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Boston College Citizen Seminar: June 1, 2011

sponsored by the chief executives' club of boston

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Designs for Seaport Complex Buildings Due this Fall

The developer of Seaport Square on the South Boston Waterfront will submit final designs this fall for the first three buildings in a massive development that will include offices, stores, and hundreds homes.

Yesterday, developer John B. Hynes II said he has hired architects to design a pair of 20-story residential towers on Seaport Boulevard near the federal courthouse, plus a one-story structure that will house an innovation center to spur collaboration between new companies in the district.

The 23-acre project would replace parking lots that occupy much of the buildable land on the waterfront, which is drawing interest from medical and technology companies looking to relocate.

The development is a joint venture of Hynes's firm, Boston Global Investors, and Morgan Stanley Real Estate Funds.            Mayor Thomas Menino

"We find ourselves in the position of rolling out a substantial amount of activity at Seaport Square to begin satisfying the various components that will make up and enhance the innovation district," Hynes said in a statement.

His comments came as Boston's Mayor, Thomas M. Menino, announced new initiatives to attract more venture capital-backed firms to the waterfront and to encourage them to develop buildings that can accommodate solar power.

Hynes said the innovation center at Seaport Square will be designed by the Boston architecture firm Hacin + Associates Inc., which drafted plans for the nearby FP3 housing complex.  The building will contain 12,000 square feet on a single story.

The residential towers, with 300,000 square feet, will be designed by Elkus Manfredi Architects.

Elkus Manfredi also helped design the adjacent Fan Pier development by Joseph Fallon and the new Liberty Wharf, a development of restaurants and offices farther down Northern Avenue.

A spokesman for Hynes said he has not selected a start date for construction, but hopes to proceed soon after submitting final design plans to city regulators in September.

Article by Casey Ross, Boston Globe, Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Carol Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools, is acknowledged by Chief Executives' Club President, Peter L. Rollins.
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Clockwise, from bottom left: Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J, President, Boston College; Robert Reynolds, Chairman, President & CEO, Putnam Investments; Carol Johnson, Superintendent, Boston Public Schools; Joseph Hooley, Chairman, President & CEO, State Street; Peter Slavin, M.D., President, MA General Hospital; Joseph Petrowski, Chief Executive Officer, Gulf Oil - Cumberland Farms; Frank Doyle, President & CEO, Connell Limited Partnership; Thomas May, Chairman, President & CEO, NSTAR; John Fish, Chairman & CEO, Suffolk Construction; Brad Irwin, President & CEO, Welch's; Micho Spring, New England Chair, Weber Shandwick Worldwide.
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The room is filled with business, political and not-for-profit leaders.
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Fr. William P. Leahy, S.J. presents The W. Seavey Joyce, S.J., Award for Service and Citizenship to Lisa Adaora Nwachukwu, a 2011 graduate, in recognition of her track record of civic engagement during her undergraduate career and her stated commitment to continue public service after graduation.