The conversion of the century-old Bronstein Center/Boston Design Center complex in the Seaport into the Innovation and Design Building is about complete.
The development firm Jamestown is wrapping up its $100 million renovation of much of the 1.4 million-square-foot city-owned former shipping depot on Drydock Avenue. It’s converting one of Boston’s largest buildings — longer than two John Hancock towers placed end-to-end — into a center for modern-day industry, a place where the future of the city’s economy might be forged.
Vast rooms that once stored supplies for the military now house startup incubators and small manufacturers. Architecture firms sit alongside technology companies in high-ceilinged offices with vast windows and cement floors. A handful of longtime industrial tenants remain, in refreshed digs with new loading docks to make it easier to get goods in and out.
Included in the complex is 350,000 square feet of interior design showrooms.
Outside is a promenade of sorts, featuring retailers and quick-serve restaurants operating out of recycled shipping containers. A calendar of events, including social gatherings, is designed to get the thousands of people who work in the area to meet, collide, and swap ideas.