Construction is expected to begin May 1st on the Boston Innovation Center (BIC), which aims to attract startups to the Innovation District in the South Boston waterfront. Designed by local architects Hacin + Associates, the 12,000 square foot facility is part of the 12 acre Seaport Square development by John Hynes’ Boston Global Investors.
The building, which will be managed by the founder and CEO of the Cambridge Innovation Center, will include meeting spaces, an auditorium, a cafe and an outdoor plaza. Compared to Kendall Square’s 150,000 square foot Innovation Center, the BIC is somewhat lackluster in its design, as seen from the released rendering, and size, as the Innovation District and Kendall Square compete for dominance of contemporary markets.
Mayor Menino envisions the Center as exhibiting innovation in its design and construction through a modular assembly, which will add some needed diversity to the core and shell development that will surround it. At $5.5 million, the BIC is anticipated to test electric car hook-ups, health monitoring, and social media retailing that can be employed throughout the Seaport if successful.
We’ll have to wait until the Fall to evaluate the Center, which will hopefully live up to it’s name, architecturally speaking. Construction is expected to finish in November, and the developer has already stated that the BIC will not seek to make a profit, but rather cover costs, in order to provide affordable space to start-ups.
Photo: South Boston Seaport Waterfront, Flickr, Cherrylet – published under Creative Com. lic.