Rainy and wet weather couldn’t change the delighted spirits for the groundbreaking of One Congress Street.
The new building located at the Government Center garage will be a 600-foot-tall, 1 million square foot office tower in the Bullfinch Crossing Project. When it’s completed, it will be the tallest office building in the city.
The building is part of a larger project that will transform the Government Center area of over 4.8 acres to include condos, apartments, a hotel and a rooftop garden. The building was designed by Pelli Clarke Pelli.
“As our city grows, we are always thinking about how we bring communities together and this represents that vision,” said Mayor Marty Walsh at the ceremony.
Walsh said that area of the city is already dynamic and draws a lot of attention. He said it is known for sports, being so close to TD Garden, and is a large tourist spot. One Congress will just help that area grow, according to the Mayor.
“Now we are going to draw more business here and that’s what I like to see,” said Walsh. “Diversifying what this area is used for.”
The developers promised the building will be world-class and that their main priority will be the people working there and creating a welcoming and useful space for them.
“Our focus cannot be on the steel and glass of this building. Our focus must be on the people. People built this building and people will work here,” said Tom O’Brien of HYM Investment Group.
“This is a good-looking building,” Walsh added.
State Street Corporation will occupy half of the new office building. O’Brien said he has spoken with several different companies about them moving to One Congress and occupying space there, and he is hopeful this will be an attractive draw for the city.
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“Buildings like this change cities and make them better,” Walsh said.
The building is expected to be complete by 2022.