BOSTON — The Chiofaro Co., a locally based investment and development firm, has begun the $100 million transformation of International Place, a 1.8 million-square-foot office complex in downtown Boston. Built in phases between 1987 and 1992, International Place consists of a 46-story tower and a 35-story building that are connected by a public courtyard. The complex is home to more than 90 tenants.
Global architecture firm Gensler is leading the design of the project, the centerpiece of which will be a 16,000-square-foot amenity center that will be known as The Aries Club. The capital improvement program also calls for the renovation of the entrance of One International Place with upgraded lighting and protective glass canopies to imbue the building with more hospitality-like curb appeal. Ownership will also modernize the retail storefronts at One International Place.
At Two International Place, Chiofaro is planning a similar renovation of the entrance to elevate lighting, seating and accessibility. The lobby will also be redesigned to feature tech-enabled seating options, enhanced security measures and new art installations.
Lastly, the retail space will be revamped to support an 8,000-square-foot restaurant. IP Commons, the courtyard that links the two buildings and International Place’s central gathering area, will be reconceived to feel like an indoor oasis. The new space will feature indoor greenery, a glass ceiling, water attractions and a range of illumination options for special events and activities. The project is expected to take about two years to complete.