http://www.vhb.com/Lists/VHB News/DispForm.aspx?ID=437Boston Properties Celebrates Groundbreaking for 88 Ames Street in Kendall Square Cambridge, Massachusetts2016-04-14T04:00:00Z<p><span style="line-height:1.6;"><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" src="/PublishingImages/News/Announcements/2016/News_Announcement_88AmesRendering.jpg" alt="" style="margin:10px;" />A</span><span style="line-height:1.6;"> long-planned, residential tower developed by Boston Properties has broken ground on Ames Street.  The 22 story, 216,000 sf residential building will include 280 units of housing and approximately 16,000 sf of ground floor retail and restaurants in Kendall Square. 88 Ames will be located across from the Broad Institute on a parcel immediately adjacent to Boston Properties’ Cambridge Center East Garage. “The new residential building will bring much-needed housing to the neighborhood and help to create a greater sense of community.  It will significantly transform Ames Street by creating a new activated pedestrian experience replacing an existing street-facing service/loading area and parking garage entrance,” said Mark Junghans, Principal and Managing Director of the Boston office.  </span></p><p>VHB was engaged by Boston Properties to lead the survey, permitting, civil/site engineering, transportation planning and traffic engineering for this residential development. Key to the development’s success was effectively navigating the Article 19 permitting process.  88 Ames was integrated into an extremely tight urban site, which required Boston properties to purchase 20’ of the existing Ames Street Right of Way.  VHB designed new utilities to support the development and relocated public and private utilities that ran through the building footprint. The project required significant coordination amongst the owner, design team, general contractor, and public agencies and utilities to make the site viable. VHB also led the redesign of Ames Street – widening sidewalks and designing new traffic signalization to accommodate a new cycle track. Enhancing and promoting sustainable transportation is an important objective for the City of Cambridge and changes to Ames Street support Cambridge’s policies to promote improved pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure within the City.</p><p>88 Ames will serve the growing needs of Kendall Square – a booming biomedical hub which continues to attract Life Science Firms. The development is scheduled to open in 2018.  Project team members: Architect of Record: Stantec; Architect/Designer: FX Fowle; Contractor: John Moriarty & Associates. VHB Team: Mark Junghans, Rick Dupuis, Joe Albani, Lauren Devoe, Craig Robertson, Dave Greenberg, Val Lenhardt, Sean Manning, Daniel Padien and Sarah Wetmore. </p><p>Connect with <a href="mailto::mjunghans@vhb.com%E2%80%8B">Mark Junghans </a>or <a href="mailto::jalbani@vhb.com">Joe Albani ​</a>for more information about our work. </p><div><br> </div><div><span class="ms-rteFontSize-1"><em>Rendering Photo Credit: ​​FXFOWLE</em></span><br>​</div>


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