Jun 20, 2019
Carr Properties, National Real Estate Advisors and the HYM Investment Group Break Ground on One Congress
Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Carr Properties, National Real Estate Advisors and The HYM Investment Group broke ground today on One Congress, the 600-foot tall office tower that will house the future headquarters of State Street Corporation. The building, part of the Bulfinch Crossing redevelopment, is owned through a 50-50 joint venture between Carr Properties and National Real Estate Advisors on behalf of a client; The HYM Investment Group, LLC. is the developer of the project.
Designed by world-renowned architects Pelli Clarke Pelli, One Congress will rise to 600 feet, becoming a new fixture of the Boston skyline, and providing employees that occupy the one million square feet of new class A office space with breathtaking panoramic views of the city, the Boston Harbor, Financial District, and the Charles River. One Congress will offer access to world-class amenities such as a one-acre, outdoor roof garden on the eleventh floor, over 30,000 square feet of fitness, wellness, food and beverage offerings, as well as bike facilities and copious parking.
This groundbreaking event marks the ceremonial beginning of construction on the office tower portion of the Bulfinch Crossing project, which is slated to be completed by the end of 2022.
"As the future home for State Street's headquarters, One Congress will fuel economic development and pedestrian activity in Bulfinch Crossing," said Mayor Walsh. "Once complete, this transformational project will support our city, creating income-restricted housing units and contributing over $12 million in linkage funding to support additional affordable housing and workforce development programming."
Situated at the epicenter of prime transportation options—three blocks from North Station, immediate access to the Haymarket MBTA Station (located on site), with proximity to Logan Airport, and I-93 and I-90, and featuring a 99-point Walk Score—the office tower embraces transit-oriented development and a multi-modal future. Likewise, One Congress'proximity and accessibility to the Rose Kennedy Greenway and other iconic Boston neighborhoods that surround it such as the North End, Beacon Hill, and West End, provide a dynamic ground-level experience, making it one of the most sought after places to work in the city.
"We are very excited to be working alongside Carr Properties and HYM on this transformative office tower," said Jeff Kanne, President, and CEO of National Real Estate Advisors. "One Congress exemplifies National's commitment to building modern, vanguard assets which generate returns for our investors, strengthen communities, and create good jobs."
"We are incredibly excited about One Congress. This is a generational opportunity to own and develop an iconic building that will contribute to the fabric of Boston for many years to come. Additionally, we are thrilled to welcome State Street as our customer and we look forward to building a tremendous long-term relationship with them" said Oliver Carr, Chief Executive Officer of Carr Properties.
In January 2019, State Street Corporation, the Boston-based Fortune 500 financial services firm, announced that it would be relocating its headquarters to One Congress, occupying 510,000 square feet of the one million square feet that the building will offer.
"State Street is honored to make history in Boston again as the anchor tenant of One Congress; a landmark building that is setting the standard for sustainable design and new ways of achieving workplace creativity and connectivity," said Ron O'Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street. "We are today a global company with offices in 28 countries around the world, but throughout our history, we have always been headquartered in Boston. We are delighted to break ground on our new headquarters and look forward to many more years of contributing to a sustainable and inclusive future for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the city of Boston, our home for more than 227 years."
Bulfinch Crossing is transforming the existing Government Center garage site into one of the most vibrant developments in downtown Boston, and upon completion, will feature over 2.9 million square feet of first-class residential, office, hotel and retail offerings featuring more than 800 residential units, 200 hotel rooms, 1.15 million square feet of office space, and 82,500 square feet of new retail.
"Once completed, One Congress will stand as one of the most distinctive and defining buildings built in Boston in the last two decades," said developer Thomas N. O'Brien, founding partner and managing director of The HYM Investment Group. "Demand for office space in the city has never been higher, and with our partners in One Congress, we are bringing over a million square feet of new, Class A office space onto the market to meet that demand in an accessible location where Bostonians want to live and work."
Jun 19, 2019
Tower Crane in Place for Garden Garage
A tower crane is now in place at the Garden Garage site as blasting continues for ledge removal and concrete footings are being put in place. The Equity Residential project is set to feature 469 residential units in the 44 story tower. Under the tower will be a new parking garage to hold around 830 spaces. Construction is set to run through late 2021.
May 02, 2019
Next Section of Government Center Garage Demo Moves Forward to Make Way for One Congress
As the residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing continues to rise, demolition of the helix on the other side of the garage is wrapping up to make way for the next phase of this massive development project, One Congress. One Congress will feature 1 million square feet of Class A office space, a large portion of which will be the new home to State Street, who announced in January that they will be moving their global headquarters here in 2023.
One Congress, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, will offer unrivaled views and unparalleled visibility across the Boston skyline. A focus on hospitality will also be paramount at One Congress with tenant amenities including a fitness center, grand three-story lobby, and one-acre landscaped terrace.
