Structure in Place for Children's Hale Family Building
The structure is in place for the 11-story Hale Family Building at Boston Children's Hospital. The $1B clinical building will feature a state of the art NICU, a five-floor cardiac clinic, new inpatient rooms, and an open-floor concept clinical lab. A rooftop healing garden will be constructed at the top of the building, replacing the former Prouty Garden. The building is expected to be complete in the third quarter of 2021.
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Framing Nearly Complete for Pete Frates Center at BC
Pete Frates legacy will forever live on at Boston College and around the globe. Appropriately named the Pete Frates Center, framing is nearly complete for a new 31,140 square foot building at Boston College that will house team locker rooms for baseball and softball, space for sports medicine, training, and equipment storage. The project replaced an existing 50-spot surface parking lot located to the south and west of the existing softball and baseball fields. Construction is expected to be completed this summer.
Celtics & Bruins Lease Space At The Hub On Causeway
Both the Celtics & Bruins have signed leases on new office space at 100 Causeway, the third and final phase of The Hub on Causeway. Delaware North has leased 34,068 square feet on the 14th floor of the tower while Banner Seventeen LLC has leased a total of 71,154 square feet, the full 13th floor and part of the 12th floor. On a recent trip to the project for the topping off ceremony, BLDUP got an inside look at the open floor plate office space which takes full advantage of the stunning wrap-around views.
“We’re thrilled that the Boston Celtics, Boston Bruins, and Delaware North have chosen The Hub on Causeway as home to their front office operations. The foundation of The Hub, literally and figuratively, was built on Boston sports and has helped in solidifying this neighborhood as the sports, entertainment, and creative district for the City of Boston" Bryan Koop of Boston Properties said in a statement. Verizon will be the anchor tenant of the tower already leasing 440,000 square feet of space. Construction on 100 Causeway is expected to wrap up in mid-2021.
$7M Fit-out Permit Pulled for Klaviyo Office at 125 Summer St.
Commodore Builders has pulled a permit valued at $7M for the fit-out of the Klaviyo offices at 125 Summer Street. The project on the 5th-7th floors of the building will include an amenity space, cafe, library, and fitness area.
Site Clear for 2nd Phase of Packard Crossing
Demo of a commercial building at 45-55 Brighton Ave. is complete and the site is now clear for Phase 2 of Packard Crossing. This new building will feature a below-grade parking garage with 175 spaces, 3,050 square feet of retail space, plus 76 apartments. The first phase of the project, along Gardner Street, features 38 apartments and parking for 39 cars.
$11M Electrical Permit Pulled for One Post Office Square
A permit valued at $11M has been pulled for the electrical renovation of the existing core at One Post Office Square. The work will also include electrical install for the addition that will replace the parking garage being demoed along Oliver Street. The addition will include 300 parking spaces plus additional office space increasing the building's total square footage to 1.1M.
Facade & Window Install Underway for Assembly Row Block 8
With framing ongoing, facade and window install has kicked off on the lower floors of Assembly Row Block 8. The mixed-use project will feature 500 residences and approximately 26,500 square feet of restaurant and retail space. Multiple amenities will be located on-site for residents, including a 4th-floor courtyard with a pool & private patios and a rooftop outdoor terrace.
The Hub on Causeway Office Tower Tops Off: Checking in on BLDUP's Most Popular Project
The Hub on Causeway was by far the most visited project page on our site in 2019 with over 32,000 visitors looking to BLDUP for updates on the 1.5 million-square-foot mixed-use development. With the final piece of the project, the TAMI tower officially topped off on Friday 12/20, let’s check in with one of Boston’s most significant development projects of the decade. As Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President for Boston Properties pointed out at The Hub's official opening ceremony earlier this year “The Hub combines the best of Boston’s sports, dining, and live music as well as provides jobs and housing at the Northern gateway to the city."
The final beam is raised at 100 Causeway Street, the final phase of the Hub on Causeway
To create an "urban village" The Podium at the Hub on Causeway offers a variety of amenities including the massive Banners Kitchen & Tap that we found hopping on a Friday evening before a Celtics home game. For those visitors in the mood for a margarita, Guy Fieri's Tequila Concina is serving up the Food Network star's distinct Latin street food. Arclight Boston, the chain’s first location in the Northeast, is also now open offering specialty popcorn flavors plus limited previews, a major plus for those of us waiting to see the new Star Wars. Arguably the most important feature of the Hub is Boston's largest urban grocery store, the 60,000 square foot Star Market which opened in September.
Big Night Live, an intimate concent venue for up to 1,500 is also now open. Principal Ed Kane of Big Night Entertainment Group told BLDUP they were attracted to the Hub because of "the sense that this area really was going to be the Hub of the Universe. Not only is it rich in sports history, but it is also at the heart of one of the strongest transportation centers in the city. Another true HUB. Additionally, the location felt iconic to us and that was our goal - to build incredible facilities in iconic locations. We started this process way back in 2014, so it was incredible to see the growth we had hoped for happen right before our eyes. The amount of residences, offices and retail businesses that have sprung up in the area is beyond our wildest projections."
Big Night Live has been receiving rave reviews since its opening this fall.
When asked how the reception has been since opening Kane also tells BLDUP "It's been incredible. We believed that Boston needed a better, more experiential music venue that brought the best in hospitality, sound, lighting, and design. The people of Boston immediately gravitated to Big Night Live and the reviews have been off the charts. The room is a unique hybrid - a music hall, supper club, and night club - and it makes use of the best features in each of those genres. The room plays big but feels small and intimate at the same time. Artists and guests have both loved it thus far."
