Hotel At Galleria Development in Cambridge

June 10, 2002
Construction is under way on an eight-story, 236-room luxury hotel.
Construction is under way on CambridgeSide Hotel, an eight-story, 236-room luxury hotel and destination restaurant adjacent to the CambridgeSide Galleria in East Cambridge, MA. Atlanta-based Hardin Capital is the developer of the $61 million project, which is scheduled for completion in March 2003. The project is one of the few hotel developments going forward at a time when the economy has evoked caution in the industry.Arrowstreet Inc., the Somerville, MA-based full-service architectural design firm that won worldwide acclaim for its design of the CambridgeSide Galleria, is the project architect. The hotel and restaurant will be managed by the Kimpton Group, owner/operator of upscale West Coast and Midwest hotels, which is expanding its portfolio to include locations within the East Coast.The hotel is connected to the CambridgeSide Galleria, providing guests with easy access to the 700,000-square-foot shopping facility. The entrance will feature a circular, European-style courtyard, and the exterior will echo the Cambridge architectural theme of red bricks and cast stone. Rooms overlook the Lechmere Canal, the Charles River, and the Espalanade.Preparing for the WorstNow available from the Institute of Real Estate Management, Preparing for Terrorism: A Property Manager’s Guide provides helpful information on how to protect your property and its occupants, as well as respond and train building staff in the event of an attack. For more information on how to order this new publication, visit IREM’s website ( Care in Healthcare Design and OperationGenesis Health System, Davenport, IA, is increasing patient convenience and improving healthcare professionals’ schedules by undertaking simultaneous expansion of inpatient care with four additional cath labs and a new free-standing Heart Institute. The new building joins the hospital via a glass-walled walkway, allowing easy access for physicians and staff.By uniting many aspects of heart care in a single facility, Genesis knew that patients would benefit immensely from convenience and continuity.The design team spent seven months with doctors, nurses, technicians, and administrators to create an approachable, beautiful building that houses state-of-the-art technology for diagnosis and treatment. Since patients and providers expect high tech but neither wants a facility that feels cold, the designers softened the technology. An environment was created where patients feel comfortable – not threatened or overwhelmed. The Heart Institute uses many design elements like light, color, and spatial relationships to create an atmosphere that promotes well-being and optimism, helping patients and their families focus on healing.Welcoming patients and reducing stress begins with making it simple to find the Heart Institute, especially for patients from out of town. The three-story glass lobby gives patients entering the center a glimpse of the facility’s warm and comfortable interior space, easing patient anxiety.This striking lobby, with glass on one side and brick facing on the opposite wall, creates a dramatic but peaceful space, transitioning patients between the outdoors and the treatment areas. Every aspect of this building, from its location on campus to the colors on the walls, focuses on implementing a healing design and promoting medical excellence.Check Out the Latest at Buildings.comWant to find the latest flooring suppliers? Interested in checking out the variety of products offered by a particular roofing system manufacturer? Look no more! The Directory has it all – with continual updates throughout the year.Go to ( and discover the facts on a number of suppliers you’ll want to know. This month, featured as part of the “Directory Spotlight” (see on right-hand side of homepage):• Autodesk• Bobrick Washroom Equipment Inc.• Johnson Controls Inc.• Johnson Controls Inc., Security Solutions Div.• KI (Krueger International)• UNICCO Service Co.• VFA Inc.Could You Be a Winner?The deadline is rapidly approaching for Buildings’ 2002 New Construction Awards Competition. Award-winning projects will be featured in the upcoming October issue. For more information or to print an entry form, visit ( Entry deadline has been extended! Materials must be received by June 25, 2002. Remember: You can’t win, if you don’t enter.Tools for SuccessA preview of BOMA International’s 95th Annual Convention and The Office Building Show®It’s not too late! The Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) International’s 95th Annual Convention and The Office Building Show® is scheduled for later this month in the Windy City, from June 23-25. Chicago-bound attendees can expect:n Informative addresses by Congressman John Kasich and businessman, philosopher, author, and entrepreneur Larry Winget.