7 Boston Developments to Watch
Boston is changing, no doubt about it. It seems every neighborhood from Somerville to Southie is buzzing with construction. As our cityscape transforms before our very eyes, it is impossible not to wonder: is it for the better? Plenty of cities aren’t responsible about urban development, but we are lucky Boston isn’t one of them. The City and the construction companies they partner with care about both the community and environmental impact. Not only are they experts in construction but quite often innovators, leveraging cutting-edge technologies and ushering in the next era of urban development. Most of Boston’s new buildings are green, sustainable, and also, smart. Contemporary smart structures are outfitted with building automation systems. Building automation systems, or BAS, monitor and control heating, ventilation, air conditioning (HVAC), lighting, and often water, fire and life safety from a centralized, cloud-based control center.
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With so many innovative new projects breaking ground or nearing completion in every corner of our city, it can be difficult to keep up. Here are a few projects we’re most excited to see unfold. Check out these seven Boston developments to watch!
The once dilapidated waterfront by North Station is getting a major makeover. The $230 million redevelopment of Lovejoy Wharf includes 175 condos – Boston’s first without parking – and will be the headquarters of global footwear giant Converse. Construction and installation of building controls systems began in March.
“The 237,000 s/f LEED Silver luxury residential, office, and retail complex will require superior and streamlined integrated building systems to support an elevated quality of living, working, and leisure activities,” the New England Real Estate Journal said.
Fresh from steel topping event in July, Van Ness is a mixed-use building in the heart of Boston’s evolving Fenway neighborhood, slated to open in spring 2015. Van Ness includes two buildings – one residential, one commercial office space – atop a three-story retail space to be occupied by Target and independent restaurants and retailers. Van Ness is just one of the many exciting developments transforming the Fenway including Samuels & Associates’ Landmark Center, Fenway Triangle Trilogy, the Verb Hotel, and the Abbey Group’s Viridian, a mixed-use luxury housing and retail development. Even more exciting is what’s to come: Samuels & Associates expansion of the Landmark Center will include the city’s first Wegmans supermarket, as well as additional residential space.
75|125 Binney Street
A massive pharmaceutical development has kicked off in Kendall Square. 75|125 Binney Street is a 386,000 square-foot project multi-building life science complex, complete with a DNA-inspired facade, that will house Ariad Pharmaceuticals Inc.’s new corporate headquarters.
Construction of Somerville’s Assembly Row might be in the end stages of completion – the outlet mall opened it’s first phase of stores in June – but it’s nonetheless a development we should continue to watch. A brand new Orange Line T stop, Assembly Station, paves the way for Assembly Square to be a top destination to shop, dine, or take in a movie. Upon completion, Assembly Square will feature more than 300,000 square feet of retail outlets and restaurants, over 2,000 residences, almost 2 million square feet of office space.
It’s impossible to talk Boston construction without a mention of Millennium Tower. Right smack dab in the heart of the Hub will soon be a 625-foot skyscraper including roughly 600 new condos, 231,000 square-feet of retail space, restaurants and a health club. After years of staring at a pit once occupied by Filene’s, we are all eagerly awaiting the completion of this massive project in Downtown Crossing.
Watts Landing at Logan Airport
Often, other development projects across the city eclipse the innovation happening at one of the most important corners of our city: Logan Airport. The Watts Landing project will vastly improve Logan’s energy efficiency by installing installing meters throughout the airport allowing Massport to measure and monitor their overall hot water, chilled water and pumped condesate consumption.
“With the newly installed meters, Massport is going to be able to figure their usage to determine their baseline,” JM Electrical’s John Guarracino said to Electrical Contractor. “They will be able to tender their equipment to get their best savings, which is happening in a whole lot of buildings in Boston.
Harbor Garage Project
While still in the proposal stages, this is still one of the hottest projects in the Hub. If it becomes a reality, Boston’s waterfront will feature two Harbor Towers, a 700,000 square feet of office space, a 250-300 room luxury hotel, 120 residential condominiums, three levels of retail and restaurant space, and 1,400-space parking lot built underground. Developers also envision two towers separated by a four-season open public space with a retractable roof. The estimate cost of the project is $1 billion.