Innovation Square (iSQ)

Innovation Square Seaport Phase One

Innovation Square (iSQ)

A BioTech Incubator in Boston’s Emerging Innovation District

Uniquely situated within Boston’s Marine Industrial Park, iSQ (Innovation Square) has emerged as the avant-garde micro life science cluster, a natural first choice to Cambridge’s saturated bio-pharmaceutical market. Combining contemporary design with planning to promote operational efficiencies, the project aims to attract global entrepreneurial companies with the goal of enhancing productivity, promoting collaboration and enabling transformational discoveries.

HDR helped develop the master plan for iSQ and is responsible for the shell and core design of both Phase 1 and Phase 2. The design intent for two buildings is a contemporary interpretation of the established maritime “head-house and tail” vernacular. The new “head-house” has a chiseled glass expression where the C-suite resides, symbolizing the commitment to cultural transparency and the exchange of ideas. The “tail” has a highly articulated pre-cast concrete expression where lab research occurs.

Key features of Phase 1 and Phase 2 include:

  • High-bay research and development/manufacturing space for pilot programs
  • Creative lab/office environments for “science on display” opportunities
  • Complimentary amenities such as, a co-laboratory (shared think-tank), conferencing, retail/restaurants, fitness center, bike storage and a three story sculpture garden to accommodate team building and industry lead social events

The project meets Boston’s Climate Change Preparedness and Resiliency requirements, in addition, the project has been designed for LEED Silver Certification.

Innovation Square Seaport Phase One
Related Beal

Boston, MA
United States

Phase 1: 125,000 sf (11,600 m²) Phase 2: 235,000 sf (21,800 m²) Total: 360,000 sf (33,400 m²)