General Electric

North Point

Project at a Glance
Location

Boston, MA

Architect

Gensler

Market

Corporate

Project Type

Renovation
Restoration

Project Overview

  • Major structural, envelope and base building improvements to two historic, dilapidated buildings
  • Includes installation of piles, concrete core, interior structure, penthouse level and skybridge
  • Private and public funds with some of the project procured in accordance with Chapter 149A regulations in coordination with Mass Development

General Electric (GE) is developing a new campus along the Fort Point Channel in Boston’s Seaport comprised of two historic brick-and-beam buildings at 5 and 6 Necco Court that once housed the New England Confectionery Company (NECCO). Originally built in 1907, these buildings are being completely restored to productive use after being largely vacant and unkempt for decades.
The upper levels of North Point will host offices for up to 280 people as well as internal GE makerspace, with the ground floor hosting Brilliant Labs classrooms, public makerspace and a waterfront bistro. Large folding glass partitions will be integrated into the ground level facing the new GE Plaza in addition to a pedestrian-only area that will allow greater access to the waterfront for the public.

The scope of work includes structural, envelope and base building improvements to meet seismic code with new concrete cores, repair of the load-bearing masonry exterior walls and the installation of a new roof, windows and elevators. The brick buildings are connected by a new glass atrium forming the main lobby to the complex.
The campus is being built in adherence with LEED V4 as well as GE’s internal wellness program, HealthAhead and the principles of the WELL Building Standard.

Among the steps we’re taking to ensure the building is resilient and can withstand extreme weather events include:

  • All critical mechanical, electrical, and plumbing equipment will be located in the mezzanine and roof spaces.
  • Green roofs will be incorporated and water reuse systems will be implemented.
  • Extensive below grade foundation waterproofing is being added.
  • An estimated $1,571,000 of overall investments have been made to keep this project resilient.
  • The return is estimated to be $545,000 per year in avoided losses and a five-year NPV at $788,000