Jan 14, 2018
Weatherproofing underway at Brandeis University’s New Residence Hall in Waltham
The exterior of Brandeis University’s $38 million, 164-bed New Residence Hall, recently topped off, is now being weatherproofed. Moisture-resistant cladding has been installed across the facade, and fireproofing is now being applied above the cladding. In the coming months, exterior finish panels and windows will be installed along the facade. The building will include a bridge connecting levels two through four surrounded with a floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall, allowing for abundant natural lighting.
Once the 53,000-square-foot building is sealed, interior finishing work will begin in order to prepare dormitories and common spaces for the Fall 2018 semester. The New Residence Hall will incorporate two historic towers of Brandeis’ iconic Usen Castle dormitory, which is being replaced and expanded with the project, and will include sustainable features such as a rooftop solar array and a geothermal heating and cooling system. The following are photographs of Brandeis University’s New Residence Hall:
Dec 10, 2017
Alewife Research Center, West Cambridge's latest spec lab building, tops off
A topping-off ceremony was held last Friday (December 8th) for Alewife Research Center, a 223,000-square-foot speculative lab building under construction across from the Alewife transit station in West Cambridge. With structural framing complete and concrete floor pouring nearing completion, installation of floor-to-ceiling glass and exterior finish panels along the building's facade will soon commence. Completion of Alewife Research Center is expected in 2018, with space now available for lease.
Lab space in West Cambridge has become increasingly desirable in recent years, with an average asking rate of over $55 per square foot and vacancy of just 3% (under 20,000 square feet) per Lincoln Property Company's Q3 2017 Cambridge Lab and Office Market report. West Cambridge still presents a bargain relative to Mid-Cambridge and East Cambridge, where lab rents average nearly $77 and $76 per square foot, respectively. The following are photographs from the Alewife Research Center topping-off ceremony:
Dec 07, 2017
W. L. French completes mass excavation at 399 Binney, upcoming lab and office building in Kendall Square
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has completed the mass and footing excavations for 399 Binney Street, an upcoming 172,500-square-foot lab and office building located in Kendall Square, one of the United States’ strongest life sciences real estate markets. W. L. French has hauled and disposed of over 60,000 tons of soil, and is currently preparing and installing basement slab subbase materials. As part of W. L. French’s contract to install site utilities at 399 Binney, work has begun to connect water services to the project site. W. L. French will install water infiltration, drainage and sanitary sewer systems throughout the site in Spring 2018. 399 Binney’s excavation is supported by an internally braced support of excavation system, which was installed between May and July 2017.
Completion of 399 Binney is expected by the end of 2018. The building will be built to LEED Gold efficiency certifiable standards and will also include a 1,500-square-foot ground-floor retail space. 399 Binney is part of the existing nine-building One Kendall Square office and retail campus, which 399 Binney developer Alexandria Real Estate Equities acquired in November 2016 from DivcoWest for $725 million, or $1,124 per square foot, one of 2016’s most significant real estate sales. Space at 399 Binney is now available for lease, with demand reportedly strong; overall, the Cambridge lab real estate market has a microscopic vacancy rate below 1% per Lincoln Property Company's latest Cambridge Office & Lab Market Report. The following are photographs of work underway at 399 Binney:
Dec 01, 2017
W. L. French begins site work at 249 Third Street, upcoming 84-unit apartment building in Kendall Square
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has begun soil remediation at 249 Third Street in Cambridge’s Kendall Square, the future site of an 84-unit apartment building. W. L. French’s scope of work at 249 Third Street includes an extensive health and safety plan that requires workers to wear Level C personal protective equipment (PPE), installation of steel sheet piles for support of excavation (SOE), drilled deep wells for construction dewatering, extensive groundwater treatment and, ultimately, excavation and disposal of 6,000 tons of Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) waste and 15,000 tons of Non-TSCA waste. W. L. French will continue work at 249 Third Street into the 1st quarter of 2018. Upon completion, 249 Third Street will feature 84 apartment residences ranging from studios to three-bedrooms and 1,540 square feet of ground-floor retail located in the heart of Kendall Square, the United States’ hottest life sciences market, steps from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). The following are photographs of 249 Third Street:
Nov 17, 2017
Rapid7 to anchor Hub on Causeway Phase I
Leading cybersecurity and IT operations analytics solution provider Rapid7 has announced it will relocate its global headquarters from 100 Summer Street in the Financial District to the first phase of the 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. Rapid7 will occupy 147,000 square feet at The Hub on Causeway, also relocating its’ Cambridge team at 1 Main Street. Rapid7 expects to move to The Hub on Causeway in the second half of 2019, following the first phase’s completion in late 2018. Rapid7 will be the first phase’s anchor tenant; a total of 175,000 square feet of creative office space will be built as part of the first phase, in addition to 210,000 square feet of multi-level retail/restaurant space and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. Future phases of The Hub on Causeway call for a 38-story residential tower with approximately 440 units, a 10-story citizenM hotel tower with approximately 260 rooms and a 21-story office tower totaling approximately 525,000 square feet.
