Boston Seaport District

Boston, MA

Boston’s Seaport District is a redeveloped stretch of the South Boston waterfront, lined with high-end restaurants, bars, stores, museums, and hotels, as well as access to the waterfront, Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, and multiple concert venues. VHB’s experience in the area spans decades, offering our clients unparalleled knowledge of the local zoning and entitlements processes, the ability to navigate the complex regulatory arena, and a strong history leading development projects through City of Boston reviews. Our familiarity with and experience supporting Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) with transportation planning and design, permitting, sustainability, and environmental services has proven beneficial as well, as several Seaport development parcels are Massport-owned, enabling VHB to efficiently navigate processes.

VHB has provided services for several significant projects in the district, including Seaport Circle, a 13-story laboratory/office building with an adjacent two-story job training/non-profit center; St. Regis Residences, a 22-story mixed-use building with 124 condominium units and retails space; and 401 Congress, a mixed-use development featuring an 18-story office tower with two floors of publicly accessible space. The VHB team has completed environmental and permitting tasks in the district, along with site/civil and infrastructure engineering for multiple projects.

Collectively, the projects in the district have improved or created large, public realm spaces that are addressing accessibility and mobility concerns and providing visitors and residents with direct access to the sought-after waterfront. Additionally, the area has generated significant economic stimulus for the once blighted area through ongoing development, job creation, housing opportunities, enhanced mobility, and a variety of entertainment options.

Rendering of St. Regis Residences


  • Various


  • Air & Noise Analysis

  • Cultural Resources Assessment

  • Entitlement Services

  • Greenhouse Gas (GHG) Emissions Inventory

  • Permitting: federal, state, local

  • Regulatory Agency Coordination

  • Regulatory Compliance & Monitoring

  • Site/Civil Engineering