The Boston Globe | By Jon Chesto
March 31, 2017
The elements along Fort Point’s A Street corridor can basically be divided into three categories: brick warehouse buldings, a sprawling razor-blade factory, and parking lots.
General Electric Co. plans to add a new kind of architecture to the mix: a futuristic corporate headquarters. The groundbreaking will take place May 8 for the unusual structure, which will be topped off with a solar panel system resembling a giant sail.
GE chief executive Jeff Immelt, Governor Charlie Baker, and Mayor Martin J. Walsh are expected to attend the ceremony, according to GE spokeswoman Susan Bishop, along with other state, city, and company officials.
GE relocated its corporate office to Farnsworth Street from Fairfield, Conn., last summer. But that move is meant to be temporary while the company builds a nearly 390,000-square-foot, three-building campus off Necco Court, a block from A Street. The $200 million project will represent a marriage of the old and new: Two existing brick buildings will be retrofitted and connected to the new 12-story headquarters.
MassDevelopment, a quasi-public state agency, will own the two older buildings — renovated with millions of dollars in state funds — while GE will own the new one. Some interior work, such as asbestos and lead abatement, has already begun in the vacant brick warehouses. GE is awaiting a state tidelands permit and city building permits before Suffolk Construction, the general contractor, can start work on the new building.