May 01, 2019
Crews Prep Garden Garage Site for Ledge Removal
Crews continue work on the install of temporary bracing and soil removal at the site of the former Garden Garage. Ledge removal is expected to start within the coming days. The upcoming 44-story tower is set to include 469 apartments along with 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail The development will also include around 20,000 square feet of common resident amenities and an underground parking garage to hold 830 cars. Construction is expected to wrap up in the 4th quarter of 2021.
Apr 09, 2019
Yotel Boston Refinanced for $78.367 Million
Yotel Boston has been refinanced via Bank of America for $78.367 million.
Boston's first Yotel in the Seaport District features 326 "cabins," approximately 180 square foot rooms positioned as an affordable option for business travelers. All cabins feature signature Yotel adjustable SmartBeds with luxury bedding, rejuvenating monsoon rain showers, relaxing adjustable mood lighting, many power connectivity ports and smart TVs connectable to guests' mobile devices. "Super-fast" Wi-Fi internet is available throughout the building.
Feb 22, 2019
Facade Install Begins for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Facade install has started for the residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The elegant and unique "pin-striped" design for the tower was created by CBT Architects.
The 45 story tower will include 486 luxury homes, 368 rental apartments, and 55 condominiums. Resident amenities will include a rooftop garden, sky lounge, a terrace with panoramic city views along with a fitness center and yoga studio.
The first units at Bulfinch Crossing are expected to welcome residents in Spring 2020.
Jan 23, 2019
State Street Announces New Boston Flagship Headquarters
State Street Corporation (NYSE: STT) announced today that in 2023, its new global headquarters in Boston will be One Congress Tower. To be located at Bulfinch Crossing – a major redevelopment project in downtown Boston which will create six new high-rise and mid-rise buildings – One Congress will break ground in the summer of 2019.
Designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects, One Congress will have many attractive design and infrastructure features and will enable State Street to lower overall operating and occupancy costs and offer employees a working environment that will foster increased collaboration and productivity. As with State Street’s Channel Center offices, the building will be LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold® certified – an independent standard that verifies sustainable building design.
“State Street has called Boston home for 226 years, and today’s announcement reinforces our continued commitment to this thriving and distinctive city,” said Ron O’Hanley, president and chief executive officer of State Street. “The workforce of the future is pushing us to rethink how and where we operate. Employees in today’s highly digitized world need space to collaborate and access state-of-the-art technology that supports flexible working and connectivity to support our clients. We have seen great success with our Channel Center building in the Seaport that was designed for this purpose, and we are confident that One Congress will deliver an equally productive and successful environment.”
State Street’s building at One Channel Center in Boston’s Seaport, opened in 2014, is not impacted by this relocation with a long-term lease until 2030.
Jan 16, 2019
Work Underway for Slurry Wall at Garden Garage
With the remnants of the old garage out of the way, work is underway to install the 53-panel slurry wall for the upcoming 44-story tower on the site. The new building is set to house 469 apartments along with 20,000 square feet of resident amenities and 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail. The project will also include a new underground garage with over 800 spaces an increase from the previous garage's capacity. Construction is set to be complete in 2021.
Dec 07, 2018
Permit Pulled for Additional Demo of Government Center Garage
As construction continues on the residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing a new permit has been issued for further demolition of the garage. This next phase will demo an 8-story parking ramp and also 2 floors of office space that sit on top of the garage.
When all phases of Bulfinch Crossing are complete the project will total 2.9-million-square-foot of mixed-use space spread over six buildings. All the buildings will be situated around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Construction on the first phase, the residential tower is set to be complete in spring 2020.
Nov 16, 2018
Plumbing Permit Issued for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
A plumbing permit has been issued for the Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The 45 story tower will feature 423 unit residential units ( a mix of apartments and condos). Luxury resident amenities will include a 9th-floor outdoor pool deck, 32nd-floor sky lounge, and top floor roof deck. First units at the project are set to be available in spring 2020.
Nov 06, 2018
Framing Begins for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Framing has started for the 480-foot Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing. This first phase of the development will feature 368 rental apartments and 55 condominiums. The luxury building will offer resident amenities including a rooftop lounge and gardens. The first units are expected to be available in Spring 2020.
The second phase of the project a 1-million-square-foot Class A office building known as One Congress is expected to be complete in 2023.
Oct 24, 2018
Site Work Underway for Garden Garage
With demo complete, site work is underway for the upcoming 44-story tower that will replace the Garden Garage. The project is set to include 469 apartments and underground parking for 830 cars. The tower will also include around 20,000 sf of common resident amenities and approximately 2,300 sf of ground-floor retail space.
Construction is expected to be completed in late 2021.
Aug 30, 2018
Interior Core Climbing for Residential Tower at Bulfinch Crossing
Foundation work is wrapping up on the upcoming 423 unit residential tower at Bulfinch Crossing. The core of the structure is rising for what will consist of 368 apartment units and 55 for-sale condominiums on the top eleven floors. Amenities at this luxury building will include a state-of-the-art fitness facility, 9th-floor outdoor pool and pool deck, 32nd-floor sky lounge with sky terrace, 45th-floor roof deck, chef demonstration kitchen & dining room, children’s playroom, golf simulator, resident lounge/game room and dog spa. Representatives at HYM confirmed the building is on track for delivery of first units in spring 2020 with condo units to follow in early fall of that year.
