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Innovation Square at Northern Ave – Phase 1

Project at a Glance

Boston, MA


HDR, Inc.

Project Type

New Construction

Project Overview

  • New four-story biopharmaceutical research and development facility built as the first phase of a 375,000 sq. ft. complex in Boston’s thriving Seaport District
  • The building’s coastal location required driving 152 piles to stabilize the foundation and support the structure above
  • Collaborative design-assist approach utilized to coordinate the installation of M/E/P systems and mechanical penthouse

Innovation Square is a 375,000 sq. ft. rentable research and development life science campus comprised of two interconnected buildings situated in Boston’s Marine Industrial Park. The first of two phases included the construction of a four-story, 125,000 sq. ft. steel superstructure comprised of architectural precast concrete and curtain wall. One hundred and fifty–two 120–ton, 14” driven precast piles support the foundations on the coastal waterfront site. A design-assist approach was utilized for the M/E/P systems and 40% of the HVAC systems were designed to support laboratory spaces. The project meets Boston’s Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency requirements and was built to LEED Silver certification standards. Resiliency efforts during construction included the use of a portable flood-protection barrier system constructed of marine-grade laminate panels that offers rapid deployment around the building within hours of a pending flood event.

Following the core/shell construction, Consigli managed the tenant fit-outs for two reputable two life science clients, PureTech Health and SmartLabs. The interior features integrated office and lab space with a modern lobby, shared common areas and kitchens/cafes as well as a communal glasswash/autoclave room, neutralization room for acid waste and a reverse osmosis/deionized water RO/DI system.