Dec 29, 2019
Tower Crane in Place for Amazon's Future Seaport Office Tower
The tower crane is up at Seaport Square Block L4, for what will be home to Amazon's Seaport office. The 17-story tower will feature 444,000 square feet of office space above, 81,000 square feet of retail. Approximately 2,000 Amazon employees will work from this new location when it opens sometime in 2021.
Dec 04, 2019
Snowport Winter Village Opens Tomorrow in the Seaport
Seaport is thrilled to introduce a new winter entertainment destination in Boston: Snowport Winter Village in Partnership with Fjällräven & Capital One Café. Debuting tomorrow, Thursday, December 5th, and open through February 2020, Snowport Winter Village is an interactive winter wonderland featuring a signature ice skating rink and an array of complimentary winter activities, from iceless outdoor curling to yoga and warm beverages. By mid-December, Snowport Winter Village will serve freshly baked waffles by The Waffle Cabin, along with more great things to be announced. Snowport Winter Village spans over 7,000 square feet in total and will be located at 65 Northern Ave (the intersection of Seaport Boulevard and Fan Pier Boulevard). www.bostonseaport.xyz
Snowport Winter Village’sice rink spans over 3,000 square feet and accommodates more than 200 skaters. It will host a variety of winter festivities, such as vibrant light displays, outdoor iceless curling, yoga, seasonal workshops, live music, and themed skate nights. Come mid-December, Snowport Winter Village will also include a warming tent complete with seasonal food and beverage options for skaters and observers alike to enjoy.“As our largest and most dynamic public activation yet, Snowport Winter Villagecreates an entirely new gathering place in Seaport. Snowport Winter Village will provide ample opportunities to experience the season, offering ice skating for families and neighbors; seasonal food and beverage to enjoy with friends, and winter games for all ages. Our hope is to offer an open, welcoming, and festive new destination for the whole neighborhood to enjoy.” says Yanni Tsipis, Senior Vice President, Seaport, WS Development.
Nov 15, 2019
BPDA Approves NPC For Seaport Square Block N
On 11/14 the Boston Planning Board approved the notice of project change for The Seaport Square Block N project. Original plans for the building had called for primarily residential use but the updated project will now include around 38,000 square feet of retail/restaurant and 384,000 square feet of office and research and development space.
Oct 31, 2019
Permit Pulled For Temp. Ice Rink in Seaport Square
A permit has been pulled to build a temporary ice rink in Seaport Square at 65 Northern Avenue. During the summer the site is home to the Cisco Beer garden but will now be transformed into a skating rink that will run through March of next year.
Sep 12, 2019
NPC Filed for Seaport Square Block N
WS Development has filed a notice of project change for Seaport Square Block N, at 350 Summer Street. The NPC calls for a change of use from a primarly residential building to office/lab space. Original plans included 72,000 square feet of retail/restaurant space and 350,000 square feet of residential while the NPC proposes a reduced 38,000 square feet of retail/restaurant and around 384,000 square feet of office and research and development space.
Aug 01, 2019
Foundation Medicine Leases 580,000 Square Feet at 400 Summer Street
WS Development has announced that Foundation Medicine has leased 580,000 square feet of laboratory and office space at 400 Summer Street, part of the company’s 23-acre Boston Seaport development.
“We are honored that Foundation Medicine has chosen 400 Summer Street for their headquarters. Boston’s Seaport has come to serve as the city’s hub for forward-thinking employers, residents, and retailers, and now as a global hub of the life sciences sector. No company better represents the power of innovation than Foundation Medicine and we are proud to welcome them to our neighborhood,” said Jeremy Sclar, President of WS Development.
The upcoming 626,000 square foot, 16 story lab/office project at 400 Summer Street. will include a new set of stairs including public open space to connect Summer Street down to Congress Street.
Jul 23, 2019
Work Continues on Foundation/Below Grade Parking for Seaport Square Block L4
Construction is ongoing for the foundation and two levels of below-grade parking at Seaport Square Block L4, future home of Amazon. Block L4 will feature 444,000 square feet of office space above two levels of retail, 81,000 square feet. The project will also bring a new park to the area, connecting Summer Street to the Waterfront, Harbor Square Park will be a 1/3 mile public promenade designed by the world-renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, possibly best known for their work on Manhattan’s High Line.
Construction on Seaport Square Block L4 is expected to be complete in 2021.
