Jun 11, 2019
Steel Work Expected to Kick Off Soon for 50 Rogers St. in Kendall Square
Construction on the two-level underground garage at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square is nearly complete and steel erection is expected to start soon. The 6-story project will feature 136 rental units along with parking for 102 cars and 142 bicycles. The building that has been designed with cues from the historic industrial buildings in Kendall Square is expected to be complete in Summer 2020.
Jun 10, 2019
Facade Install Nearly Complete for 249 Third St. in Kendall Square
Facade install is nearly complete for the new 5-story apartment building at 249 Third Street in Kendall Square. The project will include 84 apartments and 1,540 square feet of ground-floor retail. Apartments will range from studios to three-bedrooms including 28 studios, 46 one bedrooms, 8 two-bedrooms, and 2 three-bedrooms. Resident amenities will include a private roof deck and landscaped courtyard. Construction is expected to be complete later this summer.
Jun 03, 2019
Foundation Construction Ongoing for The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf
Foundation work is ongoing along the East Boston Waterfront for The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf. The upcoming 107 unit luxury project has already sold 50% of the units in Phase II. Resident amenities at The Mark will include an outdoor waterfront terrace along with a billiards lounge and movie/golf lounge. The development is located just a few blocks from Maverick Square.
Apr 09, 2019
Education First's New Building in NorthPoint Nearly Complete
With the expected opening this spring, construction is in the final stages for Education First's new building in Cambridge's NorthPoint neighborhood. The new 12-story, 300,000-square-foot building will feature student housing, educational, office, and retail space. Open green space is also being created on the EF III site, including a flex-field large enough to accommodate a 5v5 soccer match and West Park, which will provide a quiet public area with seating areas.
Mar 27, 2019
Site Work Begins for The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf
With sales of the luxury waterfront building already underway, site work has started for The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf in East Boston. The project will include 107 condominium residences with over 6,500 square feet of ground-floor public shared workspace. Resident amenities at The Mark will include a 5,045 square foot private elevated courtyard with grilling areas, fitness and wellness spaces, lounge areas and small, programmable function spaces. As part of the project, a new 240 linear foot Harborwalk section will be constructed along Boston Harbor, filling a missing link in the Harborwalk between Carlton Wharf and Lo Presti Park.
Mar 13, 2019
Construction is Now Complete at Harmon Apartments
Construction is now complete at the Harmon Apartments at 2045 Dorchester Ave in Dorchester.
The residential building is located steps from Ashmont Station featuring 36 apartments designated for people with significant physical disabilities. 30 apartments are designated affordable, and six are offered at market rate.
All apartments are fully accessible, featuring specialized support technology and services. Apartments include 26 one-bedrooms and 10 two-bedrooms and feature automatic door openers, as well as HVAC and lighting systems controllable by smartphone.
Mar 01, 2019
Exterior Work Ongoing for Phase One of Packard Crossing
Construction is ongoing with windows in place and exterior work moving forward for Phase One of Packard Crossing in Allston. This first phase of the project will include 38 rental units between the new construction building and the renovated Victorian house on the site. The second phase of Packard Crossing will construct a second new building at 45-55 Brighton Avenue containing 76 residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Feb 26, 2019
Facade Work Begins for 249 Third Street in Kendall Square
With structural framing complete, brick facade install is starting at 249 Third Street just outside Kendall Square. This new building is set to include 84 apartments, a mix of studios through three bedrooms. Resident amenities will include a private roof deck along with a fitness center and yoga room.
Construction is set to be complete in late summer.
Feb 25, 2019
Construction Complete at 399 Binney in Cambridge
Construction is now complete for the 164,000 square foot office, lab, and retail project at 399 Binney Street in Kendall Square. Over 75% of the space is already spoken for with new tenants, Rubius Therapeutics, Relay Therapeutics and Celsius Therapeutics in the process of fit-out and move in. The building also features a green roof deck.
Feb 25, 2019
Work Ongoing for Below Grade Parking at 50 Rogers St. in Kendall Square
Work is going for the two-level below grade parking garage that will hold just over 100 cars and 142 bikes at 50 Rogers Street. The project in Kendall Square will feature 136 rental units along with a landscaped courtyard and ground floor tenant amenity space. Construction is expected to be complete in Summer 2020.
Feb 06, 2019
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.
Dec 31, 2018
Exterior Work Nearly Complete for Education First Phase III
The install of the unique facade is nearly complete for Education First's new building in Cambridge's North Point Neighborhood. The 300,000sf project will feature student housing, educational, office, and retail space. This project will allow Education First (EF) to expand their North American operations while enhancing the institutions' existing North Point international campus and providing students with a new on-campus housing option. Construction is expected to be complete in Spring 2019.
