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Coming from a larger institutional background, Brian Iammartino and his partner Ryan Gorman started btcRE as a way to bring their institutional quality ownership and investment dollars to redevelop and revitalize underutilized real estate assets outside of Boston’s central business districts. Their main goal: to provide affordable space for maturing start-ups and creative-economy tenants to thrive. The first building the duo purchased was 35-37 Medford Street, a 40,000 sf building in Somerville.
Aspen Technology Inc., the world’s leading global supplier of software to optimize process manufacturing, relocated its headquarters from two locations in Burlington, MA and Nashua, into 142,673 RSF of new corporate space across three buildings—20, 22 and 28 Crosby Drive in Bedford, MA.
In a 2013 interview in the Boston Globe, athenahealth’s chief executive Jonathan Bush described his vision for the Arsenal campus.
“’I want good chefs, good beer, and entrepreneurs,’ said Bush. ‘Rather than a sealed-off campus, we’re going to open the Arsenal up to the community as a public resource. And we’d like to fit it into the historic context. We want to foment the next industrial revolution by bringing openness into health care.’” As a part of athenahealth’s overall master plan, vacant office space was turned into the high-end Nourish café on the first floor of 311 Arsenal Street.
Boda Borg Boston, LLC., a reality gaming/team problem solving concept for all ages, selected a former department store in downtown Malden for its first United States location. The location was chosen based on proximity to the commuter rail, T, major highways, and available space for growth. The 28,000 sq ft project is comprised of corporate training conference and event rooms, offices, reception, merchandising, social areas, restaurant, kitchen, and most importantly for Boda Borg, quest rooms.
The Boston Marriott Copley Hotel is a 38 floor full service hotel, with approximately 1,100 guestrooms, 70,000 sq.ft. of meeting and function space, as well as retail and food tenants on the first floor. As part of an overall energy reduction program, two energy recovery wheels were installed. The two heat recovery wheels were installed to recover some of the conditioned (heated or cooled) air from the exhaust systems, to pre-heat or pre-cool the make-up air supplied by AH-24 and 25.
Boston Scientific Corporation (BSC) engaged Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) to assist with the evaluation of its real estate choices, leading to the decision to consolidate its global headquarters in Massachusetts. The company sold its 20-year-old, 850,000 SF campus in Natick and built a new four-story, 110,000 SF corporate headquarters building in Marlborough, completing the fourth side of the company’s existing 500,000 SF campus quadrangle.
Sasaki, in collaboration with the Netherlands-based design firm Mecanoo, worked with the City of Boston to design a municipal office building in Dudley Square in the heart of Roxbury. The facility is a part of former Mayor Menino’s Dudley Square Vision Project, which sought to revitalize the once-thriving urban neighborhood.
Cambridge Consultants is a world-class product development and technology consulting company with a focus on medical equipment. They are unique in their industry because they are both designers and engineers Moving to a new 20,000-square-foot space, Cambridge Consultants’s primary goal for the fit-up was to accommodate its expanding workforce within a tight budget and extremely aggressive schedule, while clearly communicating their story to potential clients and recruits.
Carbonite is a leading provider of information recovery and backup in the cloud. It was founded on the notion that their clients’ information would be protected and frozen in time; like the Star Wars’ character Hans Solo was preserved in carbonite in The Empire Strikes Back. Before moving their staff into its new headquarters in Boston, Carbonite’s employees were located among multiple floors in a building with small floor plates and no direct connection. This hindered their creativity and gave their employees no chance for spontaneous collaboration.
The previous building BAS system was failing. Building equipment was manually controlled. Supply and returns could not be scheduled off, the chillers were manually staged on and off, no DAT reset, no CW or CHW reset, etc. This project resulted in an energy reduction of 957,386 kWh/year, and the customer was given a $134,034 incentive to complete the energy saving measures.
The 85,000 SF addition to Deerfield Academy’s Hess Center for the Arts is designed to support the demands of Deerfield’s growing arts and music departments. The addition contains a 175-seat concert hall, five new arts studios, a new art gallery and it increases the seating in the school’s main auditorium from 700 to 850 seats.
This upgrade was the first installment of a staged, multi-year, design-build project that will improve the efficiency of Eastern Bank’s facility in Lynn, MA. The Chiller Upgrade project entailed the demolition and replacement of an obsolete, inefficient Centrifugal chiller plant with phased out refrigerant. Cannistraro Service Group served as the Design-Build contractor on the project and worked with Eastern Bank to design, plan, engineer and install a new mechanical plant that would achieve the facility’s energy goals.
Global Partners LP, a midstream logistics and marketing company, owns, controls, or has access to one of the largest terminal networks of petroleum products and renewable fuels in the Northeast. Global is also one of the largest distributors of gasoline, distillates, residual oil and renewable fuels to wholesalers, retailers and commercial customers in New England and New York.
When Blake Irving arrived as GoDaddy’s CEO two years ago, the company was known for Super Bowl ads and domain name registration. Irving and his leadership team are re-inventing the company’s mission and its future. Workplace design is a crucial part of the plan. The big idea, which is producing double digit growth each year, is to transform the company into a full-service technology provider of cloud-based digital and social tools for helping small business owners succeed.
Havas, the parent company for leading global ad agency Arnold Worldwide as well as three other brands, is housed within its new centralized headquarters in downtown Boston. Together, these brands cohabitate in 125,000 square feet on 3.5 floors in the former Filene’s building, designed in 1912 by the renowned architect Daniel Burnham.
High Liner Foods (HLF) is the leading North American processor and marketer of value-added frozen seafood. This project entailed the relocation and fit-up of the company’s North American Headquarters into a new ground up 3-stiory building of 38,000 SF. An entirely new workplace design was implemented.