Rapid7 is the latest addition to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood’s growing technology presence. “We believe that The Hub will allow us to capitalize on the momentum we’ve built as a leading global technology company and expect to see increased productivity through the joining of our Boston-area offices,” said Corey Thomas, president and CEO of Rapid7, in a prepared statement. “We believe The Hub will offer us the room we need to grow and help spur a new innovation center in Boston amid the escalating costs of the Seaport and Cambridge. For us, the decision to move our headquarters is about creating a phenomenal work experience for our Boston-area employees while continuing to invest in the Boston community and the exceptional talent pool it develops.” Rapid7 employs over 1,000 people globally, with nearly 500 Boston-area employees.
Oct 02, 2017
Education First breaks ground on NorthPoint campus expansion
Education First (EF) broke ground Monday (October 2nd) on a new 12-story, 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building adjacent to its’ existing campus in East Cambridge’s NorthPoint neighborhood. The building will provide EF and its’ Hult International Business School with their first on-campus housing option, allowing the institutions to expand their North American operations. The building will also help EF expand total Boston employment to 1,500 workers by 2020; 1,200 people are currently employed at EF’s Boston campus.
The new building will be EF's third in Boston and will contain approximately 278 units with 500 beds across the top seven floors, 22,754 square feet of office space, 14,566 square feet of student cafeteria and restaurant space with approximately 400 seats and 13,873 square feet of student lounge and administrative space. Initial site work by W. L. French Excavating Corporation is now underway to prepare the EF III site for foundation construction; Skanska USA Building is EF III's general contractor. The State of Massachusetts has awarded EF $6 million in tax incentives to help subsidize the new building, and MassDevelopment will issue $25 million in bonds to fund road and sewer improvements.
Sep 26, 2017
W. L. French performs utility installation and site excavation at Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building in Mission Hill
Construction of the foundation of the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s new $55 million Multipurpose Academic Building in Mission Hill is well underway, with W. L. French Excavating Corporation performing below-grade electrical, water and sewer utility installation, as well as preparing the site to allow structural pile driving to proceed. The precast concrete piles have been driven into the ground throughout the 0.8-acre Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building site. Steel sheet piles have also been driven to support the 20 foot deep excavation for the below grade portion of the building. W. L. French is currently proceeding with the basement excavation.
Following completion of below-grade site work, concrete will be poured to construct the Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building’s foundation, and the building’s superstructure will be built. The Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building will feature 78,000 square feet of space that will support the school's engineering, science and innovation programs and will be the first new academic structure on the Wentworth campus in 45 years. The following are photographs of W. L. French at work at Wentworth Multipurpose Academic Building:
Sep 12, 2017
121 Seaport now 100%-leased with Alexion Pharmaceuticals’ lease of 150,000 square feet
Alexion Pharmaceuticals, currently based in New Haven, CT, will open a new 150,000-square-foot headquarters at 121 Seaport, bringing the state-of-the-art elliptical office tower to 100% occupancy. Last week, it was announced that Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC has leased 250,000 square feet at 121 Seaport; the building features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space. Alexion, a global biopharmaceutical company that develops and delivers life-changing therapies for patients with rare diseases, will occupy floors three through eight of 121 Seaport and open its’ new headquarters in June 2018.
Newmark Knight Frank represented 121 Seaport developer Skanska in both Alexion and PTC’s leases; Cushman & Wakefield represented Alexion, and Cresa represented PTC. “121 Seaport now being 100 percent leased demonstrates the Seaport’s arrival as one of Boston’s most sought-after submarkets and business destinations,” said Charley Leatherbee, head of Skanska’s Commercial Development operations in Boston, in a prepared statement. “We delivered a building based on flexibility, innovation, sustainability and efficiency. We are honored that a pioneering company such as Alexion selected our building. Alexion and PTC are moving their respective industries forward in a building that pushes the boundaries of traditional design.” 121 Seaport will open in the first quarter of 2018, and also features 50,000 square feet of prime retail across its’ first two floors.
Sep 08, 2017
W. L. French excavates underground parking and foundation of Phase I of Packard Crossing in Brighton
W. L. French Excavating Corporation is hard at work excavating the 39-car underground parking garage of Phase I of the $45 million, 147,438-square-foot Packard Crossing mixed-use development in Brighton. Soil is rapidly being removed from the project site, and soldier piles with lagging have been installed along the sides of the garage to maintain the 12 foot deep excavation. Following completion of the excavation, concrete will be poured in order to construct the Phase I building’s garage and foundation.
Phase I of Packard Crossing will construct a four-story, 47,736-square-foot building containing 38 apartment residences which will integrate and restore an existing Victorian house on site. Following completion of Phase II, Packard Crossing will feature 114 apartment residences and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail. The following are photographs of W. L. French at work at Packard Crossing:
Sep 07, 2017
IoT technology provider PTC opening 250,000-square-foot global headquarters at 121 Seaport
Global Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, currently based in Needham, MA off of Route 128, will open a new 250,000-square-foot global headquarters across the top half of the new 17-story 121 Seaport elliptical tower in the Seaport District. PTC has leased the space for 18.5 years and will take occupancy in early 2019. Over 1,000 employees across all PTC company operations will work at PTC's new headquarters. With PTC's lease, 121 Seaport is now 63% leased.
PTC employs over 6,000 people worldwide and is a market leader in IoT and augmented reality. The company is developing technology that transforms how companies design, manufacture, operate and service the “things” in IoT. PTC has been headquartered in the Boston area since its’ founding in 1985.
