Margulies Perruzzi provided architectural interior design services for this lab and office tenant fit out project. Strand Therapeutics, an emerging biopharmaceutical company, moved into the first and second floors of 20 Overland Street in the Boston Fenway neighborhood. The 64,000 SF space includes a 60/40 lab/office split. A connection between lab and office is supported by glass walls, allowing a clear visual into the lab from the office, and vice versa.
The open work environment is supported by a variety of meeting room types, phone booths, and work cafe spaces, allowing employees the option to choose the workspace that best supports their needs.
Margulies Perruzzi was engaged to consolidate this client’s space from two floors to one, designing a more collaborative, team environment. The reconfiguration eliminated a communicating stair between floors 13 and 14 and created adequate space on floor 14 so that the client was able to sub-lease the lower floor. A large conference room opposite the main entrance was reconfigured into a new reception and waiting area.
The design team repurposed the infilled stair space, adjacent conference room, and two cubicle areas into an open collaboration space, a conference room, an all-hands meeting area, and large pantry. Striking red accent walls are an ode to the former large, curved glass stairway which provided access between the two floors. The renovation also created five meeting/huddle rooms, five offices, and two large conference rooms.
The elevator lobby was upgraded with textured panels, reflective ceilings, and linear LED lighting welcoming staff and guests to the new vibrant reception that celebrates views of Boston Harbor and seaport district. To update the office aesthetic, MP applied a new refreshed paint palette, new carpet, and wood tone LVT throughout. The renovation allowed for a contemporary and inspiring workspace for employees.
When industry leader Azenta Life Sciences decided to move their existing laboratory from Cambridge, MA to Waltham, MA, they sought out MP to facilitate the design of their relocated lab and administrative and support spaces.
The lab program consists of genetic analysis, sequencer, synthesizer, plasmid prep, oligo synthesis, and support spaces. MP, in conjunction with their team of engineers, tackled the task of providing innovative electrical, mechanical, plumbing, and structural solutions to support the client’s complex equipment in the new location. Infrastructure enhancements included the addition of new air handling units, exhaust fans, chemical waste treatment, and an emergency generator.
MP helped the client to visually connect the lab spaces to the adjacent office spaces using their branded color palette. The visual connection between open lab and support lab spaces as well as between open office, meeting, and working spaces is facilitated by the use of a glazed storefront system. This design concept allows the client to provide their employees with an innovative and interactive workspace as well as a space for respite.
MP was brought on by IQHQ for this building repositioning project which 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.
MP provided design services for a pharmaceutical client who occupies space in Cambridge, MA. MP completed the space programming of their 115,000 SF of offices and assisted in decommissioning the existing lab spaces on the third floor. The client wanted the open office areas to feel like small neighborhoods and more natural light into these areas. MP designed smaller open office areas along the windows and incorporated more collaborative spaces throughout. The collaborative spaces include different sizes of conference rooms, huddle rooms, and quiet rooms.
MP collaborated with Columbia Construction for a multi-phase design & construction process. Phase 1 which included the third floor was completed in December 2020. Phases 2 & 3 are to be completed by 2023.
For reasons of confidentiality, we cannot disclose any of the details of Margulies Perruzzi’s designs for the variety of defense research and development clients for whom we have worked over the past fifteen years. Some of those companies include:
Projects for these companies have included many different types of Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) spaces, engineering labs, rapid prototyping, manufacturing, clean rooms, electronics research labs, administrative spaces, training and conference facilities, and infrastructure upgrades. Many of these include complex security arrangements as well as integrating new technologies and testing applications. We have also helped masterplan several company’s campuses for more efficient facility use and for expansion.
Our design process has taken advantage of our experience with LEAN design methodologies, in conjunction with cGMP and ISO certifications.
In addition to being familiar with the operating requirements of consultants to defense contractors, our firm has adopted the necessary internal security protocols and network systems to allow us to meet the stringent standards outlined by each of these clients.
Upon deciding to relocate from Connecticut to the Boston area, FujiFilm’s Medical Division wanted to also create an exciting new “Customer Briefing Center” and technical training facility for its medical imaging systems. Complete with functional X-ray and MRI machinery and demonstration rooms, the intent was to capitalize on the Massachusetts environment of innovation and investment.
Additionally, MP designed a new “innovation center” as a convening space to be part of the scientific community’s ecosystem. Both spaces employed advanced AV systems, bold branding, and highly sophisticated imaging equipment in addition to attractive and functional training and workspaces.
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As a part of the renovation and expansion of Boston Scientific’s Global Headquarters, the Urology division’s R&D labs and office space underwent a complete transformation. Consolidating multiple labs that over time had become scattered throughout the building, the new state-of-the art labs are flexible, efficient, and adjacent to the researcher’s workspaces. Transparency into the labs facilitates monitoring and interaction between personnel while also allowing natural light to brighten spaces that had previously felt cut off from the exterior.
An important tenet of the design was the flexible infrastructure. Universal lighting, access to power and gasses, and mobile benches allow researchers to quickly and easily reconfigure as needed. This more “agile” approach to R&D increases innovation and productivity by removing the barriers fixed layouts may present, and by facilitating the sharing of expensive equipment to reduce duplication.
Like many companies, healthcare products manufacturer Covidien had grown into their Mansfield campus over time. Covidien asked Margulies Perruzzi to develop a master plan for the campus that would not only expand operations but provide for a more streamlined organization across units. The master plan considered possible organizational configurations, assessed cost and schedule implications, and considered disruption to operations and staff with the goal of developing a high-quality office environment combined with research and development facilities.
Margulies Perruzzi designed the centerpiece of the new campus, a 160,000 square foot headquarters building that includes the main reception area and customer briefing center, a corporate cafeteria, and a variety of office areas.
Margulies Perruzzi also designed lab space for biosciences, dialysis, sharp safety, technical services, urology, vascular therapy, wound care, clinical affairs, medical affairs, chemistry, and technical documentation on the Mansfield Campus.
Teleflex is a global provider of medical devices used in critical care and surgery. Margulies Perruzzi was asked to design a building expansion consisting of an additional 12,000 square feet of new manufacturing space that would house an extrusion/drying tower comprising 70 feet in height and space for process manufacturing for annealing, etching and separation of medical grade tubing.
Due to the complexity of this project, Margulies Perruzzi worked closely with structural and MEP/FP consultants to keep this very busy three-shift manufacturing plant active and online without unexpected shutdowns or disruptions to daily productivity.