Foundation Under Construction for South Boston R&D Building
The former RCN building on the site at 105 West First Street in South Boston has been taken down. The site has been cleared and a retaining wall, as well as the foundation, are being erected. The new building 7-story building will feature 250,000 square feet of R&D and office space. The ground floor of the building will include retail space along with community, shared work, or technology incubator space. As part of the project, a new pedestrian corridor will also be constructed linking West Second Street to West First Street, which are currently vertically separated by 12 feet.
Demo Underway for 105 West First in South Boston
The former RCN building on the site at 105 West First Street in South Boston is coming down. The demo will make way for an approved 7-story 250,000 square foot R&D office building. The ground floor of the building will include retail space along with community, shared work or technology incubator space. As part of the project, a new pedestrian corridor will also be constructed linking West Second Street to West First Street, which are currently vertically separated by 12 feet.
$1.75M Permit Pulled for Restaurant Fit-Out at Pier 4
Cafco has pulled a permit valued at $1.755M for the fit-out of the restaurant space at Pier 4 on Boston's Waterfront. The work calls for finishes to the dining space plus HVAC, electrical and plumbing. The restaurant will sit on the ground floor of the 9-story condo project, with 106 luxury homes above.
$2.369M Fit-Out Permit Pulled for 29th Floor at One Federal
A fit-out permit has been pulled for the 29th floor of One Federal Street in the Financial District. The work valued at $2.369M will include new architectural finishes, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing for the space.
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.
Building Permit Issued for 105 West First St. in South Boston
A building permit has been issued for early-stage construction to include utilities and foundation work for the 105 West First St. project in South Boston. The upcoming 7-story building will feature 250,000 square feet of R&D office space, ground floor retail, and a 35 car parking garage. Tishman Speyer purchased the project in July for $80M.
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.
Construction Continues on 2050 M
Construction continues on the upcoming 338,000 square foot office project in DC's Golden Triangle. 2050 M features a unique curved glass curtain wall that will allow for a seamless, hyper-transparent, floor-to-ceiling experience on the building's interior. Leasing is underway for the project and construction is expected to be complete later this year.
South Boston Property Trades for $80 Million
The property at 105 West First Street in South Boston has been acquired by Tishman Speyer for $80 million.
The approved seven-story, 250,000 square foot research and development (R&D) office building will be located on a 42,219 square foot site in South Boston across from A Street Park steps to the Channel Center development and the Broadway MBTA Red Line station.
The building will contain office, research, and development space, as well as ground-floor retail fronting West First Street.
Interior Finishing Wrapping up for Pier 4 Luxury Condos
With completion expected this spring interior finishing is wrapping up for the 106 luxury condo homes at Pier 4 Phase II. Each waterfront residence features an expansive private balcony with direct water views along with custom designer finishes. Resident amenities will include white-glove concierge service, fitness center, resident lounge, and golf simulation room. A farm to table restaurant from notable culinary mind Kristin Canty will be located on the first floor of the project.
Pier 4 Refinanced for $230.4 Million
The property at 130-140 Northern Avenue in Boston's Seaport District has been refinanced for $230.4 million via American General Life Insurance, Variable Annuity Life Insurance, and National Union Fire Insurance Company of Pittsburgh.
Tishman Speyer's $500 million Pier 4 development project overlooking Boston Harbor features two buildings. A 13-story office building containing 353,000 square feet of office space with 20,000 square feet of ground-floor retail that was sold to Commonwealth Partners in August 2018. The nine-story residential building containing 106 luxurious one-to-four-bedroom condominiums with 17,000 square feet of ground-floor retail is still under construction. A total of 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail will be located at Pier 4. Both buildings will feature rooftop terraces and state-of-the-art amenities. Pier 4 will include a one-acre public waterfront park. A two-level underground parking garage will be located on site.
125 High Street Refinanced for $556 Million
Tishman Speyer has refinanced their property at 125 High Street for $556 million via Morgan Stanley.
125 High Street is a 30-floor postmodern highrise in the Financial District of Boston, MA. Standing 452 feet tall, the highrise is currently the 23nd-tallest building in the city. 125 High Street has approximately 1.9 million square feet of Class A office space. It was designed by Jung Brannen Associates.