By moving to the Seaport District, PTC aims to enhance its ability to attract and retain talent, following in the recent footsteps of major players including Amazon, Boston Consulting Group, General Electric, PwC and Reebok. “There are few places in the world that can lay claim to as many ‘firsts’ as Boston,” said PTC CEO Jim Heppelmann in a prepared statement. “It is clear that this region has the opportunity to yet again become a beacon of innovation in technologies as disruptive as the Internet of Things and Augmented Reality. At PTC, we aim to be a catalyst to extend Boston’s global reputation as a hub for technology leadership.” The Class A, LEED Platinum-configured 121 Seaport is on target for completion in the first quarter of 2018 and features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space across two stories at the building’s base.
Sep 06, 2017
Facade nearing completion at Portside at East Pier Phase Two apartments, opening next Fall on East Boston Waterfront
The five-story facade of the upcoming Portside at East Pier Phase Two apartments on the East Boston Waterfront is nearing completion, with red and tan bricks and silver and white metal panels installed along large facade sections. Windows are fully installed throughout both buildings, and interior finishing of apartments and common spaces has begun. Opening in Fall 2018, Portside at East Pier Phase Two will feature 296 waterfront apartment residences overlooking Boston Harbor and Boston skyline. The following are photographs of Portside of East Pier Phase Two:
Aug 22, 2017
Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England ink lease for entertainment venue at The Hub on Causeway
Renowned entertainment venue proponents Big Night Entertainment Group and Live Nation New England have secured a lease of 31,680 square feet at the upcoming Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle, in which the proponents will open a new entertainment venue. Big Night and Live Nation’s new venue will be part of The Hub on Causeway’s first phase, which is on schedule for completion in late 2018, and will be located primarily on the development’s second floor, with a 1,324-square-foot lobby on the ground floor.
In a January 2016 interview with the Boston Herald, at which time the lease was still being negotiated, Live Nation President Don Law said the venue will be “a nightclub, restaurant, concert venue and bowling facility combination”. Law also revealed that “[Big Night founder] Ed [Kane] is going to run [the venue], and … [Live Nation will do] the music”. Per Law’s interview, the venue’s name “will include ‘rock’ and ‘bowl’”.
The Hub on Causeway’s first phase will feature 175,000 square feet of creative office space, 210,000 square feet of retail including Star Market and ArcLight Cinema, and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. WeWork has leased 38,000 square feet in The Hub of Causeway’s first phase for a new collaborative workspace. Subsequent phases of The Hub on Causeway will construct three new towers featuring residential, hotel and office space. The $950 million development will span a total of 1.87 million square feet.
Aug 16, 2017
Curtain wall complete at 121 Seaport, elliptical glass Class A office tower now leasing
121 Seaport’s sweeping elliptical glass curtain wall facade has been fully installed across all 17 of the tower’s floors. The facade features floor-to-ceiling high-performance vision glass, resulting in sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. 121 Seaport’s elliptical design reduces wind loads and gives the building less direct solar exposure, resulting in 15 percent energy savings. 121 Seaport is built to LEED Platinum sustainability specifications.
Inside 121 Seaport, installation of HVAC utilities is nearing completion in anticipation of tenants moving into the tower. Future 121 Seaport tenants have not yet been announced; office and retail space at 121 Seaport is available for lease. 121 Seaport features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space across two stories at the building’s base. The following is a photograph of 121 Seaport:
Aug 13, 2017
W. L. French breaks ground on Dorchester’s Harmon Apartments, new housing for people with physical disabilities
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has broken ground on Harmon Apartments in Dorchester, an important development that will feature 36 mixed-income apartment residences specialized for people with physical disabilities. Initial site work is now underway to prepare the project site for construction of the foundation of the $15.4 million building. Financing for Harmon Apartments is provided by a variety of proponents, including $2.8 million from The Boston Home, $9 million in equity financing, $1.2 million in debt and a grant of $200,000 from Capital One Bank, $2 million from the City of Boston, $750,000 from the Massachusetts Department of Housing and Community Development and $1 million from MassHousing. Specialized features at Harmon Apartments will include automatic door openers, as well as HVAC and lighting systems controllable by smartphone. Harmon Apartments residents will be able to take advantage of on-site wellness, fitness and social programming.
Jul 27, 2017
W. L. French breaks ground on 399 Binney Street, new Kendall Square research and development building
W. L. French Excavating Corporation has broken ground on 399 Binney Street, an upcoming 172,500-square-foot research and development building that will expand the existing nine-building One Kendall Square office and retail campus in Kendall Square. W. L. French has successfully completed site demolition and utility relocation and is now at work excavating the building's basement level. A temporary internally-braced sheet pile cofferdam has been installed across the project site to support and retain the basement throughout excavation. 399 Binney Street's basement will be 22 feet deep; W. L. French will also operate dewatering and groundwater treatment systems on site and dispose of upwards of 65,000 tons of soil.
