Samuels & Associates yesterday filed plans with the BPDA for a new 13-story building next to the existing Landmark Center that would include 550,000 square feet of lab and related office space and room for a large new Star Market that would replace the current one on Boylston Street.
The filing came as another developer was filing its own plans for a ten-story life-sciences building a couple blocks up Brookline Avenue.
Samuels is proposing no increase in the roughly 1,500 parking spaces it has already committed to for renovations to the old Sears building and construction of another new building on Brookline Avenue.
The company says it expects to meet some of the increased commuting demand by relying on the Green Line and the new cars and service the T is promising. It adds it will also add a second Bluebikes station to the complex. Also part of Samuels's ongoing work at Landmark Center is construction of a new 12-foot-wide bicycle/pedestrian path along the Green Line tracks, which "which will bridge a gap in the bike network by connecting the Emerald Necklace path to Lansdowne Station, Fenway Park and the new separated bike facilities on Beacon Street that lead to Kenmore Square."
Samuels says the new building is designed to have "net zero" carbon emissions through a variety of steps that include state-of-the-art insulation and HVAC and lighting systems, a mostly electric heating system - with a natural-gas boiler for really cold days - and the purchase of power from "green" sources. In all, the company says the building will consume roughly 51% less energy than a building with more traditional construction and design.
The roof of the building's lower "podium" will have a 9,200-square-foot "green/vegetated" area, to reduce the building's heat-island effect.
View from the Harvard-Vanguard parking garage, showing the green roof:
Although Samuels is not expecting any flooding from the nearby Muddy River, it says the building's key systems will all be placed well above the height of potential flooding from the heavier storms that climate change could mean for the Boston area.
Samuels recently announced a deal with Star Market to carve out 60,000 square feet of space in the new building for the supermarket and for Samuels to then take over the current market and its adjacent, abandoned gas station. This would give Samuels, which already has several developments in the Boylston Street corridor, room for yet another project.
Samuels says it hopes to begin roughly 32 months of construction for the new building late this year or early next year.
Landmark Center documents and calendar.