Case | HBS Case Collection | August 1989 (Revised October 2003)

Fan Pier

by William J. Poorvu and Katherine Sweetman


The owner of the Fan Pier site in South Boston has been found legally responsible for blocking the efforts of his development partner in attaining the approval necessary to build the $800 million megaproject they had planned together. It was believed that the owner hoped to structure a new relationship with some other partner who would share more of the economic benefits. The feuding partners need to decide how to handle the recent ruling. This case provides an opportunity to expose students to megaprojects: issues of partnership, design, architecture, changing marketing, and local politics play large roles.

Keywords: Partners and Partnerships; Law; Projects; Design; Organizational Design; Marketing Strategy; Government and Politics; Property; Real Estate Industry; Boston;


Poorvu, William J., and Katherine Sweetman. "Fan Pier." Harvard Business School Case 390-012, August 1989. (Revised October 2003.)