Developers Lendlease and Ivanhoé Cambridge last week celebrated the topping out of the structural steel framing of a nine-story, 350,000 sq ft life science building in Boston, Massachusetts, called Forum.
The $545m development is located at 60 Guest Street in Boston Landing, a 15-acre, mixed-use community in Boston’s Allston-Brighton neighbourhood.
They and general contractor Consigli Construction marked the milestone by ceremonially raising the final steel beam. The building is scheduled for completion next year.
Lendlease said its 50,000 sq ft floorplates can accommodate multiple or single-floor tenants, including laboratory and office space. The building’s mechanical and electrical systems are engineered for research and development activities.
Mark Barer, Lendlease’s development director for Boston, said Forum would help make Boston Landing a destination for life sciences companies, adding it would “keep pace with an ever-changing industry for years to come”.
Designed by SGA, the building’s curvilinear façade is punctuated with copper metal panels and triple-glazed glass. A landscaped plaza leads into a public lobby that can be used for neighbourhood events. The first floor will have a gallery showing pieces from local artists.
The project is targeting LEED Platinum, WiredScore Platinum and Fitwel certification. Lendlease said Forum will be net zero operational carbon.
BR+A Consulting Engineers is serving as project engineer. The development is being leased by JLL.