Kendall Square at MIT – Site 3 (238 Main Street)238 Main Street, Cambridge, MA
Status: In construction
Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
A mixed-use building with its entrance at 238 Main Street, Site 3 – currently under construction – will link existing and new structures with a light-filled atrium and a lively avenue of ground-floor retail below labs and offices.
Themes and priorities
The Site 3 (238 Main Street) project will combine new and existing structures, reflecting both the history of Kendall Square and its future of innovation.
A mixed-use building, Site 3 will incorporate the existing structure at 238 Main Street (known as the Kendall Building) with a 12-story addition providing new commercial laboratory and office spaces. At the main entrance, a front-to-back five-story atrium will bring natural light inside the structure and will connect the lower masses of the existing building and the new addition. The building’s ground floor will offer new retail opportunities on Main Street, Hayward Street, Wadsworth Street, and along its southern side, expanding on existing retail activity in this area. The design will allow for maximum visual transparency between the sidewalk and retail spaces and will optimize pedestrian flow in and out of the building.
The southern side of Site 3, linked to the building’s entrance by the atrium, will open onto a new green space area established behind Sites 3, 4, and 5. With outdoor seating, public art, and a variety of landscapes and plantings, the open space will be active with year-round programming.
As a whole, the Kendall Square at MIT development is striving to lead the way in urban sustainability, revitalization, and renewal. Sustainability is an integral part of the Site 3 project, and its sustainability features include high-efficiency glazing and HVAC systems, stormwater re-use, and low-flow plumbing systems.
The building will have access to underground parking being developed as part of the Kendall Square project and will provide long-term and short-term bicycle parking.