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Commonwealth Pier revitalization project begins construction in Boston’s Seaport


Commonwealth Pier revitalization project begins construction in Boston’s Seaport

CBT, in collaboration with Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects designed the project.

By David Malone, Associate Editor | October 19, 2020
Commonwealth Pier west view

Renderings courtesy CItyscape Digital for Pembroke

CBT has recently announced construction has begun on the revitalization project for the Seaport World Trade Center on Commonwealth Pier in Boston’s Seaport. The project will serve as a rejuvenated, modern iteration of the historic site, providing enhanced public realm benefits and creating a multi-use community destination at the heart of Boston’s Seaport District.

The project will transform the 705,000-sf building and pier into a hub that accents, further enlivens, and extends Boston’s Seaport neighborhood by strengthening the resiliency of the building, improving the accessibility of the waterfront, and offering robust public amenities. The project will create 45,000 sf of retail space, 56,000 sf of event and meeting space, and a responsive, future-ready workplace environment.


Commonwealth Pier east view


The new Commonwealth Pier will re-engage the waterfront and open up a natural amenity to pedestrians, community members, and visitors. The connection to the Harborwalk, paired with an open-air Harbor Plaza that will engage street front retail, programmed niches and alcoves carved out along the building’s exterior, and improved docking areas, will establish a seamless, active, and inviting public realm.


Commonwealth Pier plaza view


CBT also oversaw the technical climate adaptation elements of the project, integrating design strategies at both the building and site level to adhere to 2070 resiliency goals. This approach will make Commonwealth Pier one of the most resilient buildings in Boston.

Pembroke is developing the project.

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