CitizenM Open At The Hub on Causeway
The CitizenM hotel at The Hub on Causeway is now open. The European inspired hotel features 272 rooms along with ample common space including an outdoor roof deck with outstanding views. While the rooms at CitizenM may be small they come equipped with smart features including MoodPad-operated lighting and high-quality finishes like XL king beds and rain showers. Rooms rates are currently listed at $279 per night.
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Next up for The Hub on Causeway, the expected opening of the Star Market and ArcLight theater this fall followed by the first occupancy of the residential tower, Hub50 House. Hub50 House, now leasing, will offer 440 luxury units with an array of amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck.
Gilbane Selected as Construction Manager for 225 Wyman
Hobbs Brook Management has selcted Gilbane to provide preconstruction and construction management services for the 500,000-square foot speculative building at 225 Wyman St. in Waltham’s Hobbs Brook Office Park. The building will offer the largest contiguous block of class A space in the area.
Construction on the 5-story, lab-capable building designed by Gensler will begin in August and be completed in 2021. The project will also include a new parking garage within the Hobbs Brook Office Park to accommodate parking needs for the complex.
“We selected Gilbane for their extensive expertise in planning and building laboratory facilities,” Hobbs Brook Management principal architect Brad Cardoso said in a statement. “Gilbane has previously worked with Gensler on projects of this size and they are well-positioned for a successful project.”
Rapid7 Moves Into Posh New HQ at The Hub on Causeway
Rapid7 has officially moved into their new 147,000-square-foot office space at the Hub on Causeway. The new headquarters The firm has more than doubled its global headcount since 2014 and has nearly 500 of the 1,000 employees working locally. The new office space is modern, open, and hopes to create an exceptional work experience for employees.
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Facade Removal Underway at One Post Office Square
Demo work continues for the upcoming modernization and expansion of One Post Office Square. The existing facade dating back to 1980 is being removed up to the 30th floor and replaced with a new glass curtain wall. On the upper floors, the glass will be applied over the existing facade. New square footage is also being added to the site in the form of a new 18-story building to replace the existing parking garage. This new structure will include 300 fully automated parking spaces with 13 floors of office space above. The upgraded tower will also include new amenity spaces with sweeping views of the surrounding skyline, a fitness and conference center, a restaurant, and retail space.
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.
Steel Framing Rapidly Rising for Final Phase of The Hub on Causeway
Steel framing is rapidly progressing for the final phase of the Hub on Causeway, the 650,000 square feet office tower. Verizon has already committed to a lease of 440,000 square foot within the building. Elsewhere in the project interior work is ongoing for the residential tower, citizenM hotel, and the office and commercial spaces in the podium.
The citizenM hotel is expected to open in mid-September and fit-outs are also ongoing for the Star Market, what will be Boston's largest supermarket, along with the ArcLight theater with both expected to open this fall as well.
Leasing is also underway for the residential units, 440 in total, which feature Italian cabinetry with under cabinet lighting, Silestone countertops, and in-unit laundry. Residents at Hub 50 House will have access to an array of luxury amenities including a fitness center overlooking the Zakim Bridge, a game & media room, outdoor deck, Skypool, and Woof Deck. First residents are set to move in this fall, making for what are sure to be a busy couple of months for one of Boston's largest project.
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.
625,000 Square Foot Office Tower at 125 Lincoln Street Officially Under Review
Oxford Properties planned 24 story office tower to replace the garage at 125 Lincoln Street is now officially under review. The plans call for a 625,000 square foot office building with retail and publicly accessible ground floor uses. The development would also include the redesign of 7,500 square feet of existing open space at the corner of Lincoln Street and the Greenway along with the creation of a publicly accessible indoor space of approximately 7,000 square feet that includes gathering and retail spaces. Parking capacity for up to 275 vehicles would be located in up to five levels below grade. Oxford Properties purchased the garage for around $40M in May 2017.
NBC Universal's New Media Center Taking Shape
NBC Universal's upcoming 160,000 square foot facility is taking shape within Founder's Park in Needham. The building will be home to NBC 10 Boston, Telemundo, NBC Sports Boston and New England Channel News (NECN) and will feature the most cutting edge broadcast technology. Construction is expected to wrap up this fall.
Demolition Nearly Complete at 225 Wyman Street in Waltham
Demo is wrapping up at 225 Wyman St. in the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham to make way for a new construction, 500,000+ square foot project. Located along 128, in the busy tech/life-science corridor, the floor plates of the building are designed to accommodate office and lab space. On-site amenities will include a cafe, fitness center, and conference space. 225 Wyman is expected to be ready for tenant-fit out in Q1 2021.
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
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.