Jul 18, 2019
WS Development Plans to Begin Construction on 400 Summer St. Later This Year
At yesterday's NAIOP Seaport by Foot Tour event, Yanni Tsipis of WS Development discussed a few of his firm's upcoming projects in Seaport Square. With work underway for Amazon's future home at Seaport Square Block L4, WS expects to begin construction on Parcel P next, later this year. Parcel P, or 400 Summer Street, will include over 600,000 square feet of lab space and is aesthetically designed to connect Fort Point's industrial style with The Seaport.
As part of the 400 Summer Street project, WS will be building a new connection between Summer and Congress Streets. These gorgeous new stairs will include public space and allow for a much more pleasant pedestrian connection than the current A Street Stair option.
Jun 13, 2019
Seaport Square Block L4 Financed for $435 Million
The project at Seaport Square Block L4 has been financed via Citizens Bank for $435 million.
The upcoming project consists of a 17 story retail and office building to be constructed on a 1.63-acre parcel in Boston's Seaport Square.
The 525,000 square foot building will feature 81,000 square feet of retail space on the first two levels accompanied by 444,000 square feet of office space on the upper 15 levels.
May 30, 2019
WS Development Officially Breaks Ground on New Amazon Office Space on Seaport Square Block L4
Governor Baker & Mayor Walsh were on hand earlier this week for the groundbreaking ceremony for WS Development's newest Seaport Project, 111 Harbor Way (Block L4). While construction has been underway for a few months, WS took the opportunity to officially break ground on the upcoming 17-story, 525,000 square foot project. Amazon will be expanding into 430,000 square feet of new office space at the building, creating 2,000 high-tech jobs, in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computing, and robotics engineering. Michael Touloumtzis of Amazon told the crowd Amazon continues to expand in Massachusetts partly due to the strong talent pool here and his team is excited to expand into the high-tech new space sometime in 2021.
Yanni Tsipis of WS Development touched on the importance of the project in expanding the public realm with an emphasis on green space. Harbor Square Park will be a focal point of the future Harbor Way, a 1/3-mile public promenade that will connect Summer Street to the water’s edge – a plan conceived of by the world-renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, possibly best known for their work on Manhattan’s High Line.
The event which featured mini-lobster rolls, steel drums, and some delicious Taiyaki Ice Cream was capped off with the firing of confetti cannons. Photos courtesy: Michael Blanchard
May 23, 2019
WS Development & Amazon to Break Ground on Tuesday in the Seaport
Seaport will usher in its next exciting wave of development with the groundbreaking of 111 Harbor Way (Block L4 of the Boston Seaport project), home to Amazon’s new office in the heart of the Seaport neighborhood. Attendees will include Governor Baker, Mayor Walsh, the WS Development team and representatives from Amazon.
Slated for completion in 2021, the building is a central component of WS Development’s Boston Seaport project, the largest single real estate endeavor in city history, spanning 23 acres across 20 city blocks.
111 Harbor Way is a 525,000 square foot, 17-story building with two stories devoted to retail and restaurant uses. Last year, Amazon announced it would expand its Boston Tech Hub and create an additional 2,000 high-tech jobs, in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computing, and robotics engineering. To accommodate the new job creation, Amazon will be expanding into 430,000 square feet of new office space at 111 Harbor Way.
WS Development chose esteemed architectural firm Gensler to envision and design the tower. In a collaboration between its Boston and San Francisco offices, Gensler respected the authentic industrial context of the Seaport, creating a building that has a timeless aesthetic and a highly articulated expression.
The building’s design emphasizes human-focused elements, including outdoor terraces on alternating floors and the Paseo, a street-level interior public promenade lined with shops, cafes, and a welcoming central amphitheater. The Paseo will lead pedestrians to Harbor Square Park, a one-acre public space being constructed concurrently with the building, which will expand the public realm in the Seaport and create a vibrant new open space hub for the Seaport.
Harbor Square Park is a focal point of the future Harbor Way, a 1/3-mile public promenade that will connect Summer Street to the water’s edge – a plan conceived of by the world-renowned landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations, possibly best known for their work on Manhattan’s High Line. The park will create a hub of community activity across all seasons, hosting hundreds of public events annually including art and music performances, markets, and a public winter skating rink.
May 02, 2019
Construction Ongoing for Underground Garage at Seaport Square Block L4
Construction is ongoing for the 2-story below grade parking garage that will sit below the upcoming office building on Seaport Square Block L4. The garage foundation slurry walls will be constructed on two sides, north and east and will serve as temporary earth support during construction. There will no foundation wall on the west and south sides of the project as the garage is intended to connect to future phases of development. Above the garage a 17 story retail and office building to be constructed. The 525,000 square foot building will feature 81,000 square feet of retail space on the first two levels accompanied by 444,000 square feet of office space on the upper 15 levels. The office space will be the future home of around 2,000 Amazon employees.