399 Binney Street's developer, Alexandria Real Estate Equities, acquired the 7.88-acre One Kendall Square campus in November 2016 from DivcoWest for $725 million, or $1,124 per square foot. The building will be primarily composed of office and lab space, with approximately 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Expected completion of 399 Binney Street is in late Fall 2018. The following is a photograph of W. L. French at work at 399 Binney Street, courtesy Gaston Electrical:
Jul 22, 2017
Underground parking excavation complete at The Hub on Causeway, superstructure construction underway
Excavation of the 1.87-million-square-foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development's 540-car underground parking garage has hit rock bottom and is now complete. Pouring of the development's concrete foundation is nearing completion, and the development's first elevator core has gone vertical. The first steel girders of The Hub on Causeway's Phase I podium have risen above grade, signaling the start of superstructure construction. Phase I of The Hub on Causeway is expected to open in late 2018 and will feature 175,000 square feet of creative office space, 210,000 square feet of retail including Star Market and ArcLight Cinema, and 64,000 square feet of TD Garden expansion space. Subsequent phases will construct three new towers featuring residential, hotel and office space. The following is an aerial view of The Hub on Causeway:
The following is a video of the final excavation at The Hub on Causeway:
Jun 19, 2017
Interactive museum honoring Seaport District history coming to 121 Seaport ground floor, building facade nears completion
Skanska has announced it will construct a new interactive pedestrian museum at Harbor Way, the 20,000-square-foot, 70-foot-wide pedestrian promenade between its’ recently-completed 101 Seaport and under-construction 121 Seaport office and retail developments, honoring the history of the area’s development. The museum will focus upon Skanska’s discovery of an old shipwreck below the 121 Seaport construction site in May 2016, highlighting the landmaking of the Seaport District that caused the ship to be found a few blocks inland from Boston Harbor. The museum will explain how the Seaport District was once a tidal flat, which was filled with land in 1896, burying the old shipwreck. The museum will include facts about the ship’s last journey from Rockland, Maine and artifacts found within the ship, as well as the Seaport District’s initial use as a vast rail yard. "Boston has so many underground secrets and mysteries yet to be discovered. The shipwreck was both a surprise and an eye-opening experience and sheds new light on both the history of Boston's Seaport, and the historic connections between Boston and the rest of New England,” said Joe Bagley, the City of Boston’s Archaeologist.
Skanska’s new museum will be linked to an augmented reality exhibit that will sync to a smartphone application available for download, which will provide a more detailed, virtually guided tour through the museum. Reclaimed wood from the old shipwreck will also be incorporated into 121 Seaport; unique pieces of furniture will be created using the ship’s remnants and will accent the building’s common areas and conference rooms. “The buildings we create should positively impact the community beyond the confines of their own walls. Many of Boston’s neighborhoods preserve the city’s past in compelling ways. With Harbor Way, we are introducing the Seaport’s story in a way that marries Boston’s reverence for preserving history with the Innovation District’s spirit,” said Charley Leatherbee, leader of Skanska’s development operations in Boston. The following is a rendering of the interactive museum:
121 Seaport is nearly fully glassed in, with the 17-story building’s high-performance glass curtain wall installed as high as the 16th floor. Inside the building, concrete pouring and fireproofing spraying are complete on all levels. 121 Seaport will open in 2018, with office and retail space now available for lease. The building will contain 400,000 square feet of Class A office space on upper levels, with 50,000 square feet of retail space at the two-story podium at the base of the building. 121 Seaport will be built to LEED Platinum energy-efficiency standards; a private rooftop terrace will provide stunning views of Boston’s skyline and harbor. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Jun 15, 2017
Wentworth breaking ground on state-of-the-art science and engineering building
The Wentworth Institute of Technology breaks ground next week on a new $55 million, 78,000-square-foot academic building that will support the school's engineering, science and innovation programs and will be the first new academic structure on the Wentworth campus in 45 years. A groundbreaking ceremony for the building with guests including Mayor Martin J. Walsh will be held at the project site, located in Mission Hill, next Wednesday (June 21st, 2017) morning. Occupancy of the new building, which will contain laboratory and office space in addition to presentation and gathering areas for students, faculty, and staff, is anticipated in Spring 2019.
Wentworth's new building will house the school's new Biological Engineering Program, in addition to its' Biomedical and Civil Engineering programs; the maker space for Wentworth’s Innovation + Entrepreneurship Center, Accelerate; and a new manufacturing lab. “Wentworth is a leader in engineering, technology, design, and management education, and this new building will help our students prepare for the opportunities of the knowledge-based economy of the 21st century,” said school President Zorica Pantić. “Wentworth’s curriculum is evolving, and this requires new and different teaching and learning spaces with configurations that promote interdisciplinary approaches to solving the technical challenges of our day,” said the school's Vice Presidenct for Business David Wahlstrom.
Jun 09, 2017
Facade finish installation underway at Portside at East Pier Phase Two apartments on East Boston Waterfront
Facade work is rapidly progressing at Portside at East Pier Phase Two, with windows and exterior finishes both installed along large portions of the development’s west building. Portside at East Pier Phase Two has topped off fully at five stories tall; installation of windows and exterior weatherproofing have both begun on the development's east building. Scheduled for full completion in Fall 2018, Portside at East Pier Phase Two will feature 296 waterfront apartment residences. The following are photographs of Portside of East Pier Phase Two:
May 30, 2017
Education First proposes 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building in North Point
Education First proposes to construct a 300,000-square-foot mixed-use building in Cambridge's North Point district, the company's third ground-up North Point mixed-use building. The building, which would be located at 10 North Point Boulevard, would complement Education First's existing mixed-use buildings at One Education Street and Two Education Circle, providing new educational, office and retail space along with the company's first Boston-area student housing component. Construction of the proposed building is anticipated to commence in October 2017, with anticipated initial occupancy in Late Spring 2019; construction would take approximately 22 months. The City of Cambridge is now reviewing the proposed building.