• A vital panel discussion by top executives on post-9/11 issues, trends, and expectations for the office building market.• Pre-convention special interest group and committee meetings to increase your professional stature and reach.• An exhibition with over 500 booths and the products, services, and technologies to stay profitable and meet clients’ needs.• More than 32 information-packed sessions from which to choose.• Unparalleled networking opportunities and much more.The 95th Annual Convention will help you improve profitability, enhance your management skills, as well as inform you about the investment climate. Offered as part of the convention for the second year, Boot Camp II: Blueprint for Prosperity in a Customer-Driven Market provides unmatched opportunities for education and training for individuals with all levels of experience. Sponsored by BOMA University, The Lipsey Co., and REAL System, this year’s boot camp (June 21-25) is aimed at providing property and building management, leasing and marketing, asset management, and facilities management professionals with the newest tools and information necessary to attract and keep customers while running building(s) in a cost-efficient manner. For more information on this opportunity, call BOMA’s Education Hot Line at (202) 326-6331 or visit the website (, June 22/Sunday, June 23Join friends and peers on the evening of Saturday, June 22nd from 7:00-10:30 p.m. for a Welcome Reception at Navy Pier hosted by BOMA’s Chicago chapter.Don’t miss the Opening Luncheon featuring speaker and former congressman John Kasich, and the BOMI Graduation, sponsored by BOMI Institute from 1:00-3:00 p.m. on Sunday, June 23rd. Kasich will present Courage is Contagious, an uplifting perspective on raising the bar in America and how you can change your part of the world.Following the luncheon, attendees can peruse the exhibition hall from 3:00-6:00 p.m. during the Grand Opening of The Office Building Show, kicking off with after-lunch delectables during a Dessert Extravaganza. Take the ultimate challenge – the Dunking Booth Challenge! On Sunday, June 23rd from 3:30-5:30 p.m., BOMA President Sherwood Johnston invites you to stop by the dunking booth in The Office Building Show to support BOMAPAC.Educational seminars offered on Sunday address topics such as global outsourcing, conquering mold, HVAC remediation, and more.Monday, June 24Leading a fact-based discussion on how the uncertain economy, recent events in capital markets, WTC and Pentagon aftershock, and corporate strategies are impacting the commercial real estate marketplace, Michael G. Desiato, editor-in-chief, Real Estate Media, will begin convention events on Monday, June 24th, with a State of the Industry address, from 8:15-10:00 a.m. The General Session/ Industry Panel will immediately follow, with an impressive panel of industry leaders that will identify property sectors or geographic areas that are proving to be resilient or most vulnerable, make supply/ demand predictions, discuss the new era of building security, and more.Monday’s line-up of educational seminars includes topics such as asset management strategies, the window cleaning standard, no-excuse leasing, and much more. The Office Building Show will be open 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. and will include lunch.Tuesday, June 25Enjoy the provocative address, Hardcore Self-Help That’s Funny by Larry Winget during the General Session, Tuesday, June 25th, from 8:00-9:30 a.m. As a businessman, philosopher, author, and entrepreneur, Winget will teach universal principles that work for anyone, in any business, at any time – and he does it by telling funny stories. He believes that most people have made life and business much too complicated, take things way too seriously, and need to lighten up.Attend seminars on value-added facility management, terrorism insurance, benchmarking, and cost-effective training, as well as other insightful topics. Hours for The Office Building Show are from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., including lunch.Relax and mingle with your fellow Convention attendees and their registered guests and get set for what promises to be a very special evening, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at The Office Building of the Year (TOBY) and Earth Awards Cocktail Reception, Tuesday evening.Beginning at 7:00 p.m., and concluding at midnight, the TOBY and Earth Awards Program and Closing Banquet is one of the industry’s most elegant social event and a fabulous finale to this year’s BOMA Convention and The Office Building Show. A dramatic presentation of the 2001 TOBY and Earth Awards will pay tribute to office buildings from throughout North America for outstanding performance and building operations in 10 distinct categories. Bring your dancing shoes for what promises to be a memorable evening and close of another successful BOMA trade show and convention.

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