Work Underway for Concrete Core at Seaport Square Block L4
With construction back underway in Boston, crews continued work on the concrete core at Seaport Square Block L4, the future home to Amazon. The upcoming 17-story 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 levels. Around 2,000 Amazon employees are expected to work within the building in fields including machine learning, speech science, cloud computing, and robotics engineering.
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An Inside Look at the 20 Front of House Elevator Cabs at Encore Boston Harbor: Fabricated by Draper Elevator Interiors
The moment you step foot onto the 3 million square foot, five-star resort and casino your eyes will be busy gazing at all of the intricate details that make up the casino’s astonishing build out. Complex vertical transportation greets you at the front door with a set of extremely rare curved escalators. The tower passenger elevators have similar shapes and curvatures. These elevator cab interiors feature spherical corners at all four sides of the canopies and custom thermoformed solid surface molding panel frames that have integrated LED perimeter lighting. To pull off this design and meet all code and weight requirements it took great collaboration. Draper partnered with Otis Elevator, Jacobs Architects, Suffolk Construction, Lerch Bates Consultants and the Wynn Design & Development team to deliver 20 elegant front of house elevator cabs. The process was over two years in the making and included two mock-up review meetings where all parties involved visited Draper’s manufacturing facility in Holbrook, MA to review fully fabricated cab enclosures and interiors. Draper Elevator Interior’s General Manager Doug Hefler was instrumental in bringing this project to life, from finding new and innovative ways to reduce material weights without sacrificing the architectural design, to working on-site to help guide the installation of over 10 install teams. This five-star resort has five-star elevators that are unlike most cabs you will ever ride in.
Foundation & Garage Construction Continues on Seaport Square Block L4
Work continues on the foundation and underground garage for Seaport Square Block L4. The 17-story office building is expected to open in 2021. When completed, the tower will be Amazon's Seaport office and will house around 2,000 employees.
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.
Encore Boston Harbor Refinanced for $1.85 Billion
The Encore Boston Harbor casino has been refinanced by Wynn Resorts for $1.85 billion via Deutsche Bank.
Encore Boston Harbor is a 34-acre, 3 million square foot five-star casino that opened on June 23rd, 2019 along the Mystic River in Everett. Encore Boston Harbor features a 210,000 square foot gaming facility with approximately 3,200 slot machines and 160 gaming tables. A 24-story, 350-foot tall curved glass tower contains over 600 luxury hotel rooms with a standard room size of over 600 square feet.
$2.65M Interior Fit Out Permit Pulled for Penthouse Unit at One Dalton
A building permit valued at over $2.65M has been pulled for a penthouse flat unit at One Dalton by The Lagasse Group. The project calls for new walls, mechanical, and finishes. One Dalton, as most of you know, is Boston's newest skyscraper rising 61 stories over the Back Bay offering 180 luxury condo homes over Boston's second Four Seasons Hotel.
First Condo Units Ready for Occupancy at One Dalton
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for a majority of the condominium units on floors 26 through 32 at One Dalton. With this CO in place, closings are also beginning to come in for the luxury project. The 180 condos within One Dalton sit above the 215 room Four Seasons hotel which opened at the end of May. Residents will have access to both the hotel amenities including a fitness center, spa, and curved lap pool and a private club on the 50th floor of the building. Final finishing is expected to last through this summer with the building fully complete sometime in September.
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.
ICYMI Encore Boston Harbor is Now Open
In case you had skipped town for a weekend break or may be living under a rock, Encore Boston Harbor is now open. The massive, 3 million square foot project which officially broke ground in early August of 2016 welcomed large crowds on opening day June 23rd. Around 7,400 construction workers helped build the $2.6B project. The Encore features...
- 671 guest rooms ranging in size from 650 - 5800 square feet- 210,000 square foot of casino space including 3158 slot machines & 231 table games- 15 restaurants & 5 shops- 50,000 square feet of meeting space- 26,000 square foot spa- Public waterfront park with boat dock
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.
