If only the folks who toiled at New England Confectionery Co. in Fort Point a century ago could see their candy factory now.
The two buildings on Necco Court are being renovated to be General Electric Co.’s new headquarters. The project will merge the two into one 95,400-square-foot structure, using a glass-enclosed lobby to integrate both buildings.
The complex will feature an open working environment, a roof deck on the sixth floor facing the skyline, a bistro on the first floor that will be open to the public, and two old pedestrian bridges that are being restored, one to connect the buildings and one to house work areas.
GE expects to relocate employees from nearby Farnsworth Street once construction is finished in mid-2019. However, the company is in the midst of a radical restructuring and has for now delayed plans for a 12-story tower next to the former Necco buildings.
“The one thing that absolutely has not changed is our commitment to Boston,” GE vice president Ann Klee said Tuesday during the first media tour of the construction site. “As GE is evolving, this is a great place for us, and will be for decades to come.”
Klee declined to give a start date for the new building, other than to say it would be after the Necco conversion project is done.