Designed by Gensler, overseen by Anchor Line Partners and leased by JLL, the team is completely transforming one of Boston’s true landmarks as an elegant curtainwall replaces pre-cast concrete to create a modern and timeless building.
Designed for the future, this building will set the standard for excellence in healthy environments, open and connected workspaces, and onsite services – all designed to attract the next generation of tenants. Notable components of the renovation include nearly 200,000 square feet of additional space, a series of outdoor terraces, and expanded street-level retail space. Triple-glazed glass, a chilled beam MEP system, and other sustainable elements targeting LEED v4 Gold certification position the building to be amongst the highest-performing properties of its kind in Boston. An 18-story addition, featuring automated parking designed for future conversion to other uses, replaces an existing on-site garage.
And the most interesting, complicated and unique aspect? This construction is being carefully-phased to enable tenant occupancy throughout the process!
With 20 years of design experience (brand development, print, exhibit and interior design, wayfinding, interactive), Leila has focused her efforts and interests in two main areas: Experience Design and Collaborative Design. As a design educator and practitioner, she has navigated these arenas wearing many different hats including architect, graphic designer, curator, brand and marketing strategist and design professor. She has had the opportunity to work on a variety of exciting projects in the real estate, retail, service, and non-profit industries. With clients such as The Blackstone Group, Equity Office Properties, Skanska Commercial Development, Anchorline Partners, Medicus and Northern Bank and Trust. Leila’s collaborative, approachable, and responsive attitude has resulted in long-term client relationships that span multiple projects. Leila has a B.S. in Architecture from The University of Virginia and an M.F.A from The Dynamic Media Institute at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She is the founder and creative director at LLM Design, Inc, and an adjunct professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology, College of Architecture and Design.
As Co-Managing Director for Gensler Boston, Doug provides leadership and strategic direction on multi-disciplinary projects for a wide range of clients. A Registered Architect with 30 years of experience, he is committed to designing solutions that create value, enhance organizational performance and human experience, and minimize environmental impact. Doug has served numerous rotations on Gensler’s Management Committee and is a leader within the firm’s Corporate Campus and Commercial Office Buildings Practice Area networks. Many of his projects have been recognized with awards, including the Tower at PNC Plaza, Partners Healthcare (now Mass General Brigham) Headquarters, and MathWorks Lakeside Campus. Notable current work includes the 1.8-million-SF Hub on Causeway and the redevelopment of One Post Office Square, both in Boston. Doug has participated in speaking engagements such as “Practice as Project” at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, the Architecture Boston Exposition, and NP International on “Designing Performance,” and presented at the Building Owners and Managers Association International Advisory Committee. He holds a Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and was previously a member of Cornell University’s College of Architecture Advisory Council.
Benjamin Heller joined JLL in 1998 and leads the Downtown Boston leasing team. He has been active in the Boston market for over 20 years. Ben is focused on delivering award winning service and expertise to his valued tenant and investor clients. He is a crucial member of JLL’s leasing team, developing and executing successful real estate strategies for companies across diverse industry sectors on a local, national and global scale. Over the past twenty years, Ben has worked extensively on behalf of investors and developers to effectively position their assets for success in the ever-changing Boston commercial real estate market.
Professionals throughout the Greater Boston real estate community know Andrew as an “ideas man.” He likes to dream big, doesn’t shy away from taking chances and excels in bringing out the best in each property while realizing healthy returns for investors. Prior to co-founding Anchor Line Partners in 2013, Andrew was managing director at Equity Office Partners Trust, an affiliate of The Blackstone Group. During his five-year tenure, he oversaw the leasing of 12.5 million SF. in Greater Boston and increased the portfolio’s NOI by 30%. As a partner at CB Richard Ellis from 1996-2007, he was responsible for over $3 billion in leasing and sales transactions. Among his notable assignments were the repositioning of 125/150 Cambridgepark Drive, One Boston Place, 33 Arch Street and 101 Arch Street. Andrew serves on the board of Heading Home (a nonprofit organization focused on homelessness), on the dinner committee of The Ireland Funds Boston and as a volunteer with Waltham Youth Hockey. He holds a bachelor of arts in economics from Boston College and lives in Weston with his wife, Amanda, and their three children.