If you drive around Boston and Cambridge, you can't help but notice that the construction cranes are clustered in three neighborhoods these days: Kendall Square, the Innovation District, and Longwood Medical Center. What exactly will be in all those new buildings?
Here's my report on 10 projects, all currently underway, that will upgrade our city's innovation infrastructure. Add it all up, and the cost of these 10 projects is just north of $3.2 billion. - Scott Kirsner, Globe Columnist Next
Alexandria Center at Kendall Square
225 Binney St., Kendall Square
Seven buildings spread across 11 acres. Will include Biogen Idec's new headquarters, shops, 220 apartments, restaurants, and a new park. (Biogen also has another 180,000-square-foot building under construction at 17 Cambridge Center.)
Size: 1.73 million square feet
Completion: First building finished by 2013
Cost: $500 million Next
Novartis Institutes for Biomedical Research
181 and 211 Massachusetts Ave., Kendall Square
Lab, office, and retail space on a campus designed by architect Maya Lin, right across Mass. Ave. from Novartis's existing Cambridge research and development facility.
Size: 550,000 square feet
Cost: $600 million Next
75 Ames St., Kendall Square
Expansion of the genomic research center, which brings together researchers from Harvard, MIT, and their affiliated hospitals. This new building will connect to the Broad's main building at 7 Cambridge Center.
Size: 250,000 square feet on 12 floors
Cost: $343 million Next
Pfizer Cambridge R&D
610 Main St., Kendall Square
Research teams focused on cardiovascular, metabolic, and endocrine diseases, as well as neuroscience.
Size: 230,000 square feet
Completion: late 2013
Cost: $300 million Next
150 Second St., Kendall Square
Lab and office space on three floors; no tenants announced, yet.
Size: 120,000 square feet
Cost: $70 million Next
One Marina Park Drive, Fan Pier
Headquarters, research, sales and marketing for the publicly traded drug company, which is moving from Kendall Square.
Size: 1.1 million square feet in two buildings
Completion: late 2013
Cost: $800 million Next
Boston Innovation Center
12,000 square feet of meeting and event space, plus a restaurant. Will be managed by Tim Rowe of the Cambridge Innovation Center. The BIC is the first part of a larger development called Seaport Square, and it is located just across Northern Avenue from Vertex.
Completion: Early 2013
Cost: $5.5 million Next
Longwood Center, Longwood Medical Center
Will house part of the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, among other tenants.
Size: 414,000 square feet on 11 floors
Completion: Fall 2014
Cost: $350 million
(Construction began in the fall of 2008, stopped because of the economic downturn, and resumed in June 2012.) Next
Boston Children's Hospital Expansion
57 Binney St., Longwood Medical Center
The addition, known as "Skinny Binney," will give Children's about 60 new beds and an expanded radiology department.
Size: 125,000 square feet on 10 floors.
Cost: $200 million Next
Mass. Eye and Ear
800 Huntington Ave., Longwood Medical Center
Outpost of the downtown Boston hospital will outpatient clinics, a surgical center, office space, a small café, and an optical shop.
Size: 90,000 square feet
Completion: Fall 2012
Cost: $75 million Back to the beginning
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