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Old May 7th, 2012, 07:29 AM   #181
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State Street Corp. is in, sources say



By Casey Ross | GLOBE STAFF MAY 05, 2012

The developer of the massive Channel Center complex in Boston’s Seaport District is proposing construction of an 11-story office building, public parks, and a parking garage, adding to the rapid redevelopment of the waterfront in recent years.

No major office tenant was named in plans released by the city on Friday. But sources with knowledge of the project have said State Street Corp. is negotiating a deal to move into the office building, which would be located at One Channel Center.

A spokeswoman for State Street said in a prepared statement Friday that the company has several leases expiring soon and is “pursuing various options to meet our business and workplace needs.’’

The developer of Channel Center, Commonwealth Ventures, did not respond to messages seeking comment. The company filed plans with the Boston Redevelopment Authority calling for a 525,000-square-foot office building, a nine-story parking garage, and two public parks. The firm said it hopes to begin construction by the end of year.

The complex, located off A Street, already includes more than 200 residential units, restaurants, stores, and offices in a series of former Boston Wharf Co. warehouses. The development of a large new office building would be a major boost for the complex and for the neighborhood, which has been renamed the Innovation District by Boston’s mayor, Thomas M. Menino.

The area has attracted scores of new businesses in the past two years, and continues to generate interest from a broad range of companies that want to relocate there. Vertex Pharmaceuticals Inc. is building a pair of large office buildings nearby at Fan Pier, one of the largest privately funded construction projects in the country.

A new building for State Street would also add considerable momentum to the office construction market in Boston, which all but died out during the recent economic downturn.

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Vertex at Fan Pier making a skyline impact:

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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:36 AM   #183
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Liberty Mutual topping out:

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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:41 AM   #184
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Boston University East Campus Center nearing completion:

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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:48 AM   #185
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Spaulding Rehab Hospital in Charlestown also finishing up:

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Old May 14th, 2012, 09:58 AM   #186
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Old May 14th, 2012, 10:09 AM   #187
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The Victor is on its way:


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Old May 15th, 2012, 05:05 AM   #188
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240 Tremont St.

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The Theater District's longest-running drama has taken a fresh twist: The long-empty site at 240 Tremont Street has a new development team in place and a new vision for what it might look like if it ever gets built. The new developers, led by Amherst Media and Robert Gatnick, now see a “tall and slender,” 19-story hotel with 240 rooms, up from 16 stories with 200 rooms, per The Herald's Greg Turner. Tall and slender? No problem!

The $66 million hotel would offer “micro-rooms,” smaller, cheaper accommodations in a first for Boston. Recently filed plans detail “operable glass panels” along a ground-floor restaurant, three-story electronic video boards and “linear strips” of LED fixtures highlighting the architecture.

Not only that, but the hotel would be connected to the neighboring Wilbur Theater's Cure Lounge nightclub by a 12-foot-wide alley all done up like Shubert Alley in New York City. Action!

Actually, given that developers and the city have been trying to get something built at the site since the 1990s, don't hit the box office just yet. The new developers do plan to break ground soon and be done in 2014. Just nobody say, "Macbeth."

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Old June 12th, 2012, 06:52 PM   #193
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I really like the Liberty Mutual Tower. What was on its site before?
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Museum of Medical History and Innovation / Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects

Architects: Leers Weinzapfel Associates Architects, Inc
Location: Boston, Massachusetts, USA
Project Team: Kevin Bell AIA, Susan Crowe Knight, Laura Duncan, Shih-Min Hsu AIA, Hannah Jackson RA, Irene Kang AIA LEED AP, Matt Petrie AIA, Jared Ramsdell, Marley Wright RA
Project Area: 12,270 sqm
Project Year: 2012
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Old June 29th, 2012, 11:24 PM   #195
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The mother of all recent Boston towers is taking shape. When, in early February, Ritz Carlton developer Millennium Partners announced it was taking the lead on filling the old Filene's site in Downtown Crossing, the news was greeted with an admixture of joy and relief. Something at the site! A new apartment tower in a tight housing market! Vornado not leading the building! At the announcement, details were scarce of what exactly would go up. Not anymore. The developer stepped up yesterday and dropped a doozy on us all. Let's see:

· It will be called Millennium Tower and will be 606 feet tall and about 55 floors.

