Reed Hilderbrand At A Glance

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Reed Hilderbrand practices landscape architecture as an art of purposeful transformation. Active since the mid-1990s, the firm is engaged in diverse commissions—urban centers, museum landscapes, academic campuses, commercial developments, and private residences—throughout North America and in Europe. More than seventy design awards distinguish this growing body of work, including The Architect’s Newspaper’s Best Landscape of 2015 Award and the American Society of Landscape Architect’s Firm of the Year Award. The firm’s monograph, Visible | Invisible: the Landscape Works of Reed Hilderbrand, appeared in 2013, published by Metropolis Books.


Kenmore Square Hotel
- Jan 26, 2020

Demo Application Filed to Make Way for The Kenmore Square Hotel Just weeks after the Kenmore Square Hotel project won approval from the BDPA, The Boston Landmarks Commission has received an application to demolish the structure at 560-574 Commonwealth Avenue. The demo will make way for the landmark 29-story, 391 room hotel. The project will also include a new public plaza and roadway improvements for Kenmore Square.

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.

Kenmore Square Hotel
- Dec 13, 2019

Mark Development Wins Approval for Kenmore Square Hotel Major changes are in store for Kenmore Square as the BPDA has approved Mark Development's Kenmore Square hotel project. The distinct 29 story tower will feature 391 guest rooms along with a half-acre public plaza. As part of the project, a new public street to connect Commonwealth Avenue and Beacon Street will be built and other public realm improvements, around $15M worth in total, will be made to better improve pedestrian and bicyclist access.    

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.

Kenmore Square Hotel
- Feb 01, 2019

New Plans Call for 300' Hotel in Kenmore Square Mark Development has released updated plans for the Kenmore Hotel at 560 Commonwealth Avenue. The new plans call for a 28 story tower (increased from 24) that would be just under 300 feet tall. The hotel would feature 389 rooms and 1,500 square feet of ground-floor retail space. The plan also calls for a new street behind the hotel to connect Comm. Avenue to Beacon Street before their current intersection in busy Kenmore Square. The new road would allow for shorter crosswalks and create a public plaza and new bike lanes.   The updated plans are now under official review with the City.

City Hall Plaza Renovation
- Jul 03, 2018

City Hall Plaza Renovation Moves ForwardAfter years of planning, the renovation of City Hall Plaza is moving forward according to city officials. The $60 million plan will overhaul City Hall Plaza with construction expected to begin in 2019. As a result of the renovation, Boston Winter will not be open this winter at the plaza. The new designs plans call for a more accessible plaza, including plans for a seasonal fountain, tree-covered gathering spots and a small park near Cambridge Street. The plans could potentially include a 5,000-square-foot restaurant on City Hall’s third floor.

Harvard Enterprise Research Campus
- Dec 08, 2017

First plans for development of 140-acre Allston Landing revealed Harvard University, owner of the 140-acre former rail yard known as Allston Landing, proposes to construct a 900,000-square-foot mixed-use development along the yard’s frontage on Western Avenue, which would be the first phase of the yard’s development. Dubbed the Harvard Enterprise Research Campus, the development would span 14.1 acres, featuring 400,000 square feet of office/lab space, 250,000 square feet of hotel/conference center space with 200 rooms and 250,000 square feet of residential space containing 250 units. A total of 800 to 900 parking spaces would be provided, and two public spaces would be created. The proposed campus would be the latest expansion of Harvard’s growing Allston campus, located steps from Harvard’s upcoming $1 billion, 535,000-square-foot Science and Engineering Complex, which just topped off. As part of the campus, a new road, Cattle Drive, would be constructed. Cattle Drive would ultimately connect Western Avenue, Cambridge Street and the future West Station MBTA Commuter Rail stop. Harvard has filed plans for the proposed Enterprise Research Campus with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), who is now reviewing the proposed project.

Kenmore Square Hotel
- Jun 02, 2017

Two hotel towers proposed in Kenmore Square Mark Development and Hotel Buckminster-owner Buckminster Annex Corporation propose to jointly develop two hotel towers in the heart of Kenmore Square. Together, the towers would contain 763 hotel rooms and 375,000 square feet of space. On property owned by Mark Development at 560-574 Commonwealth Avenue, a 24-story, 260-foot-tall tower would be built featuring 375 rooms with ground-floor retail. Across Beacon Street, on property owned by Buckminister Annex Corporation at 655-665 Beacon Street, a 19-story, 210-foot-tall tower would be built featuring 390 hotel rooms. Both buildings would feature active ground floors, and as part of the project, pedestrian-friendly streetscape improvements would be made. Mark and Buckminster have filed a Letter of Intent (LOI) to develop the towers with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) and will reveal additional information this Summer. The proponents will also seek to establish a Planned Development Area (PDA) across the sites in order to obtain necessary zoning relief.

Kenmore Square Hotel
- Nov 14, 2016

Glass hotel tower with roof deck restaurant proposed for Kenmore SquareMark Development has released a preliminary rendering of a new glass hotel tower planned for the heart of Kenmore Square. The tower would replace an existing single-story Citizens Bank building and would include ground-floor retail and a roof deck restaurant. Mark Development intends to file plans for the tower with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) this fall. Developer Related Beal recently acquired nine buildings totaling approximately 335,000 square feet located across from Mark Development's proposed tower site for nearly $134 million.

Pagulica Harvard Life Lab
- Nov 06, 2016

Ribbon cut on Pagulica Harvard Life Lab, now home to 17 startups A ribbon cutting ceremony was held last Thursday (November 3rd, 2016) to mark the opening of the Pagulica Harvard Life Lab in Allston. 17 life science and biotech startups have moved into the completed 15,000 square foot wet lab building. The Lab has been named after donors Steve and Judy Pagliuca. The following are tweets from the ribbon cutting ceremony showing the completed Pagulica Harvard Life Lab: Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab opens today! It joins @innovationlab to support entrepreneurs. 17 life sciences & biotech startups just moved in— Harvard Business (@HarvardHBS) November 3, 2016 Donors Steve Pagliuca (MBA 1982) and Judy Pagliuca (MBA 1983) cut the ribbon to officially open the Harvard Life Lab!— Harvard Business (@HarvardHBS) November 3, 2016

Pagulica Harvard Life Lab
- Jul 10, 2016

Exterior finish installation underway at Harvard Life LabThe Harvard Life Lab is topped off, and windows are installed. Exterior finishes are now being installed along the building's exterior. The Harvard Life Lab, an affiliate of the Harvard Innovation Lab, is scheduled to open for the upcoming academic year and will nurture life science innovation and entrepreneurship at Harvard University. Visit the Harvard Life Lab website for more information. The following is a progress photograph of the Harvard Life Lab, courtesy Gaston Electrical: Progress shot of the new #Harvard Life Lab facility. We are excited to be part of this #innovative #modular project.— Gaston Electrical (@GastonElec) July 8, 2016 (Source: Gaston Electrical/Twitter)More information about the Harvard Life Lab is posted below.

Pagulica Harvard Life Lab
- Mar 18, 2016

Harvard Life Lab approved for constructionThe Boston Redevelopment Authority approved the Harvard Life Lab for construction at last night's board meeting. The Harvard Gazette reports the lab is scheduled to open this fall. Teams can now apply for space and mentorship at the lab on the Harvard Innovation Lab's website.The Harvard Life Lab will empower science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) innovation, building upon the success of the existing Harvard Innovation Lab by nurturing life science startups. The lab will also sponsor STEM workshops for local residents and contribute funds towards the purchase of Chromebook laptops for Allston-Brighton public school students.

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