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.
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.
MP collaborated with Columbia Construction in a multi-phase design & construction 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 3rd 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. Phase 1 which included the 3rd floor was completed in December 2020. Phase 2 & 3 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, Ground Based Strategic Defense (GBSD), 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 Good Manufacturing Processes (GMP) 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 in Cambridge 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 also 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.
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Ken’s Foods is the well-known manufacturer of “wet-spices”. Margulies Perruzzi has designed a variety of projects for their Marlborough headquarters. The first was a 20,000 square foot addition, pictured here. The new space contains a new main entry for the facility, demonstration kitchens, marketing areas and administrative office space. In addition to the new structure, an additional 20,000 square feet of existing office space was renovated to integrate the existing space seamlessly with the new construction.
Margulies Perruzzi has also designed an automated warehouse, featuring a custom-designed racking and stocking system.
Metabolix is a developer of biopolymer technology, essentially creating plant-based plastics that will biodegrade. Margulies Perruzzi has worked with Metabolix on multiple projects. Interior renovations were completed for their office space in Lowell, and for their headquarters at 21 Eerie Street in Cambridge, which included significant branding. Margulies Perruzzi also completed space planning for their Biotech plant, science, and research lab at One Kendall Square in Cambridge.
The use of a flexible laboratory paradigm was critical to the success of these planning efforts. Because the technology is emerging, rapid change to both processes and equipment is essential. Margulies Perruzzi achieved this by designing around flexible connections and modular equipment units.