Government Center Garage redevelopment project rebranded as Bulfinch Crossing
This month we were proud to announce a new brand and name for the Government Center Garage: Bulfinch Crossing. The development will be a 2.9 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Boston’s Bulfinch Triangle, shared REBusiness Online. As reported in Banker & Tradesman, we are creating virtual reality tours of the property and have used drones to shoot films showing off the harbor and skyline views from the planned skyscrapers on the site. Together with The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors LLC, we worked to find a new name with the area that holds significance in Boston, and the Boston Business Journal shared how the rebranding aims to reflect the abutting Bulfinch Triangle Historic District, a district planned by Boston-born Charles Bulfinch, who is widely considered to be the first American architect. Curbed shared that when completed, the complex will include six buildings: One Congress, a 1,000,000-square-foot office tower; one high-rise residential building; one mid-rise residential building; and three additional mid-rise buildings. See our rendering of the project:
Virtual reality sells at One Legacy West
Gaedeke Group in Dallas, Texas is using virtual reality to visualize what the One Legacy West development will look like before it’s built. With the help of Neoscape’s virtual reality experience (VRX), Belinda Dabliz, who is overseeing the leasing efforts of One Legacy West for Gaedeke Group, told the Dallas Business Journal that “the results have changed the leasing game.” She talked about the added value of VR in leasing, saying that “all the same leasing tools still apply, but [VR] is now one more tool we can use and people can move around and really see it.” In addition to providing the VR technology, we also created renderings for One Legacy West:
Who’s moving into Boston Landing
Boston Landing was named one of the nine transformative projects currently underway in Boston by Curbed this month, and the 15-acre project in Brighton will soon include a hotel, a practice center for the Bruins and the Celtics, housing and a new commuter rail station. Also in June, New Balance opened its interactive flagship store at Boston Landing. According to the Boston Business Journal, it was important to New Balance that the company was the development’s first retailer, and hopes its move will attract others. BostInno revealed that the store will provide an experience called Made.Boston, where visitors can watch as limited edition 574’s are made onsite. The Boston Herald added that the development has even added a new landmark: a 68-foot Warrior hockey stick outside the Bruins’ new practice rink. See our rendering of the development here:
CetraRuddy designs the Meatpacking District’s tallest tower
According to The Architect’s Newspaper, the Meatpacking District will soon to be the home of a new 18-story office building designed by New York–based architecture and interior design firm CetraRuddy. Due to a changing marketplace in the neighborhood, CetraRuddy’s client requested that firm transforms their original hotel design into an office building with more than 144,000 rentable square feet of space. As reported in Bisnow, the property is really two: 412 West 15th St, where an 18-story tower broke ground a few months ago, and 413 West 14th St, which will adjoin the site first tower from the back. Our rendering of the building below:
Today, we’re proud to unveil a brand and name that we have been developing over the past few months with The HYM Investment Group and National Real Estate Advisors LLC: the Boston site that has been known as the Government Center Garage will now become Bulfinch Crossing. The new name for this 2.9 million-square-foot project highlights its special location in the city — the Bulfinch Triangle, originally planned by America’s first architect, Charles Bulfinch — a place where history and the future come together.
The name combines Bulfinch’s legacy with the project’s pivotal location, situated atop two MBTA subway lines, a short walk from the city’s main transportation hubs, and a five-minute drive from Logan Airport — setting a new standard for transit-oriented development. The project’s 1.1 million-square-foot office tower will be called One Congress. We’re thrilled to bring this brand to life over the coming months through an exciting program, including 3D illustrations, a virtual reality experience, and a short film. Visit the Bulfinch Crossing website to learn more and stay informed about upcoming developments.
Graphic Design USA (GDUSA) recently announced its 2016 winners for the GDUSA American Web Design Awards, an annual showcase featuring the power of design to enhance websites and online communications. The award categories include websites, apps, social media, advertising and promotion, animation and video, UX and UI.
