Boston Properties Commences Demolition of North First with Community Effort

San Jose, California: Boston Properties recently kicked-off the initial phase of demolition in unique fashion. In partnership with Swinerton Builders—the general contractor awarded the Phase 1 demolition scope—the team allowed the use of three buildings (with a total of 170,000 square feet) to the San Jose Fire Department for destructive fire training.

“Scenario training on an actual building is invaluable to us. Unknown building conditions afford us the best opportunity to train our firefighters to serve the community,” shared Captain of the San Jose Fire Department Glen McGuire. Over the course of six days, different fire companies performed training exercises in the buildings including cutting ventilation holes into the roof, breaching walls, pulling ceiling and stretching lines, and flowing water inside the building.

Currently the existing North First Business Park offers approximately 365,000 square feet of office, R&D, and industrial space spread across eight single-story buildings that were originally built in 1981. Upon completion, the new development will feature up to seven five-to-eleven story buildings, each approximately 200,000-250,000 square feet, with various support functions and outdoor amenities. Swinerton’s current scope of work on the initial demolition phase includes the complete removal of three single-story buildings, to flatten the area ‘flatout’ in preparation for the future construction of new buildings; work on this phase is scheduled for completion by the end of March.

Boston Properties applied for a site development permit in August last year, and received approvals on December 10, 2014. The 24.5-acre site is now fully entitled for two different multi-phased schemes with up to 1.6 million gross square feet of office and R&D development under one site development permit. Scheme A features six office and R&D buildings and three parking structures that would be delivered in three phases. Scheme B includes seven office and R&D buildings, two parking structures, and two below ground parking structures, to be constructed in two phases. Sherman Chan and Jeff Houston of CBRE are marketing the new office and R&D space.

About Swinerton Builders
Swinerton provides commercial construction and construction management services throughout the United States and is a 100% employee-owned company. Recognized nationally since 1888, Swinerton is the preferred builder and trusted partner in every market it serves—proudly leading with integrity, passion, and excellence. For more information on Swinerton, visit its blog, Swinerton Builds Tomorrow, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and LinkedIn.

About Boston Properties
Boston Properties is a fully integrated, self-administered and self-managed real estate investment trust that develops, redevelops, acquires, manages, operates and owns a diverse portfolio of Class A office space, one hotel, three residential properties and five retail properties. The company is one of the largest owners and developers of Class A office properties in the United States, concentrated in four markets—Boston, New York, San Francisco and Washington, DC.

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