About The BEAT
Proposed repositioning of the 16.6-acre former Boston Globe headquarters at 135 Morrissey Boulevard in Dorchester. The existing three-story office and industrial building would be retained and retrofitted into a 695,000-square-foot modern hub for creative office, laboratory and retail uses dubbed The BEAT. The project would create spaces to stimulate growth in fields such as robotics, life sciences and high-tech manufacturing.
The BEAT would include 360,000 square feet of office space and 300,000 square feet of flex/light industrial space, along with retail including a 10,000-square-foot fitness center, a 100-seat restaurant and a micro craft brewery with a food component, including an outdoor beer garden. A portion of The BEAT would be dedicated to robotics-related work. 868 parking spaces and over 200 bicycle storage spaces would be provided on site. Smaller outbuildings would be removed from the existing 815,000-square-foot existing building in order to construct The BEAT, creating 695,000 square feet of space.
A new multi-story atrium would be constructed at The BEAT’s entrance, creating a central gathering area with a food hall and collaborative meeting and gathering spaces. The atrium would allowing natural light to circulate throughout the building; new curtain wall and upgraded windows would be installed for further natural lighting enhancement. The atrium would be open to the public during working hours.
A new multi-use path would be created around the site, restoring the adjacent Patten’s Cove public park and integrating the site into the surrounding Dorchester community. In total, The BEAT would add over 3,000 jobs to the Dorchester economy. Construction of The BEAT is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2018 and last 12 to 14 months. The BEAT is located minutes from Interstate 93 and a five minute walk from JFK/UMass Station on the MBTA Red Line and Commuter Rail. The following are renderings of The BEAT: