Jul 05, 2018
Facade Install Continues on 145 Broadway, Kendall SquareWork to install the glass facade at 145 Broadway in Cambridge continues. The 19 story building located in the heart of Kendall Square will be home to Akamai Technologies, who have already leased all of the office space at the site. The project is expected to be complete in late 2019.
May 23, 2018
Omni Hotel Ground Breaking CeremonyOn Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018, the Seaport celebrated another highly anticipated and welcome addition with the Omni Boston Seaport Hotel ground breaking ceremony. Mayor Marty Walsh, Governor Charlie Baker, Massport CEO Tom Glynn, and John G. Davis of New Boston Hospitality all took part in the event.The $550 million project, will be located on a 2.1-acre parcel across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC). The new a 1,054-room 788,500-square-foot hotel will feature two new 21-story towers connected by a three-story ground-floor podium.
Mar 18, 2018
NEW OMNI HOTEL WILL GET BCEC ‘PAST THE TIPPING POINT,’ DAVID GIBBONS SAYSMass Convention Center Authority Executive Director Addresses MassEcon Members MeetingWESTBOROUGH, MA – Massachusetts Convention Center Authority Executive Director David Gibbons toldMassEcon members today that the Omni hotel now under construction, with 1,050 rooms, will get the BostonConvention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) “past the tipping point” toward the estimated 3,500 nearby hotel rooms that were forecast as needed when the convention facility was planned in the 1990s. About 2,000 rooms had been built toward that goal, but many of them were limited service hotels, which are not as helpful to convention center business as big groups work to book blocks of rooms several years ahead, Gibbons said.The new hotel is scheduled to open in 2021. Having enough hotel rooms within a nearby walk of the exhibition space is critical to the success of the venue, Gibbons reported. Gibbons outlined an increasingly positive financial picture of the BCEC, which he said functions as an economic engine for the region’s hospitality industry and larger economy and has been statutorily allowed to run an operating deficit of up to $26 million a year. Gibbons, who has been executive director for two years after serving as general manager of hotels in Boston for more than two decades, said that deficit is being steadily reduced. “We are nowapproaching zero.” “Our financial performance gives comfort to people on the Hill that we know what we’re doing and we’re not out wasting money,” Gibbons said. He addressed a breakfast meeting of MassEcon, which is celebrating its 25thanniversary this year as it works with public and private sectors to assist companies in locating or expanding in Massachusetts.Asked about the recently announced proposal to help reduce Seaport transportation congestion with a gondola transportation system from South Station to the Boston Marine Industrial Park and eastern neighborhood of the South Boston Waterfront, Gibbons called it “intriguing... an interesting idea.”Gibbons said the convention center authority has “a huge transportation profile” in managing several privatetransportation initiatives from North Station to the Seaport and is also involved in planned water transportation from the North Station area. “They have to go through a public process,” Gibbons said of Millennium Partners, which has Seaport plans for about two million square feet of development and has put forward the gondola concept. “There are some aesthetic issues. We are in need of solutions. The gondola may be one of them.”Gibbons said the recent annual impact of the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority amounts to a total of $775 million in economic activity, 336 events, 665,965 hotel room nights, and 732,587 attendees. The authority spends $115 million a year for operations and has 300 direct employees. It owns three facilities: the BCEC, the Hynes Memorial Convention Center in the Back Bay, and the MassMutual Center in Springfield.The authority is embarking now on a $2 million study to determine future needs, what they will cost, and how to pay for them. Gibbons said the BCEC has been handicapped by having been scaled back from its original size in exhibition space and parking, as well as having only one large ballroom instead of two.He said the current order of priorities is to see the Omni hotel, which is being developed with no public subsidy, finished, to add meeting space, and later to expand the BCEC’s 516,000 square feet of exhibition space.
Feb 27, 2018
Vertical steel construction underway at 19-story Akamai global headquarters in Kendall Square
The steel superstructure of 145 Broadway, an upcoming 19-story tower in Kendall Square that will become the new headquarters of Akamai Technologies, has reached the building’s fifth floor and counting. Following completion of steel construction, a high-performance glass facade will be installed along 145 Broadway’s facade. The 453,768-square-foot tower will be fully leased by Akamai, and is expected to open by the end of 2019. The following are photographs of 145 Broadway:
Jan 23, 2018
19-story Akamai global headquarters in Kendall Square beginning vertical construction
Two tower cranes are now in place at the future site of Akamai Technologies’ 19-story, 453,768-square-foot global headquarters tower, located at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square, signaling the impending start of vertical construction of the building's superstructure. 145 Broadway’s five-level underground parking garage, which will contain 374 vehicular parking spaces and 151 bicycle parking spaces, is just about complete, with concrete pouring about to reach ground level. Developed by Boston Properties, 145 Broadway broke ground last Summer and is expected to open by the end of 2019. The building will feature a high-performance glass facade and 12' - 8" floor heights, allowing for abundant natural lighting, and will be fully leased by Akamai. The following is a photograph of 145 Broadway:
Sep 03, 2017
Omni Hotel Seaport proponents kick off city review process, Q3 2018 groundbreaking anticipated
The Davis Companies and Omni Hotel Management Corporation, developers of an upcoming 1,054-key luxury hotel located on a 2.1-acre Massport-owned parcel across from the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center (BCEC) in the Seaport District, have filed plans for the project with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA), kicking off the hotel’s city review process. Though projects constructed on Massport-owned land are exempt from the City of Boston’s Zoning Code, both Massport and the proponents have agreed that the project will voluntarily undergo city review.
