Currently in construction, this building repositioning project includes upgrades to the building infrastructure to enable demolition of the adjacent building, as well as core and shell upgrades to the first and second floors at 20 Overland Street. The scope of work includes converting the existing office building to support life sciences labs and offices.
MP partnered with BR+A to provide a new shaft space from first floor to the new rooftop equipment, new dunnage at the roof for a new lab emergency power generator with fuel oil storage in the basement, a new lab air-handling unit, and cold and warm shell coordination.
Upgrades were also made to the lobbies and entrances at both the Overland and Burlington Street building entrances to entice more foot traffic in front of the building and to connect with the future public circulation.
On the first and second floors, MP is providing design services for a 40,000 SF interior fit-out for a life sciences tenant with a 60/40 lab/office split. A connection between the lab and office is supported by glass walls, allowing a clear visual into the lab from the office. In addition, the fifth-floor space will be built out as another 10,000 SF lab and office space.
CIEE, the Council on International Educational Exchange, is a nonprofit international exchange and study abroad organization that sponsors a wide variety of immersive learning opportunities. They have locations around the globe that draw design inspiration from regional architecture and local culture.
MP designed the new Boston HQ on A Street in South Boston to be an urban destination for staff and students alike. The 1920s era brick and beam former Rivet factory provides a historic and industrious backdrop while also informing the material palette for both public facing spaces and office workplace. The new Boston HQ provides outdoor seating in a private courtyard that compliments an inviting building entry to the 1st floor. On the 1st floor there is a custom reception area, inspired by the industrial elements of the building, that allow individuals to be guided towards the library and café environment facing A Street or the training and meeting spaces which are situated away from distractions. On floors 2-5 there is a mixture of open office and office spaces along with various meeting room sizes. On the 5th floor there is a private terrace dedicated for employee use to work during the day or to support event functions. As part of this project there were zoning approvals required, interior and exterior signage and comprehensive energy code studies to review MEP systems as part of the office design.
The Channel-side Lot adjacent to the Fort Point area of Boston’s Seaport District is one of the largest undeveloped sites from the original 100-acre plan that remains in close proximity to downtown Boston. Working with both the owner and potential suitors, MP visualized the ultimate potential of the site and provided support in the sale of the asset.
Working in conjunction with both parties, MP proposed a new masterplan that included access to the waterfront, street level pedestrian connections with below grade parking, and building massings that accentuate both the views of and from the site while coordinating with the below-grade I-90 tunnel restrictions.
Margulies Perruzzi worked with DWS and CBRE to design a modern face to this well-known medical office building by creating new rentable tenant space, activating the rear courtyard, and repositioning the lobby.
MP redefined the entry by extending the first-floor space, including potential for a new retail tenant, to engage with the public sidewalk and streetscape. This expansion created a new, welcoming, light-filled lobby with updated amenities and a concierge/security desk. The redesigned lobby improves circulation and access to the tower above while improving the security desk’s visibility to both entries and drop off location. Existing elevators were renovated to improve access from the garage level to individual tenant floors while reducing elevator wait times.
Improved accessibility includes new at-grade entry locations and a renovated existing rear plaza to create a covered drop-off location for patients and visitors. The heavily used garage level entrance now has a new vestibule and front door for patients, visitors and tenants, providing a comfortable waiting area for visitors. This project partnered with the City of Boston to re-design sidewalks, bringing them into compliance with applicable accessibility codes.
The project required an amendment to Planned Development Area #7; MP worked closely with the Boston Public Development Agency (BPDA) and various West End neighborhood associations to build support. The project received approvals from the BPDA board and Boston Zoning commission.
Mill & Main was planned as a vibrant destination drawing in both residents and workers. A beautiful courtyard connects two buildings to create a unified campus in a highly prized location.
After a major tenant moved out of the historic Clock Tower Place, the developer saw an opportunity to reinvigorate the mill building and create a new, 50-acre mixed-use development with over 1.1 million square feet of office, retail, and open space (and plans for future adjacent residential developments).
MP’s master plan creates green spaces and sight lines to the pond. The plan envisioned boutique retail and galleries to activate the pedestrian level while visitors could stroll across a scenic boardwalk to an artisan brewpub. MP created the name Mill & Main as part of its concept to connect the old Mill building to Main Street in Maynard.
A contemporary and vibrant logo was created to help brand the property. To replace old and conflicting numbering systems, MP renumbered the buildings and significantly overhauled signage and wayfinding, including detailed kiosks that help visitors find their way.
This project is certified LEED-Gold.