Aug 24, 2018
Grand Opening of MGM Springfield
The MGM Springfield opened its doors on Friday (8/24) to a crowd of people ready to try their luck in the new Massachusetts casino. The $960 million casino and entertainment venue totaling 759,157 square-feet includes a 151,861 square-foot 25-story 250-room hotel to go along with a 126,262 square-foot gaming floor with 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a “high-limit” gaming area.
The new attraction is poised to bring revenue and rejuvenation to the city of Springfield as it aims to build around the success of the resort casino. The casino is expected to attract people from a 75-mile radius around Springfield and within a 90-minute drive. MGM expects about a third of those to come north on I-91, drawing heavily on the north central area of Connecticut.
Aug 06, 2018
Plumbing Permit Issued for Upcoming High Rise
A plumbing permit has been issued for the Garden Garage development, including the installation of plumbing fixtures, plumbing equipment, and all associated piping throughout the P5 Garage Level through the 47th floor (roof).
The development will consist of the replacement of existing 650-space parking garage with a 469-unit residential apartment tower. The tower will include approximately 20,000 square feet of common resident amenities and approximately 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail space.
Jul 11, 2018
MGM Springfield Poised for August Opening
Construction nears completion on the 250-room boutique hotel, that is part of the upcoming MGM Springfield, a $960 million casino and entertainment complex in Springfield.
The 759,157 square-feet project will include a 151,861 square-foot 25-story 250-room Hotel to go along with a 126,262 square-foot gaming floor with 2,550 slot machines, 120 gaming tables, a poker room and a “high-limit” gaming area.
The development will also include a 43,705 square-foot convention center on site as well as retail and restaurant space. An additional retail block will feature retail space, a six-screen theater, a bowling venue and a skating rink in winter that will double as an outdoor marketplace in warmer months.
Jun 22, 2018
Demolition Underway at Garden Garage
Demolition has begun on the Garden Garage in Boston's West End. A new 44-story, 469-unit residential tower will be built on the site once it has been cleared. The new project will include around 20,000 sf of resident amenities and an underground parking garage with 830 spaces.
The building is scheduled to open in late 2021.
Jun 20, 2018
Electrical Permit Issued For Bulfinch Crossing Development
An electrical permit has been issued for 100 Sudbury Street, the west parcel of the project that will include a 45-story, 480-foot-tall luxury residential apartment building. This is the first structure built and will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences.
The building will replace the existing government center garage. with a total construction gross of 610 000 square-feet. The structure will consist of concrete core columns and post tension slabs. The exterior envelope will consist of glass and metal panel curtain-wall with a TPO membrane roof.
All of the future buildings will be organized around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Mar 18, 2018
Building permits have been filed for 100 Sudbury street, the west parcel of the project that will include a 45-story, 480-foot-tall luxury residential apartment building. This will be the first structure built and will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences. The structure will replace the existing government center garage. with a total construction gross of 610 000 square feet. The structure will consist of concrete core columns and post tension slabs. The exterior envelope will consist of glass and metal panel curtain-wall with a TPO membrane roof.
All of the future buildings will be organized around a dynamic public plaza that will connect the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood, the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy Greenway and Congress Street.
Feb 01, 2018
Garden Garage to make way for 44-story apartment tower starting construction this Summer
The Garden Garage, located next to TD Garden in Bulfinch Triangle, is set to be demolished this summer to make way for a skyline-altering 44-story, 447-foot-tall apartment tower years in the making. Developed by Equity Residential, the $410 million tower will be among the tallest buildings in Boston, and will replace the 650-space concrete parking garage with 469 apartment residences, along with 2,300 square feet of ground-floor retail and 830 underground parking spaces. Equity expects to start construction of the tower’s foundation later this year, following demolition of the garage. Construction of the tower will take approximately three years, with the building expected to open in late 2021.
Jan 09, 2018
$250 million construction loan secured for Bulfinch Crossing Phase I residential tower
The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors have secured $250 million in construction financing for 100 Sudbury Street, an under-construction 46-story residential tower that is the first phase of Downtown Boston’s $2 billion, 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing development. The 15-year loan was arranged by Holliday Fenoglio Fowler, L.P. (HFF) through Pacific Life Insurance Company and will allow the 480-foot-tall tower, which will feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums, to rise. The loan follows a $180 million short-term, floating-rate loan secured for the Government Center Garage property, which Bulfinch Crossing will replace, last summer. The $180 million loan was provided through Oxford Properties Group and arranged by HFF.
