Our office has collaborated with ABT on two of their office expansion projects. Our Boston and Washington, DC offices worked together to provide MEP/FP and IT/Security design for ABT’s Cambridge and Rockville locations.
After 50 years, ABT moved their Cambridge office to a new location to accommodate their growing team. The new space includes open office, ample sunlight and a café area on every floor. Our design reused much of the existing building systems and modified them to fit ABT’s needs. The space was designed to meet LEED certification standards.
ABT also relocated their Rockville, MD office. The same team that worked on the Cambridge project provided engineering design services for this new 150,000 sq. ft. office space.
Santa Clara, CA
ARRIS is a world leader in entertainment and communications technology. When they were looking to provide more space for their team, they consulted with our team for the retrofit of their existing space. We provided MEP engineering for the expansion of their state-of-the-art computer labs and office space.
This building consisted of a mix of lab and office space with the specific requirements for the lab spaces, the design of a new HVAC system was a combination of base building system, supplemental air conditioning units and new floor air conditioning units. We were able to modify the existing HVAC system and reuse the existing ductwork distribution for the office area spaces.
Carbonite, founded in 2005, leads the way for hybrid backup and recovery solutions for business and has backed up over 300 billion files and counting. To support the company’s growth, our team designed the MEP/FP systems for their new company headquarters at Lafayette City Center. Their new space was double the size of their previous space.
The program for the project included a variety of work settings including private offices and open workstations, focus rooms, conference rooms, collaboration rooms, multipurpose spaces, a high end coffee bar and a café area.
Carbonite’s founders are Star Wars fans. That fact was important to us in our MEP/FP design as their goal was to have the space reflect their love for Star Wars. To help achieve that goal, we designed the MEP/FP systems to work within the industrial architectural features including exposed ceilings and use of reclaimed metal.
We provided MEP/FP, Tel/Data, and Security Engineering services for Digitas/Sapient’s new 11 floor space located in a new high rise tower in Boston. Our design included office floors with open ceilings (and a flexible furniture layout), pantries and meeting spaces. They also had IDF rooms, private restrooms, video editing suites, maker spaces, photo studios and other specialty spaces were also designed for the space.
The reception area and board rooms were centralized on one level, along with a two story amphitheater with seating for 400+ occupants.
A cafe/seating areas/bar area located on the top floor of the tower along with an outdoor roof deck.
New York, NY
We provided MEP design for DoubleVerify’s new office. The office occupies the entire fourth floor and features bench style workstations, private offices, a central hub/café area and multiple breakout seating areas. The training area has a staff seating capacity of up to 250 people where we suggested an on demand HVAC unit that DoubleVerify could control to accommodate the influx of employees in the space.
A substantial challenge of this project was the NYCECC energy code. The filing of this project fell after the cutoff date of the NYCECC 2014 code, just as the city was beginning to transition to the 2016 code. With a new standard, the MEP standards are always less flexible, making it more challenging to comply.
The new NYCECC 2016 code requires lighting designs to include Daylight Sensors on the perimeter in all new projects. The design team was adamant that the sensors were not necessary but because we had done our due diligence on the 2016 code we were able to prove that this was a requirement under the new code. Having a clear understanding of the new code requirements meant that our design was compliant and no costly redesign work was required.
During construction, our special inspections team verified that the systems being installed were constructed per the DOB-approved drawings.
New York, NY
After working with Dropbox on the design of their temporary space, we worked on the design of their permanent space. Our work included all new MEP systems.
The program for their new office included open offices, conference and rooms, amenity areas and some private offices. They wanted maximum flexibility and collaboration. From our engineering perspective, this meant that we had to design to accommodate for frequent shifts in the occupant load so that whether everyone was at their individual desks or all sharing ideas in the pantry area, the temperature would be consistent.
Prior to the design of the MEP systems for Dropbox’s space, our commissioning team tested all of the base building systems. We found and corrected several mechanical installation mistakes in the base building systems. By correcting these mistakes prior to designing Dropbox’s new systems, their systems were able to perform more efficiently.
New York, NY
Our team engineered the MEP systems for Glossier’s new full floor headquarters. Having previously designed the base building systems as part of our involvement in the repositioning of the building, we had insight into the systems. This expertise about the existing systems enabled us to advise Glossier about design decisions and facilitated meeting the project deadlines.
Glossier’s new offices consist primarily of open plan workstations, a large boardroom, conference/breakout rooms, telephone booths, a cosmetics testing room, a creative team room, copy room, reception area and lobby, and a full-service pantry, lounge/multi-purpose area. An open layout and minimal design showcases the brand’s personality and help Glossier achieve its goals of employee retention and efficiency.
Our team worked with Glossier and the owner’s rep to help develop and achieve the objectives for this space, including lease review, development of objectives, design and close-out.
Industrious is a fast growing, co-working space with offices throughout the country. Our team has a national contract with Industrious and is teaming with them on the fit-out of multiple new office sites. Theses spaces typically comprise of glass-enclosed individual and multiple-occupant offices; conference rooms; huddle rooms; individual phone rooms; common cafes/lounges; a wellness room; a copy area; an IT room/IDF closet; a passenger elevator lobby; and miscellaneous storage areas to support co-working office functions.
We performed site assessments to define any potential issues with proposed office locations. This helped Industrious make informed decisions about their new office spaces. Many of these sites have an open ceiling design which require close coordination for the visible MEP systems.
We worked with Visnick & Caulfield, SMMA, AEC Solutions, and Gutierrez Construction on the multi-phased construction project for Keurig/Green Mountain Coffee Roasters’ new corporate headquarters on South Avenue.
