Jul 22, 2020
CO Issued for First Building at Bower Boston
A certificate of occupancy has been issued for the first building within Bower Boston. The shorter of the two towers on the site offers 100 apartments along with ground-floor retail space. In total, the project will include 312 luxury apartments, 37,000 square feet of retail, and 200 parking spaces.
Jun 14, 2020
Leasing Underway for Bower Boston
With finishing touches underway for both the first and 2nd buildings within Bower, leasing is now underway. The development will offer studios starting at around $2800 per month through 2 beds around $5500. In total, the buildings will feature 312 apartments, 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail, and 200 underground parking spaces. Amenities spaces nestled throughout the project building offer rooms for lounging, entertaining, working and meditating. The rooftop terrace will feature a pool, sun deck, and amazing views.
May 19, 2020
Construction Continues on The Queens Park Plaza Tower
Steel framing is nearly complete for the Queens Park Plaza Tower also known as Sven being developed by The Durst Organization. The 755-foot tall tower will offer 958 residential units along with numerous amenities including a 20,000 square foot fitness center, swimming pool, and co-working space. The development is located adjacent to the historic Queens Clock Tower which is being restored and will include 50,000 square feet of retail space. Work is also progressing rapidly on the building’s concave glass curtain wall which will feature View smart windows. Not only will the View technology offer an additional amenity for residents, providing maximum sunlight without blocking views, but will assist in the goal of reaching LEED Platinum certification. Construction on the tower is expected to be complete in the spring of 2021.
Apr 02, 2020
Regeneron Campus Expansion Features View Smart Glass
Regeneron, a leading pharmaceutical company currently working on treatments for COVID-19, recently completed the remodel of an existing lab building within their 150-acre campus in Tarrytown NY. The Regeneron team chose to install View Smart windows throughout the state of the art lab and office space which allow for natural light straight through the building, providing the best experience for employees. The smart glass automatically tints throughout the day, ideal for a lab environment where the tint blocks UV penetration which would affect the crucial science the firm is working on. Regeneron has also started construction on another View project at their Sleepy Hollow campus, which will house 1,000 employees.
View smart glass can be an integral part of a lab design:
Lab users want and need daylight in office and research zones, research is very precise
Outdated solutions have been roller blinds and blackout shades when needed, eliminating the connection to the outdoors
The Life Sciences space is extremely focused on employee attraction. There will continue to be a war for talent
Mar 13, 2020
Notice of Project Change Approved for Phase 2 of Fenway Center
With construction wrapping up for Bower (phase 1 of Fenway Center), the BPDA has approved an NPC for Phase 2 of the project. The change will adjust the mix of uses within Buildings 3 and 4 from a mix of residential, office, and lab uses to office/R&D/lab and life science. Parking has been reduced by 500 spaces in a fully automated garage while around 3,669 square feet of additional civic open space has been added. The project will sit on a podium to be constructed over the 8 lanes of the Mass Pike knitting the Fenway/Kenmore community together by creating a new connection between Beacon Street, Brookline Ave. and Lansdowne.
An opportunity to “Knit” the community An opportunity to “Knit” the community via connections from Beacon Street, to Lansdowne Station, to Brookline Avenue.via connections from Beacon Street, to Lansdowne Station, to Brookline Avenue.
Mar 08, 2020
BLDUP Sneak Peek: Bower
BLDUP recently got an inside look at Bower, the first phase of the Fenway Center with Kelly Saito, Managing Partner at Gerding Edlen. It’s clear, even in its unfinished state, that this is not going to be just another luxury apartment building. While the exterior of the building features modern finishes and sharp angles biophilic design elements throughout the interior not only create an intriguing juxtaposition but will contribute to residents’ wellness.
Bower features two buildings connected by a common podium. The first (the shorter building) offers 100 apartments set to open in May along with a roof terrace complete with fire pit and grills atop a comfortable resident lounge featuring skylights, a sizeable indoor planter, and other natural elements. Units offer Italian cabinetry including cabinet fronted appliances, beautifully tiled baths, ample closet space, and View Smart Windows. Bower is the first residential project in Boston to offer this technology which allows for automatic tinting throughout the day to keep residents comfortable while offering ample natural light. Not only does the View Glass provide a great resident perk, but it will also help the building conserve energy.
The first building at Bower is expected to welcome residents in May.
Residences at Bower feature Italian cabinetry and ample natural light via the View Smart Glass.
The crown jewel of Bower, where we are sure residents will be lining up to relax is the amazing rooftop amenity space on the second/taller building set to open this summer. With 360 views of Boston including a look inside neighboring Fenway Park, the rooftop will offer a sizable swimming pool, cabanas, and lush plantings. Not only will this space look undeniably cool but the development team took an extra step to raise the deck allowing for space for a heat recovery system hidden under the trendy decor. Right below the roof deck, there is another resident lounge complete with an oversized skylight and more lush greenery. Downstairs generously sized residences again feature Italian cabinetry, this time a two-tone finish including upper cabinets in a lovely green. This building also houses space for the management office and resident fitness center rounding out a full suite of tenant amenities.