Demolition of the garage section located at 100 Sudbury Street, which the tower will replace, was recently completed. Work on the tower’s foundation is now underway. The tower will feature amenities including an outdoor pool, three roof decks, a fitness center and yoga studio, a clubroom, a children’s playroom, a golf simulator room, a full chef’s kitchen and an outdoor dog run and dog spa. The tower is expected to open in 2020.
Nov 10, 2017
Newly built 55 Seaport offices sold for $23.5 million, setting new Seaport District price per square foot record
Boston Global Investors has sold 55 Seaport Boulevard, a new-construction 13,550-square-foot office building in the Seaport District home to the firm's headquarters, to Zurich Alternative Asset Management for $23.5 million. The sale amounts to approximately $1,734 per square foot, topping the $1,027 per square foot paid by Union Investment in April 2016 to acquire the 440,000-square-foot 101 Seaport and setting the new record for most expensive price per square foot sale of a Seaport District office building.
55 Seaport Boulevard features approximately 7,175 square feet of office space, occupied by Boston Global Investors, and approximately 6,375 square feet of retail space, occupied by CapitalOne. Boston Global Investors listed 55 Seaport Boulevard for sale in October 2016 through Newmark Knight Frank. The building was completed in Fall 2016.
Oct 01, 2017
Boston Global Investors selling Seaport headquarters to Zurich Alternative Asset Management for $23 million
Boston Global Investors will reportedly sell its' newly built 13,500-square-foot headquarters building at 55 Seaport Boulevard in the Seaport District to Zurich Alternative Asset Management for almost $23 million. Per a report by The Real Reporter, the building’s location, combined with its' triple-net leases with a weighted-average lease term of almost 10 years, created intense competition for the building. The sale, which has yet to close, would top $1,700 per square foot, higher than the record $1,027 per square foot Union Investment paid in April 2016 to acquire the 440,000-square-foot 101 Seaport office and retail building in the Seaport District. 101 Seaport's sale price was $452 million; the transaction currently holds the title of most expensive price per square foot sale of a Seaport District office building.
Tenants at 55 Seaport Boulevard include CapitalOne, who has leased the building's 6,375-square-foot retail space for 15 years, and Boston Global Investors, whose headquarters occupies the building's 7,175 square feet of office space. CapitalOne is reportedly paying above $133 per square foot in rent; Boston Global Investors is reportedly on a five-year pact averaging $40 per square foot. Boston Global Investors listed 55 Seaport Boulevard for sale in October 2016 through Newmark Knight Frank. The building was completed in Fall 2016.
Aug 20, 2017
New England Conservatory completes $85 million Student Life and Performance Center
New England Conservatory of Music (NEC) has completed its’ new $85 million, 135,000-square-foot Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC), located on St. Botolph Street in the Fenway. The building will be fully occupied starting this Fall, and will feature educational and theatrical space along with housing for approximately 252 students, doubling NEC’s on-campus housing capacity. The SLPC’s opening marks NEC’s 150th anniversary; the building will be officially dedicated at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Thursday, September 14th at 11 AM. The contemporary 10-story building features terra cotta tile with broad expanses of glass, showcasing NEC’s programs and performances. The SLPC is designed to foster collaboration, spark creativity and nurture a student community, featuring multiple new common spaces including a raised stage to support student-led ensemble performances, a two-level library consolidating NEC’s print material and audio resources collection in a central, accessible location and a new black box theater. The following are photographs of the SLPC:
Aug 11, 2017
HYM receives approval to add condominium component to Bulfinch Crossing Phase I apartment tower
The Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) approved The HYM Investment Group’s proposal to add a condominium component to its' upcoming 45-story apartment tower that will be Phase I of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. HYM will convert 118 apartments across the top 11 floors of the tower into 55 condominiums, reducing total residences in the tower to 423 from 486 as originally approved. As part of the change, the tower’s 1,300-square-foot ground-floor retail space will be converted into a private lobby for the condominiums. 63 apartments in the tower will be designated affordable. Demolition of a section of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street is now underway in order to commence construction of the tower, which is expected to open in 2020.
Jul 22, 2017
Bulfinch Crossing Phase I apartment tower adds condominium component
The HYM Investment Group is now proposing to add a condominium component to its' upcoming 45-story apartment tower that will be Phase I of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development in Bulfinch Triangle. HYM proposes to convert 118 apartments across the top 11 floors of the tower into 55 condominiums, echoing the Boston condominium market's high demand. "It's pretty straightforward. We want to adjust to the market," said HYM Managing Director Thomas O'Brien in an interview with The Boston Globe. The tower, originally planned to feature 486 apartments, would now feature 368 apartments and 55 condominiums for a total of 423 residences. As part of the proposed change, the building's 1,300-square-foot ground-floor retail space would be converted into a private lobby for the condominiums. HYM has filed revised project plans with the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) formally proposing the change. The tower, which will replace a section of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street, is expected to open in 2020.
