The Evolution of Kendall Square

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Kendall Square is a very different place than it once was. While some may say that its less of a true downtown (like Central or Harvard Square) than it could have been, it has certainly been an economic and tax engine for the City of Cambridge. It also gets a little better every year, with added housing and retail and other interesting uses (although some of us still miss a bit of the grit and grime and, in particular, the old F&T diner)…

60 Hampshire under Construction


Newly acquired as part of BioMed Realty Trust’s campus near Kendall Square, this former iron foundry was in need of a transformation to accommodate the demands of today’s office/lab tenants. Arrowstreet is restoring the historic building’s exterior to its previous luster and is upgrading its interior into a flexible space to suit a variety of tenants…

1550 Main Street Lauded by BOMA Mid-Atlantic

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1550 Main Street, designed by Arrowstreet, was awarded The Outstanding Building of the Year distinction by the Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) for the second consecutive year in a row. The former federal office building, owned MassDevelopment, was renovated as part of a strategy to help revitalize downtown Springfield, MA. Working together with MassDevelopment and the City of Springfield, Arrowstreet designed a comprehensive package of exterior and interior building renovations to convert the building into Class-A commercial offices with ground floor retail uses. In addition, Arrowstreet redesigned the central plaza to improve circulation and its position as a meeting place on Main Street.

130 Brookline Receives Preservation Award


The Cambridge Historical Commission gave an award to MIT and its team for the preservation of 130 Brookline Street, a 1927 masonry building with generously over-sized windows. It was once known as the Chicago Auto Building, but had been long-neglected. The awards program celebrates outstanding efforts to preserve Cambridge’s historic character and built environment…

450 Kendall Street (Parcel G) Site Tour

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Arrowstreet staff ventured across the river and into Cambridge to tour the 450 Kendall Street (Parcel G) project, which is currently in the middle of construction. The project is a new, 68,000-sf, five-story office/lab building with retail space on the first floor…

101 Main Achieves LEED Silver Certification


I’m happy to announce that the new regional offices we designed for BioMed Realty at 101 Main Street received LEED Silver Certification. The office is open, collaborative, and crisply detailed; multiple breakout and “huddle” spaces encourage impromptu discussions and collaboration. We’re proud of the project, and doubly proud of the green design choices (green power, enhanced commissioning, and low-emitting materials, to name a few) that helped us achieve our client’s LEED goal.

NEWIRE Tour of Chestnut Hill Square

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Here are some photos of the recent NEWiRE tour of the Chestnut Hill Square project we’re working on for New England Development.  As a member of the project team for a couple of years now, I enjoyed hearing from NED’s Doug Karp about the project, and hearing feedback from attendees about the project’s design. And we even received a reward for attending – the retailers contributed to amazing gift bags, Wegmans provided beverages and light appetizers, and the evening was capped off at neighboring Capital Grille. Some of the stores are open now, with more opening this month and Wegman’s scheduled to open next spring (2014).

New Photos of 17 Tudor and 130 Brookline in Cambridge


I wanted to share these photos of one of our recent projects, 130 Brookline Street and 17 Tudor Street. Arrowstreet renovated two MIT-owned buildings in the Cambridgeport neighborhood, an area which is evolving into a recognized regional center for life sciences and technology. These two buildings form a small campus with adjacent open space and parking. 17 Tudor Street, a 1920s brick masonry building with a heavy-timber frame and generous window openings, supports office uses and is now occupied by Wistia. 130 Brookline Street, a 1920s building with buff-colored masonry over a concrete frame, also offers large windows; its renovation, including the addition of a mechanical penthouse, accommodates laboratory uses and will be occupied by 24M Technologies.

New Lobby at 210 Broadway

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As part of the work Bob had told you about and Mike had elaborated on, we also renovated BioMed’s entrance lobby at 210 Broadway. We had a dual purpose in this renovation: first, to reinforce the sense of openness and connection to the courtyard and outside; and second, to accommodate a number of unusual (and beautiful) art pieces. We chose modern, light-colored finishes to draw the eye to the dramatic sculptural pieces and paintings, which are part of a rotating exhibit from the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum. The tree silhouettes from the glass courtyard also continue into the space, visually linking the lobby and courtyard.

Arrowstreet at the Architecture Boston Expo


Arrowstreet’s work will be on display in the exhibit hall again this year at the Architecture Boston Expo, being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 19-21.If you’re attending, see if you can spot our boards featuring photos of our work at KIPP Academy Lynn and the 210 Broadway Courtyard around the hall!

Dynamic Seating at the 210 Broadway Courtyard

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Last week Bob shared the story of creating the glass tree silhouettes for BioMed’s new courtyard at 210 Broadway; I wanted to point out another feature of this new space – namely, the seating. To continue the theme of a transition between indoor and outdoor space, we wanted to create seating that seemed to flow in a natural, fluid way up from the floor…

“Tree-Lined” Courtyard at 210 Broadway

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I’m happy to share these new photos of the courtyard at 210 Broadway in Cambridge. Our client, BioMed Realty, asked us to update the courtyard and lobby of this building, recently acquired as part of their Kendall Square biotech portfolio. With the courtyard, we wanted to create a space that transitioned between “outside” and “inside”, making the building feel more open and adding dimension to the streetscape. After looking at a number of different options with the client, we settled on the concept adding glass panels that feature trees, calling to mind the shady, tree-lined streets of the surrounding Cambridge neighborhood…

Check out Our New View!

