500 Boylston Street
500 Boylston Street is a Post-Modern building located in the Back Bay section of Boston and part of the city's High Spine, completed in 1989. It sits next to the landmark Trinity Church, Boston. It dominates the western half of the city block bounded by Boylston, Clarendon and Berkeley streets and St. James Avenue. It was designed by John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson, with structural engineering by LeMessurier Consultants and MEP/FP engineering by Cosentini Associates, Inc. The construction project was managed by Bond Brothers. It cost $100,000,000 to build. The site contains approximately 137,000 square feet (12,700 m 2) of land area, with approximately 500 feet (150 m) of frontage on Boylston Street. The first six floors are retail and small office space. Above that there is a 19-story office tower with Class A office space. It has approximately 715,000 square feet (66,400 m 2) of office space. It has an underground parking lot for 1,000 cars that it shares with 222 Berkeley Street.

The structural design is made up of composite beams and girders supporting steel deck and concrete topping slab on a steel frame. The 25-story superstructure is founded on 6-foot (1.8 m) thick foundation mat bearing on clay. The 6-story low-rise is founded on spread footings, hold down piles ( tension piles) and 24-inch (610 mm) pressure slab designed to resist a hydrostatic head of approximately 25 feet (7.6 m). The parking garage is made up of slurry wall construction. The building's distinctive design includes carved rose granite cladding with two-story windows, a vaulted copper roof line, and strong exterior column detailing. The design, by John Burgee Architects with Philip Johnson as Design Consultant, also includes a main building entrance through a courtyard, framed on each side by two symmetrical wings, each faced with soaring columns.

  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Building of the Year Award, 2005
  • EPA's Sustained Excellence in Energy Management award in 2004
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Building of the Year Award, 2001
  • ENERGY STAR certification Label, 2000
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) Building of the Year Award, 1996

  • On the television show Boston Legal , the fictional law firm Crane, Poole & Schmidt's Boston office is located on the building's 14th, 15th and 28th floors.