1301 Atwood Avenue Breathes New Life into Northwoods Office Park

BOSTON – April 7, 2016 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that it has completed the repositioning of 338,600 SF of Class A office space in Johnston, R.I. for Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a commercial property management and development firm specializing in leasing, construction and development of Class A office space. The renovation project transformed the existing 1301 Atwood Avenue facility into a high performance and amenity-rich office building, and provides for the development of the surrounding 153 acres into the new Northwoods office park.

“Our previous collaborations with MPA have resulted in several award-winning projects that allow us to provide high-quality, Class A office space to our tenants, and the revitalized 1301 Atwood office building is no exception,” said Kevin Casey, vice president of leasing and construction at Hobbs Brook Management LLC. “MPA has taken an older building and completely re-positioned it, designing a vibrant building that fits beautifully into the landscape while maintaining our high standards for sustainability and efficiency.”

MPA’s repositioning of 1301 Atwood consisted of a complete replacement of the building’s exterior and the addition of 30,000 SF to the building’s footprint by moving the external walls. Built in 1972, virtually all aspects of the building are now new, with the exception of the pre-stressed concrete beam structure. MPA used a unitized metal and glass curtain wall for the building’s envelope, providing high thermal efficiency and allowing daylight to filter deep into the building’s interior. Expected to achieve LEED Gold certification, 1301 Atwood features new energy efficient mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems and recycled materials.

MPA designed the three-story building with three separate lobbies that allow for single- or multi-tenant occupancy of the building, with parking off of each access point. Each two-story entrance features abundant natural light and provides inviting and convenient access with elegant monumental stairs. Large, unobstructed floor plates look out onto the landscaped campus setting with a walking path and picturesque pond. The building features many desirable amenities, including a full-service corporate dining facility with a landscaped deck, a fitness center with showers and locker rooms, and state-of-the-art data connectivity. As an additional bonus for tenants, MPA designed a multi-use conference center with audiovisual capability that can accommodate up to 150 people.

MPA provided interior architectural design services to Dassault Systèmes, the 3DEXPERIENCE Company, which occupies 90,000 square feet at 1301 Atwood Avenue. MPA’s workplace strategists and designers collaborated with the Dassault Systèmes team on an innovative layout and design for Dassault Systèmes’ SIMULIA’s Global Research & Development Center. New York Life is also a tenant, occupying 26,692 SF. An additional 170,000 SF of Class A space is currently available. For more information, please visit


The project team included general contractor Dimeo Construction; MEP engineers AHA Consulting Engineers; structural engineers Odeh Engineers, Inc.; civil and landscape engineers Vanasse Hangen Brustlin, Inc. (VHB); Lighting Designer HLB Lighting Design; and kitchen consultants Colburn & Guyette. Cushman & Wakefield | Hayes & Sherry is the commercial broker representing the property.

About Hobbs Brook Management LLC
Because the most valuable thing they develop is a relationship, Hobbs Brook Management focuses its efforts on satisfying the individual needs of customers that lease within their parks. A service-oriented provider of Class A business solutions to companies large and small, Hobbs Brook builds sustainably, maintains an on-site facilities management staff, and develops or renovates projects for energy efficiency, LEED certification, and the preservation of the local environment. With portfolios in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia and Illinois, Hobbs Brook offers competitive amenities, on-site catering and dining facilities, fitness centers, and a full-service conference center available to tenants and the public. Hobbs Brook enjoys a steady occupancy rate in the 90th percentile, and holds firm to the belief that tenants should feel secure, well-balanced and prevalent at work. For leasing options or additional information, please visit www.hobbsbrook.com.

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and interiors for clients who value the quality of their workplace. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, science/technology, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. MPA has designed high performance workspace for Iron Mountain, Zipcar, Boston Scientific, Philips, Cimpress/Vistaprint, Forrester Research, Hobbs Brook Management, and Reliant Medical Group. For more information, please visit http://www.mp-architects.com.

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