Dec 17, 2018
American Realty Advisors Acquires Seaport Building for $455 Million
Los Angeles based, American Realty Advisors has acquired the building at 121 Seaport Square for $455 Million.
The property features a 17-story, 450,000-square-foot tower located in the heart of Boston's Seaport District. 121 Seaport features 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000-square-foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is 100%-leased, with tenants including Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, who has leased 250,000 square feet, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, who has leased 150,000 square feet. Both tenants will open new global headquarters at 121 Seaport.
Nov 30, 2018
Meet The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf
Renderings have been released for the upcoming luxury condo project in East Boston, The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf (formerly known as the Hodge Boiler Works). The waterfront development will feature 107 units along with 6,500 sf of ground floor public shared workspace. Resident amenities will include an outdoor courtyard with a fire pit along with a fitness center and several immersive entertainment lounge areas.
Nov 30, 2018
Framing Reaches Full Height at 249 Third Street
Framing has reached full height for this new five-story mixed-use project Callahan Construction Managers is building in Kendall Square. 249 Third Street will feature 84 residential units along with just over 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Residents will have access to a fitness center, clubroom, private roof deck, and a landscaped courtyard.
Callahan is on track to complete the 91,682 square foot project in late August 2019.
Nov 20, 2018
Site Work Underway at 50 Rogers Street in Kendall Square
Site work is underway for the upcoming 6-story residential building just steps from busy Kendall Square. The project is set to include 136 units and two levels of below-grade car and bike parking. The building will also feature a common courtyard in the center of the U-shaped design.
Nov 15, 2018
Window Install Nearing Completion for 399 Binney
Window install is nearing completion for the upcoming office/lab building at 399 Binney Street in Kendall Square. The 164,000 sf project will be part of the existing One Kendall Square campus. Around 1,500 sf of retail space will be located along 399 Binney Street's ground floor fronting the existing pedestrian plaza leading to the Kendall Square Theater.
Nov 09, 2018
Certificate of Occupancy Issued for Wentworth's New Academic Building
A Certificate of Occupancy has been issued for the new academic building at Wentworth Institute of Technology. An official ribbon cutting is scheduled for next week. The four-story building features 78,000sf of academic space. The state of the art space is designed to accommodate new lab and innovation space for the school's engineering and science departments.
Oct 29, 2018
Framing Reaches Full Height of Phase One of Packard Crossing
Framing for phase one The Hamilton Company's Packard Crossing development in Allston has reached its fourth floor. The 47,000sf building along Gardner Street will include 38 apartments and incorporate the existing Victorian house on the site. Phase Two of the project will include another 76 units along Brighton Avenue with 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail.
Oct 22, 2018
The Harmon Apartments in Dorchester Nearing Completion
Interior finishing is well underway for The Harmon Apartments in Dorchester. The new 36 unit building located just about a block from Ashmont Station will offer fully accessible apartments featuring specialized support tech and services. 30 of the units are designated affordable with 6 at market rate.
Construction is expected to be finished early 2019.
Oct 18, 2018
Interior Finishing Wrapping Up at The Alewife Research Center
Interior finishing is wrapping up at the new 223,000 square foot state of the art lab building located across from the Alewife MBTA station in Cambridge. The ARC will offer flexible research and development space along with a host of resident amenities including a fitness center and employee lounge. The project also includes around 7,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
Space is now available for lease with the project expected to be complete by the end of the year.
Sep 19, 2018
Exterior Work Progressing for EF III
Exterior work is ongoing in Cambridge's North Point neighborhood for the new Education First building. This 12-story building will feature 300,000 sf of student housing, educational, and office space. The building will house around 500 students and feature a cafeteria, lounge, fitness center, and bike room.
Planned in conjunction with the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) and the Division of Capital Asset Management & Maintenance (DCAMM), the project will provide $20.4 million in funding for environmental cleanup and the relocation and construction of a new permanent DCR maintenance and operations facility. The EF III project will provide a link between the existing park spaces at North Point Park and North Point Commons and will activate a site currently barred from public use.
Aug 02, 2018
East Boston Development Mortgaged for $48 Million
The Davis Companies have mortgaged their development at 99 Sumner Street in East Boston for $48 million via Salem Five Savings Bank
The project is an approved waterfront mixed-use development featuring 119 condominium residences with over 7,200 square feet of ground-floor publicly-accessible waterfront work share space. Resident amenities at Hodge Boiler Works will include a 5,045 square foot private elevated courtyard with grilling areas, fitness and wellness spaces, lounge areas and small, programmable function spaces.
