Design firm principal and senior partner elected to 2018 BSA Leadership Team

BOSTON – May 30, 2018 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of New England’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that Principal and Senior Partner Daniel P. Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, has been elected Treasurer of the Board of Directors for the Boston Society of Architects/AIA (BSA). An active member of the BSA since 1984, Dan has served the organization in many capacities through the years, including board member, committee chair, task force contributor, and award juror. In addition to his role as Treasurer, he is currently on the editorial board of ArchitectureBoston, a quarterly publication of the Boston Society of Architects/AIA.

Dan has more than 30 years of experience as an architect, project manager and principal. As a senior partner and principal at MPA, he is responsible for overall project management and resource allocation for the firm. His vast portfolio includes projects for real estate development, science + technology, corporate, and professional services clients, with a specific focus on law and financial services firms. As Treasurer of the BSA, Dan is committed to making the BSA and the architectural profession more open and inclusive to the ideas and opinions of many, and to finding ways to use the BSA Space to support that goal.

A chapter of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the BSA is committed to professional development for its members, advocacy on behalf of great design, and, together with its sister organization, the BSA Foundation, sharing an appreciation for the built environment with the public at large. Established in 1867, the BSA today consists of nearly 4,000 members and produces content for a diverse array of programs and publications, including ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) and ArchitectureBoston magazine.

A registered architect and LEED accredited professional (LEED AP), Dan is a member and past president of the Massachusetts Building Congress (MBC) and a member of NAIOP Massachusetts. Dan graduated from Rhode Island School of Design where he received Bachelor of Architecture and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
As one of New England’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) designs Workplace, Health+Science, and Real Estate projects that inspire and nurture human endeavor. More information may be found at

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-by Tim Bailey

With the increase in technological capabilities and millennials entering the workforce, it comes as no surprise that the workplace landscape is undergoing a dramatic transformation.  Companies are having to work smarter and harder to inspire creativity, attract (and retain) the best and brightest talent, and enhance employee engagement.

MPA invites you to download our extensive research on these trends and best practices. We would be happy to make a presentation of our research to those in your office who might also be interested.

-by Tim Bailey

How important are employee demographics when designing your new workplace? The answer is simple, it is very important. Not only does one need to know how people are working based on the product being created, but studies into the various generational traits are also an effective way to pinpoint which design philosophies can make a positive impact on your space. Let me give you a few examples.

Example 1- You are a new startup company, and most people that work there are 24-40 years old. In this case, you would look at the generational traits for Gen-X and Gen-Y (Millennials). In searching the core values for Gen-X and Gen-Y, the following adjectives surface:

  • Gen-X
  • Diversity
  • Independent
  • Self-reliant
  • Suspicious of Baby boomer values
  • Gen-Y
  • Fun
  • Optimistic
  • Self confident
  • Hotly competitive

That said, when looking at your office space, you aren’t likely to start with 30% of your space being closed office, nor would you start with high paneled workstations. These traits scream for open, fun, collaborative space to meet the needs of those Millennials. While the Gen-X crowd would be on board with many of these spaces, it might be good to have a few offices, and plenty of huddle rooms to choose from for when these independent Gen-X folks need their own space and privacy.

There are so many more ways to analyze your demographics and what those traits mean for the design of your space. At Margulies Perruzzi Architects, we help you to do just that, creating a workspace that fits your needs, and is a ‘Design for the way you work”.

An inspiration from MASS MoCA

-By Tim Bailey

Do you often go to a museum and get inspired by what you see? Well here is the good news; you can create this artwork for yourself, in your own style in your office, home or wherever you need a little inspiration. In my recent trip to MASS MoCA, I was inspired in a way that makes me re-think the traditional paint job, or lighting installation that can happen in the office space. After all, it must function to be successful, but it can also be a work of art for the people to enjoy. Above are some examples of what I saw that inspired me to re-think my next project.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects and Gilbane Building Company lead project team for PTC’s cutting-edge workplace design

BOSTON – May 8, 2018 – The Boston office of Cresa, the world’s largest tenant-only commercial real estate firm, announced today that key project team members have been selected for the interior fit-out of the new global headquarters at 121 Seaport Boulevard in Boston’s Seaport District for PTC, a global provider of technology that transforms how companies design, manufacture, operate and service things in a smart connected world. In addition to lease negotiation, transaction management, and workplace strategy, Cresa’s project management team will oversee the buildout and relocation to PTC’s new global headquarters.

Margulies Perruzzi Architects was selected to provide architectural and interior design services for PTC’s transformational and technology-rich new workplace, and Gilbane Building Company was named construction manager for the 250,000 SF interior fit-out. To assist PTC and the design team with evaluating the most appropriate workplace management technology in an industry known for lightning-speed evolution, the MIT Center for Real Estate (MIT/CRE) was engaged as a research collaborator in the use of disruptive technologies.

