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Established in 1636, Harvard is the oldest institution of higher education in the United States. The University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, has an enrollment of over 20,000 degree candidates, including undergraduate, graduate, and professional students. Harvard has more than 360,000 alumni around the world.


Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
- Apr 13, 2020

Harvard Pushes Back Opening of Science & Engineering Complex to Spring 2021 Originally expected to open this fall, Harvard has now announced the new Science and Engineering Complex will now open in the spring semester of 2021. Dean Frank Doyle of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences said in a statement, “due to the temporary suspension of construction work by the city of Boston, and our collective response to the coronavirus public health emergency, the SEC will not be ready in time for a summertime move-in and fall opening as previously planned. The good news is that, following a nearly five-year construction process, once construction fully resumes the SEC will be just weeks away from being ready for occupancy.” When complete the $1B project will be the new hub of learning for over 1,800 science and engineering students, researchers, and faculty and will serve as a new iconic gateway to Harvard’s growing Allston campus.  

Harvard Enterprise Research Campus
- Dec 19, 2019

Harvard Selects Tishman Speyer as Partner for Initial Phase of Enterprise Research Campus The Harvard Allston Land Company (HALC) has designated Tishman Speyer as the preferred developer for the initial phase of Harvard University’s Enterprise Research Campus (ERC) in Allston. Led by President and CEO Rob Speyer, Tishman Speyer is a global developer of large, complex, mixed-use projects and is best known for innovative approaches to architecture, placemaking, interior design, sustainability, healthy live-work environments, and leading-edge tenant amenities.  The architect selected to lead the project is Jeanne Gang, who graduated from the Harvard Graduate School of Design in 1993 with a master’s in architecture degree, and is founding principal of Studio Gang, an international architecture and urban design practice based in Chicago, New York, and San Francisco. Gang, a MacArthur Fellow who was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2019, has received numerous accolades over the years and in 2017 was named as the Architectural Review Woman Architect of the Year. Tishman Speyer’s previous collaborations with Gang include residential projects in San Francisco and Brooklyn, as well as the Mission Rock project in San Francisco.  Gang has also done work on the University of Chicago’s campus and on O’Hare International Airport. The ERC is located on Western Avenue, adjacent to Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC), and across the street from Harvard Business School (HBS), and will be a cornerstone of Harvard’s commitment to enhance the area in ways that align with its teaching and research mission. It will be a center for innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship, bringing together partners from across greater Boston and beyond. “Tishman Speyer will bring to Allston a wealth of experience shaped by extraordinary work around the world, and we look forward to the further development of the Enterprise Research Campus,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “The convergence of art, business, and engineering in a new urban district will create opportunities for creativity and innovation that will drive achievements in research that none of us can imagine.” Harvard envisions that the ERC will seamlessly integrate into the emerging corridor of creativity along Western Avenue, and that will contribute to a thriving neighborhood which is home to academia and education, engaging public and community spaces, and the arts and sciences in ways that drive economic growth and innovation.  Tishman Speyer was chosen because its proposal reflected a commitment to many of the goals set out by HALC in its initial request for proposals, namely: a strong focus on bold and innovative architecture; attention to creating a robust, sustainable public realm; an ability to include affordable housing that exceeds municipal requirements; a focus on creating a space for life-science and tech start-ups to flourish; a diverse and experienced development team;  and assurances that the firm is committed to ensuring project equity for minority investors. “The ideas and concepts put forth by the Tishman Speyer team were very much in line with the local Allston community's, the City's, and the University’s goals for the neighborhood, as well as advanced and forward-thinking.  Their focus on these shared goals and aspirations will result in an innovative ERC—that will complement the cutting-edge institutional research and teaching taking place at Harvard and throughout the region, and that can be integrated into the already-thriving community,” said Nitin Nohria, Chair of the Board of HALC and Dean of the Harvard Business School. “From the outset, Tom Glynn (CEO of HALC) and the Board members of the Harvard Allston Land Company have presented a clear, compelling and unique vision,” commented Tishman Speyer President and CEO Rob Speyer. “This project will combine the best in real estate with the best in science to help entrepreneurs and researchers make life-changing discoveries. And it will do this while supporting the neighborhood’s residents, further strengthening existing businesses and diversifying the region’s economy.  