May 14, 2017
Brooke Charter High School acquires land for new Mattapan building
Brooke Charter High School has acquired the 2.38-acre Mattapan parcel on which it will build a new 95,000-square-foot school building for $1,419,816, or $596,561.35 per acre. The land’s seller is New Boston Fund, developer of the adjacent Olmsted Green residential development. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved Brooke’s new building in March. Construction of Brooke’s new building is anticipated to commence this Spring, with occupancy expected by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
May 11, 2017
New Wentworth engineering building approved in Mission Hill
The Wentworth Multipurpose Academic (MpA) Building, which will feature approximately 69,000 square feet of academic space to accommodate an expansion of the Wentworth Institute of Technology's academic engineering programs, was approved at today’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The building can now proceed with construction.
May 11, 2017
WeWork space and live music venue coming to The Hub on Causeway in Bulfinch Triangle
Collaborative workspace provider WeWork and live entertainment company Live Nation Entertainment Group have reportedly leased space at the 1.87 million square foot Hub on Causeway mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. Developer Boston Properties has announced that Live Nation has leased 32,000 square feet for a new live music venue. Per a tweet by Steve Adams of Banker & Tradesman, WeWork has leased 38,000 square feet for a new collaborative workspace; WeWork spaces include shared co-working space as well as private offices. Both tenants would open within the first phase of The Hub on Causeway, which will open in late 2018.
Apr 23, 2017
Underground parking excavation nears completion at The Hub on Causeway
Excavation of The Hub on Causeway’s 540-car underground parking garage and foundation is nearing completion. A sea of massive steel members spans across the project site, temporarily bracing the newly excavated hole immediately adjacent to the TD Garden and Causeway Street. The final underground parking structure will brace the development’s permanent foundation wall, allowing for the removal of the temporary steel bracing. Completion of Phase One of the three-phase, 1.87 million square foot development is expected in late 2018 and will include office space, retail/restaurant space and an expansion of TD Garden. The following are photographs of The Hub on Causeway:
Apr 04, 2017
121 Seaport tops off, glass curtain wall installation underway
121 Seaport, an upcoming Class A office building in the Seaport District, has topped off at 17 stories tall, and the building’s high-performance glass curtain wall has been installed as high as the third floor. The curtain wall will provide a 360-degree transparent coating surrounding 121 Seaport, providing sweeping views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. At the building’s center, the construction team is pouring concrete on floors and spraying fireproofing along pillars and ceilings; concrete pouring and fireproofing spraying is complete on lower floors. The 450,000 square foot 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space atop a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail platform. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Mar 22, 2017
Hanover Alewife luxury apartments near opening
Hanover Alewife is just about complete as the 213-residence luxury apartment community prepares for its' opening this Spring. The building's interior and exterior are both nearly finished, and landscaping work is underway. Hard hat tours of Hanover Alewife are now being offered, and leasing of apartments has begun. Available apartments include 1-, 2- and 3-bedrooms starting at around $2,400 a month. The following are photographs of Hanover Alewife:
Mar 22, 2017
Initial demolition underway at Alewife Research Center
Demolition of the existing building's interior is underway at Alewife Research Center, kicking off initial site work for the 223,000 square foot laboratory office development. The construction team is at work stripping out all interior non-structural elements and hauling them off site for disposal. The existing building will be fully upgraded and expanded with a new interior, a new double height lobby, a new glass façade and a two-story addition. Completion of Alewife Research Center is expected in 2018. The following are photographs of Alewife Research Center:
Mar 20, 2017
95,000 square foot charter school approved in Mattapan
The Brooke Charter High School, a 95,000 square foot school building that will accommodate approximately 780 students in grades eight through 12, was approved at last Thursday (March 16th)’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The building will provide Brooke Charter School with new classroom and recreational space and will provide the school with a permanent home for its’ recently introduced high school program. Construction of the building is anticipated to commence this Spring, with occupancy expected by the start of the 2018-2019 academic year.
Feb 14, 2017
Construction begins on 223,000 square foot Alewife Research Center in Cambridge
The Davis Companies began work last week on Alewife Research Center, a new 223,000 square foot laboratory building in Cambridge. Alewife Research Center will be located across from the Alewife MBTA Red Line station and will feature state-of-the-art research and development office space intended for biotechnology companies. Completion of Alewife Research Center is anticipated in 2018, and space is now leasing. The project received final approval from the City of Cambridge in December 2016.
Feb 12, 2017
Wentworth proposes new engineering building
The Wentworth Institute of Technology is proposing to construct a new 69,000 square foot building in Mission Hill to help facilitate the expansion of its' engineering programs. The building would feature the latest engineering equipment and lab technology, along with an open layout designed to encourage collaborative learning. Wentworth has filed plans for the building with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the project.