Aug 01, 2018
Ribon Therapeutics Inc. Relocating to Alewife Research Center
The Davis Companies has leased 26,989 square feet of space in their
Alewife Research Center in Cambridge to Ribon Therapeutics Inc., a
biotech company that will relocate from Lexington.
Upcoming 223,000 square foot state-of-the-art laboratory building
located across from the Alewife MBTA Red Line station. Alewife Research
Center will feature flexible research and development office space with
amenities including a two-story lobby, a fitness center,
conference/meeting areas and an employee lounge.
Jul 26, 2018
Callahan Continues Foundation Work at 249 Third Street
Callahan Construction Managers
continues foundation and site work at 249 Third Street in Cambridge. Block 1 and Block 2 foundation walls are now complete and 50 % of the Level 1 concrete slab is complete. The upcoming mixed-use building, located in Kendall Square, is being developed by Equity Residential and designed by ICON Architecture. When complete the building will feature 84 apartments and a ground floor retail space. Residents will have access to a private roof deck, landscaped courtyard, and ample on-site bicycle parking.
Jul 13, 2018
Facade Work Starting at 399 Binney Street in Kendall Square
With framing in place facade work is starting at 399 Binney Street in the very busy Kendall Square, Cambridge. This mixed-use building will featuring 164,000 sf of office, lab and retail space. 75% of the space is already leased to three drug specialists, Rubius Therapeutics, Relay Therapeutics and Celsius Therapeutics. A green roof deck will provide open space for tenants of the building.
Jul 10, 2018
Exterior Work Ongoing at Harmon Apartments in Dorchester
Exterior work continues at Harmon Apartments in Dorchester. The upcoming 36 unit development is designed to be fully accessible with specialized support technology and services for residents. Units will feature automatic door openers and lighting and HVAC systems that can be controlled via smartphone. The project also includes 21 parking spaces.
Jun 21, 2018
Construction Continues at New Brandeis Residence Hall
Construction is ongoing and the exterior finishing is currently being completed at Brandeis’ New Residence Hall in Waltham.
New energy-efficient residence hall opening Fall 2018 housing 164 students. The 53,000-square-foot building will incorporate two historic towers of Brandeis’ iconic Usen Castle dormitory, partially demolishing the aging complex and expanding capacity by 60 beds. The building will feature an open and inviting main stairway, and improved movement between floors. A modern, natural light-laden multi-level bridge enclosed with a curtain wall will connect the new building’s two wings.
Amenities at the new residence hall will include several common rooms, an outdoor courtyard, study lounges and a communal kitchen. The new residence hall will feature multiple sustainable features, including an array of rooftop solar panels to partially power the residence hall and a 30- to 40-well geothermal system to heat and cool the building.
Jun 15, 2018
Phase One Continues at Packard Crossing
Work continues on the foundation and underground parking at Packard Crossing in Allston. The upcoming four-story building will be integrated to an existing Victorian house on site and contain 38 residential units with 39 underground parking spaces.
Construction is set to begin on Phase Two of the project later this year. Once complete the project will include a total of 114 rental residential units and 3,050 square feet of ground-floor retail. Resident amenities will include a landscaped roof deck and a fitness center.
Jun 07, 2018
Electrical Fit-Out Underway at 121 Seaport
Floors 3 through 11 at 121 Seaport are having electrical work completed including lighting power and fire alarm installation.
The new 17-story, 450,000-square-foot tower located in the heart of Boston's Seaport District. 121 Seaport will feature 400,000 square feet of Class A office space above a two-story, 50,000-square-foot retail podium. 121 Seaport is 100%-leased, with tenants including Internet of Things (IoT) technology provider PTC, who has leased 250,000 square feet, and Alexion Pharmaceuticals, who has leased 150,000 square feet. Both tenants will open new global headquarters at 121 Seaport.
Apr 25, 2018
Apr 24, 2018
KEMS Corporation Remortgages Cambridge Parcel
Lynnfield based, KEMS Corporation has successfully remortgaged their property at 95 Fawcett Street in Cambridge for $18.86 million via MountainOne Bank.
The existing property is a 20,523 square foot parcel on which stands a 20,150 square foot warehouse. Atmark Cambridge, a newly-constructed apartment development, is located just across Fawcett Street and sits in the highly active Alewife Station, Cambridge neighborhood.