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While visiting our soon-to-be office, I snapped some photos of the beautiful views we’ll have from the new space. We’re excited to be a part of the Post Office Square neighborhood.

Workspaces to Reflect the Way We Work Today

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It’s undeniable that people don’t work the same way today as they did ten years ago. Between our ever-expanding technological capabilities and the increasingly significant role of collaboration in the workplace, the office designs of ten years ago are simply becoming less and less supportive of today’s needs. What does this mean? It means that office and workstation design is shifting—cube farms and private offices are going by the wayside as companies favor open floor plans and benched or L-shaped workstations that foster employee communication…

Arrowstreet Moving to Post Office Square

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Here is our press release on our upcoming move to PO Square! We are all excited about the new location, and plan to share more about what the new space will look like as plans develop…

New Photos of 101 Main


After working with BioMed for a number of years on several biotech buildings within their portfolio, they asked Arrowstreet to design the fit out of their new office space at 101 Main in Cambridge.  The offices have views of the Charles, Boston, and many buildings in their Kendall Square portfolio.  The space has a modern, open feel that embodies the development firm’s brand identity. A display wall spine curves through the office and features an interactive screen and pin-up displays of current projects.

Rechler Corporate
Headquarters Wins
EDC Award

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We’re happy to announce that the Rechler Corporate Headquarters has been awarded EDC Magazine’s Excellence in Design Award in the Commercial Renovation category. The award honors the building’s unique sustainable strategies, such as its highly efficient, super-insulated building envelope. The project will be featured in EDC Magazine’s June issue, along with a podcast on their website.

Check out the video above (1:50 – 2:50), and for more information on this project and the other winners check out the awards webpage.

101 Main Street

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Arrowstreet recently designed Biomed’s new Cambridge offices. The 9,300 square foot space on the 16th floor at 101 Main St. features a display wall spine that curves through the space with interactive large screen and pin-up displays of current projects. The wall draws visitors past conference rooms that overlook Biomed projects in Boston and Cambridge. Other features include a central café bar, open and visually transparent work spaces, and exposed ceilings with acoustic treatment. The project was a great team effort, with construction by Moriarty.

301 Binney Lobby Photography

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We are happy to share this photography of the new lobby at 301 Binney Street.  Arrowstreet originally served as the architect for this Kendall Square biotech building, which opened about five years ago.  Our client, BioMed, then approached us about creating a lobby that would differentiate the building amongst the Cambridge lab market. The active, dynamic shared space now encourages tenant interaction and collaboration. A custom perforated metal ceiling visually guides tenants and visitors from the entrance to an elegant recessed sitting area, while a large video display featuring a vibrant underwater scene brings color and activity to the space.  The addition of café-style dining

Unum Office Building


Through the wonders of time-lapse photography, you can now watch the construction of our recently completed Unum Worcester headquarters building in under two minutes. It’s interesting to note that there is as much activity in the background and adjacent streets as there is on the building itself. Special thanks to Mike Conlan and Pat Strangie for all their work in CA – each of them probably has a (very) brief cameo in this video!

Side note: the Unum project and the CitySquare development are the topic of this month’s ULI Member Lunch with Donald Birch – if you’re a member of ULI, we look forward to seeing you there.

A New Courtyard at 210 Broadway

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Just this past fall, a new courtyard opened at 210 Broadway in Cambridge. With ipe decks and seating that seem to flow right up and out of the courtyard, and an illuminated glass wall along the street edge, there is now a bright, comfortable place for building occupants to take a break from work and get fresh air…

301 Binney Lobby Opens

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The Arrowstreet 301 Binney team enjoying the opening festivities
The Arrowstreet 301 Binney team enjoying the opening festivities

Recently Jim Batchelor, Peter Belford, Meghan Perlow, and I attended the grand opening celebration for BioMed Realty’s new lobby at 301 Binney Street. This Arrowstreet-designed building opened in 2008, and a little over a year ago BioMed asked us to help them revamp the lobby to encourage more tenant interaction. The most admired feature of the new space is without a doubt the video wall, which loops a 53-minute video featuring numerous aquatic scenes. We’re also proud of the undulating metal ceiling panels that break up the space in a visually interesting way. Stay tuned for professional photography in the next few weeks!

New DCR Maintenance Building


As part of the Waterfront Square at Revere Beach development, Arrowstreet is currently designing a new building including restrooms, storage of maintenance and support materials, and DCR offices. The building was carefully sited to maintain line-of-sight between the Arrowstreet-designed South Garage and Pedestrian Bridge and the scenic Revere Beach.

A Time to Look Back

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The start of a new year brings optimism and refreshed energy for the future, and also a chance to look back on accomplishments from the previous year. 2012 was a busy year at Arrowstreet. We celebrated the opening of two new charter schools in the Boston metro area, the corporate headquarters for Rechler Equity in Long Island, White Elephant Village Inn in Nantucket, a T-station garage and cool new bridge in Revere, and an LL Bean store in Danbury. The Arrowstreet construction banner was flying high in 2012…

Unum Office Building Opens

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Photo by Ed Wonsek
Photo by Ed Wonsek

Worcester’s newest office building will open to employees on Monday, January 21st. The building is the first to be built at CitySquare, the 20-acre development that will revitalize downtown Worcester. This class-A office facility will be occupied by 700 employees of leading insurer Unum…