111 Huntington Avenue (sometimes given the unofficial nickname "The R2-D2 Building" ) is one of Boston's newest skyscrapers and is part of the Prudential Center complex that also houses the Prudential Tower. Completed in 2002, the tower is 554 feet (169 meters) tall and houses 36 floors. The building is the tallest skyscraper built in Boston since 1987. 111 Huntington is Boston's eighth-tallest building. It won the 2002 bronze Emporis Skyscraper Award.

The 36-story tower's busy footprint rises and culminates in an open frame dome and crown which is illuminated at night. The building originally was designed with a flat roof, but Boston Mayor Menino disapproved, saying, "Guys, flat roofs don’t make it." Menino chose the present roof out of a set of options the developer subsequently proffered. Located on a 23-acre site between Boylston Street and Huntington Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay neighborhood. It comprises 2.6 million square feet of office space and 620,000 square feet of retail space and was developed, owned, and managed by Boston Properties . It has one of the largest parking garage in New England, with space for 3,660 cars. The postmodern facade consists of a blue glass curtain wall designed by the architect firm Childs Bertman Tseckares Inc. (CBT). The lobby interior consists of reflective black marble walls with finished wood paneling and dramatic lobby waterfall. It can be accessed from the adjacent Prudential retail mall. The building has two main stairways at its core along with two freight elevators. Both cover all floors including the basement parking garage area, where there are two additional levels called P1 and P2. Of the total number of passenger elevators, four travel between the 2nd-9th floors, six travel to the 10th-22nd floors, and another six travel between the 23rd-35th floors. Beside the main lobby the tower also has two elevators which serve the two sub-levels of the parking garage. The elevators in the tower are each outfitted with two small flat screen televisions that show daily news and trivia. Energy efficient measures include: T-8 lighting with electronic ballast, premium efficiency motors, high efficiency centrifugal chilled water system equipped with variable frequency drives (VFD) on the chiller, chilled and condenser water pumps, and the cooling tower fans. In addition, the Central Plant utilizes plate and frame heat exchangers to provide cooling to the building without the use of mechanical cooling when the temperature drops below 55 degrees. VFD's have also been installed on the Domestic Water Booster pumps and the hot water primary pumps. The energy efficient air distribution system utilizes VFD controlled Air Handling Units with Variable Air Volume terminal boxes. A state-of-the-art energy management system is used to control exterior and common area lighting as well as the building HVAC system.


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