Apr 13, 2018
Alewife Research Center on Schedule For 2018
With lab space fully leased, the Alewife Research Center remains on schedule for a 2018 opening. The project, a 223,000-square-foot speculative lab building continues construction across from the Alewife transit station in West Cambridge. With structural framing, concrete floor pouring, installation of floor-to-ceiling glass, and exterior finish panels along the building's facade underway, the building is beginning to take shape.
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.
Feb 12, 2018
Rubius Therapeutics to anchor 75%-leased 399 Binney lab development in Kendall Square
Cancer drug specialist Rubius Therapeutics has leased 45,000 square feet at Alexandria Real Estate Equities’ new 164,000-square-foot 399 Binney Street development in Kendall Square, becoming the property’s anchor tenant. Per Alexandria, 399 Binney Street is 75%-leased, with other committed tenants including Relay Therapeutics and Celsius Therapeutics. 41,000 square feet remain for lease at 399 Binney Street, which is expected to open beginning in the fourth quarter of this year. 399 Binney Street is part of the nine-building One Kendall Square office and retail campus, and will be built to LEED Gold efficiency certifiable standards. The new-construction building also includes a 1,500-square-foot ground-floor retail space.
Feb 08, 2018
Wentworth tops off $55 million Multipurpose Academic Building in Mission Hill
A topping-off ceremony was held today for the Wentworth Institute of Technology’s new $55 million Multipurpose Academic Building in Mission Hill. Wentworth’s first new academic building in over 45 years, the 78,000-square-foot Multipurpose Academic Building will support the school's engineering, science and innovation programs and is anticipated to open in Spring 2019. With the final steel beam of the building’s four-story superstructure now in place, the construction team will begin installing the building’s facade, which will be comprised of zinc panels, glass and an aluminum curtain wall, allowing for abundant natural lighting. The superstructure has required 493 tons of steel, and 14,127 cubic yards of concrete have been used to construct the building’s foundation and floors. The following is a video of the building’s topping off:
Feb 04, 2018
Phase Two of East Boston’s waterfront Portside at East Pier luxury apartments opening this March
The Beacon Collection, Phase Two of the Portside at East Pier luxury apartments on the East Boston waterfront overlooking the Boston skyline, is expected to open this March. The 296-unit new-construction community will be spread across two buildings, and will feature amenities including an indoor pool with an outdoor sundeck, a fitness center with a spin room and yoga room, a rooftop deck overlooking Boston Harbor and a golf simulator. The Beacon Collection will join Portside at East Pier’s Meridian Collection, Phase One of the development which opened in 2014, and will include an extension of the public waterfront Harborwalk. The latest renderings of the Beacon Collection are posted above. The following are photographs of Portside at East Pier:
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:
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 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 14, 2017
Revised Hodge Boiler Works development, featuring 119 new condominiums, approved on East Boston Waterfront
Revisions to the Hodge Boiler Works development on the East Boston Waterfront were approved at yesterday’s Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) Board Meeting. The development will now feature 119 condominium residences overlooking the Boston skyline, in addition to 7,200 square feet of shared-work space and a Harborwalk extension. The development’s change from apartments to condominiums signifies the growing strength of the East Boston Waterfront condominium market. The nearby under-construction Slip65 development, the East Boston Waterfront’s first condominium offering, has been seeing very strong demand, with 50% of residences reserved for prices ranging from $700- to over $1200 per square foot; some residences at Slip65 are under agreement for over $1.5 million. The Hodge Boiler Works development will now go before the City of Boston's Zoning Board of Appeals (ZBA) for review; ZBA approval will be required in order for the building to proceed with construction.
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.
Apr 14, 2017
Revised plans filed for long-stalled Hodge Boiler Works development on East Boston Waterfront
The Davis Companies, who acquired the approved 2.5-acre Hodge Boiler Works development site on the East Boston Waterfront for $5 million in March 2015, proposes to revise the project plans to include additional residences, a new public work share space component and expanded public waterfront open space. Davis proposes to construct 119 rental apartment residences at Hodge Boiler Works in addition to 7,200 square feet of public waterfront work share space. The previous project plan, approved by the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in 2012, consisted of 95 apartments, six bed-and-breakfast hotel rooms and a 576 square foot cafe. The new project plan includes a total of 34,500 square feet of public open space. A 42 boat slip marina, included in the approved plan, has been eliminated. The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) is now reviewing the revised Hodge Boiler Works plans. The latest Hodge Boiler Works renderings are posted above.
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:
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 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:
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.