Jun 19, 2017
Yotel Boston construction complete, hotel will open this Thursday in Seaport District
Construction is complete at the new Yotel Boston hotel in the Seaport District, which will open this Thursday, June 22nd with a host of new nightlife options. Yotel Boston features 326 rooms targeted towards business travelers, in addition to a year-round, indoor-outdoor Sky Lounge rooftop terrace and bar with sweeping skyline views and a ground-floor Club Lounge with co-working, meeting and dining space. Both lounges will be open to the public. The following are photographs of Yotel Boston:
Jun 08, 2017
$180 million loan secured for Boston’s Bulfinch Crossing development
The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors have secured a $180 million short-term, floating-rate loan for the Government Center Garage property, site of the 2.9-million-square-foot Bulfinch Crossing mixed-use development project. Financing was provided through Oxford Properties Group and arranged by HFF. “Over the next 10 years, the property will be the location of one of the largest and most exciting mixed-use developments in Boston, while providing unprecedented demand for parking,” said HFF Senior Managing Director Riaz Cassum in a prepared statement. “This financing represents the first step in a long-term development plan and the formation of a strategic lending relationship.”
The Bulfinch Crossing development will construct 800+ residences, 200 hotel rooms, 1.15 million gross square feet of office space and 82,500 gross square feet of retail space at the present garage site. The development’s first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units, is currently under construction. The existing 11-story Government Center Garage, which is actively being dismantled, comprises 1,960 parking space underneath 202,854 square feet of office space. Retail space totaling 23,212 square feet is located on the Garage’s ground floor.
Apr 30, 2017
Finishing touches underway at New England Conservatory’s new Student Life and Performance Center
Finishing touches are being made to the interior and exterior of the New England Conservatory (NEC)’s new Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC) in the Fenway in anticipation of the building’s opening in time for the start of the Fall term. The SLPC will provide the NEC with new state-of-the-art educational and theatrical space and housing for approximately 252 students. The following are photographs of New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center:
Apr 23, 2017
Garage deconstruction underway at Bulfinch Crossing
Dismantling of the west corner of the existing Government Center Garage along New Sudbury Street is well underway to make way for the 2.9 million square foot development’s first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units. The top two floors of the existing structure, which consist of steel framed office space, have been been fully dismantled at the west corner, and dismantling of the precast concrete parking levels below has begun. The garage remains in operation during construction. The following are photographs of Bulfinch Crossing:
Apr 20, 2017
Archdiocese, WS Development swap Seaport District chapels, investing $25 million in neighborhood
The Archdiocese of Boston and WS Development have swapped ownership of the old and new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapels in the Seaport District, allowing for development of the old chapel site on Northern Avenue and ensuring the chapel’s continued presence in the Seaport District with the newly completed Seaport Boulevard house of worship. The swap represents a total investment of nearly $25 million in the Seaport District. WS Development acquired the 0.85-acre Northern Avenue site from the Archdiocese for $17,952,490, or $21,120,576.50 per acre. The Northern Avenue chapel will be demolished in the coming months to make way for a 499,400 square foot mixed-use building featuring 425,000 square feet of office/research space atop 69,400 square feet of retail, 4,000 square feet of cultural/educational space and underground parking. The Archdiocese acquired the 6,200 square foot new chapel from WS Development for $6,952,490, or $1,121.37 per square foot. The new chapel will officially open this Sunday (April 23rd, 2017).
Apr 10, 2017
Facade complete at Yotel Boston in Seaport District, interior fit out underway
Yotel Boston’s 12-story facade is fully installed, with all brick finishes, metal finish panels and windows installed. Interior fit out is now underway in anticipation of the hotel’s August 1st opening. Yotel Boston will feature 326 hotel rooms ideally suited for business travelers, as well as amenities including a ground-floor Club Lounge and a 12th floor indoor-outdoor roof terrace featuring stunning panoramic skyline views of the city. The following are photographs of Yotel Boston:
Apr 05, 2017
New Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in Seaport District opening this month
The new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in the Seaport District is finished and will open this month on St. George’s Day (Sunday, April 23rd). The new 250-seat chapel, located at 51 Seaport Boulevard, will replace the current chapel on Seaport Square Block D, freeing the approximately 0.85-acre parcel for development and ensuring the presence of a place of worship in the Seaport District for years to come.
Following the new chapel’s opening, the former chapel will be demolished to make way for future development. The most recent preliminary development plans for Block D, detailed in proponent WS Development’s Notice of Project Change (NPC) for Seaport Square submitted to the Boston Planning & Development Agency (BPDA) in February 2017, call for a 499,400 square foot mixed-use building featuring 425,000 square feet of office/research space atop 69,400 square feet of retail, 4,000 square feet of cultural/educational space and underground parking. In conjunction with Block D’s development, a new head house for the Silver Line rapid transit service will be constructed at the corner of Seaport Boulevard and Seaport Common with direct visual and pedestrian access to Boston Harbor, promoting public access to the waterfront. A new street connecting Seaport Boulevard and Northern Avenue, Pier Street, will also be constructed. Completion of the Block D development is expected in 2020. Detailed plans and renderings for this development have not yet been revealed.
