental Addition
Construction is ongoing with on the exterior walls for the both 7-story & 2-story additions to Boston Unversity's Dental School in the South End. Metal stud framing is also being installed to support the exterior facade finishes. When complete the updated building will feature a total of nearly 126,100 square feet of office, instructional, clinical, and student collaborative space, incorporating the latest technology and creating multi-functional learning space. Construction is expected to wrap up in Spring 2021.
Seaport Square Block L4 Financed for $435 Million
The project at Seaport Square Block L4 has been financed via Citizens Bank for $435 million.
The upcoming project consists of a 17 story retail and office building to be constructed on a 1.63-acre parcel in Boston's Seaport Square.
The 525,000 square foot building will feature 81,000 square feet of retail space on the first two levels accompanied by 444,000 square feet of office space on the upper 15 levels.
Facade Panel Install Reaches Top Floors for MIT's 290-292 Main Street
Facade panels install is reaching the top floors of the new 28 story MIT building at 290-292 Main Street. The building, at the heart of Kendall Square, will feature around 450 units of graduate student housing on the upper floors along with office and retail space below. Underground parking for over 1450 cars will be available on-site. Construction is expected to be complete in late 2020.
Work Underway for Site 3 of MIT's Kendall Square Initiative
Work has started on the core for building 3 as MIT continues to change the face of Kendall Square. Building 3, located behind the Kendall Building at 238 Main Street will be a 12-story tower designed by Perkins+Will. The building will feature 27,000 square feet of ground floor retail along with 280,000 square feet of flexible lab and office space. on the upper floors. The redevelopment of the Kendall Building is a companion to the project as well. This early 1900’s building with its unique clock tower will become the main entrance to the complex with a 5 story atrium separating the existing and new buildings’ lower masses.
WS Development Officially Breaks Ground on New Amazon Office Space on Seaport Square Block L4
Governor Baker & Mayor Walsh were on hand earlier this week for the groundbreaking ceremony for WS Development's newest Seaport Project, 111 Harbor Way (Block L4). While construction has been underway for a few months, WS took the opportunity to officially break ground on the upcoming 17-story, 525,000 square foot project. Amazon will be expanding into 430,000 square feet of new office space at the building, creating 2,000 high-tech jobs, in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computing, and robotics engineering. Michael Touloumtzis of Amazon told the crowd Amazon continues to expand in Massachusetts partly due to the strong talent pool here and his team is excited to expand into the high-tech new space sometime in 2021.
Yanni Tsipis of WS Development touched on the importance of the project in expanding the public realm with an emphasis on green space. Harbor Square Park will be a focal point of the future Harbor Way, a 1/3-mile public promenade that will connect Summer Street to the water’s edge – a plan conceived of by the world-renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, possibly best known for their work on Manhattan’s High Line.
The event which featured mini-lobster rolls, steel drums, and some delicious Taiyaki Ice Cream was capped off with the firing of confetti cannons. Photos courtesy: Michael Blanchard
WS Development & Amazon to Break Ground on Tuesday in the Seaport
Seaport will usher in its next exciting wave of development with the groundbreaking of 111 Harbor Way (Block L4 of the Boston Seaport project), home to Amazon’s new office in the heart of the Seaport neighborhood. Attendees will include Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, the WS Development team and representatives from Amazon.
Slated for completion in 2021, the building is a central component of WS Development’s Boston Seaport project, the largest single real estate endeavor in city history, spanning 23 acres across 20 city blocks.
111 Harbor Way is a 525,000 square foot, 17-story building with two stories devoted to retail and restaurant uses. Last year, Amazon announced it would expand its Boston Tech Hub and create an additional 2,000 high-tech jobs, in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computing, and robotics engineering. To accommodate the new job creation, Amazon will be expanding into 430,000 square feet of new office space at 111 Harbor Way.
WS Development chose esteemed architectural firm Gensler to envision and design the tower. In a collaboration between its Boston and San Francisco offices, Gensler respected the authentic industrial context of the Seaport, creating a building that has a timeless aesthetic and a highly articulated expression.
The building’s design emphasizes human-focused elements, including outdoor terraces on alternating floors and the Paseo, a street-level interior public promenade lined with shops, cafes, and a welcoming central amphitheater. The Paseo will lead pedestrians to Harbor Square Park, a one-acre public space being constructed concurrently with the building, which will expand the public realm in the Seaport and create a vibrant new open space hub for the Seaport.
Harbor Square Park is a focal point of the future Harbor Way, a 1/3-mile public promenade that will connect Summer Street to the water’s edge – a plan conceived of by the world-renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, possibly best known for their work on Manhattan’s High Line. The park will create a hub of community activity across all seasons, hosting hundreds of public events annually including art and music performances, markets, and a public winter skating rink.
MEP Install Ongoing for Harvard's Science and Engineering Complex
MEP install is ongoing for Harvard's upcoming Science and Engineering Complex at the heart of their Allston Campus. Work also continues on the building facade, roof install, and landscaping for the plaza deck. The project will provide classroom, lab, and research space for over 1,800 science and engineering students, researchers, and faculty. A large interior atrium will welcome guests, and the upper floors will be wrapped with a performative façade that will optimize natural interior lighting and ensure optimal heating and cooling efficiency. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.
Recent Improvement to Logan Airport Terminal B Enhance Passenger Experience
Recent improvements to Logan Airport’s Terminal B included new ticketing and baggage claim areas along with new concessions. This major renovation also included the installation of 12,000 square feet of View Dynamic Glass. This technology allowed for the replacement of external louvers, mechanical sunshades and fritted glass and allows for more natural light to enter the Terminal without the heat and glare that can cause discomfort for passengers.
Boston Logan is just one location in a growing list of leading airports adopting dynamic glass and setting a new standard in delightful passenger environments. View Dynamic Glass has been installed at several airports to date, including Charlotte Douglas International Airport (CLT) Dallas Fort Worth International Airport (DFW), San Francisco International Airport (SFO), and Seattle-Tacoma International Airport (SEA).
Construction Ongoing for Underground Garage at Seaport Square Block L4
Construction is ongoing for the 2-story below grade parking garage that will sit below the upcoming office building on Seaport Square Block L4. The garage foundation slurry walls will be constructed on two sides, north and east and will serve as temporary earth support during construction. There will no foundation wall on the west and south sides of the project as the garage is intended to connect to future phases of development. Above the garage a 17 story retail and office building to be constructed. The 525,000 square foot building will feature 81,000 square feet of retail space on the first two levels accompanied by 444,000 square feet of office space on the upper 15 levels. The office space will be the future home of around 2,000 Amazon employees.
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.