Office design has evolved to be less invasive to the environment while providing a healthier experience for its occupants.
When asked about current workplace design trends, Dan Perruzzi of Boston-based Margulies Perruzzi Architects shared his views with Commercial Property Executive:
Companies are wrestling with the best balance between quiet and/or private space and collaboration space. Employees need private space, but they also need easy access to their colleagues for beneficial interactions. Individual, focused work has to be supported while simultaneously supporting group work.
Everyone is trying to do more with less. Companies are actively reviewing space standards to see where they compare with the competition. Metrics of area per seat and seats per assigned staff are critical areas of focus today. Given that in many areas basic sustainability has been incorporated into building codes, there is a greater focus on wellness and health in workplace design.
Technology and real estate are not words that traditionally occupy the same sentence, but Jamestown has managed to make this happen at the Innovation and Design building in the Boston Seaport.
According to Promodo.com, “One of the powerful things about using technology to connect and inform tenants is that managers are able to understand their occupants on a much higher level. ‘By getting a look into what tenants are engaging with on the app, we are able to help landlords and property managers better serve their tenants and increase retention,’ Garbarino said. ‘We’re able to tell them how many tenants are actually aware of the property amenities, which they are engaging with, how often they engage with different content on the app and more.'”
More information on the Boston Innovation and Design building is available on its website.
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The office market in Back Bay is vibrant and alive with activity. It’s 18M square feet not only boasts the 1st (200 Clarendon Street) and 2nd (Prudential) tallest buildings in New England, but also will possess the tallest residential building (1 Dalton) as well.
Vacancy is down and cost of occupancy has increased. Newbury Street office rents can range from upper $40’s t0 low $70’s per square foot.
“I think Back Bay has the amenities, the public transportation and all the attractive features a company is looking for,” said Avison Young principal Ron Perry, who is speaking at Bisnow’s Boston Office of the Future event later this month. “At night, it’s alive with restaurants. Traditional firms like it, and they’ve done a good job lately in making that appeal to technology companies.”
“Boston has an amazing talent base with great universities, a strong diversity of industries and an innovative culture,” Wayfair Head of Real Estate and Workplace Services Reed Gilbert said. “Wayfair’s headquarters, centrally located in Boston’s Back Bay, makes it easy for employees to bike, walk and take public transportation to work.”
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The Boston office market continues to show strong development, with 4.5 million square feet of construction underway. Rent growth and job growth have also put Boston on the leader board.
Here’s what CPexecutive had to say on the Boston office pipeline:
A strong market dominated by its well-performing technology and life science sectors, Boston recorded a robust job and population growth—larger than Los Angeles or San Francisco. The market conditions bolstered construction activity, resulting in more than 4.5 million square feet of office space now underway. Completions stayed under the 3 million-square-foot mark in 2015 and 2016 and dropped significantly in 2017, when only 1.6 million square feet of office space were delivered.
The largest office development scheduled to come online is the Akamai Global Headquarters in Cambridge, Mass. The 19-story property will bring 453,768 square feet of office space to the market and will be located at 145 Broadway, in the heart of the city’s Kendall Square neighborhood. Boston Properties signed a 15-year lease with Akamai, the building’s sole tenant.
The full list of the ‘Largest Office Pipelines in the Northeast’ is available, here.
Amazon could be the trigger that finally connects Red to Blue for the T.
According to Curbed Boston, “the connection would be pretty simple on paper: The Blue Line would be extended from its Bowdoin terminus to the Red Line’s Charles/MGH stop.” Curbed further notes that a connection between the two T-lines “has been a what-if since at least the Big Dig, which was supposed to produce the link as a byproduct (probably via a 1,500-foot, $750 million tunnel along Cambridge Street). That never happened.”
More information is available on Curbed, Boston.
Two years to three months. This is that the lead time TAMI [technology, advertising, marketing and information] tenants are working with when they are in-market, looking for office space. Given this, Landlords needs to offer spec suites for immediate occupancy to accommodate the market opportunity.
Here’s a remark from Colliers International Executive Vice President Kristin Blount in Bismpw, on the velocity of current real-estate transactions:
“Tenants used to be in the market way far in advance of a lease expiration or their renewal notice time period,” [Colliers International Executive Vice President Kristin Blount] said. “Because their business is changing more rapidly than before and the newer kind of TAMI [technology, advertising, marketing and information] tenants make up a lot of growth, the speed to market and need to move quickly is something that is really important to them.”
Additional information is available on Bisnow’s website, here.
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The Seaport continues to evolve and welcome new businesses. L.L. Bean opened April 5th at One Seaport.
From the Boston Herald:
The 8,600-square-foot store at One Seaport (60 Seaport Blvd.) — the company’s fifth in Massachusetts and 35th outside Maine — is a fraction of the size of its almost 300,000-square-foot flagship store in Freeport, a destination many Bostonians have made pilgrimages to for years…To accommodate the new store’s size constraints, the company had to carefully select its merchandise. Selections at the Seaport location will include town-to-trail apparel for adults and children, and equipment ranging from full-sized kayaks to light, packable gear like inflatable paddleboards suitable for small apartments, said spokesman Eric C. Smith.
“The idea here was to curate it for someone who either lives here or visits here,” Smith said. “But we will continue to learn a lot from this store as our first urban one.”
It appears that Boston Harbor will become the connection between North Station and the Seaport via new ferry service.
According to Curbed Boston, “The Massachusetts Convention Center Authority and a handful of private companies, including Vertex, are working toward launching weekday ferry service from Lovejoy Wharf near North Station to the Seaport District-slash-South Boston waterfront…The authority has issued a request for proposals to underwrite the service for a year, with an eye toward extending it for three additional years. If the authority can line up the private funding—and it looks like it can—then service could start in late August or September.”
You can read more on Curbed, here.
Back Bay becomes home to John Hancock – 2.0.
The insurance company is returning its headquarters to Back Bay, where it already has a 1.2M SF campus and employs over 2,000. Its 465K SF Seaport headquarters at 601 Congress St. employs 1,100 people, all of whom will be transferred by the end of 2018 to two Back Bay buildings at 200 Berkeley St. and 197 Clarendon St., the Boston Business Journal reports.
[John Hancock CEO Marianne] Harrison sent a memo to Hancock employees Tuesday, saying the company had enough space in Back Bay, given the number of local employees and how many work remotely. Along with the weather beacon-capped 200 Berkeley and 197 Clarendon, Hancock has approval to build a third office tower in Back Bay. The 26-story, 388-foot tower at 380 Stuart St. could be developed for Hancock or another tenant.
Please have a look at Boston Properties new North Station development.
From the Boston Business Journal:
The Hub on Causeway’s office tower was originally approved to rise 420 feet and span 668,000 square feet. Boston Properties is seeking approval now to build a 24-story tower rising 495 feet at its highest occupiable point, spanning 651,500 square feet. The project’s architect is Gensler.
“The design team has made an effort to move away from a conventional glass clad tower,” the notice of project change filing states. “The overall massing of the building has been reshaped to respond not only to internal tenant needs but also to better integrate the structure with the scale and texture of its immediate surroundings.”