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University Park expansion (300 Massachusetts Avenue)

Working together, MIT and development partner Forest City revived and redeveloped an underused section of Massachusetts Avenue to enrich the innovation district with new research and retail spaces.

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University Park expansion (300 Massachusetts Avenue)

300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Status: Complete

Themes: Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Sustainability

Completion: 2016

Working together, MIT and development partner Forest City revived and redeveloped an underused section of Massachusetts Avenue to enrich the innovation district with new research and retail spaces.

Overview

Proposed building illustration
Proposed building illustration
Proposed building illustration
Site plan University Park area

Status

Complete

Completion Date

2016

Themes and priorities

Innovation and collaboration
Renovation and renewal
Sustainability

MIT’s collaboration with longtime development partner Forest City led to the redevelopment of a portion of Massachusetts Avenue – part of the 300 Mass. Ave. block adjacent to MIT residence Random Hall. The new mixed-use building brought significant new retail vitality to the area and provides research space to enable further growth of the Cambridge innovation cluster.

The research and office portions of the building are occupied by Takeda, a life science company that expanded its footprint to support a more extensive research program. Retail shops and restaurants occupy nearly the entire frontage of the building – 15,000 square feet of space – along Massachusetts Avenue.

The University Park expansion project represents a significant commitment to strengthening retail vitality and enhances the pedestrian street-level experience. This project supports MIT’s goal to continuously improve its surrounding physical environment for the benefit of the broader Cambridge community, our students, faculty, and staff, and neighboring innovation companies.

Image credits

Courtesy of Forest City, design team Elkus-Manfredi, and Kling Stubbins

Details

Address

300 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA

Use

Commercial, Retail

Project Team

Architect: KlingStubbins, Cambridge, MA
Construction manager: John Moriarty & Associates, Inc., Winchester, MA
MIT team: John McQuaid, Patrick Rowe (MITIMCo)

Scope

300,000 gsf

Map

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