Feb 05, 2017
First windows installed at East Boston's Portside at East Pier Phase Two
The first windows have been installed at the 296-unit Portside at East Pier Phase Two residential apartment development on the East Boston Waterfront. Steel framing has also been installed to construct balconies around select units. Wood framing of the development's west wing along South Bremen Street has topped off at 5 stories tall, and the east wing has reached 2 stories tall. Portside at East Pier Phase Two will open in Fall 2018 and will also include a public Harborwalk extension. The following are photographs of Portside at East Pier Phase Two:
Jan 30, 2017
121 Seaport elliptical office building nearing top off
121 Seaport’s 17-story steel frame has risen nearly 11 floors, and the Class A office and retail building’s signature elliptical shape is now prominently pronounced. Following pouring of interior concrete floors, floor-to-ceiling high-performance glass will be installed across 121 Seaport’s sweeping façade, providing panoramic 360 degree views of Boston Harbor and the Boston skyline. 121 Seaport’s distinctive aerodynamic design will provide a 15 percent energy saving and a significant reduction in wind loads. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Jan 03, 2017
Portside at East Pier Phase Two nears topping off
Superstructure work on Phase Two of East Boston’s Portside at East Pier is well underway, as framing has reached the fourth of five floors at large sections of the development. Dozens of prefabricated wood panels have been delivered to the construction site, which will allow framing to continue at breakneck pace. Masonry elevator cores have topped off across the development site, and steel erection is complete at the development’s ground floor podium. Opening in Fall 2018, Phase Two of Portside at East Pier will feature 296 rental apartments with an indoor pool for residents and a public Harborwalk extension. The following are photographs of Portside at East Pier Phase Two:
Dec 01, 2016
Dutch boutique hotel chain subleases upcoming Hub on Causeway hotel
Dutch boutique hotel chain citizenM has subleased the upcoming 10-story, 260-room hotel at The Hub on Causeway, a 1.87 million square foot mixed-use development under construction in Bulfinch Triangle adjacent to TD Garden. citizenM’s 99-year lease commenced Monday (November 28th, 2016). citizenM operates nine hotels worldwide in Europe and New York City featuring trendy, stylish rooms and common spaces. Key amenities at citizenM hotels include free Wi-Fi throughout, designer furniture and ultra-comfortable beds. The future Boston citizenM hotel at The Hub on Causeway is shown at left in the following rendering:
The following is citizenM’s lease for the Hub on Causeway hotel:
Nov 02, 2016
121 Seaport steel frame nears midway point
121 Seaport’s 17-story steel frame has risen nearly five full stories, including the future two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium base. The building’s distinctive elliptical design is beginning to take shape, with uniquely rounded steel beams installed. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Oct 09, 2016
Wood framing underway at Phase Two of Portside at East Pier
Portside at East Pier Phase Two’s concrete foundation has been poured, and wood framing of the project's first story is well underway. Three elevator cores are topped off, with a fourth nearing completion. Portside at East Pier Phase Two will feature 296 luxurious residential apartments across two new five-story buildings located on the East Boston Waterfront with sweeping views of the Downtown Boston skyline. The following are aerial photographs of Portside at East Pier Phase Two:
Sep 30, 2016
121 Seaport elevator core tops off
The 17-story concrete elevator core of 121 Seaport has topped off, and a new project banner has been hung along the core. Construction of 121 Seaport's elliptical structural steel frame will follow imminently. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is targeting LEED Platinum efficiency certification; the building's elliptical design will result in 15 percent energy savings due to less direct solar exposure. The following is a tweet by Skanska showing 121 Seaport's topped-off elevator core:
The core of 121 Seaport is up & will be one of the most sustainable #office buildings in #Boston when complete. #CRE pic.twitter.com/3UllGrUOSr— Skanska USA (@SkanskaUSA) September 29, 2016
Sep 21, 2016
New interactive website and renderings for 121 Seaport
Skanska has released a new interactive website, 121seaport.com, with leasing information for 121 Seaport, a state-of-the-art 17-story, 450,000 square foot tower under construction in the Seaport District. Additionally, new interior and exterior renderings have been released; these renderings can be found above. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000 square foot retail podium.
Sep 16, 2016
Packard Crossing approved, construction could commence Q1 2017
At last night's board meeting, the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) approved Packard Crossing for construction. Located in Allston’s Packards Corner steps to the MBTA Green Line, Packard Crossing will contain a total of 114 rental residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail across two new buildings constructed over two phases. Construction of Phase One is anticipated to commence in the first quarter of 2017. Additional information about Packard Crossing can be found above.
Sep 02, 2016
Approved Kendall Square apartment plan revised to include additional amenities
The City of Cambridge's Planning Board will hold a hearing this Tuesday (September 6th, 2016) to review Equity Residential's proposal to add 14,484 additional square feet of basement level amenities and utilities to the approved 249 Third Street apartment project in Kendall Square. The basement level would contain a gym and bike parking in addition to utility spaces and
storage. Under the revised proposal, the height, building footprint and number of dwelling units at 249 Third Street would remain unchanged. 249 Third Street will feature 84 residential apartments ranging from studios to three-bedrooms and 1,540 square feet of ground-floor retail. 249 Third Street was approved for construction by the Planning Board in October 2015; construction has not yet commenced.
