Northwoods - Margulies Perruzzi


This 360,000 sf buidling was renovated, paying special attention to the sustainability of every part of the design.

Re-named “Northwoods,” 1301 Atwood Avenue is owned by Hobbs Brook Management and located on a 150-acre campus. MPA developed this campus masterplan to eventually accommodate an additional 100,000 square foot building plus 50,000 square feet of retail/residential use.

Formerly occupied by FM Global’s headquarters (which relocated to a new building across the street in 2009) and originally built in 1972, the structure is largely pre-stressed concrete beams that clear-span approximately fifty feet in each direction. The result is a unique combination of open space in large floorplates with a high percentage of perimeter glass.

Aside from the concrete structure, virtually all aspects of the building are now new. MPA used a unitized metal and glass curtain wall for the building’s envelope, providing high thermal efficiency and allowing daylight to filter deep into the building’s interior. The building achieved LEED Gold certification, as all aspects of the materials, systems, landscape, and operations were designed sustainably.

As part of the repositioning of the structure to a multi-tenant building, MPA designed three independent entrances, allowing for single or multi tenant occupancy. The two-story entrances create inviting, convenient access via elegant monumental stairs.

Part of the facility’s appeal is the full-service cafeteria which spills out onto a landscaped deck overlooking expansive lawns and a nearby pond. In addition to it and a gym, the development also offers a shared 150-person conference center.

MPA subsequently provided interior architectural design services to Dassault Systèmes which occupies 90,000 square feet in the building.