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145 Broadway

Creating one of the tallest structures in Cambridge with an eye on sustainability

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  • LEED

    Platinum Certified

  • Cambridge, Massachusetts

    Cambridge, Massachusetts

A mixed-use commercial building demonstrating climate resiliency

Located in the heart of Kendall Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts, 145 Broadway is a 19-story, mixed-use commercial office building. One of the tallest structures in Cambridge, it’s the new Akamai Technologies global headquarters—with Akamai occupying 100 percent of the leased office space. We served as the architect of record (AOR) in collaboration with Pickard Chilton as the design architect.

Floor-to-floor heights of 12 to 8 feet (3.7 to 2 metres) allow for ample daylight throughout the workplace, as well as expansive views. Among other sustainable features, the building uses active chilled beam cooling technology and is clad in a high-performance curtain wall. With a five-level below-grade parking structure, the building is constructed using the up-down method—construction of above-grade levels prior to, or in tandem with, the construction of below-grade levels within the same footprint—reducing the construction schedule by several months.

Solar panels—roof-mounted photovoltaics—were installed on the roof and vehicular and long-term bike parking is accommodated in the below-grade garage. Demonstrating climate resiliency, the building achieved a LEED V4 Core and Shell Platinum rating.

At a Glance

  • Boston Properties Inc.
Meet Our Team

Brett Lambert, Principal, Architecture

As stewards of our communities and the environment, it’s our duty is to see projects as opportunities to meet the needs of clients.

James Gray, Senior Principal, Architecture

Housing satisfies a universal human need, and in that mandate there is the challenge I relish: design solutions at a range of scales, from the individual eye and hand to the macro level of a city.

Brett Lambert

Principal, Architecture

James Gray

Senior Principal, Architecture

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