The following are photographs of the new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel:
Mar 13, 2017
Seaport District's Yotel Boston set to open August 1st, new details and renderings revealed
The brand-new Yotel Boston hotel in the heart of the Seaport District is now taking room reservations beginning August 1st ahead of the hotel's anticipated summer opening. Additionally, the Yotel Boston team has announced that "craft cocktails, local beer [and] fabulous wines" will be served at the hotel's 12th floor Sky Lounge and Rooftop Terrace, which will be open year round to both guests and the public. "Rooftop wellness classes, live music and arts collaborations" will also be offered on the 12th floor. New renderings of Yotel Boston's interior amenities have been revealed; these renderings are posted above.
Feb 17, 2017
Facade complete, interior finishing underway at New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center
All facade finishes and windows have been installed at the New England Conservatory (NEC)'s new 135,000 square foot Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC) in the Fenway, and fit out of interior spaces is underway. The SLPC is expected to open in the coming months and will feature new educational and theatrical space as well as housing for approximately 252 students. The following is a photograph of the SLPC:
Feb 02, 2017
New Yotel Boston amenity details revealed
New details of amenities at the upcoming Yotel Boston have been revealed in advance of the Seaport District hotel's opening this summer. Yotel Boston will feature multiple amenities including a signature ground-floor Club Lounge and a year-round indoor-outdoor rooftop terrace. Rooms at Yotel Boston will feature adjustable SmartBeds, rejuvenating monsoon rain showers and relaxing adjustable mood lighting. A new rendering has been released of a room at Yotel Boston. The latest Yotel Boston details and renderings are posted above.
Jan 26, 2017
Yotel Boston facade nears full completion, interior finishing underway
Yotel Boston's brick and metal facade is complete facing Seaport Boulevard, and just about fully complete at the building's rear. Windows have been fully installed across Yotel Boston's facade. Interior finishing of Yotel Boston’s common spaces and 326 "cabins” is now underway. Yotel "cabins" are approximately 180 square feet in size and are
positioned as an affordable option for business travelers. Yotel Boston is on track to open this summer. The following are photographs of Yotel Boston:
Jan 24, 2017
Bulfinch Crossing construction launches officially, new video released
An official construction launch was held Tuesday (January 24th, 2017) to kick off construction of Bulfinch Crossing's first phase, a 45-story rental apartment tower featuring 486 residential units. At the launch, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, City officials and members of the Bulfinch Crossing development team ceremonially swung sledgehammers to officially mark commencement of the Government Center Garage's demolition to make way for the Phase 1 tower. A new video of Bulfinch Crossing, which is posted above, was also released at the launch.
Initial demolition work at Bulfinch Crossing commenced in December 2016. Vertical construction of the Phase 1 tower is expected to start in late Spring 2017, with completion expected in late Spring 2020. Upon completion, the tower will be Boston's tallest rental apartment building. The following is a photograph of demolition underway at Bulfinch Crossing:
Jan 10, 2017
Bulfinch Crossing garage demolition underway
Demolition of the Government Center Garage is well underway in preparation for construction of Bulfinch Crossing’s 45-story Phase One residential apartment tower. The construction team is hard at work using a Brokk machine to demolish interior precast concrete beams, then using a concrete processor to break the concrete into smaller pieces for removal. The garage has been structurally enabled and reconfigured to allow for demolition to construct Bulfinch Crossing. Upon completion of Bulfinch Crossing, a small retained section of the garage will be surrounded by three new towers. A total of six new buildings will be constructed at Bulfinch Crossing. The following is a video of demolition underway at Bulfinch Crossing:
Nov 09, 2016
Bulfinch Crossing existing garage enabling and re-ramping underway
The Bulfinch Crossing construction team is at work enabling and re-ramping the existing Government Center Garage in preparation for the $2.2 billion, 2.9 million square foot Bulfinch Crossing development project. As part of the project, the garage will be reconfigured, partially demolished and enclosed on its three principal sides by three new buildings. The following is a photograph of garage enabling and re-ramping underway at Bulfinch Crossing, courtesy the development team on Twitter:
Nov 06, 2016
HYM releases Bulfinch Crossing apartment tower view panorama
The HYM Investment Group has released a drone view panorama of the view from the top floors of the future 45-story Bullfinch Crossing apartment tower. The tower will feature stunning views of the Downtown Boston skyline, the Charles River and Boston Harbor. The following is a tweet with the view panorama:
Oct 27, 2016
Bulfinch Crossing garage demolition underway
The HYM Investment Group reports that it has started demolishing a section of the existing Government Center Garage to make way for a 45-story high-rise luxury apartment tower along New Sudbury Street. The tower is the first component of the 2.9 million square foot Bulfinch Crossing development:
Oct 21, 2016
Boston Global Investors selling new Seaport headquarters building
Boston Global Investors (BGI) has hired NGKF as the exclusive agent to sell its' 16,000 square foot new headquarters building located at 55 Seaport Boulevard in the heart of the Seaport District, The Real Reporter reports. The building, which contains office and retail space, reportedly could be fetching record prices. Recently completed 101 Seaport, a 440,000 square foot office building located in the Seaport District steps away from BGI's new headquarters, traded in April 2016 for $1,027 per square foot, the highest price per square foot ever recorded for a Boston office building over 200,000 square feet. As recently reported below, Boston Global Investors will move to its' new headquarters on November 1st.