The view from Bower’s roof deck amenity space
At Bower’s ground levels one facing David Ortiz Way the other along Beacon Street retail/restaurant space rounds out the project. Saito tells us his team is actively in negotiations for these coveted spaces in a prime location so close to Fenway Park. A staircase and courtyard will offer a connection between Beacon Street & the lower level of the property plus a new pedestrian walkway will also connect Beacon and Bower itself to the Yawkey Commuter Rail Station. Preleasing for Bower is set to kick off sometime within the next 30 days with rents for the 312 luxury apartments expected to range from $2900 to $5800 per month. https://www.bowerboston.com/
Feb 21, 2020
Advance Auto Parts Tower 85% Leased Ahead of Fall Opening
Construction is well underway for the upcoming 20-story Class A office tower in North Hills neighborhood of Raleigh with 85% of the 328,600 square feet of office space now pre-leased. The largest tenant will be Advance Auto Parts, who have committed to 218,000 square feet. The retailer expects the modern office space will help attract top tech talent as they grow their e-commerce business. Kane Realty Partners, the property developer, set out to create a best-in-class work environment featuring numerous amenities including concierge service and outdoor terrace space. The project also features View Smart Windows, enhancing the large floorplates with abundant natural light, key to employee wellness. The Advance Auto Parts Tower will open in fall 2020.
Feb 03, 2020
Cape Cod 5 Opens Banking Center in Barnstable
Last week, Cape Cod 5 celebrated the grand opening of their new “HQ5” on Route 132 in Barnstable. The 80,000 square foot headquarters will be home to over 300 employees and has been designed with employee wellness and sustainability in mind. Amenities within the 11-acre campus include a 217 car parking garage, walking trails, fitness center, community room, and outdoor courtyard. The new building also features over 16,000 square feet of solar panels on the roof which could generate over 400,000 kilowatts each year. Bridging the gap between sustainability and employee wellness the building also features View Glass throughout, which will automatically tint to allow in maximum natural light for the bank’s employees while cutting down on the need for artificial lighting and reducing HVAC costs. “This new campus serves as a physical symbol of Cape Cod 5’s ongoing investment in and service to the unique communities of the Cape, Islands and Southeastern Massachusetts,” said Dorothy A. Savarese, Chair and CEO of Cape Cod 5. “The foundation of this headquarters building is actually the mission and values that have driven this Bank for 165 years. Its innovative elements and advanced technologies will propel us to the future so we can continue to meet the evolving needs of our customers, community members, and employees for decades to come.”
Check out an interactive rendering of the complex here.
Jan 10, 2020
Glassdoor Leases 52K SF at Upcoming West End on Fulton
Developer Trammell Crow has signed a lease with Glassdoor to occupy two full floors at the upcoming West End on Fulton. Glassdoor will occupy 52,000 square feet of the 300,000 total within the Class A project. With this new office, the recruiting and jobs review site will more than double its number of Chicago based employees from 300 to 800 total.
While West End on Fulton was originally planned as an apartment project, Trammell Crow decided to pivot to offices after reassessing demand in the area and they are pulling out all the stops in the amenities department. The building will feature View Dynamic Glass, to let in more natural daylight, a key amenity employees want and need as it has been shown to have positive impacts on wellness and productivity. The View Glass will also cut down on energy costs. Additional amenities at West End on Fulton will include a rooftop deck that includes a gaming lawn, a beer garden with grill stations and fire pits, an indoor/outdoor lounge and bar, movie screening area, dog run, and community garden. There will also be a fitness center on-site along with covered ride-share drop-off and pickup area. Construction on the 14-story tower is expected to wrap up this coming April.
Jan 03, 2020
Interior Finishing Wrapping Up for Bower at Fenway Center Plus NPC Filed for Phase 2
Interior Finishing is wrapping up for Bower, the first phase of The Fenway Center, expected to open this coming Spring. Bower, will feature 312 apartments, 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail and 200 underground parking spaces across two buildings. A 12,000-square-foot air rights deck and landscaped pedestrian walkway is also being added over Yawkey Station.
Residents at Bower will have access to both indoor and outdoor landscaping, an atrium, plus a pool and roof deck. Newly released renderings show sleek, modern finishes incorporating natural elements. Bower will also be Boston’s first residential project to utilize View Glass, allowing for the most natural light to reach residents without the need for pesky shades. Residents will be able to control the window tint through their smartphones, while the building owners will save on energy costs.
As this first phase of the Fenway Center wraps up, a NPC has been filed for phase two of the development. Key modifications include a shift in the proposed uses of Buildings 3 and 4 from a mix of residential, office, and lab uses to a mix of office/R&D/lab and life science. Updated plans also call for a significant reduction of approximately 500 parking spaces while approximately 3,669 square feet of additional civic open space will be added.
Nov 13, 2019
TIAA HQ in Midtown Undergoing $200M Renovation
Originally built in 1959, the TIAA HQ in Midtown Manhattan is currently undergoing a $200M renovation which will include a new double-height lobby and the addition of a grand staircase. Another major part of the work will include the replacement of every window in the 655,000, 27 story office building with View Glass. Once the smart windows are in place, reducing the glare and heat from the sun, TIAA will be able to utilize previously wasted space near the windows. By increasing the density in the lower part of the building TIAA will then be able to rent out the top two-thirds of the property. Construction is expected to last through the next year.
Sep 19, 2019
Window and Facade Install Nearly Complete at Fenway Center
In the shadows of Fenway Park, Phase 1 of the Fenway Center is taking shape as window and facade install is nearly complete. The first two buildings of this transformative project feature over 430,000 square feet of space and will include 312 residential units along with 37,000 square feet of ground-floor retail. The buildings will offer units sizes ranging from studio to 2 bedrooms.
In total, the $600 million project will feature five new buildings, a total of approximately 550 residential units, 160,000 square feet of office space and over 50,000 square feet of retail will be built at Fenway Center,