GE’s $100M Boston headquarters receives design approval

Boston Business Journal | By Catherine Carlock
October 5, 2016

ge-100mThe 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.

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