· That's a lot taller than the 39 floors and 495 feet Vornado, the New York-based real estate investor, had planned back in mid-decade but never quite got around to building. It will be the fourth-tallest tower in Boston.

· It will have 500 units, both condos and rentals, again a lot more than Vornado ever planned (163); and, according to the developer, 230,000 square feet of "active and varied retail shopping on the lower floors reaching across the entire site." Target's even a possibility, which means Downtown Crossing's really arrived.

· To put the 500 units in perspective, the planned 47-story Copley Place, Boston's future tallest condo tower, will have 318.

· It will have 525 underground parking spaces.

· The historic Burnham Building will be renovated and incorporated into the sleek, glassy design by Handel Architects.

· The whole shebang will cost $615 million.

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It's on like Donkey Kong, who might end up climbing it one day. Credit-card kingpin Steve Belkin has resurrected plans to build what could be Boston's tallest tower. Recall, Belkin was the lone bidder in November 2006 for the city-owned parcel at 115 Federal Street in the Financial District (or whatever we'll end up calling it) and he already owned an adjacent parcel at 133 Federal. He pitched a 1,000-foot tower that would easily have been the city's—New England's—tallest (above is a rendering of the would-be Renzo Piano-designed sprout). Then the FAA said um... because the tower might interfere with jets at Logan; and then the Great Recession slammed the financing window.

But now Belkin's back. According to The Globe's Casey Ross, Belkin has met with city officials in recent weeks to discuss his plans, which remain shrouded largely in glassy mystery. We do know that now is the time to think hard-hats and cranes in prime Boston. The Millennium Tower announcement of earlier this month put a kind of exclamation point on a wave of new big-time construction in the city. Every other day seems to bring a new groundbreaking (yesterday it was Waterside Place in the Seaport). If Belkin can nail financing, it's unlikely his tower can't get under way this time.

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WSP Flack + Kurtz bring the new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston to life

The new wing of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston has been described as Boston's first great public building of the 21st century. Established at its current location for over 100 years, the MFA contains over 450,000 works of art, one of the most comprehensive collections in the US. The fifth most-visited museum in the country, the MFA takes its place as an icon in the cultural life of Boston. The Art of the Americas Wing, and the Shapiro Family Courtyard were designed by Foster + Partners (CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc., executive architects) opening in November 2010.

The Courtyard is a 10,000sf, 62 foot high, glass-enclosed space serving as visitor centre, dining area and function hall. The design challenge was to ensure, through sustainable solutions, that the glass environment would be a comfortable setting for many differing needs, tolerating Boston's extreme weather conditions. Radiant floor cooling coupled with mass air displacement provides a comfortable environment in the summer months. Radiant floor heating with vertical warm air up the sides of the glass "box" addresses the losses of the glass wall in the extreme winter months for comfort and condensation management. Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) analysis was a key tool to predict hot/cold spots, prevent condensation, and help design environmental systems.

The MEP systems are complex, due to the close temperature and humidity tolerances they are tasked to maintain. The Building Management Systems (BMS) includes remote monitoring and access to make necessary adjustments and provide space and equipment performance trending. The latter is a valuable tool to predict future performances and energy conservation.

The engineering systems were designed with resiliency in mind to protect the galleries' valuable contents. Prior to final equipment selection, the systems were modeled using historical weather data and programming information. This data was the foundation for arriving at a system sizing and equipment matrix to ensure the reliability of the mechanical systems in maintaining the close environmental conditions of the galleries.

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