Akamai Technologies, Inc., the global leader in Content Delivery Network services, will build its new global headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
According to company officials, Akamai has entered into an agreement with Boston Properties to lease a newly-constructed building at 145 Broadway, in the heart of Cambridge's Kendall Square neighborhood. The approximately 486,000 square foot building is scheduled to open at the end of 2019.
"Akamai has its roots in Cambridge and has grown into the largest technology company headquartered in this area," said Erica Chapman, Vice President, Global Real Estate and Workplace Productivity at Akamai. "We look forward to creating a campus environment for Akamai's employees to further foster innovation and collaboration, and to build a headquarters that complements the thriving Kendall Square community, complete with first-floor retail space."
New construction will require demolition of the existing three-story building at 145 Broadway and is contingent on Boston Properties obtaining final approvals from the City of Cambridge and Cambridge Redevelopment Authority, a company spokesman noted.
Akamai signed a fifteen year lease for 100% of the office space in the new development. The Company has also agreed to lease a minimum of an additional 150,000 square feet of space within Boston Properties' portfolio in Kendall Square. This commitment is intended to represent part of a second phase of Akamai's build out of its headquarters' campus and will commence concurrently with the new construction. Occupancy of both spaces will be coordinated with the lease expirations of Akamai's current locations in Cambridge.
"We are thrilled to be partnering with Akamai to facilitate its continued growth in Kendall Square," stated Bryan Koop, Executive Vice President, Boston Region for Boston Properties. "Akamai's technology and services are key contributors to the thriving innovation ecosystem and we're proud to be building them a long-term home here."
The building at 145 Broadway is expected to include approximately 9,500 square feet of street level retail space and a sub-surface parking garage. An employee café, roof deck, fitness center and electric vehicle charging are all amenities being considered for the new space. Continuing Akamai's global commitment to the environment, the new headquarters will also be constructed using the Energy Use Index and will be LEED compliant.