Along with these restaurant and entertainment spaces The Hub also features the European inspired 270 room citizenM hotel complete with rooftop bar and lounge plus the 440 unit residential tower, Hub50House. Hub50 House welcomed first residents this fall to luxurious homes offering amazing views and amenities. Residents at the building have access to a Skypool and Clubroom, a Skyline Deck featuring a fire pit and grills, a Woof deck and spa, and a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge. Hub15, the 15th floor of the tower is also home to a collection of amenities where residents can enjoy incredible views as they work, play, relax and socialize in comfortable indoor and outdoor spaces.
The residences at Hub50 House offer sleek, modern finishes.
Still to come at The Hub on Causeway, Hub Hall expected to open this winter, a food hall showcasing 18 local eateries and food vendors including favorites Sullivan’s Castle Island, Mike’s Pastry, & Monica's Mercato plus momosan ramen by Morimoto. Construction will also continue on the 31-story tower, set to become Verizon’s headquarters for this region. Tech firm Rapid7, who already occupy 145,000 square feet below the new tower will also add additional space above. At the topping off ceremony, Giuliana DiMambro, Senior Project Manager for Boston Properties noted that this was the final structural milestone for the project which broke ground in 2015. The completion of this tower is expected in mid-2021 wrapping up this game-changing project.
W. L. French Opens New Headquarters and Maintenance Facility
W. L. French Excavating Corporation (WLF) has officially cut the ribbon on its new corporate office and state-of-the-art maintenance facility located at 14 Sterling Road in North Billerica. Comprising 66,000 square feet on 22 acres, the two buildings feature new technologies, energy efficiencies, and increased capacity to handle a growing demand for field operations tied to the privately-held company’s growth.
Established in 1972, WLF is one of New England’s leading site excavation, environmental remediation, and soil management firms, having worked on some of the region’s most complex and high-profile projects. The company is currently working on projects such as Boynton Yards, a mixed-use the development project, Assembly Row (Blocks 5B and 8) – both located in Somerville, MA – and Polar Park, the new home of the Worcester WooSox.
“Safety is paramount for W. L. French, and being safe requires our equipment to be maintained at the highest level. When we set out to build a new home, the maintenance facility was a top priority,” said company President Bill French, Jr. “This building is equipped with innovative equipment technology that will allow our maintenance crews to improve overall machine utilization, accuracy, and efficiency. This will provide us an advantage of servicing our contracts and meeting the goals of our projects.”
Situated behind the corporate offices, the 48,000 square-foot maintenance facility features:
10 drive-through maintenance bays
Three high equipment bays with 5-ton and 10-ton overhead cranes
Vidir tire carousel capable of storing store 91 truck tires
FSX heavy-duty diesel filter cleaning system to keep trucks and heavy equipment operating at peak efficiency
Truck wash bay with two Hotsy pressure washers plus a separate bay for rinsing
Quincy 15 horsepower rotary screw air compressor, capable of 150 pounds of pressure per square inch
Designed and built by Connolly Brothers, Inc. of Beverly, MA the new WLF complex includes energy-efficient lighting, cooling, and heating systems. The office building – measuring more than 10,000 square feet – includes collaborative workspaces, a fitness center, and comfortable meeting spaces. It was designed to promote health, wellness, and productivity in the workplace.
“This is more than a headquarters for our company,” said French. “It represents a lifetime of work for many of our team members. With this facility, we are better equipped to serve our clients and maintain the quality and professionalism that has become synonymous with the company for the last five decades.”
W. L. French employs 250 people and owns and operates over 275 pieces of heavy equipment. The company has been recognized locally and nationally for excellence in the field of site excavation and soil management. This year, Inc. Magazine named it one of America’s Fastest-Growing Companies for the sixth time, and Engineering News-Record ranked it among the Top 25 Specialty Contractors in New England.
Construction Continues on Modernization of One Post Office Square
Removal of the precast facade on the lower floors of One Post Office square is rapidly progressing to make way for a modern glass curtain wall system. On the upper floors, the curtainwall will be applied over precast panes. As part of the project, the building will also be expanded to offer a total of 1.1 million square feet of Class A office space plus over 52,000 square feet of retail and restaurant space. New tenant amenity spaces will also be added including a fitness center, conference space, and outdoor terraces with skyline views.
95 Fawcett St. in Cambridge Refinanced for $18.93M
FinanceBoston has arranged senior cash-out financing, secured by a 44-unit condo property located in the Alewife neighborhood of Cambridge. The development, 95 Fawcett Street, is located steps from the Alewife MBTA Station. The convenient location of this project is part of an exciting mixed-use area that will soon benefit from a major influx of lab and office tenants.
“This closing was completed by arranging a financing structure which involved a syndication between two local banks, “ said Doug Landry, Principal at Boston-based FinanceBoston. “This project should go up quickly and greatly enhance the neighborhood for years to come."
FinanceBoston, a real estate capital advisory firm, provides real estate operators & developers with custom capital solutions for acquisitions, developments and refinances. Founded in 2004, FinanceBoston has earned a loyal client base that continuously relies on the firm’s creative capital advisory solutions for both debt and equity needs.
Work Underway on Cast-In-Place Podium at The Mark in East Boston
Work is now underway for the cast-in-place podium for the upcoming 107 unit luxury condo project, The Mark at DeNormandie Wharf. The 6-story building will also feature 6,500 square feet of shared workspace plus parking for 80 cars. Residents will have access to a private fitness center with several immersive entertainment lounges.