All posts by David Humphrey

Espai Barca Stadium Complex – Barcelona, Spain

After years of planning, the renovation and expansion of the world-famous soccer stadium, Camp Nou, home of FC Barcelona, is underway. Originally constructed in 1957, and enlarged in 1982, the capacity of the Future Camp Nou is being increased from approximately 98,000 to 105,000 spectators. The scope of the Espai Barca project goes well beyond additional seats however. It includes building a new Palau Blaugrana, a multipurpose venue with a capacity for 15K spectators for sporting events and 20K spectators for cultural events. This complex will include an annex arena with a capacity for 4K spectators and an ice rink with capacity for 500 spectators. Espai Barca will also create a surrounding open campus, integrated into the neighborhood, with upgrades to infrastructure, streets and green areas, as well as an additional 3,200 vehicular parking spaces, 1,000 motorcycle spaces and bicycle parking, all under the Stadium, Palau and Corporate buildings.

Set to open for the 2024-2025 FC Barcelona season, JLL | Merritt & Harris is privileged to be the Construction Consultant, providing our Plan and Cost Review and Construction Monitoring services.

Allston LabWorks – Boston, MA

Adding to Boston’s growing life sciences market, the Allston LabWorks project will include roughly 530K sq. ft. of life sciences space, 20K sq. ft. of retail area, 35 residential units and 668 parking spaces.  Located in the Allston neighborhood at 250, 280 and 305 Western Ave, sitework scope will also cover a 12K sq. ft. public plaza and a 5K sq. ft. landscaped open area. Building 250 will be 7 stories and contain laboratory and office spaces, as well as a restaurant and amenity areas. Building 280 will be a 6-level above ground parking structure adjacent to a residential building with a restaurant, retail space and amenity areas. Building 305 will be 9 stories and contain laboratory and office spaces, as well as a restaurant and amenity areas. Construction started in Q3 2022 and is scheduled to be Substantially Complete by Q3 2024.

JLL | Merritt & Harris is proud to be acting as the project’s Construction Consultant. Our services include a Plan and Cost Review as well as monthly Construction Monitoring during the 24-month schedule.

555 Tower – Bellevue, WA

One of several new Amazon office buildings in Bellevue, the 42-story tower at 555 108th Avenue will contain roughly 925K sq. ft. of Class A office space. The project includes ground floor retail and an adjacent 1-story retail pavilion; both structures will be built over a shared 5-level below grade parking garage. Terraces and balconies carve into the south façade of the tower at the east and west ends of level 18, providing usable outdoor amenity space with outstanding views. A roof top terrace space sits on level 42 along with the buildings illuminated spires. At the ground floor, site improvements will include new landscaped open spaces with large pedestrian thoroughfares at the north side of the site facing the Key Center, a “Hill Climb” ramped and stair feature at the northwest corner of the site and a large mid-block Plaza.

JLL | Merritt & Harris was engaged by the Lender in April 2020 to be the Construction Consultant for the project. Our Plan and Cost Review was delivered shortly thereafter, followed by monthly Construction Monitoring, which will continue until Substantial Completion in Q2 2023.