Company History


Founded by Petros A. Palandjian


Established in 1959 as “Cosmopolitan Construction” with a primary focus on contracting and engineering, Founder Petros A. Palandjian undertook private and public-bid construction projects that ranged from road construction, airports and hotels to churches, libraries, elderly housing, and college housing projects.

  • 1963 – Contracted to build the Gidley School, a Water Filtration Plant, and Housing for the Elderly
  • 1966 – Contracted to build the Stratvern Court Apartments and St. Gregory’s Language School Auditorium
  • 1967 – Contracted to build a Community Center, the Fourth District Court House in Woburn (MA) and Division of General Electric Building in Watertown (MA)
  • 1968 – Contracted to build Housing for Elderly in Canton (MA), Brockton (MA), and Billerica (MA)
  • 1969 – Developed 24 Highland Ave and Trowbridge Street Apartments in Cambridge (MA). Contractor for Framingham State College Dormitory, St. Gregory’s Armenian Church in Cambridge (MA)



Evolved from a construction company to a fully-integrated real estate investment and development firm with the competitive advantage of experienced in-house construction capability. In this era, Intercontinental also embarked on an investment program that focused on complex development and value-add real estate transactions.

  • 1970 – Contracted to build the State Hospital Laundry Facility and North Adams State College addition
  • 1971 – Contracted to build the Salem State College Library Building and developer of a car wash
  • 1973 – Developed 49 Marion Street; a 40 unit luxury high rise
  • 1974 – Developed 80 Pleasant Street and 70 Center Street; two luxury high rises
  • 1975 – Renovated 5 Royce Road apartments and developed an office building



During this time, the Company continued to build as a general contractor while expanding into development and construction management, property management, mortgage finance, brokerage, and real estate advisory services. Headquartered in Boston (MA), Intercontinental opened a satellite office in Philadelphia (PA) to keep up with portfolio growth.

  • 1981 – Developed 174 Unit Condominium complex
  • 1982 – Developed a 7-story office building
  • 1983 – Developed 106 Condominium units
  • 1984 – Developed 186 apartments units, parking garage and health club, 53 condominium units, 500,000 square feet of office space, and 7-story office building
  • 1985 – Developed Coolidge Bank and completed 3 historical rehab projects



Intercontinental evolved its core business from fully integrated services and investment partnerships to private equity real estate structured in fund-based investment management and advisory services.

  • 1996 – Launched Intercontinental Real Estate Investment Fund I and acquired One Bulfinch Place; home to the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office
  • 1997 – Acquired 100 Franklin Street (known as the Boston Safe & Trust Building)
  • 1998 – Launched Intercontinental Real Estate Investment Fund II
  • 1999 – Registered with the SEC as an Investment Adviser



Leveraging its decades long-foundation of diversified investment and real estate services, Intercontinental began to serve on a select basis as a Qualified Plan Asset Manager (“QPAM”) to meet the demand of institutional clients. To keep up with substantial client and portfolio growth, the Company opened offices in New York (NY), Atlanta (GA), Chicago (IL), Denver (CO), and Los Angeles (CA).

  • 2000 – Launched Intercontinental Real Estate Investment Fund III
  • 2002 – Developed and opened Nine Zero and launched Intercontinental Real Estate Investment Fund IV
  • 2004 – $1 Billion Assets Under Management
  • 2006 – Awarded NAIOP’s Developer of the Year
  • 2007 – Intercontinental launched its 5th fund, opened satellite offices in Denver (CO) and Los Angeles (CA), and founded Intercontinental Charities
  • 2008 – $2 Billion Assets Under Management



Intercontinental surpasses $9.5BB assets under management. To meet client growth, the Company opened offices in Orlando (FL), Atlanta (GA) and Minneapolis (MN). Intercontinental launched its 6th fund, a value-add investment vehicle, focused on regional investments in construction and development projects in New Jersey and contiguous states.

  • 2010 – Opened New York (NY) satellite office
  • 2011 – Launched its 6th fund and developed, opened 800 Scudders Mill Road; home of the Novo Nordisk North American Headquarters
  • 2013 – Awarded Boston Business Journal’s Top Place To Work and Top Charitable Contributor
  • 2014 – Opened Minneapolis (MN) and Atlanta (GA) satellite offices
  • 2020 – $10 Billion Assets Under Management



With a rich history dating back to its construction roots in 1959 and having developed and owned over $14 billion in real estate property, today Intercontinental’s core business remains private equity real estate investment management.


  • 2020 – Intercontinental applied for the first GRESB score in company history