“We are thrilled to have such a forward-thinking project team dedicated to advancing workplace design strategies for our new global headquarters,” said Eric Snow, senior vice president, corporate marketing, PTC. “Cresa took the time to understand our needs, expectations, and concerns, and provided us with a locally sourced and innovative project team. We feel confident that these collaborative and enthusiastic design experts will deliver a vibrant headquarters, and we look forward to welcoming employees, customers, and partners from around the world to our new space.”

PTC’s relocation of its headquarters from Needham, Mass. to downtown Boston is a key part of its business transformation. The new headquarters will enhance PTC’s ability to attract and retain the talent required to maintain the company’s technology leadership position and will serve as a premier destination for visitors seeking to experience PTC technologies hands-on. As part of the design of a new physical work environment, PTC recognized the opportunity to meld its role as an innovator in software for product design, IoT, and Augmented Reality (AR) to make its headquarters a global model for excellence in the use of workplace technology.

In order to best research, implement, and evaluate the use of workplace technology, PTC and the design team will collaborate with MIT/CRE on the technology aspects of the project. With a strong background in understanding disruptive technologies, MIT/CRE is well-positioned to help facilitate a conversation about the goals, opportunities, challenges, and processes for a variety of potential technological directions. After a collaborative team process, MIT/CRE provided recommendations and a roadmap for researching disruptive technologies to incorporate into PTC’s state-of-the-art headquarters.

Developed by Skanska Development, one of the world’s leading project development and construction groups, and designed by Boston-based CBT Architects, 121 Seaport is a 17-story, 400,000 SF, Class A elliptical-shaped glass office building now under construction in Boston’s Innovation District. PTC will occupy the building’s top nine floors with direct access to the rooftop terrace from the top floor and access to a common area with outdoor deck on the third floor. A design highlight of PTC’s new headquarters includes its Customer Experience Center (CXC), an interactive showcase of PTC’s industrial innovation platform and related solutions. PTC is expected to house approximately 1,000 of the company’s 6,000 worldwide employees at 121 Seaport.

Bala Consulting Engineers is providing mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection engineering plus tele, data, and security services for PTC’s new global headquarters, in addition to serving as the core and shell engineer for the entire 121 Seaport building. The project team also includes McNamara Salvia for structural engineering and CRJA-IBI Group for landscape design of PTC’s rooftop terrace. The project is expected to be complete in early 2019 and is targeting LEED Gold.

About Cresa
Cresa is the world’s largest tenant-only commercial real estate firm. By representing only one party – the tenant – Cresa avoids inherent conflicts of interest and provides conflict-free advice to clients. The firm leverages its expertise, market insight and years of experience to give clients leverage with the landlord. Cresa applies strategic solutions that reduce costs, improve operations and enhance the performance of a client’s workforce. Integrated services cover every aspect of a real estate transaction from site selection and financing to project management and relocation services. Cresa offers clients customized solutions with more than 60 offices in 75 markets worldwide. For more information about Cresa Boston, visit

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100 Crossing Blvd. renovated into modern, amenity-rich office building

BOSTON – May 8, 2018 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of New England’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that it has completed the design and renovation of 100 Crossing Blvd. in Framingham, Mass. for National Development, one of New England’s largest development companies. National Development engaged MPA to provide space planning and interior design services to reposition the 100,000 SF office building to meet the demands of today’s office tenants.

Built in 1997, the three-story 100 Crossing Blvd. required an updated look and modern amenities to reposition it as a high-quality, amenity-rich building. To create an open and brighter space upon entry, MPA redesigned the two-story lobby with new lighting, flooring, and glass handrails along the stair and mezzanine. Artwork and casual seating provide an intimate lobby nook for conversation along the window line. The updated ground floor includes a new food service area with seating, a 1,525 SF conference center, and a fitness center with locker rooms. A re-designed landscaped front walk with new plantings and an outdoor patio with seasonal seating enhance the exterior main entrance for both tenants and visitors.

To offer tenants a fresh and exciting food selection in the new cafeteria, National Development partnered with Fooda to provide a diverse mix of lunch choices from highly-rated local restaurants.

“MPA recognizes what tenants require in order to attract great talent and retain key employees, and their design for 100 Crossing Blvd. really transformed a dated office building into a bright building with appealing amenities,” said William Kennedy, asset manager at National Development. “Based on our previous experience working with MPA, they understand our commitment to providing highly attractive workspaces for tenants looking to offer their employees areas to eat, gather, recharge and connect. With its updated look and amenities, we feel confident that 100 Crossing Blvd. will appeal to a wide array of tenants.”

Cranshaw Construction served as construction manager for the project, and AHA Consulting Engineers provided mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering services. The project team also included Daigle Engineers, Inc. as structural engineer and Hawk Design, Inc. as landscape architect.

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
As one of New England’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) designs Workplace, Health+Science, and Real Estate projects that inspire and nurture human endeavor. More information may be found at

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By Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, principal and senior partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. Originally published in Commercial Property Executive.

May 7, 2018 – Sustainability and green design have been trending real estate topics in the last two decades, especially when it comes to corporate office assets. Still, the benefits of energy efficient spaces come up more and more often in connection to employee wellbeing. The tenant-landlord conversation now covers how providing a healthier working habitat increases productivity.

