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Amendment submitted to add skybridges connecting Parcels G & H:
I don't hate them. I like that they're crooked and unaligned. Adds a little excitement, gives you a reason to look up because the architecture of these buildings sure doesn't make you want to do that. Also ironically helps to humanize the buildings a bit. The exteriors of both buildings (especially H) seem designed to conceal and strip away any sign of human presence inside so this actually helps in that regard. I don't think the loss of ped traffic will be missed too much, when it's basically just annoyed workers from a single company having to cross the street between adjacent buildings.
 

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Lot I / 21 July 2021

The apartment building earned a tree and flag this AM to signify the maximum height of the structural steel. Each evening, beginning ~1800hrs, the crane swings to life to install the building's precast panels (the light color surrounding/above the pool is nice, but the dark grey is brutal on the senses without glass and sealing).

I added this to the "Cambridge Crossing" thread because of the lot notation I included around the building so as to help folks place the area on the master plan.

Note 1: obscured are C & D, behind I, and EF, behind JK.

Note 2: The completed height of Lot I should be 250ft to the top of the mechanical screen (13ft taller than Twenty|20) plus a fire monopole (18ft).

 

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To be precise, the parking lot closed on 28 May and excavation began on 31 May. By the time Biz Journals published the article, one nearby roadway had been closed, road parking struck, the parking lot had been stripped, trenches dug, rebar forms sunk, and the slurry process begun. They are moving rather quickly to add sheet piling to dig the bathtub prior to "da freeze".

Supplemental: the Morgan AVE lift interface with the Gilmore Bridge is confirmed. (If you read through the Lot U thread, you'll note that DivCo lobbied the City to allow the connection as a beneficial addition - which also changed the north facing facade's shape.)

Work starts on 10-story Cambridge Crossing life sciences tower

A 10-story life sciences building at 441 Morgan Ave. is the fifth new building to rise at Cambridge Crossing in the past year.
https://www.bizjournals.com/boston/...s-on-10-story-cambridge-crossing-life-sc.html
 

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I know it's a lab but is this the tallest 10-story building of all time?
Serious question: did they simply skip out on rendering in all of the vent hood chimneys and other lab mechanicals on top, or did they actually extend the facade so high up as to completely cover them?

If it's the former, that's quite a sleezy move. If it's the latter, wow, way to spend $$ to do lab aesthetics right.

But to your point: As rendered, I agree that the verticality of the facade and its continuity (i.e., lack of the typical facade interruption + lab top hat) make this feel quite tall and svelte.
 

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During a recent DivCo event the hosts noted that nearly every building had at least 15 foot high floors, with some some more than that (they didn't say which). I don't have documents in front of me, but given the expected height of this building, I think we will see at least 15 feet between floors.

The building will be 234 feet tall.

I know it's a lab but is this the tallest 10-story building of all time?
 
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@bigpicture7 According to the building's debut presentation on 16 Sep 2020, the latter. When we hosted them, one of the questions was about "smoke stacks" (lol) and representatives said there wouldn't be any.

BTW, during that presentation, several powerpoint slides I captured suggested "offices, not lab" so this building might be more like Lot H, rather than Lot G (sorry, I don't have all of my notes).

Edit: The submission documents DivCo used to build the presentation had "lab alternate" pages, so that's the ambiguity I noted above. I assume, by now, they have confirmed the building's structure. I don't know which...

Link: https://www.cambridgema.gov/-/media...lPermits/sp179/sp179_parceluapp2_20200831.pdf

Serious question: did they simply skip out on rendering in all of the vent hood chimneys and other lab mechanicals on top, or did they actually extend the facade so high up as to completely cover them?

If it's the former, that's quite a sleezy move. If it's the latter, wow, way to spend $$ to do lab aesthetics right.

But to your point: As rendered, I agree that the verticality of the facade and its continuity (i.e., lack of the typical facade interruption + lab top hat) make this feel quite tall and svelte.
 

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@bigpicture7 According to the building's debut presentation on 16 Sep 2020, the latter. When we hosted them, one of the questions was about "smoke stacks" (lol) and representatives said there wouldn't be any.

BTW, during that presentation, several powerpoint slides I captured suggested "offices, not lab" so this building might be more like Lot H, rather than Lot G (sorry, I don't have all of my notes).
Thanks @ivyhedge ;
however, I am a bit confused. Are there no lab vent stacks because it is not in fact a lab, or are there no vent stacks because they did an amazing job hiding them?
I suppose that BBJ article says "life sciences building," not "lab" specifically, so perhaps what you are saying is that this will in fact house offices for a life sciences company, rather than wet lab space? Either way, it looks good IMO. I was hoping that this might be the start of a trend of developers doing a better job dealing with lab mechanicals, given all the lab development proceeding in Cambridge/Boston these days. It'd be nice to raise the standard going forward, and this would do so if it were in fact a lab.
 

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