Oct 19, 2016
One Vanderbilt, Midtown Manhattan's future tallest tower, breaks ground
An official groundbreaking ceremony was held Tuesday (October 18th, 2016) for One Vanderbilt. At 1,401 feet tall, One Vanderbilt will be Midtown Manhattan's tallest tower and New York City's second tallest tower upon its' expected completion in 2020. One Vanderbilt will contain 1.7 million square feet of office and retail space. TD Bank will be an anchor tenant at One Vanderbilt, occupying approximately 200,000 square feet of office and retail space including a flagship store at the corner of 42nd Street and Madison Avenue. As part of the project, One Vanderbilt developer SL Green Realty Corporation will invest $220 million in upgrades to New York City's mass transit system, including to the adjacent Grand Central Terminal.
Oct 14, 2016
Yotel Boston exterior finishing underway, rooftop bar coming
Exterior finishes, which include bricks and metal panels, have been installed along a large section of Yotel Boston’s facade fronting Seaport Boulevard. Windows have been fully installed, including a distinctive vertical curtain wall at the building’s center. Fireproofing and moisture-resistant cladding are installed throughout Yotel Boston’s facade. Per the Yotel Boston Facebook page, the hotel will open Summer 2017 and will feature a rooftop bar. The following are photographs of Yotel Boston:
Oct 14, 2016
Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel nears Easter opening
Exterior finishes are fully installed at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel, and interior finishing is underway. An anonymous source confirmed that the chapel is anticipated to open in April 2017 in time for Easter. The following are photographs of Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel:
Oct 14, 2016
Boston Global Investors moving to new Seaport headquarters November 1st
Developer Boston Global Investors’ future headquarters building on Seaport Boulevard in the Seaport District is just about complete and ready for occupancy. Exterior finishes are fully installed along the four-story office building’s facade, and finishing of interior spaces is underway. An anonymous source confirmed that Boston Global Investors will move to the new building November 1st. The following are photographs of Boston Global Investors’ future headquarters:
Jul 20, 2016
Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel exterior nearing completion, new cross installed
Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel's exterior is nearing completion, with brick finishes and slate roofing just about fully installed. Windows are installed as well, and a cross was lifted to the steeple's top in June. Work is now underway to prepare the Chapel's interior. The chapel, located at the gateway to Boston's Seaport District, could be completed this summer, with a possible Christmas opening. The following are photographs of Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel:
Chapel along Sleeper Street
Chapel along Seaport Boulevard
More information about Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel is posted below.
Jun 27, 2016
New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center topped off, fireproofing underway
Construction of interior and exterior finishes is underway at the New England Conservatory (NEC) Student Life and Performance Center (SLPC). The building is topped off, and installation of fireproofing and sheathing along the facade is underway.
View from Gainsborough Street
View from Columbus Avenue parking garage
Second floor structural elements
East corner of SLPC
View along Saint Botolph Street
With the building topped off, the construction team is at work framing interior spaces and roughing in mechanical and electrical systems. Central air units are visible on the roof of the SLPC.
View of mechanical systems
View of roof from the north
USG Securock Sheathing (green) is being installed along the SLPC’s facade to provide a moisture and mold resistant air/water barrier system. Carlisle fire resistant sheets (silver) are being installed atop the green sheathing to fireproof the building.
View from Huntington Avenue
Carlisle fire resistant sheets (silver)
More information about the New England Conservatory Student Life and Performance Center is posted below.
Jun 21, 2016
Bulfinch Crossing: New face for Government Center Garage project
At Bisnow's Future of Downtown Boston panel Tuesday, The HYM Investment Group Managing Director Tom O'Brien announced the Government Center Garage project's rebranding as Bulfinch Crossing. The rebranding pays homage to the Bulfinch Triangle neighborhood's rich history and speaks to the project's emphasis upon urban connectivity. The following is a link to the official press release announcing the rebranding. The office tower at Bulfinch Crossing will be known as One Congress.
A new website for Bulfinch Crossing with additional information is now live at BulfinchCrossing.com. A new project rendering and logo have been released as follows:
New rendering showing full project buildout
Bisnow reports that traffic flow reconfiguration of the existing garage is underway to prepare for construction of Bulfinch Crossing. The following is a photograph showing associated deconstruction of a garage ramp:
Garage ramp deconstruction underway (Source: Bisnow/The HYM Investment Group)
More information about Bulfinch Crossing is posted below.
