John Snow Inc. (JSI) provides research and consulting on healthcare to underserved people and communities around the world. MP redesigned their headquarters at 44 Farnsworth Street in Boston’s Seaport District to make better use of the space, converting the majority of large, private offices into flexible workstations. Additionally, MP identified the need for a welcoming common space and café.

  • The new design provides efficient space utilization and a flexible floor-plan that reflects how work is performed now and in the future. The reconfigured plan and new amenities add to the overall experience for staff and employees by providing the following:
  • Remaining offices have been relocated away from exterior windows to provide better access to daylight.
  • A new café is a significant upgrade that can now accommodate multiple uses.
  • A green, living wall is provided to promote a sense of well-being through biophilic design.
  • Updated mechanical and electrical systems provide greater comfort while also consuming far less energy.
  • Added a sound masking system to provide acoustical privacy in the much more open floor plan.

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.

As long-standing supporters of local non-profit, Boston Scores, MP was pleased to provide design services for a new headquarters for their youth programs and staff offices.

After searching and studying several different properties, the organization partnered with the Salesian Boys and Girls Club of East Boston to provide renovations to an existing to building to create a shared space. This new space will provide staff offices, as well as an area for youth programs and a coach training room. Additionally, the project includes placing several high-end soccer fields nearby, complete with restrooms, a playground, outdoor classroom, walking path, and parking.

The new home for the organization will enable Boston Scores to more than double the number of youth served while enhancing the quality of the programs provided.

Other improvements will include adding an elevator to the existing Boys and Girls Club building to provide inclusive access to all three floors. The parking lot will also be reconstructed to provide more environmentally friendly storm water management and increased activity spaces for the area youth.

Margulies Perruzzi was tasked with providing design services for this confidential client’s cafeteria located in their Framingham, MA headquarters. Providing more than just another amenity space, the dining facility creates an experience for employees and visitors, offering a space for employee respite and informal collaboration throughout the day. With the client’s goal of bolstering the hiring and retention of top talent in mind, MP incorporated branding, state-of-the-art technology, and maximum daylight into the cafeteria to create a fun, impactful, and inspiring atmosphere. The space includes a full-service kitchen, different servery options such as salad bar, deli, and hot beverages stations, and various seating areas including an outdoor dining area for the warmer New England months.

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.

Sustainability

This project is certified LEED-Gold.

MP helped to relocate and consolidate our client’s headquarters from two existing locations to a new tower in Boston totaling over 400,000 SF on 15 floors. An extension of their move towards more open workstations, private offices are designed with all-glass fronts to increase visibility and promote interaction.

Observing that clients and visitors could be better accommodated in the new space, MP transformed the entire 31st floor into a main reception and conference center. Initially skeptical that this arrangement would result in a deserted floor, the client has been pleased by the success of the space, its continual activity and use, and most importantly the increase in meetings it has spurred.

The addition of highly equipped conference and meeting rooms in the space allows Boston staff members to easily communicate with their colleagues worldwide.

A new trading floor for the fixed-income trading group sits on a full raised floor which accommodates the extensive cabling required to power it.

The A/V requirements to support these areas was high. An operations room maintains support to the many specialized spaces like the conference floor. And the Information Technology backbone is supported by two stand-by generators along with a UPS system.

The integration of an extensive art collection was a consideration throughout the design. The desire to create maximum openness in order to take advantage of views was balanced carefully against providing appropriate wall space for hanging and viewing art.

This fast growing, San Francisco based software company acquired a Framingham company and needed to relocate and redesign their new space from afar. The open work space is set up for many different modes of collaboration while also providing quiet spaces for heads down work.

Unity Technologies wanted to bring this newly acquired company into their “family” but at the same time, not eliminate what was special about the company and its previous location. In order to make the employees feel comfortable, special care was taken to merge the cultures and branding throughout the design.

MP provided design services for renovations and workplace strategy for Pegasystem’s headquarters in Cambridge, MA. The 4th floor expansion was part of a multi-phase construction project, allowing Pega to implement their new workplace strategy and create a technology-enriched executive briefing center, boardroom, and reception area. The design for the 4th floor fit-out addresses Pega’s desire to shift their workforce to an agile work environment to better support the way their employees work.

Multiple work points were deployed that support a variety of workstyles, including quiet, focused, and collaborative work. Wellness features were incorporated throughout the space, including vegetation, organic design elements, access to an outdoor patio, and sit/stand desking. Both digital and analog collaboration tools can be found throughout the workspace, improving their employee’s ability to collaborate from anywhere, as well as stay attuned with events throughout the Pega network of offices.

The Jewish Community Center of Newton asked MP to develop concepts that would make the building both more welcoming and more secure. Our design features a renovated entrance and reconfigured lobby that includes expanded gathering areas around a fireplace. The new seating opens toward new windows looking at a landscaped courtyard, and includes a small shop, donor recognition walls, and stepped amphitheater seating. A major programmatic addition is a demonstration/teaching kitchen adjacent to a small café area overlooking the swimming pool. An entirely new security sequence increases JCC’s ability to easily allow badge-carrying members through security while helping appropriately screen visitors, whether individuals or large groups.

This relocation is the result of United Way reimagining how to best utilize their downtown Boston location. With so many staff working off site at events or mostly at client locations, United Way decided to relocate to a smaller, more compact suite at 9 Channel Center in South Boston. United Way partnered with Margulies Perruzzi to design a workspace that would transition the organization from assigned seating to free address, while also making the new suite more efficient.

A large conference space was designed with a moveable wall to allow the space to be used for multiple functions. It can be used as meeting space, as a large workspace for assembling member material packages, or it can be opened for use as a larger space for all-hands meetings. Compact storage is also provided nearby to streamline material assembly.

Any existing construction was retained and reused to as great an extent possible to preserve capital. A single new workstation type is used throughout the office suite in order to enhance their use by anyone. Physical separations between workstation areas were not used in order to preserve flexibility and to enhance communication.

Huddle rooms are provided in quantities to reduce conversation in the free address areas, thereby reducing crosstalk. Open space with moveable furniture is also provided that can be used for meetings or for multiple activities where flexibility is important.

Photography by Elisif Photography.