John Moriarty and Associates
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John Moriarty and Associates lands the development deal of a lifetime that will include the Boston Celtics as tenants.
By Kat Zeman
Boston has a new neighborhood on the horizon. Poised on the Mass Pike and easily accessible from anywhere in the city, the mixed-use 15-acre development will soon be the new home of an apartment complex and a variety of commercial businesses, sports venues and a hotel.
Welcome to Boston Landing. It’s already the new home of the Boston Bruins hockey team and the Boston Celtics basketball team’s practice facility will follow soon. The mammoth development, which has been baptized as the revitalization of Boston’s Brighton neighborhood, is the brainchild of New Balance Chairman Jim Davis.
Davis wanted a new world headquarters for New Balance, his athletic footwear and fitness apparel empire. His vision soon broadened to creating a state-of-the-art development that complements the existing neighborhood fabric through new office space, retail stores, restaurants and sports-related uses.
“It’s an honor to be a part of this type of complex and work with an exemplary team,” says Jamie Noon, project executive at John Moriarty and Associates. “This type of project is a dream opportunity in a construction career.”
John Moriarty and Associates, a Winchester, Mass.-based construction management firm, has a $500 million contract for work on the Boston Landing project, with possibility for more work in the near future. The company has a long track record in the Boston area and its portfolio contains a wide range of diverse projects. Boston Landing is one of the company’s crown jewels.
“It is the first big complex that you see before you enter the city,” Noon says. “It’s kind of a gateway to the city from the west.”
John Moriarty has been known to tackle anything from high-rise office construction in urban settings to complicated laboratory and healthcare facilities to residential projects and suburban office buildings. “We’re a diversified company,” Noon says. “But we pride ourselves on predictability. We are predictable in maintaining a budget and construction schedule while being transparent throughout the whole construction process.”
Haven For Athletes
New Balance’s new global headquarters, the site of a former industrial area that once served as the region’s largest stockyard, was the first building to be constructed at Boston Landing. Completed in 2015, the 250,000-square-foot building features a modern atrium with an interactive Visitor Engagement Center that showcases the company’s robust history, culture, athletes and current innovations.
Another key feature is a green outdoor space, called Athletes Park at Boston Landing, that’s open to the public. In addition, the building’s interior walls on every floor showcase a variety of multimedia images of athletes and the company’s iconic products.
The next phase of the Boston Landing project, completed last year, was the Boston Bruins practice facility at Warrior Ice Arena and an adjoining 10-Story office building. It was followed by a new commuter rail station on the Massachusetts Bay Transport Authority’s Framingham/Worcester Line. It serves the Allston-Brighton area as well as the Boston Landing development. The station is fully handicapped accessible, with a single full-length high-level island platform.
Currently under construction, the $76 million Boston Celtics practice facility and complex is projected to open in summer 2018. The complex will consist of office, laboratory and retail space. The practice building will house two basketball courts, strength and conditioning facilities, locker rooms, a players’ lounge and a physical therapy area. It will occupy roughly 80,000 square feet. The office, lab and retail portion of the complex will take up about 100,000 square feet.
“At 55 feet in the air, the practice facility is highly visible from the Massachusetts turnpike,” Noon says. “And it has an iconic shape that is uniquely designed. The building features large cantilevers, large glass facades and it will be dramatically lit in the evening. As sports fans pass by, they can look into the practice facility. It’s a unique feature to the building.”
The Residences at Boston Landing, a 295-unit, 17-story luxury apartment building, is now under construction with a targeted opening date in spring/summer 2018. The contemporary residences with sweeping views of Boston and the Charles River are situated in the heart of the neighborhood within a walking distance of a variety of retail shops, restaurants, sports venues and a commuter rail station.
The building’s amenities include a 3,000-square-foot fitness center and yoga studio, a community room with a gourmet chef’s demonstration kitchen, 20,000-square-foot outdoor courtyard with a pool and a library lounge with multiple break rooms.
In addition, there will be an outdoor terrace with an amenity room on the penthouse level and pet grooming and dog run services. Each of the 295 units will also have a space for bicycle storage. The ground floor of the apartment building is designated for retail space.
No End in Sight
In the future, the Boston Landing development project will also include a state-of-the-art track & field/multi-sport event center, boutique hotel and two additional office buildings and more retail shops and restaurants. “We’re going to continue building the New Balance campus,” Noon says. “There’s not an end date to it right now.”
The development is being promoted as Boston’s dynamic new neighborhood for businesses, families and shoppers pursuing active lives. It’s being billed as a place where people can “live, work and play.”
This revitalization is designed to transform the area into a vibrant destination for like-minded companies, with a focus on work and life balance.
Founded in 1985, John Moriarty’s roots include an extensive background in building office projects. The company has constructed everything from urban towers with underground parking structures to widespread campus settings and corporate office buildings and residential complexes.
Its portfolio also boasts expertise with historic restoration, millwork, masonry and recreating old world craftsmanship in projects focused on restoration, renovation, preservation and reuse.
In the laboratory sector, John Moriarty has built a number of medical labs intended for research, chemistry and biotech and pharmaceutical experimentation. The company has a successful record of building for institutional and academic clients as well as working in hospital and healthcare environments.
Beyond that, John Moriarty has years of experience with commercial interiors. It has successfully executed everything from restaurants and dining facilities to break rooms and clubhouses.
The company’s philosophy centers on providing construction management services that combine a proactive and aggressive preconstruction involvement during the design process with a hands-on approach to ensure the project construction meets quality standards and schedule and financial objectives.
John Moriarty has established offices in Hartford, Conn., Alexandria, Va., and Hollywood, Fla., in addition to its Winchester headquarters. It performs work in eastern Massachusetts, northern New England, Connecticut, Rhode Island, the Washington, D.C., area and all of southern Florida.
One Seaport Square is a part of $3.5 billion reinvention in Boston
John Moriarty and Associates is known for another signature project in Boston, One Seaport Square. The project broke ground in fall 2014 on a roughly 36-month schedule. It features two residential towers (20 and 22 stories) with more than 830 units and about 250,000 square feet of retail space.
One Seaport Square is a joint venture led by Berkshire Group that includes Boston Global Investors and WS Development. The $600 million development totals roughly 1.1 million square feet.
One Seaport Square is the largest project in a $3.5 billion reinvention of the Seaport Square neighborhood. Altogether, that undertaking will cover 23 acres and include 6.3 million square feet of mixed-use projects. Berkshire Group purchased the land for $72 million from Morgan Stanley and Boston Global Investors, which are developing the remaining parts of Seaport Square.
The residential towers at One Seaport Square are named The Benjamin and VIA. Both towers have views of the city’s skyline and harbor, indoor and outdoor amenities and shared spaces, and modern interiors and technology.
As for the quarter-million square feet of retail space, One Seaport Square will have the highest concentration of retail space in the Seaport District. That includes a mixture of shopping, dining, fitness and entertainment experience on the first three floors of each tower.
Finally, One Seaport Square also features Courthouse Square, a retail-lined open space between the two towers and the MBTA Courthouse Station and the Moakley Federal Courthouse.