Prudential Center Redevelopment

Format
Brief

City
Boston

State/Province
MA

Country
USA

Metro Area
Boston

Project Type
Mixed Use

Location Type
Central Business District

Land Uses
Multifamily For-Sale Housing
Office
Retail

Keywords
Complicated terrain
Creative project management
Expansion
Glass-roofed circulation system
Luxury housing
Pedestrian-oriented development
ULI Awards for Excellence 2006 Winner

Site Size
23 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2000

Date Opened
2003

A brief is a short version of a case study.

Prudential Center

Thirty-five years after it was built, the Prudential Center had an established identity as a large-scale, mixeduse complex of office, retail, hotel, and residential buildings in Boston’s Back Bay, the city’s second-largest office district, in addition to being the site of Boston’s convention center. Yet the “Pru,” as it was locally known, had never been able to attract key downtown office tenants, nor had it achieved rent levels comparable to those of downtown buildings. It also was suffering the consequences of a 1960s site plan that walled it off from the surrounding urban streetscape.

City
Boston

State/Province
MA

Country
USA

Metro Area
Boston

Project Type
Mixed Use

Location Type
Central Business District

Land Uses
Multifamily For-Sale Housing
Office
Retail

Keywords
Complicated terrain
Creative project management
Expansion
Glass-roofed circulation system
Luxury housing
Pedestrian-oriented development
ULI Awards for Excellence 2006 Winner

Site Size
23 acres
acres hectares

Date Started
2000

Date Opened
2003

Developer/Owner
Boston Properties, Inc.
Boston, MA

Architect
CBT/Childs Bertman Tseckares, Inc.
Boston, MA

Landscape Architects 
Carr, Lynch, and Sandell, Inc.
Cambridge, MA

The Halvorson Company
Boston, MA

Principal Authors
Julie Stern and David Taksuye

ULI Awards for Excellence 2006 Winner

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