We are proud to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a flagship for innovation at the center of a thriving, community-focused mixed-use development.”  Tishman Speyer sees opportunity in what it calls “a symbiosis between the ERC’s historic neighbors, the global innovation community and Harvard’s vision.”  The firm said its plan for the ERC is to create buildings and open spaces that are configured to simultaneously maximize user comfort and offer a diverse mix of program potential.  Its proposal says it will focus on creating social infrastructure that promotes “inclusivity, shared experiences, collaboration and human happiness…where cultural identity is expressed and authentically celebrated.” One potential building, dubbed the “Treehouse,” would serve as a welcoming front door to the ERC, and would reimagine the concept of a traditional hotel and conference center as a “hyper-social building for local, regional and global populations.”  "Capturing the spirit of innovation of the Enterprise Research Campus, our design will transform a former industrial site into a fertile new ground for the exchange of ideas and creative expression. We envision a neighborhood brought to life with low-carbon buildings and resilient green spaces that foster community and connect people to their natural environment," said Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang Founding Principal and Partner. Echoing Harvard’s strong commitment to sustainability and resiliency, Tishman Speyer says the ERC will be designed to be a leader in substantiality. Each ERC building will be designed to achieve a USGBC LEED Gold rating. Tishman Speyer’s proposal also calls for a dynamic and diverse residential community, with the ability to exceed the City’s affordable housing thresholds and include additional livability elements. Tishman Speyer says that “true and authentic equity and inclusion” will be the foundation of the team and the project itself. It has assembled a diverse team with broad global, national and local perspectives, and says it is “deeply committed to a work environment that promotes a diverse workforce, with different views and perspectives, and an expectation that leaders and employers alike demonstrate unflagging support for diversity and inclusion practices.” Tishman Speyer has committed to allocating five percent of the project equity to minority investors.  The entire ERC consists of 36 acres off of Western Avenue in Allston. The initial phase is for a 14-acre portion that has already received initial regulatory approval for 900,000 sf from the Boston Planning and Development Agency in March 2018, and includes plans for lab/office space, residential space, and a hotel and conference center, all of which will contribute to a vibrant and active neighborhood. “Over the next several months HALC and Tishman Speyer will be working with the local community, elected officials and City Hall to develop and refine a project proposal so that it can be shared and formally submitted for review,” said Thomas Glynn, CEO of HALC. “While a lot of necessary, expected work still remains to be done, we’re incredibly excited about this today’s announcement – an important next step in realizing Harvard’s vision for the ERC.” While the Tishman Speyer team has developed initial thinking and offered preliminary concepts and designs, there is no formal proposed project at the present time, nor any identified tenants.  Tishman Speyer has a large, diverse portfolio of projects locally, nationally and across the globe. It currently owns and operates more than 3 million square feet of space in Boston and has two projects in the city, including Pier4, a mixed-use project in the Seaport, and 105 West First Street, a life-science lab, also in the Seaport. Other projects include Rockefeller Center in New York City, Mission Rock in San Francisco, and the Sony Center in Berlin, Germany.    As planning advances in the ERC, Harvard and the Tishman Speyer team will work collaboratively to recruit idea-intensive businesses that have a natural synergy with the mission-driven scholarship that’s going on by Harvard’s faculty and students in Allston. This will further strengthen and expand partnerships across Greater Boston’s thriving ecosystem of innovation that includes Boston University, MIT, Harvard and other associated teaching hospitals, and innovative companies and investors throughout the region.

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
- Nov 23, 2019

Facade Install Nearly Complete for Harvard's $1B Science and Engineering Complex The custom facade system for Havard's Science and Engineering Complex in Allston is nearly complete and landscaping is also beginning to be installed on the exterior terraces of the building. On the interior of the 535,000 square foot project, MEP rough and finish work continues plus install of bathroom finishes and elevators. When complete in fall 2020, the facility will be home to around 1,800 science and engineering students, researchers, and faculty.

Harvard Enterprise Research Campus
- Nov 13, 2019

Harvard Narrows Development Field for Enterprise Research Campus to Three Finalists Harvard has narrowed down the field of development partners from nine to just three finalists. Remaining in the race to develop the 14+ acre site are HYM Investment Group; Alexandria Real Estate Equities and National Development; and Breakthrough Properties, owned by Tishman Speyer and Bellco Capital.  In a recent Spotlight piece, Harvard Land CEO Thomas Glynn told BLDUP their goal is to have the developer selected before the end of this year.

