Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
October 5, 2016
The Boston Civic Design Commission on Tuesday evening granted design approval for General Electric Co.’s (NYSE: GE) proposed Boston headquarters.
The headquarters campus will be located on a 2.5-acre campus facing the Fort Point Channel, spanning two historic former Necco candy manufacturing facilities at 5 and 6 Necco Court and a newly built property facing the water. The campus will span 388,700 square feet. GE’s CEO, Jeffrey Immelt, has said the company intends to spend between $80 million and $100 million on the new headquarters.
Doug Gensler, co-managing director of architecture firm Gensler, said the vision for the headquarters was to be a “convener” space that could provide a platform for community engagement and gatherings. Gensler also wanted the property to have high performance, with an “inside-out design approach that balances functionality, flexibility and user experience.” Gensler used a “holistic sustainability approach,” Doug Gensler said.
The approved design presentation outlined plans for an accessible pedestrian corridor, a “resilient” campus capable of withstanding a 100-year flood or 500-year flood, “innovative stormwater solutions” and defined programming spaces.