IdeaPaint, creator of high-performance dry-erase paint, CREATE, recently moved its corporate headquarters from Ashland, MA to 40 Broad Street in Boston’s financial district. In order to position itself as an innovation leader and to attract top talent, Idea Paint enlisted the help of Fusion Design Consultants, Diversified Project Management and Creative Office Pavilion.
Making the move to consolidate offices in the Boston area, Intralinks sought a more efficient and branded work environment for its growing Boston area workforce, finding their new space at the Hobbs Brook office Park at 404 Wyman St., Waltham, MA. The single-floor space at 404 Wyman Street provides a variety of work environments including offices, workstations, team, huddle, and phone rooms. True to the principles of Agile design, the new Intralinks space plan offers maximum flexibility in infrastructure, furniture, and technology that allows for reconfiguration to suit the collaborative nature of software development.
Fox RPM Corp, owner’s project manager for InvenSense, Inc., has successfully completed the build out and relocation to 100 Summer Street in downtown Boston, MA. InvenSense is a worldwide leader providing MotionTracking sensor systems for consumer electronic devices. InvenSense acquired the acoustical device division of Analog Devices in early 2014 thereby necessitating the need for the newly acquired division to find a new home.
Corporate IT departments are good at infrastructure and pushing out technology, but not as skilled with end user experience. Survey results indicate employee frustration and limitations with the conventional IT Help Desk. John Hancock/Manulife created the TechLounge as an alternate order intake, fulfillment, and problem resolution model.
“WorkSmart” is John Hancock / Manulife’s holistic workplace program that focuses upon the transformation of legacy office space into an array of contemporary work settings that encourage interaction and collaboration among employees, enables flexible use, is enhanced by robust technology, and brings to maturity an expansive mobility program.
Dyer Brown was engaged by this Paris-based transportation management firm to design their office at 470 Atlantic Avenue. The five-week design schedule and five-week construction schedule required careful coordination from all team members. The firm’s plan accommodates all of Keolis’ 134 employees in a 28,000 square foot open office plan with benched workstations, interior executive offices, phone rooms, war rooms, and a range of meeting and teleconferencing spaces.
The Abbey Group, a commercial real estate developer, enlisted ADD Inc now with Stantec to update the 12,000 SF entry and reception area of Lafayette City Center. At the crossroads of Downtown Crossing and the Financial District, LCC is a six-story 615,000 SF mixed-use building above a parking garage with internal access to Macy’s. When their anchor tenant, State Street Bank, vacated 450,000 SF, The Abbey Group recognized the necessity to upgrade the building’s common spaces.
National Development selected Maugel Architects to design dramatic façade improvements and common area transformations for five buildings at New England Executive Park located in Burlington, MA. Maugel’s conceptual designs were well aligned with National Development’s vision of creating a vibrant, cohesive pedestrian environment that integrated new retail uses into the campus.
Room & Board, a modern, high-end furniture retailer, is the tenant occupying all 5 floors of the newly restored Sherman Building at 375 Newbury Street, in Boston’s well-known Back Bay neighborhood. The 40,000 square foot space is known as the historic Sherman building, originally constructed in 1908. As a part of the Back Bay Historic District, the building has served many functions over the years, including a horse stable, an indoor golf course, a Ford Motor Company dealership and a pharmacy.
SG&A was selected to design the new health and wellness facility on the Smith College campus to house a unified and comprehensive holistic facility for student health services. The building houses basic student health services as well as counseling, wellness, meditation, nutrition, and other services uniting what are now disparate programs into a one stop shop for student health.
The Bridgespan Group embraced the opportunity to move into a new 28,000 SF space as a chance to shape their new space to their specific culture. With the goal of bringing all of their staff together in a more modern, open work environment, CBT collaborated with Bridgespan use the relocation as an opportunity to rethink the way they work and create a space would that would invigorate their employees and foster teamwork.
Situated on 16 acres adjacent to the University of Connecticut Health Center’s Farmington campus, The Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine (JGM) is a new four-story, 189,000-square-foot research facility. The science conducted here benefits from knowledge-sharing and relationships with a multitude of institutional research and government as well as private business partners.
The newly renovated and expanded Harrington HealthCare at Webster Emergency Department has been named the “Remillard Family Emergency Department” in thanks to the project’s largest donor. The previous ED handled 12,000 cases a year – a number that is expected to rise to 15,000 in the next three years. This renovation and expansion project has increased the number of beds, increased the square footage from 3,000 to 13,000 square feet and will allow Harrington HealthCare System to accommodate the expected increase in patient traffic in the years to come.
The Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA), a religious organization of over 1,100 congregations throughout the United States, relocated its global headquarters from the historic Beacon Hill district of Boston to the up and coming Innovation District of South Boston. The UUA – in collaboration with architect Goody Clancy, Leggat McCall Properties, and Creative Office Pavilion (COP) – wanted its new headquarters to epitomize the organization’s deep commitment to environmental and social sustainability.
Located at a pivotal location in the City of Lowell where lines between town and gown are becoming blurred, the project site for University Crossing had been undervalued for many years as a decommissioned hospital. As part of its master plan, UML made the strategic decision to acquire the property for its use and to enhance a community asset. Before this student hub was even a design study, the entire campus was engaged in the project.
Constructed in 1931, Founders and Green Halls are the oldest academic buildings on campus. Designed in the Gothic Style of mass masonry construction – portions of the building had never been renovated. Further, it was never conditioned and inadequate ventilation coupled with a need for infrastructure and systems upgrades were major project drivers. The consolidation of departments, reconfiguration of faculty offices, and introduction of public gathering spaces for students comprised phase I, and included the renovation of 9,800 SF.