Design strategy creates upscale and amenity-rich Class A office building in Boston suburb
BOSTON – May 17, 2016 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced that it has been selected to revitalize and reposition UPLAND in Norwood, Massachusetts for Campanelli, a full-service commercial real estate development, acquisition and construction management company. Campanelli engaged MPA to work with their design, leasing and construction teams to develop a comprehensive strategy for improvements to the 193,000 SF Class A office building that was formerly known as Upland Woods Building 100.
“You can count on one hand the number of options of brand-new Class A product currently available in the Route 128 South market. We will be best option in this submarket and provide great value for companies being priced out of the Burlington/Waltham area,” explained Steve Murphy, partner and principal of acquisitions at Campanelli. “Leveraging our successful partnership from the similar repositioning of three buildings at Heritage Landing in North Quincy, MPA worked collaboratively with us to significantly transform UPLAND and give it a strong position in the Route 128 South market.”
MPA and Campanelli started the design process with a careful analysis of market demand in order to design a uniquely attractive asset that appeals to both established and growing companies. Inside, MPA created a dramatic amenity street that connects the new east and west entries and offers all tenants access to the new, two-story sky lit atrium. This central street with storefront-style tenant entrances is dotted with impromptu gathering spaces to create community for tenants. UPLAND’s large floor plates and exposed high ceilings provide tenants with open, flexible and brightly lit spaces and accommodate companies starting at 11,000 SF. Multiple new exterior entrances provide convenient access to parking, and new landscaped areas offer tenants seating space for outdoor meetings. A former Polaroid manufacturing center, UPLAND’s dramatic revitalization includes a new full-service café, a best-in-market fitness center with a virtual ride instruction spin studio, conference facilities, and a gaming area with foosball, ping pong tables and shuffleboard.
Located directly off I-95, UPLAND is at the epicenter of the region’s leading amenity hubs, including Legacy Place and University Station. A true live-work-play environment, the campus includes One Upland, a newly-developed, 262-unit luxury apartment community, and is within minutes of the Route 128 MBTA commuter rail and Amtrak train station. Newmark Grubb Knight Frank is the exclusive leasing agent for UPLAND. The project is expected to be complete in September 2016. A fly-through video of UPLAND may be viewed at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sQjpxGvw2tc.
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.
Established in 1947, Campanelli is a third generation, full-service commercial real estate development and acquisition company with extensive experience in the industrial, office, medical office, warehouse/distribution, retail, educational and cold storage markets. Campanelli began building homes during WWII and transitioned from residential to commercial real estate in the 1960’s. The team, known for their seamless ability to work with their clients and act as the “real estate division” of a company, has developed 11 business parks in Massachusetts, over 20 million square feet across the nation and provided international development consulting and site selection services. The company’s signature capabilities include land development, design and build, redevelopment and value-added acquisitions. It is Campanelli’s all-encompassing and quality services that have led to its successful track record as a highly-regarded developer; from site selection, feasibility analysis, local, state and federal permitting, to architectural and engineering design, building construction and facilities and property management. For more information, visit our new website at Campanelli.com.