Might I remind you of the recent renovation of 375 Pearl in NYC? its the other way around, and is spectacularly half arsed - there's probably a reason a significant number of its tenants are city agencies. (at least compared to the original 2008 pre-Great Recession renders)That's quite a contrast on the glass..
I was thinking the other day of how ridiculous this thing is gonna look halfway through construction.. There may be a small/short phase where the bottom half is buttoned up in a modern curtain wall while the top half remains with the older facade. On-lookers, passerbys, and tourists are gonna scratch their heads.
Goody -- its essentially 1 M sq ft of brand-new state-of-the-art [at least pre-Pandemic] Office space in the most desirable part of the Boston Traditional Financial District -- that's pretty good positioning [or it would have been if they had delivered it 3 months ago at least]JLL, who owns the building, is also a tenant, and will be in place through the renovation. I have not heard of them landing any new leases yet.
I presume operationally it will be more efficient as well. With a newer facade, water system, electrical, and HVAC system, they're trying for LEED V4 Gold, and long term will likely end up paying a bit less to run the building. I'm not experienced in large scale building rehab projects like this, but bringing an existing building up to LEED Gold seems significant (though perhaps they could've increased it further with less glazing)...You guys are missing the point... the building owner could give a rats ass what it looks like on the exterior from the street.
Finally, we have no idea what the lifetime was on the original facade but there may have been problems with it that necessitated replacement or it was simply reaching its life expectancy.