JM Electrical’s Top 10 Buildings in Boston
Recently, Boston Magazine published an article touting the best buildings in Boston. With hundreds of years of collective industry experience in the Greater Boston region, JM Electrical has compiled our own list of the top ten buildings that we have had the pleasure to work on. In no particular order, please find our picks for some of Boston’s most imaginative and cutting-edge projects:
JM Electrical had the opportunity to contribute to the revitalization of Boston’s Downtown Crossing by helping construct one of the city’s most elite condominium complexes, Millennium Tower. The 60-story skyscraper, which features 442 residences and a ”green” roof, is anchored by a Roche Brothers Market and prime office space. Millennium tower maximizes sustainability benefits with a state-of-the-art building automation system which ensures that 75% of the Tower’s electricity is generated from renewable energy sources for power, heat, and water.
888 Boylston St.
This 17-story, 425,000-square-foot LEED Platinum certified office and retail building in Back Bay was designed to be the most sustainable building in New England. 888 Boylston St. uses 45% less energy and 37% less water than a typical office building of its size by utilizing a water-fueled chilled beam system which circulates 100% fresh air throughout the building. Solar panels and 14 wind turbines are coupled with other energy-saving features including a green roof, energy-efficient lighting, rainwater harvesting system, and a green wall that highlights the building’s lobby.
Previously home to prisoners over a 120-year period, this historic site is now a chic hotel. Designers relied on the original architectural drawings to ensure adherence to the “Boston Granite Style” of the mid-19th century, including the 90-foot central atrium, the heart of the hotel. Preserved jail cells and wrought-iron work can be found within the Liberty’s restaurant, and the former exercise yard is now a beautifully landscaped courtyard.
Institute of Contemporary Art – ICA
Located on Fan Pier in the revitalized Seaport District, the ICA is “contemporary” in its design. The 65,000 square-foot cantilevered glass and steel space host a variety of artists, exhibits, and events throughout the year. The stadium seating located behind the building, which overlooks the harbor, is among our favorite amenities.
Also located in the bustling Seaport District, 121 Seaport, a 17-story, 450,000-square-foot round building seamlessly weaves together office and retail spaces. The building, which incorporates a chilled beam system with elevated ceiling heights, has earned LEED Platinum efficiency certification. In addition, an elliptical design, with less direct solar exposure, ensures a 15 percent energy savings.
Museum of Fine Arts
The fifth largest museum in the country— and one of the most comprehensive in the world— reflects a stunning display of both traditional and contemporary architecture. The MFA has undergone a series of expansions and transformations since it first opened its doors in 1876, all while remaining a quintessential destination for locals and tourists alike.
MIT Building 10
A significant part of MIT’s sprawling campus, Building 10 is always eye-catching. The iconic dome structure has a fantastic view of the Charles River and is home to MIT’s admissions office, Baker Library, galleries, and more.
St. Leonard’s Church
In the heart of Boston’s North End sits one of the oldest churches in the U.S. Built by Italian immigrants, St. Leonard’s is a picturesque, historic Roman Catholic Church with beautiful details and newly restored lighting fixtures.
Wentworth Hall at the Wentworth Institute of Technology offers an excellent example of historical architecture in Boston. Wentworth Hall comprises four floors of classrooms, laboratories, and offices. JM Electrical has a strong partnership with Wentworth stemming back to President Paul Guarracino, class of 1972.
500 Boylston / 222 Berkeley
This unique building encompasses 22 floors of office space, sitting above a two-story colonnade. The main lobby, which is accessed by crossing the magnificent Grande Entrance, leads to a winter garden conservatory and courtyard on the second floor, a space of light with an opening five stories high that functions as a public meeting place.
While there are many beautiful buildings throughout the city, these ten were rated as favorites by the JME team for both their uniqueness and architectural importance. We are proud to have contributed to these buildings and look forward to playing a part in future developments across Boston.