Simmons University Hires Skanska for 1.75 Million SF Mixed-Use Project on its Residential Campus in Boston: Report

Carolyn Desmond (Photo: Simmons Website)

BOSTON– Simmons University plans to partner with Skanska to create a major mixed-use development on the border of Boston’s Longwood Medical Area and Fenway neighborhood, Boston Business Journal reported.

BBJ said that Simmons has tapped Skanska USA Commercial Development to build 1.75 million square feet across four buildings at 305 Brookline Ave.

The development will likely include life sciences lab space, office, residential space, commercial and retail/restaurant space, community areas and parking, BBJ quoted a letter of intent filed this month with the Boston Planning and Development Agency as saying.

Simmons plans to relocate student housing off the site, located on 5.8 acres on Brookline Avenue and Pilgrim Road, to make way for the mixed-use development, according to BBJ.

“Simmons carefully selected Skanska to redevelop the Site, as part of the ‘One Simmons’ plan, in order to support and guarantee the long-term financial health and stability of the University,” BBJ quoted Carolyn Desmond, Skanska’s vice president of development in Boston, as saying in the in the letter of intent.

The project is planned on 5.8 acres at 259, 275, 291, 305 and 321 Brookline Ave. and 38, 46, 62 Pilgrim Road, according to the BBJ report. The ground lease will be executed once Skanska has completed construction of the Living and Learning Center, the newspaper said.