Mar 04, 2016
Yotel Boston's foundation is nearly complete. Excavation has concluded, and concrete will soon be poured. The following is a photograph of the Yotel Boston construction site:
Mar 04, 2016
Exterior finish installation underway at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel
Exterior finish installation is underway at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel. Moisture-resistant cladding and fireproofing have been installed along much of the Chapel's completed steel frame. The future Chapel bell was installed in the future steeple on February 12th.
Chapel along Sleeper Street
Chapel along Seaport Boulevard
Mar 04, 2016
Concrete has been poured on the pile caps of Block H Offices' foundation. With pile driving complete, excavation of Block H Offices' foundation is moving forward. The following is a photograph of Block H Offices:
Feb 23, 2016
In an update delivered today by Boston Global Investors Managing Director John Hynes at a Seaport Square Parcels M1 and M2 public meeting, it was announced that a CapitalOne 360 cafe and bank will occupy the ground-floor retail space at the Block H Offices building on Seaport Boulevard.
Feb 15, 2016
Garden Garage is now approved for construction. Anticipated start of construction is in June 2016.
Jan 29, 2016
Pile driving and foundation work are moving forward at Boston Global Investors' new four-story office building on Seaport Square Parcel H in Boston's Seaport District. Boston Global Investors will relocate its' headquarters to the building once complete; Boston Global Investors is currently headquartered in Boston's Financial District. The building is located in between under-construction Yotel Seaport Boston and Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel, both of which are also developed by Boston Global Investors.
Jan 27, 2016
With piles driven, construction is moving forward on Yotel Seaport Boston's foundation; digging is currently taking place. Yotel Seaport Boston's frame will rise above the foundation pictured and will also extend over the existing MBTA Silver Line transit station, towards recently-completed Watermark Seaport. Yotel Seaport Boston is an exciting addition to Boston's growing Seaport District, providing today's travelers and innovators with a unique, affordable place to stay in Boston's most innovative Seaport District.
Jan 27, 2016
Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel frame nearing completion
The frame of Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel is just about complete. Welding is wrapping up, and walls and finishes will follow shortly. Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel brings added character to Boston's growing Seaport District, serving as a unique and distinctive gateway to the neighborhood. The under-construction Chapel is being built in place of the existing Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel located on Seaport Square Parcel D, which will eventually be demolished to make room for additional development.
Jan 15, 2016
Phase One of Government Center Garage project approved for construction
The Boston Redevelopment Authority approved Phase One of the Government Center Garage project, developed by The HYM Investment Group, for construction. Phase One consists of two buildings. The first building, a 486-unit high-rise apartment tower along New Sudbury Street, is expected to break ground in spring 2016. A commercial tower, also approved, will commence construction upon commitment by a major tenant. (Source: The HYM Investment Group Press Release)
BRA board approves first phases of Gov't Center Garage redev (residential/office towers). https://t.co/xnAsO0gIU9 pic.twitter.com/Lt91ig8UPu— BRA (@BostonRedevelop) January 15, 2016
With @BostonRevelop approval, we’re ready to start construction on the apartments this spring! pic.twitter.com/N9BufpxsXj— RedevGovGarage (@RedevGovGarage) January 15, 2016
Nov 17, 2015
We toured the under-construction Godfrey Hotel! The hotel building is near completion; interior finishes and furnishings are currently being installed, and original historic details are being restored.
Guests will stay in beautiful rooms designed by Gettys Group that are thoughtfully crafted, adorned with enticing artwork and well suited for an urban lifestyle. Also nearing completion are the George Howell Coffee shop and restaurant space on the hotel's ground floor.
Our photographs from the tour are posted above. Take a inside look at Downtown Crossing's latest game-changing development! Expected hotel opening is in late 2015/early 2016.
Nov 17, 2015
New renderings released for Phase One of Government Center Garage
New renderings of Phase One of the Government Center Garage project were released today along with Expanded Project Notification Forms (EPNFs) for Phase One's two proposed buildings. Approved by the Boston Redevelopment Authority in 2013, the project is currently undergoing design review. The development team hopes to start construction in 2016.
The first building would be a 480-foot tall, 45-story building with 486 residential units, in addition to ground-floor retail, designed by CBT Architects. Next would be a 528-foot tall office tower designed by CBT and Pelli Clarke Pelli. As part of the multi-phased project, six buildings will be built on the site of the existing Government Center Garage. Sections of the parking garage will be demolished to make way for the buildings; part of the garage will be preserved.
The following is a graphic showing full buildout of the Government Center Garage project:
Full multi-phased buildout
The following are renderings of Phase One of the Government Center Garage project:
View of towers along skyline
The following are links to the EPNFs for the residential and office towers.
Sep 13, 2015
Construction starts at Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel
Construction has started on the new Our Lady of Good Voyage Chapel in Boston's Seaport District, with initial excavation underway. The following is a photograph of the Chapel site:
The following is a link to more photographs
by excavator The Welch Corporation.