This year, our website design for Rockrose Development Corp’s Alexander Court won in the website category. Alexander Court is a redevelopment project just outside Washington D.C.’s Central Business District, designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli. Our challenge was to show off the luxury of this project across every marketing medium and we did this through our now award-winning website; renderings of both the interior and exterior of the building showcasing its size and amenities, a film, a look-book, brochure and a virtual reality app to show what the 1 million-square-foot office tower will look like when it’s complete.
Boston Celtics to build practice facility at Boston Landing
The Boston Celtics announced that after 30 years of practicing in Waltham, they will move to a new facility at Boston Landing in Brighton. According to The Boston Globe, the team is teaming up with New Balance Development Group LLC on a venue adjacent to the Massachusetts Turnpike. Along with our rendering, Boston.com shared that the 70,000-square-foot complex will include two practice courts, locker rooms, work space for coaches and team staff, and expanded facilities for strength and conditioning, nutrition, and physical therapy. Construction will begin this fall, and is scheduled for completion in 2018.
325 residential units planned for Fenway
According to Boston.com, the Fenway neighborhood may be getting a residential tower at 2 Charlesgate West. This month, Trans National Properties proposed a mixed-use tower that would house 325 combined condo and apartment units, 10,000 square feet of retail and up to 6,000 square feet of office space. Bisnow shared that the proposed building would take the place of the existing building, which currently is the Trans National HQ. If the plans are accepted, The Boston Globe reported construction would begin next spring, with the building expected to open in 2020. See our rendering:
Plans to convert 33 East 74th Street units into single-family home
33 East 74th Street was in the news this month after Russian billionaire Alexey Kuzmichev bought two units at the Manhattan condominium with plans to combine them into a single-family home. According to The Wall Street Journal, the purchase of the two units includes the first floors of the Atterbury Mansion and a smaller apartment. Combined, the units comprise more than 13,000 square feet. The article features our rendering of a possible living space following the conversion.
Rafael Viñoly’s design for 787 Eleventh Avenue revealed
A Hell’s Kitchen automobile dealership is growing up, literally. New York YIMBY shared our rendering of 787 Eleventh Avenue’s office expansion, designed by architect Rafael Viñoly. The expansion to the eight-story building will add two stories and 86,000 square feet, bringing the building’s total square footage to more than 500,000. We also created renderings of the interior, which include 24-foot ceilings, oversized windows and a 12,000-square-foot roof deck for the office tenants. Viñoly shared that he is honored to be on the project, stating that “the opportunity to combine the building’s historic architecture with a sleek and modern design is one I could not pass up.”
Wanted: Design-build teams for the Javits Center’s expansion
This month, The Real Deal shared that the state issued a request for qualifications for the $1 billion expansion of the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The state is seeking a design-build partnership, which lets a landlord sign one contract with a party that handles both the design and construction of a project. Back in January, Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the 30-year-old center will add 1.2 million additional square feet to accommodate a growing demand for convention space, according to amNewYork. See our rendering of what the center’s expansion could look like:
Former rental building at 146 Willow Street to be marketed as single-family home
According to The Wall Street Journal, a townhouse at 146 Willow Street that was previously divided into seven units is being converted into a single-family home. The news comes just a week after a Brooklyn Heights apartment building went on the market as a single-family home, pointing to a potential trend in apartment conversion projects. The Real Deal added that Shahrzad Khayami of AscentSeven paid $6.8 million for the building in 2014 and spent two years restoring the building’s facade, and rebuilding the interior, which can be seen in our rendering here:
L.A.’s Metropolis welcomes four-legged friends
Earlier this month, the Los Angeles Times shared an article on dog-friendly apartments and condos in sunny Los Angeles. Included on the list of properties that welcome man’s best friend is Metropolis, a new condo development that will feature a dog park, as well as grooming and washing stations. Our rendering of the dog park, which is currently under construction, is featured in the article, as well as in the syndicated piece from The Virginia Gazette.