EF Education First has broken ground on a new $125m, 300,000ft² North American headquarters in Boston, Massachusetts.
Situated in the North Point area of Cambridge, the building will be constructed on a 55,000ft² area next to EF’s existing 250,000ft² building, below the Leonard P. Zakim Bridge, adjacent to North Point Park and the Charles River.
Designed by the Swedish architect Gert Wingardh, the ten-storey building will feature 230,000ft² of office and education space, plus a 65,000ft² car park with 126 parking spaces and a bike room for EF employees.
The building will also feature 31,000ft² of public space on the ground and mezzanine floors, a 14,000ft² restaurant with 440 seats and tiered outdoor seating wrapping around the entire building.
The design will feature a glass waterfall, which will look like it’s cascading down the building’s facade.
EF Education said that the building has been designed to reflect the aesthetic of surrounding landmarks, including the Zakim Bridge and the turrets on the Museum of Science.
The new building will allow EF Education to add 400 new employees over the next 18 months.
EF Education First CEO Alex Hult said, "25 years ago, our North American headquarters consisted of three people in a small office at One Memorial Drive in Cambridge, and today we mark the beginning of a new North American headquarters campus which will host more than 1,200 employees."
Skanska USA will construct the building, which is scheduled to be complete by spring 2014.