Berkley Investments Plans for Exchange 200, A Mixed-Use Innovation Hub in MaldenMarch 06, 2018 - By The Real Reporter
BOSTON—Berkeley Investments recently announced plans for its latest commercial project, Exchange 200, a four-story, 315,000+ square-foot building in Malden, MA. The developer intends to transform the building into a mixed-use innovation hub located in the heart of Malden Center to cater to a wide assortment of companies ranging from R&D and office tenants to data center and ground floor restaurant and retail uses. Malden Center is a rapidly growing residential and commercial community six miles north of Boston and just steps from the MBTA Orange Line, providing direct access to Assembly Row, downtown Boston and beyond.
Originally constructed as a bank operations center and most recently occupied by Bank of America, Exchange 200 offers a number of unique assets for a building less than 15 minutes from downtown Boston: large, flexible floorplates, redundant high-capacity power infrastructure, high ceilings, and heavy floor loads. According to Young Park, President of Berkeley Investments, “the redevelopment of Exchange 200 will preserve this infrastructure while installing new, efficient building systems and incorporating modern design features to enhance the interior and exterior of the property.” Improvements will include adding a two-story light well in the center of the building capped by a large skylight, as well as floor-to-ceiling glass on the exterior at key locations to increase the flow of natural daylight into the interior spaces; a new two-story lobby to create a welcoming and dynamic entrance; and modern amenities that will appeal to employers and employees including a fitness center, networking spaces and bike storage.
The masterplan is to turn the building into a vibrant mixed-use innovation center with street-level retail, a state-of-the-art data center, and more than 200,000 square feet of creative office, R&D, and flex space. Carolyn Zern, Development Vice President of Berkeley Investments, adds, “we couldn’t ask for a better partner than the City of Malden. The City has fully supported our efforts to create a transit-oriented development across the street from the Malden Center T stop targeting forward-thinking, creative tenants who crave the amenities and transportation options of an urban location at a great value.”
Plans also include leveraging the building’s existing infrastructure by dedicating part of the space for data center usage. Because of its original use, the building already has the power and network redundancies necessary for data center tenants, which would be cost prohibitive to install on a speculative basis.
JLL aims to market the new building’s unique 60,000-sf of energy efficient data center availability including 25,000-sf of critical operation space.“Exchange 200 represents the future of data centers in New England. Built when ‘banks were banks,’ it is one of a handful of buildings in Massachusetts that are truly served by two separate substations - Malden and Melrose in this case. Its location adjacent to the MBTA easements and proximity to the GTT cable landing station in Lynn make it a fiber hub providing connectivity to all of New England, Eastern Canada, Western Europe, and beyond,” lauds Gabe Cole, Managing Director, Data Center Solutions.
Newmark Knight Frank (NKF) has been retained by Berkeley to lease and market the remainder of the building, some 200,000 square feet of flexible commercial space ideal for office and innovative tech tenants looking to capitalize on Exchange 200’s extensive infrastructure and convenient transit access, a rare combination in today’s competitive market. “Berkeley’s intent is to create vibrant innovation space that will appeal to forward-thinking creative tenants who are price-sensitive but crave the amenities and direct-to transportation package of an urban location,” remarks Phil Giunta, Executive Managing Director, Corporate Advisory Group, NKF.
Giunta also points out that one of the many other perks the building offers is its built-in, millennial workforce; a talented employee pool who already lives nearby given the dynamic live-work-play environment and transit flexibility that Malden Center offers. “When it comes to employee talent,” explains Giunta, “they’re already here. That’s a huge plus for prospective tenants.”
Additionally, the redevelopment of Exchange 200 will transform the pedestrian experience of the building by replacing much of the ground floor with over 16,000-sf of dynamic restaurant and retail space, using glass storefronts to create a vibrant, interactive experience at the street level. NKF is also leasing the retail space and is targeting restaurant, café, and service retail users, amenities that will benefit the building’s other tenants and surrounding community. “For those who presently work nearby, and for the many residents who now live in this area, the new building will add positive value for many reasons,” concludes Giunta. Ultimately, the various amenities Exchange 200 offers to both employees and the local community will add vibrancy to an already booming region.Rendering Lobby Design Carolyn Zern Young Park Gabe Cole Phil Giunta