- 2016 IES Boston Illumination Awards | Section Award | Cimpress & Vistaprint
- 2016 IES Boston Illumination Awards | Section Award | 275 Wyman Street
- 2016 Building Design + Construction Team Awards | Bronze | 275 Wyman/Cimpress
Margulies Perruzzi was retained by Hobbs Brook Management to design a new building located at 275 Wyman Street, within the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham.
This 300,000 square foot, Class A office building features a dramatic geometric design and has five floors with 60,000 square foot floorplates that are nearly column free, providing maximum flexibility to tenants. Achieving LEED Gold certification, this building includes a fitness center, café, kitchen with servery and an impressive two-story lobby and terrace. The exterior features a glass canopy with a covered walkway leading to a 1,000+ car parking garage. A green-roof courtyard connects the parking garage and the building’s main entry.
Our neighborhood activation plan called for the restoration and repositioning of three historic buildings in the Seaport District. New ground-floor retail space and a new pedestrian plaza create a vibrant retail and dining destination.
Dating to the early 20th century, the neighborhood was a booming industrial area of brick and beam warehouse buildings with original openings ranging from four to six feet above today’s sidewalk, a prohibitive feature for an active modern streetscape. MP’s design lowered the floors and window openings to provide accessibility, create sight lines and visual connection from the street, and restores the historic building façades and architectural flourishes of the time. The entire team took great care in respecting the historic context of the neighborhood while activating a new retail area.
Margulies Perruzzi was asked by National Development to reposition this existing building to attract new tenants and to raise its profile in the marketplace. A new open, day-lit lobby features a new glass curtain wall located on the outer building face for better visibility. A new entrance plaza allows for outside dining and casual seating. New food options and a fitness area provide upgraded amenities to building tenants and visitors.
With the MBTA University Station across the street and a new retail development going in next door, the MP team worked together with National Development and the Town of Westwood to first develop the name/address of the building, and then to create the building’s logo.
Inside, MP created a double-sided custom mural that visually enlivens the lobby while dividing the café from the adjoining fitness center. The mural evokes the surrounding transportation options, subtly underscoring a key selling feature for the building owners to present to potential tenants.
The outside also comes inside, as the lobby features casual seating arrangements along with interior “living” walls of live plants and a low planter separating the entry and café. While the building had remained vacant for years prior to the renovation, it was fully leased within one year of the project’s completion.
This project is certified LEED-Gold.
IFMA Boston Awards of Excellence | Best Practice Award of Excellence
Boston Scientific engaged Margulies Perruzzi to assist with the evaluation of its existing headquarters location, and to develop a recommendation about staying or relocating. After an extensive programming effort, which included interviews with all members of senior leadership and due diligence on numerous alternatives, BSC decided to add a new corporate headquarters building to its existing campus in Marlborough, MA. One of the existing floors was fully renovated as a pilot project to test the new BSC space standards intended for use in the new headquarters and around the world.
The new four-story building consists of 110,000 square feet of offices, workstations, training rooms, and collaboration areas, all connected via an enclosed glass walkway to one of the existing buildings. The two-story lobby is heavily branded with dynamically presented information about BSC, and the “innovation café” is directly adjacent to the lobby to encourage casual collaboration. The training center is accessed from a glass-walled gallery looking into a landscaped courtyard, allowing small meetings or casual outdoor relaxation. The location of the new building was selected so that a courtyard between the new and existing buildings could become a series of outdoor rooms and meeting areas, accessible to and linking all four buildings.
The increased staff size on the campus necessitated upgrading the cafeteria, as well as the creation of a new fitness and daycare center.
This project is certified LEED-Silver
The new facility for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (BCBSMA) is located on a 32-acre fully wooded site adjacent to Route 3 South. Access to and positioning of the building is directly related to nature contours of the site, both to minimize excavation/blasting of ledge and to provide natural surroundings. Zoning requirements limited building’s height to forty-five feet. To avoid a variance request, MP located the main entrance on the second level, accessed by a footbridge. The lower level is nestled into the contours of the site, below grade. Maintenance and mechanical spaces are located on the back portion of the lower level while the front, useable areas are even with the lower grade level.
The building consists of 329,000 square feet on four floors. Varying materials of glass, brick, precast, and metal panel assist in reducing the perceived height and length of the building. Minimizing the visual impact of the building was achieved by using curving faces and steps in the façade. Varying materials of glass, brick, precast, and metal panel assist in reducing the perceived height and length of the building.
The lobby provides direct access to two wings of the building and the central cafeteria/multi-purpose room. A secondary entrance on the lower level allows provides means to subdivide the space if necessary in the future. In addition to over 250,000 square feet of useable office space, the building houses a large cafeteria and multi-purpose room, a conference/training center, a major data center, and a child care center.
A surface lot provides visitor parking while a five-level, 1,600-car parking structure is linked by an all-weather connection directly to the main lobby.