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Vent Building 8

Vent Building 8

|   Boston MA
Overview : A highly visible structure, providing power and ventilation to the North Station/Leverett Circle area of the new Central Artery Project.

Program : The 5 story structure (2 below ground), provides tunnel ventilation and area-wide power, communications, and security systems. Situated at the northern entrance to Boston, the building is a prominent icon for the city and an important part of the pedestrian walks to the Charles River basin.

A highly-visible icon at the northern entry point to the city of Boston, this distinctive structure provides tunnel ventilation and area-wide power, communications, and security systems to the North Station/Leverett Circle area of the Central Artery Project.

The wedge-shaped footprint is flanked on all sides by large-scale infrastructure elements. It very nearly touches the North Station rail yard and overhead viaducts, and is closely presided over by the I93/Zakim Bridge and TD Bank Garden. Below grade, two submerged ramps define the curved geometry of the glass block wall. At night the glass block volume glows warmly, serving as an entry beacon to the City of Boston.

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Massachusetts Highway Department
32,600 GSF
$16M
Chris Iwerks served as Design Principal while with TAMS Architecture
Complete architectural services for design through construction phases
Chris Iwerks