The area of the Boston Seaport that has been newly named the Innovation District by Mayor Thomas M. Menino and his administration is about to get a serious jolt. Why might this be? Well, it comes to be known that already this coming Spring of 2013 there will be the first new addition to the area that completely exemplifies what the Innovation District will forever be defined as in the new future and beyond.
At 23-acres, this lovely and up-and-coming location in Boston will soon be graced by its first transformative building that thus far will be the first transitional building towards the new vision for this area of the Seaport. This new meaning of the future flourishing neighborhood of Boston can best be defined by the Mayor himself. A new approach is called for on the waterfront one that is both more deliberate and more experimental. The massive expanse of the South Boston waterfront, with its existing knowledge base, opportunity for growth, and world-class infrastructure is ripe to produce world-class products and services.
The Innovation Center, as it is to be called, is already well underway in terms of construction and is starting to take on its glorious shape. This top of the line facility is aiming for a LEED silver certification and expected to exceed the State of Massachusetts stretch energy code by consuming nearly 22% less energy than required. The whole idea behind this building is that it will be known as the hub for innovators, entrepreneurs and the rest of Bostons great minds and our visitors who all wish to exchange ideas, to convene for programs and events, and to build the citys innovation economy.
With 12,000 square feet of space, the Innovation Center will be comprised of a 3,000 square foot restaurant and test kitchen, as well as the remaining 9,000 square feet which is to be dedicated to event spaces, high-tech meeting and conference rooms, video game firms and other innovative companies, and finally modular meeting and gathering spaces.
Morgan Stanley and Boston Global Investors actually donated $7 Million towards the Innovation Center to get the ball rolling towards creating the future Seaport Square here in the Innovation District. This area, the Seaport Square, eventually will be surrounded by mix-use top quality buildings in the form of hotels, offices, shops, apartments and parks totalling 6.3 million of interior square feet. It thus goes without saying that it gives us great optimism about the limitless possibilities that linger for the future of the Innovation District. The Innovation Center is just the first step towards Boston eventually realizing the completion of this new dream for a vibrant mixed residential and working neighborhood.
More Information: Boston Business Journal