Aug 03, 2016
The Davis Companies proposes new 185,000 square foot office project with retail across from Alewife Station
Developer The Davis Companies submitted a Special Permit Application (SPA) to the City of Cambridge last week proposing to overhaul the existing three-story, 137,635 square foot office building located at 35 CambridgePark Drive, across from the Alewife MBTA Station, and construct a two-story, 47,139 square foot vertical addition. Designed by Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, the new five-story building will encompass a total of approximately 185,000 square feet of state-of-the-art office space including approximately 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. The existing building will be throughly renovated, and the exterior will be re-cladded with new finish panels and glass. The Davis Companies acquired the existing building at 35 CambridgePark Drive in March 2016 for $48 million; the existing building sold to the previous owner in July 2014 for $43 million. The following are links to the Special Permit Application and Special Permit Graphic Submission for 35 CambridgePark Drive. The following are renderings of the new 35 CambridgePark Drive:
Southeast View along CambridgePark Drive
Southeast Night View along CambridgePark Drive
Southwest View along CambridgePark Drive
The following is an aerial perspective of 35 CambridgePark Drive:
The following is an Urban Context Plan:
Urban Context Plan
The following is a site plan:
Aug 02, 2016
The Hamilton Company releases renderings and details for Packard Crossing in Allston
In a Project Notification Form (PNF) submitted to the Boston Redevelopment Authority (BRA) last Friday (July 29th, 2016), developer The Hamilton Company released renderings and details for the proposed 147,438 square foot Packard Crossing mixed-use development project in Allston’s Packards Corner; the following is a link to the PNF. A Letter of Intent (LOI) for the project was submitted to the BRA on June 24th, 2016; the following is a link to the LOI. Additional information about Packard Crossing can be found above.
Jul 11, 2016
95 Fawcett Street, 44 transit-oriented Alewife condominiums, approved for construction
The Cambridge Planning Board has approved a residential building at 95 Fawcett Street for construction. Developed by KEMS Corporation, who is also building 170 West Broadway and Collins Mansion Condominiums in South Boston, the building will feature 44 condominiums located convenient to the Alewife rapid transit station. 44 resident parking spaces will be constructed on site, down from previously proposed 48 spaces.
95 Fawcett Street will be a transit-oriented development project. Discounted public transit passes will be available to residents along with private shuttle service to Alewife Station. The developer will contribute $25,000 to the City of Cambridge towards planning for an Alewife bicycle and pedestrian bridge and commuter rail station. The developer will also contribute $25,000 to the City of Cambridge towards a Hubway station for the area. An on-site bicycle storage facility with 60 long-term bicycle spaces and eight short-term bicycle spaces will be constructed at 95 Fawcett Street with air pumps, automatic power assist doors and bicycle maintenance tools.
The following is a link to the Cambridge Planning Board's Notice of Decision for 95 Fawcett Street. More information about 95 Fawcett Street is posted below.
Jun 29, 2016
Letter of Intent filed for Packard Crossing, new rendering released
The Boston Business Journal reports that The Hamilton Company has filed a Letter of Intent with the Boston Redevelopment Authority to construct Packard Crossing, a proposed two-building mixed-use development project including approximately 114 rental residential apartments in addition to street level retail, at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. Project architect Hacin + Associates reports that a new six-story building containing 75+ apartments would front Brighton Avenue, replacing an existing single-story retail building home to an AutoZone auto repair shop. A second four-story building containing 35+ apartments would front Gardner Street. An existing historic Victorian home on site would be restored and incorporated into the lobby of the Gardner Street building.
The following is Hacin + Associates' latest rendering of Packard Crossing:
Proposed view of Packard Crossing along Brighton Avenue
The Boston Globe reports that apartments at Packard Crossing would be primarily two-bedrooms and that rents would be "well below downtown prices." The development team anticipates to start construction of the Gardner Street building in 2018, with the Brighton Avenue building to follow. A total of approximately 215 parking spaces would be located on site. Universal Hub reports that approximately 114 parking spaces would be reserved for apartment tenants. The remaining parking spaces would be used for the new retail space at Packard Crossing and by employees at The Hamilton Company's nearby offices.
Jun 09, 2016
The Hamilton Company reveals plans for new Allston apartments
Universal Hub reports that The Hamilton Company presented plans to the Brighton Allston Improvement Association this month to construct 114 new residential apartments at 45-55 Brighton Avenue in Allston. The existing AutoZone facility at 45-55 Brighton Avenue would be demolished.
Two new buildings would constructed, and an existing victorian house at 75 Gardner Street would be incorporated into the design. New street-level retail space would be built along Brighton Avenue.
The following is a preliminary rendering of the proposed project:
Proposed view along Brighton Avenue
Apr 11, 2016
Foundation under construction at Portside at East Pier Phase Two, new renderings released
New structural piles have been driven at Portside at East Pier—Phase Two. The construction team is now pouring concrete on top of the new pile caps to build foundations for the project's two new buildings. A sheet pile wall has been installed surrounding the project site. Work continues on excavation of the buildings' underground parking structure.
New renderings recently released of the Portside at East Pier—Phase Two project can be found above. The following are photographs of Portside at East Pier Phase Two:
Mar 31, 2016
South Boston developer proposes new Alewife condominiums
Developer Edward Doherty of KEMS Corporation, who is developing significant projects in South Boston, proposes to build a new five-story, 52,852 square foot residential building at 95 Fawcett Street near Alewife Station. The building would contain 44 residential condominium units; five units would be designated affordable.
Residents at 95 Fawcett Street would have access to a 1,826 square foot roof deck. 48 parking spaces would be built on site both at and below grade.
Doherty closed on the acquisition of the 95 Fawcett Street parcel in February 2016. An existing two-story warehouse building would be demolished.
Above is a rendering of the proposed 95 Fawcett Street. Below is a second rendering:
The following is a link to the special permit submission to the Cambridge Planning Board for 95 Fawcett Street.