Inside One Dalton
On our previous visit to One Dalton this past fall, Boston’s newest skyscraper was still very much a construction site. Now with the Four Seasons open the property has been transformed into the 5-star, luxurious yet subtle retreat synonymous with the brand. During a tour hosted by the developer, Richard Friedman, President and CEO of Carpenter and Company, we got a look inside Boston’s second Four Seasons.
The One Dalton, Four Seasons Hotel Entrance. Residents will enter through a separate entrance to the property around the corner.
Developer Richard Friedman, President & CEO of Carpenter and Company, in one of the three duplex penthouses at One Dalton
After buying the land 7 years ago, One Dalton has been a long time in the making for Friedman and his team. Friedman, who will live at the property himself, mentioned it has been an “amazing experience to change the skyline” and he expects when fully complete One Dalton will be the “social hub of the city”.
In talking with Darren Messina, Executive VP Design and Construction at Carpenter and Company, we learned of some of the challenges the construction team faced while bringing the 742-foot tower to life on this postage stamp site. To mitigate movement, the team installed a giant belt truss around the 24th floor of the building, something that had never been done before in Boston. Messina credits Rachel Parks, at Suffolk Construction, with making this happen by creating the BIM modeling for this complex piece of the puzzle. The logistics of delivering the tons of concrete necessary for the poured-in-place reinforced concrete columns, core walls, and slabs and ensuring the proper strength also kept the construction team on their toes.
The view from the last remaining penthouse home at One Dalton
Up in the last available penthouse (a steal at around $40M) work still remains to be finished however the scale of the 7,500 square foot, duplex unit is impressive and the views of course amazing. Last time we visited we took the hoist elevator to the top of the tower. Luckily this time the permanent elevators were in place and when moving at top speed will transport residents to the 61st floor in under a minute.
Down a few levels, interior finishing is a bit further along for the other condo residences. These homes come with a choice of 3 kitchen cabinet, countertop, and flooring options. Wolf and sub-zero appliances are of course included. While the team won't tell us how many of the 160 condo units have been sold, they did comment that One Dalton is the fastest selling Four Seasons project to date.
Interior finishing is still wrapping up for the condo residences at One Dalton.
On the Wellness Floor (the 7th floor) the 2,500 square foot fitness center, offers an array of equipment selected by renowned celebrity trainer, Harley Pasternak. Also on this level is the gorgeous, curved lap pool and the spa. All amenities on the Wellness Floor are available for both residents and guests to utilize. Condo owners will also have access to their own private amenities including the 24th floor Entertainment Gallery featuring a golf simulator, private theater, and family activity center. On the 50th floor, the 50/50 Club designed by the interior designer and architect Thierry Despont offers residences an exclusive club and lounge featuring more of those wonderful views of the Charles River and Boston skyline.
The Wellness Floor at One Dalton features a fully equipped fitness center, lap pool, and spa.
Within the hotel's, 215 guest rooms, no detail has been left ignored including 6 different types of wallpaper in a deluxe guest room, a tv in the bathroom mirror, voice-activated remotes along with fine crystal for the bar and herringbone china for your morning coffee. The property also boasts 2GB internet, the fastest network in Boston (right behind MIT).
Guests rooms at One Dalton feature a mix of modern & classic finishes.
A key piece of the One Dalton finishing is the art curated by Kate Chertavian. Chertavian, who has over 25 years of experience curating independent projects, traveled the world finding unique and fitting pieces for the project with Friedman. While we are certainly not art critics, the pieces chosen throughout the lobby and hotel space are all unique and beautiful but not stuffy or pretentious.
A sampling of the art specially curated for One Dalton.
Our final stop of the tour was the globally renowned Zuma restaurant. The restaurant space, designed by Studio Glitz, features a variety of textures, including wood, stone, glass, and metal to offer the visitor hidden pockets of discovery throughout the space. The restaurant is definitely eye-catching and the cocktails and food we sampled were delicious. Zuma's GM says business has been busy with bookings being made 3 weeks in advance.
Along with final finishing on the condos, yet to come at One Dalton is the Trifecta Bar, named for the soft triangle design of the building. Currently blocked by the crane, future guests of the hotel will walk through this bar to access the elevators. A small park across from the hotel entrance is also now underway, adding some green space to the project site. The development team expects construction to be 100% complete sometime in September.
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