Building Excitement

Company Culture, Innovation Posted Nov 30, 2015 by chenpr

BostBuild NSOne of the things I love about working at CHEN PR is my daily train ride into the city and my walk from North Station to Downtown Crossing. (Yeah, you read that last bit correctly; despite the frequency of #MBTAFails and my regular #CommuterChronicles laments, I still dig riding a train to work.) A country rube by birth, nature and choice, there’s something exciting about the city. The energy is noticeable, if sometimes aggravating when it comes in the form of car horns honking and similar rude displays, but for the most part it is a positive experience.

Part of that energy is seen in the presence of construction cranes jutting and hanging above the Boston skyline. Boston is in the midst of a building boom and I get a taste of that from the moment my feet hit the sidewalk in the morning.

Friend Street Renovation

Friend Street Renovation

There’s a high-rise going up behind North Station on the banks of the Charles River.

An old brick building on Friend Street is undergoing a renovation that, by all indications, will include retail/restaurant space on the street level and condos above.

In City Hall Plaza a glass enclosure rises above the refurbished Government Center MBTA station that is scheduled to re-open sometime next year.

Government Center MBTA Entrance

Government Center MBTA Entrance

In CHEN’s Downtown Crossing neighborhood the Millennium Tower’s glass sheathing is nearly complete as the city’s most visible new construction project progresses.

You’ll pardon me for not knowing the names or purpose of each project (hey, I’m no Catherine Carlock), but I’m less concerned with the use as I am interested in seeing each take shape and note that new buildings are a sign of optimism as investors make bets on the prosperity of Boston’s future.

The Millennium Tower

The Millennium Tower

And these are merely the projects that I encounter on my regular walk. If you are a frequent pedestrian, as I am, you’ve doubtless seen ample scaffolding elsewhere throughout Boston, from Beacon Hill to Back Bay and, of course, the major transformations happening in the city’s Waterfront and Innovation Districts.

Here’s to even more building excitement in 2016.

(Now if they’d only do something about that hideous stain on Boston’s landscape known as City Hall.)