Mar 30, 2016
Ashton Cambridge upper floors rising swiftly
The development project at 130 CambridgePark Drive has a new name: Ashton Cambridge. The Hanover Company, developer of Ashton apartment buildings across the nation, closed on the acquisition of the fully-permitted Ashton Cambridge site in November 2014 for $9 million. Developer The McKinnon Company guided the Ashton Cambridge project through approvals under Equity Office's former site ownership.
The Hanover Company is Ashton Cambridge's developer and construction manager. Ashton Cambridge's ground floor foundation is nearly complete, and upper floors are rising swiftly:
Walls are being built to create the building's residential units; the second floor is nearly complete:
Ashton Cambridge will be six stories tall. Residents at Ashton Cambridge will enjoy sweeping views of the Boston skyline:
New photographs of Ashton Cambridge are posted above. Additional project information, including architectural renderings, is posted below.
The following is the deed for the sale of the Ashton Cambridge site to The Hanover Company in November 2014:
The Hanover Company also owns the fully permitted 88 CambridgePark Drive project site. Equity Office also sold 88 CambridgePark Drive to The Hanover Company. Construction of 88 CambridgePark Drive has not yet begun.
Mar 04, 2016
Pile driving is complete at 121 Seaport, and concrete has been poured on pile caps. Excavation and construction of 121 Seaport's foundation continue in addition to reinforcement installation along the MBTA Silver Line tunnel, which runs underneath the project site. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
January 15, 2016
Pile driving is in progress at 121 Seaport, and excavation of 121 Seaport's foundation has begun. Reinforcements are being installed along the unearthed roof of the MBTA Silver Line tunnel. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Feb 19, 2016
Foundation preparations are in full force at Phase Two of Portside at East Pier. W. L. French Excavating Corporation is performing initial earthwork, and J. F. White Contracting Company is driving concrete piles. Two buildings are under construction that will contain a total of 296 residential units.
Phase One of Portside at East Pier was completed in November 2014:
Expected completion of pile driving at Portside at East Pier—Phase Two is by April 2016. A total of 97 piles will be driven. Construction is expected to last roughly 30 months, with expected completion in Fall 2018.
Portside at East Pier—Phase Two is located at the intersection of Marginal and Bremen streets on the East Boston Waterfront.
Note: Cranshaw Construction has also begun work on Boston East, another East Boston Waterfront residential building.
Feb 11, 2016
95 Fawcett Street sold to developer KEMS Corporation for $4.65 million
95 Fawcett Street was sold Wednesday to 95 Fawcett Street LLC, a limited liability company registered to Edward Doherty, President of residential developer KEMS Corporation. Sale price was $4,650,000 as recorded in the Middlesex South Registry of Deeds. Seller was 87-89 Fawcett Street LLC, a limited liability company registered to Peter Givertzman, President of furniture company Oriental Unlimited Inc. Oriental Unlimited Inc. has been based at the existing warehouse at 95 Fawcett Street and currently operates at adjacent 68 Moulton Street in Cambridge. 87-89 Fawcett Street LLC bought 95 Fawcett Street in October 2008 for $1,644,000.
KEMS Corporation has built a number of residential developments in the Boston area. KEMS Corporation is currently building 170 West Broadway
and Collins Mansion Condominiums
, both under construction in South Boston.
95 Fawcett Street is a 20,523 square foot parcel on which stands a 20,150 square foot warehouse. The parcel is located directly across Fawcett Street from Atmark Cambridge, a newly-constructed apartment development.
The following is the deed for the sale of 95 Fawcett Street:
Jan 27, 2016
We had the honor and privilege of joining Boston Properties and Delaware North at the official groundbreaking ceremony today for Phase One of The Hub on Causeway! We are very excited to watch John Moriarty and Associates build this project and cannot wait to experience the energy The Hub on Causeway will bring to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood and downtown Boston. Anticipated completion of Phase One is in late 2018. Learn more about Phase One and see project renderings below. Also take a look at our photographs from today's groundbreaking ceremony, posted above!
Jan 15, 2016
We are excited to announce that construction has begun on Portside at East Pier—Phase Two! We have word that Cranshaw Construction, the project's General Contractor, will begin driving piles next week. Initial site preparations are currently underway. A pile driver is now parked on site; new signage has been installed by Cranshaw Construction.
Note: Cranshaw Construction will also soon begin work on Boston East, a 200-apartment East Boston Waterfront development.
Nov 24, 2015
Skanska is hard at work preparing the 121 Seaport site for construction! When complete, 121 Seaport promises to be "a workplace built on human-centered design," an inspiring layout that will undoubtedly inspire future tenants to "think forward, work forward [and] more forward" together. The Boston Globe's Tim Logan reports that there is strong interest amongst potential office tenants in leasing space at 121 Seaport. The following are photographs of 121 Seaport:
Nov 24, 2015
The TD Garden project is off to a strong start! John Moriarty and Associates is hard at work preparing the former parking lot on Causeway Street for the ultimate construction of a three-tower mixed-use development. View our site photographs above, and stay tuned for further updates!
For official project renderings, visit http://www.bostonredevelopmentauthority.org/getattachment/43af8d83-a3c0-4d67-a242-43c42f7affe4.
Aug 07, 2015
We are excited to observe construction of Skanska USA's 121 Seaport office tower! The building broke ground on July 9th, 2015.