But what makes a good working environment? Is the distribution of individual/common spaces in offices a difficult task? How does sustainability impact the value of an asset? We touched on all these issues and more in a discussion with Dan Perruzzi, principal & senior partner of Boston-based Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA). The studio is a member of the U.S. Green Building Council and the majority of its architects are LEED accredited.

What are the latest trends when it comes to workplace design?

Perruzzi: Companies are wrestling with the best balance between quiet and/or private space and collaboration space. Employees need private space, but they also need easy access to their colleagues for beneficial interactions. Individual, focused work has to be supported while simultaneously supporting group work.

Everyone is trying to do more with less. Companies are actively reviewing space standards to see where they compare with the competition. Metrics of area per seat and seats per assigned staff are critical areas of focus today. Given that in many areas basic sustainability has been incorporated into building codes, there is a greater focus on wellness and health in workplace design.

When you think of your recent workplace design projects, does a particular one come to mind?

Perruzzi: The Cimpress/Vistaprint workspace at 275 Wyman St. in Waltham, Mass., stands out. MPA designed the 315,000-square-foot, Class A office base building for the owner/developer—Hobbs Brook Management. Our knowledge of workspace design actually informs our building design process. As a result, the building is very efficient and offers great overall flexibility to the owner and their tenants, while at the same time offering great amenities.

The Cimpress workspace is designed around a high degree of openness with a real commitment to providing the right spaces for collaboration and social interaction. The overall flexibility of the building design has allowed Cimpress to sublet excess space to other tenants without drastic modifications to their own premises. The success of the Cimpress workspace is evident through their overall satisfaction and the positive impacts to productivity and wellness.

How does sustainable office design benefit the people working inside?

Perruzzi: Sustainably designed spaces have better air quality, low levels of harmful chemicals embedded in materials, better lighting and better access to daylight. All of these contribute to overall wellness and productivity.

In what real estate asset class do you see a growing interest for sustainability and why do you think that is?

Perruzzi: We see growth in existing building rehabs and technology spaces. In existing building rehabs, growth in sustainability is driven by competition. Sustainability is sometimes a “box to check” for tenants looking for space. If two buildings match up on most attributes (for example, on cost, available square footage, building class etc.) but one has sustainable design features, it can tip the balance in favor of that building. High-tech companies frequently have a younger, more diverse workforce, who often demonstrates a greater interest in sustainable design.

Would you say that passive design strategies are at the basis of sustainable design or are technology-related, active approaches more relevant?

Perruzzi: Passive design strategies were the initial basis of sustainable design. For instance, MPA used to spend a lot of time making sure materials didn’t contain harmful chemicals that could off-gas into the space, but the market has evolved. It is more difficult to buy the bad stuff now.

Technology is really driving the continued growth of sustainable design since passive strategies alone cannot meet the enhanced standards. The fine-tuning of HVAC, plumbing and lighting systems through the use of embedded technology will continue to drive the growth of sustainable design.

Tell us about one of the most recent and innovative green technologies you have implemented.

Perruzzi: MPA recently completed a new 694,000-square-foot global customer fulfillment center in Quincy, Mass., for Boston Scientific Corp., a worldwide developer, manufacturer and marketer of medical devices. Sustainability is incredibly important to this client and the modern, state-of-the-art facility is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification for existing buildings.

The new facility expands and modernizes the company’s logistics and distribution functions and aligns with the Boston Scientific Global Facilities Master Plan. Given the size and scope of the facility, the design needed to creatively mesh 64,000 square feet of office space with 630,000 square feet of warehouse and distribution space. This was critical to ensure optimal logistics, flows, efficiencies and quality system compliance in an FDA-regulated facility while also improving the office and work environment for end users.

The customer fulfillment center includes 2.5 miles of high-efficiency, “smart technology” motorized drive roller conveyor with a high-speed sortation system and the first installation of an enterprise warehouse management system for Boston Scientific Global Distribution. MPA worked closely with the conveyor and robotics systems designers and manufacturers on this green automated technology, which will result in significant cost savings in facility operating expense and energy reduction for Boston Scientific.

In your experience, how is sustainability/green certification impacting the value of a real estate asset and how do you see this going forward?

Perruzzi: We don’t believe that sustainable design changes the price of real estate. Owners would be happy to charge for a sustainably designed space or building, but they cannot do that and still remain competitive. Instead, sustainable design adds value as a “separator,” a feature that tips the balance as tenants evaluate their real estate strategy.

Going forward, there is still much work to be done. It is misleading to think that sustainable design is a given across a wide spectrum of the real estate market. Legacy buildings in many downtown markets cannot be easily rehabilitated into buildings capable of supporting sustainably designed space. The pressures of the marketplace will dictate how quickly those legacy buildings will be adapted.

About the author
Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, is a principal and senior partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects services the corporate, professional services, research and development, real estate, and healthcare communities. For more information, please visit