Atlantic Wharf

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Height: Architectural 139 m / 456 ft
Height: Occupied 116 m / 381 ft
Height: To Tip 139 m / 456 ft
Floors Above Ground 31
Floors Below Ground 6
# of Elevators 18
Top Elevator Speed 4.06 m/s
Tower GFA 166,983 m² / 1,797,390 ft²
Development GFA 361,218 m² / 3,888,118 ft²
# of Apartments 89
# of Parking Spaces 632


Official Name Atlantic Wharf
Other Names Russia Wharf
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country United States
City Boston
Street Address & Map 280 Congress Street
Postal Code 02210
Building Function residential / office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Energy Label LEED Platinum
Proposed 2001
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2011
Official Website Atlantic Wharf

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Boston Properties, Inc.
Design Childs Bertman Tseckares
Structural Engineer
• (not specified) McNAMARA • SALVIA
MEP Engineer
Design BALA Engineers
Main Contractor John Moriarty & Associates of Florida, Inc.
Material Supplier
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company

About Atlantic Wharf

Billed as the first sustainable high-rise in Boston, the Atlantic Wharf complex is a new addition to the Boston skyline, built upon a historic base of turn-of-the-century buildings. Using several existing structures to serve as the podium of the tower minimized building materials and construction time. The new addition blends in with the existing urban fabric and creates a dynamic pedestrian experience. The entry to the tower is through a slender crystalline atrium placed between two of the historic base buildings.

The mixed-use tower comprises residential, office, and retail spaces which bring a variety of amenities to the community, including one of Boston’s few waterfront restaurants. The overall design reflects its nautical surroundings, with structural references to masts and the cladding alluding to sails. The building is also LEED Platinum-certified (Core & Shell), utilizing rainwater harvesting and a 1,670 square meter green roof on top of the podium. It is estimated to use 42% less energy and 69% less domestic water than a comparable building.

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