Harvard Countway Library
- Nov 08, 2019

$10M Reno Permit Issued for Updates to Harvard's Medical School Library A permit valued at over $10M has been pulled for the renovations to Harvard's Countway Medical Library in the Longwood Medical Area. Work will include renovations to the basement, 1 & 2nd floors along with a new extension bridge that will connect the library to Huntington Avenue. Originally built in the 1960s, the Countway Library is one of the largest medical libraries in the world. The building will remain open during construction with work expected to be complete by the Fall of 2020. 

4 Blackfan Circle
- Oct 03, 2019

Reno Permit Pulled for Lab Space at 4 Blackfan Circle A building permit has been pulled for renovations to lab space on the 8th & 9th floors of 4 Blackfan Circle. The permit, valued at $1.17M, calls for MEP and architectural upgrades. 

Schlesinger Library
- Aug 27, 2019

Renovations Nearly Complete at Harvard's Schlesinger Library Renovations are wrapping up at Harvard's Schlesinger Library as the building is scheduled to re-open in mid-September. Along with repairs to the building envelope, interior renovations include an enlarged exhibit/lobby space and a tech-enhanced seminar room. One goal of the project is to foster interactive access to library collections. 

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
- Jul 03, 2019

Custom Facade Going Up at Harvard's Science and Engineering Complex The custom facade system specially designed for Harvard's Science and Engineering complex is now being installed. The system includes 3 different facade elements to optimize energy efficiency and thermal performance. On the upper floors, a metal skin will cover the building to minimize solar heat gain in the warmer month, capture thermal energy in winter, and provide natural light and ventilation to the interior spaces. On the two below-grade levels transparent glass ribbons open toward the public courtyard but are still shaded by projecting slab edges and light shelves that will reflect natural light deep into the interior of the building. The central atrium of the project features large glass façades that also bring in more natural light. All three outer façade systems include operable vents to support natural ventilation for the facility. On the interior of the project fireproofing is ongoing along with drywall finishing and MEP install. Construction is expected to be complete in the fall of 2020.

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
- May 16, 2019

MEP Install Ongoing for Harvard's Science and Engineering Complex MEP install is ongoing for Harvard's upcoming Science and Engineering Complex at the heart of their Allston Campus. Work also continues on the building facade, roof install, and landscaping for the plaza deck. The project will provide classroom, lab, and research space for over 1,800 science and engineering students, researchers, and faculty. A large interior atrium will welcome guests, and the upper floors will be wrapped with a performative façade that will optimize natural interior lighting and ensure optimal heating and cooling efficiency. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.

Harvard District Energy Facility
- Apr 19, 2019

Harvard's New Allston Energy Facility Nearing Completion Construction on the 58,000 square foot Harvard Allston Campus District Energy Facility is nearing completion with expected opening this spring. The cogeneration facility will provide electricity, hot water, and chilled water to the Allston campus. Designed by Leers Weinzapfel Associates, the DEF uses a compact cubic form with rounded corners that allows for maximum flexibility of future development as the Allston Campus expands.

Harvard ArtLab
- Jan 22, 2019

Construction Nearly Complete for Harvard's ArtLab Painting and other interior finish work is wrapping up for Harvard's ArtLab as a temporary certificate of occupancy has been issued for the new building in Allston.  The 9,000-square-foot lab will feature space for arts including film, theater, dance and media. Amenities at the ArtLab will include sound editing stations, an audio recording studio, and space for rehearsal, improvisation, and informal performance.   

Harvard University Science and Engineering Complex
- Jan 18, 2019

Interior and Exterior Work Ongoing for Harvard's Science and Engineering Complex Exterior and interior work are ongoing for Harvard's 535,000 square foot new Science and Engineering Complex. Facade install continues along with fireproofing and waterproofing and MEP installation. The service elevator is also being built for the six-story building. The $1 billion project in Harvard's Allston Campus will serve as the hub for 1,800 science and engineering students, researchers, and faculty. The massive building will house laboratories, classrooms, and related teaching and research space along with a  5,000-square-foot Maker Space, featuring high-end manufacturing and assembly workstations and allowing students to test ideas and incubate enterprises. Construction is set to be complete in 2020.

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