Keeping Boston’s character

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From Bob Kelly
Jones Lang LaSalle

It is great to see so many of Boston’s grand, older buildings being meticulously maintained. In the Back Bay alone, you can’t walk a block without seeing mass climbers or spider lifts on exterior elevations. Preserving these classic, elegant structures from a bygone era is essential to Boston’s character and charm. 

My latest construction assignment has me at 501 Boylston aka The Newbry. We are in the process of concluding a full façade restoration and lobby renovation here. It is an absolute pleasure working with owner TIAA-CREF and the team on their magnificent property.

It’s a challenge to protect the original beauty of an historic building like The Newbry while upgrading the systems, and adding the modern design features that sophisticated tenants want.

I am proud that The Newbry recently won a BOMA Building of the Year Award in the Historical category. Jones Lang LaSalle managed properties and individuals were well represented with several awards. 21 Custom House Street won honors in the under 100,000 square feet category. Hartford’s ING Building was recognized in the Corporate Facility category. The firm won Corporate Member of the Year recognition from BOMA Greater Hartford, and Property Manager Kelly Oyekoya was honored with Property Manager of the Year Award-Suburban for her work overseeing a five building suburban portfolio.

These buildings richly deserve to be celebrated. Congratulations to my colleagues. 

– Bob


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