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One Channel Center

ADD Inc, now with Stantec

Project Name

One Channel Center


1 Iron Street


Project Status


Year Completed



500,000 sq. feet

Construction Cost



Commonwealth Ventures


  • General Contractor: Suffolk Construction
  • Landscape Architect: Halvorson Design Partnership
  • Structural Engineer: McNamara/Salvia, Inc.
  • : C3: Commercial Construction Consulting, Inc
  • IA Interior Architects

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Project Description

ADD Inc, now with Stantec, completed the design of One Channel Center, the final phase of the seven-acre Channel Center master plan, a 2.1-million-square-foot mixed-use development by Commonwealth Ventures.

The $175 million project is located at 1 Iron Street in the burgeoning area of the Fort Point Channel in Boston’s Innovation District, the largest urban redevelopment near a major downtown area in the country. The 500,000 square foot, eleven-story structure is home to approximately 4000 employees of State Street Bank and is part of a multi-building masterplan that includes a new two-acre park and a ten-level, 900-car garage.

The design team’s vision for the project was based on a digital vortex, a concept that aligns with the technology-focused culture of State Street Bank, the building’s only tenant.

“We are extremely honored to be part of such a landmark development as Channel Center and to have our architectural vision for the One Channel Center building represent the conclusion of this momentous project,” stated architect B.K. Boley, AIA, Principal, ADD Inc, now with Stantec.


In order to reduce the apparent scale of the building, the design team divided it into three parts. Two volumes flank a a sloping glass curtain wall entry façade at the building’s center. The curtain wall is a design gesture that breaks down the visual scale of the building, delineates its entry, and it transforms to a shimmering light display at night.

The two masonry sides of the building incorporate textured red and brown precast concrete, which resembles brick and terracotta in a nod to neighboring historic warehouses. Colored glass panels punctuate the façade and evoke the whirling activity of the office within.


Designed to thread into the neighborhood context, the two-story lobby is a portal between the historic warehouses on Channel Center Street and the new park on the building’s southern edge and features local art.


One Channel Center features many green elements, such as continuous insulation on facades, efficient mechanical systems (HVAC), recycled and local materials, such as structural steel and precast concrete, and low VOC materials that improve indoor air quality. The building is expected to attain LEED Silver Certification.

About ADD Inc, now with Stantec

ADD Inc, an award-winning architecture, interior design, planning and branding firm with offices in Boston and Miami, has joined Stantec’s Buildings Group, a team of more than 2,500 design and allied professionals working in over 90 offices across North America. This evolution of ADD Inc gives our talented designers access to Stantec’s world-class resources and multi-disciplinary expertise, which will enhance the design creativity and capability we bring to projects and position our team to work in locations worldwide. ADD Inc’s strong reputation for design excellence and our deep expertise in multi-family housing, workplace interiors, commercial/mixed-use buildings, college and university projects, and branding enhance Stantec’s existing capabilities in the Northeast and Gulf Coast. Through this partnership, we can go anywhere to support our clients’ dynamic needs in even more creative, collaborative, and personalized ways.

About Stantec

We’re active members of the communities we serve. That’s why at Stantec, we always design with community in mind. The Stantec community unites more than 14,000 employees working in over 230 locations. Our work—professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design, landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics—begins at the intersection of community, creativity, and client relationships. With a long-term commitment to the people and places we serve, Stantec has the unique ability to connect to projects on a personal level and advance the quality of life in communities across the globe.
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