The Omni Hotel will feature amenities including 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space with two large 25,000 square foot and 15,500 square foot ballrooms, 40,000 square feet of retail space, an 8,500 square foot spa and fitness center and a rooftop pool. The hotel could also feature an above-ground skating rink. The Omni Hotel will provide the Seaport District and the BCEC with much-needed hotel rooms; per a report released by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) in 2016, the BCEC has the fewest hotel rooms available within walking distance in comparison to convention centers in major US cities. Meanwhile, in 2016, Boston placed among the cities with the highest hotel rates in the country. Construction of the Omni Hotel is anticipated to commence in the third quarter of 2018, with completion expected in 2021.
Jul 18, 2017
Akamai breaks ground on new global headquarters in Kendall Square
Akamai Technologies held an official groundbreaking ceremony today for its’ new 19-story, 453,768-square-foot headquarters tower at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square. The tower, developed by Boston Properties, will feature a high-performance glass facade, bringing abundant natural lighting to an open office floor plan. Demolition of a preexisting office building on site is now complete, allowing Akamai and Boston Properties to start construction of the tower. 145 Broadway is expected to open at the end of 2019 and is the first phase of Boston Properties’ 1.1-million-square-foot Kendall Square redevelopment project. The following are video and photographs from the 145 Broadway groundbreaking ceremony:
Congratulations @Akamai on breaking ground today on your future global HQ in #kendallsquare! #groundbreaking @kendallcntr A post shared by Bryan Koop (@koop_bjk) on Jul 18, 2017 at 8:06am PDT
HQ will bring staff together to foster collaboration & innovation; what @Akamai was built on. Excited to watch Akamai grow to new heights! pic.twitter.com/XHnfGUNZl3— Sabrina Bauer (@Sabrina_E_Bauer) July 18, 2017
Groundbreaking of @Akamai Global HQ! "Space & place drive behavior, drive mission and truly matter" - Bryan Koop, Boston Properties. pic.twitter.com/O4mdWvFoJ9— Sabrina Bauer (@Sabrina_E_Bauer) July 18, 2017
May 21, 2017
Demolition begins for construction of new 19-story Akamai headquarters in Kendall Square
Demolition of the existing four-story, 78,636-square-foot office building at 145 Broadway in Kendall Square is now underway in order to clear the site for construction of Akamai Technologies’ new 19-story, 453,768-square-foot headquarters building. The new 145 Broadway building, which is expected to open at the end of 2019, will be 100%-leased by Akamai and is the first phase of Boston Properties’ 1.1-million-square-foot Kendall Square redevelopment project. The following is a photograph of demolition underway:
Demo porn in Kendall Square #CambMA pic.twitter.com/ccH3gVyVyA— Jesse Kanson-Benanav (@jessekb) May 20, 2017
Apr 19, 2017
1,054-room Omni Hotel coming to Seaport District
Massport has selected Omni Resorts and Hotels and New Boston Hospitality LLC, a conglomerate of real estate firms and investors including The Davis Companies, to develop a 1,054-room hotel on a 2.1-acre parcel located across from the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center in the Seaport District. The new hotel, which will be the largest in the Seaport District and the fourth-largest in Boston and all of Massachusetts, will feature two new 21-story towers and will also include 120,000 square feet of meeting and event space, 40,000 square feet of retail space and an 8,500 square foot spa. Construction of the hotel is anticipated to start in summer 2018, with completion expected in early 2021. Omni Resorts and Hotel is the owner and operator of the Omni Parker House hotel in Downtown Crossing. The following are renderings of the Seaport Omni Hotel:
The following is a site plan of the Seaport Omni Hotel:
Nov 27, 2016
Akamai announces headquarters move to new Kendall Square tower
Kendall Square-based global content delivery network (CDN) leader Akamai Technologies has announced that is has entered into an agreement with Boston Properties to fully lease 100% of office space at the upcoming 19-story 145 Broadway office tower in Kendall Square. Akamai will relocate its’ headquarters to the new building, which is scheduled to open at the end of 2019. Akamai’s lease at 145 Broadway is for 15 years. Akamai has also agreed to lease a minimum of 150,000 additional square feet of space within Boston Properties' Kendall Square office portfolio, which will represent part of the second phase of Akamai’s Kendall Square headquarters campus build out.
Occupancy of Akamai’s new headquarters will be coordinated with the lease expirations of the current Akamai office locations in Cambridge. "We look forward to creating a campus environment for Akamai's employees to further foster innovation and collaboration, and to build a headquarters that complements the thriving Kendall Square community, complete with first-floor retail space,” says Erica Chapman, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Productivity at Akamai.
Sep 18, 2016
Akamai Technologies signs Letter of Intent to fully occupy 145 BroadwayThe Boston Globe reports that Kendall Square-based global internet content delivery leader Akamai Technologies has signed a Letter of Intent (LOI) with Boston Properties to fully occupy 145 Broadway, the proposed 19-story Kendall Square office tower that will contain approximately 454,000 square feet of office space. The move will allow Akamai to house most of its' 1,700 Kendall Square-based employees in one building; Akamai currently leases approximately 500,000 square feet across several Kendall Square buildings. Akamai's existing leases expire in 2019. Akamai is seeking a state tax break for the move, pledging to add 700 additional jobs in return.
Aug 31, 2016
19-story office tower proposed in Kendall Square
Boston Properties has filed formal design plans with the City of Cambridge to construct 145 Broadway, a new 19-story, 454,000 square foot office tower in the heart of Kendall Square at the intersection of Broadway and Galileo Galilei Way; the following is a link to the Design Review Submission for 145 Broadway. An existing four-story, 87,636 square foot office building would be demolished; demolition could commence in 2017. The Cambridge Planning Board will consider Boston Properties' plans at a public hearing on September 20th. 145 Broadway is the first step of Boston Properties' planned 1.1 million square foot Kendall Square mixed-use redevelopment project; the following is a link to Boston Properties' full project Concept Plan.