Rizvi Architects
Prudential Center Redevelopment (Mr. Rizvi at CBT)

Boston’s Prudential Center occupies 27 acres in the Back Bay and contains over 6,000,000 square feet of built space, including office, residential, hotel, retail, and parking uses. In the mid-1980’s, Prudential Insurance Company embarked on an ambitious redevelopment program to revitalize the dated complex. The program devised for the South Quadrant of the site included a new office tower containing 1,000,000 square feet of space, a 30,000 square foot winter garden, 50,000 square feet of retail, and 250,000 square feet of rebuilt parking. Flanking the winter garden was a 13-story residential building. Also included was the renovation and modernization of the Prudential Center subway station on the Green Line. Working with a very large team of design professionals, CBT Architects were responsible for the South Quadrant of the Prudential Center. As project manager of CBT, Mr. Rizvi coordinated a team of over 30 consultants covering every aspect of the design and construction of the project. The design went through a complex public and community approval process involving a large number of civic and special interest groups represented in the PruPAC, the advisory committee appointed by the Mayor. Despite the many changes caused by the nature of the process, GMP documents for the first phase were produced in a record 16 weeks, without missing a single pre-set deadline. The Prudential Center was eventually sold to Boston Properties and CBT continued as the architects.

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