The team developed a project consisting of both core and shell and fit-out to meet the needs and expectations of this rapidly growing company. The 600,000+ square foot project is spread over two buildings: one renovated/expanded existing building, and one new ground-up 6 story high-rise building with four levels of below ground parking. The spaces include R&D labs, high-bay manufacturing, office, and corporate/executive areas.
As the base building engineers, our team was already familiar with Cross Point Towers when Kronos relocated their headquarters to their new space. We provided MEP/FP and IT/Security engineering services for spaces which included research and development labs, café, gaming area, conference center, training rooms, quiet rooms and open collaboration spaces. This project was completed in multiple phases. Their new headquarters occupy the entire Tower 1 which included the ground to 12th floor as well as three floors in Tower 2.
During the first phase we designed a new air-handling unit exclusive for the lobby. Throughout the fit out we removed old fin tube baseboard heat and provided all new hot water heat via new fan-powered terminals and designed with DDC controls.
We worked closely with Kronos and the design team to develop a space that would continue to accommodate the growth of the company.
MedImmune, Gaithersburg Campus
Aligning with MedImmune’s efforts moving towards a more modern and dynamic campus, we are supporting the AstraZeneca Campus with full renovation to the interior space. Housing more than 3,500 employees at the scientific research campus, the new office standard renovations included the conversion of closed office space to an open environment increasing collaboration and interaction, lobby renovations, a new executive conference center and renovations to many internal corridors.
In addition to the MEP service for the interior renovations, we have provided MedImmune with additions like electric vehicle charging stations, a full service cafeteria, air cooled chiller and generator upgrades, Metrology and Histology Lab renovations, plus much more.
As the anchor tenant of the new Howard Hughes Merriweather Development, we supported their headquarters relocation by providing engineering services for their new multi-story mixed used project. With the hopes to accommodate approximately 200 employees, the new office space includes a 24/7 operational command center backed by natural gas generators and UPS, a board room, a large open office areas, secured facilities, meeting and conference spaces, a break room, executive office suite and the main reception area.
Our team coordinated and reviewed the base building design team’s drawings to ensure they met the agreement and needs of MedStar. Also, even though there was an aggressive design schedule and multiple owner driven changes during construction, our team was able to meet all deadlines and deliver the project on time.
We love working on headquarters relocation projects and this project was a particularly great one because it involved both headquarters relocation as well as an in-place renovation.
For the relocation of the headquarters, the scope of the project included a fitness center, full service kitchen, large IT room, workplace floors and an executive level floor as well as a new interior stair. We started by analyzing the existing mechanical system and provided the technical information that Pandora needed to decide if they should modify the existing multi-zone system or replace it with a series fan powered VAV system.
For the operations facility of the project, we modified the existing MEP and IT systems to accommodate the renovation of the office areas, vault expansion, warehouse and storage space. We designed a new VVT mechanical system for the office area to replace the existing CAV system. We also added an RTU unit to serve the expanded jewelry vault.
Our team was excited to be selected as the MEP engineer for Politico’s headquarters relocation. This well-known broadcasting company needed a larger space to accommodate their growth. They didn’t move far, just up two floors in their existing building.
We supported Politico during the lease negotiation process to review the MEP services supplied by the building and ensure that any special requirements could be met.
The new floors, solely occupied by Politico, included 3,000 square foot private terrace, an open staircase connecting the floor, and more conference rooms, huddle spaces and collaboration areas. We modified the existing HVAC system to meet the new program.
Rapid7 Corporate Technology, a leading security software company, needed to relocate its headquarters to hold the capacity of 250-300 employees. This project included complete MEP/FP/IT engineering services on the on two floors at 100 Summer Street.
Some of the major elements of this project include an interconnecting staircase between the two floors and reconfiguring a portion of the space to include a multipurpose room/cafeteria. The challenges included the coordination of MEP systems within extensive area of open ceilings to meet the architect’s design aesthetics.
In late 2016, Reebok announced that it was moving its suburban corporate headquarters to the Seaport District of Boston. The five floor headquarters includes office space for 700 employees, a two-story gym, a design and prototyping lab, cafe, stadium bleacher seating, and a retail store. In order to facilitate collaboration, the office has an “alternative activity-based work zone,” with collaborative meeting areas.
We designed all new mechanical and electrical systems. The mechanical scope of work included providing new air handlers, medium and low pressure ductwork, fan powered boxes and perimeter fin tube radiation. We designed all new electrical distribution from the existing bus. Our team worked closely with the architect during schematic design to appropriately size the mechanical, electrical and IT spaces, which were limited because of the client’s programming requirements.
We designed the project in Revit, which meant coordination happened early in the project and resulted in little difference between design documentation and field installation.
In addition to providing comprehensive MEP and technology design services, our team provided coordination between the client, architect and general contractor. We also worked extensively with a number of Reebok’s internal departments to assess and detail the equipment in their existing facility in order to design their new lab spaces.
Slate, a daily web magazine known for a strong editorial voice, wanted their office to be convenient for staff, so they moved to 15 Metrotech in Brooklyn, NY. Before we opened Revit for our design work, we brainstormed with Slate about how they would define success on this project. What they said was that they wanted to have a nice space, but needed to meet their budget.
To meet this requirement, our team regularly evaluated our design with respect to budget. In order to make the new exposed variable volume ductwork HVAC system work, our team designed additional controls and system modifications so Slate’s space could be supported by the base building system while leaving sufficient capacity and tie-in points for the future adjacent tenant on the floor. During construction, we brought any issues to Slate’s attention immediately, explaining their options and helping them to make smart business decisions.
Real estate experts predict that there could be 37,000 coworking spaces worldwide by the end of 2018. We believe it, based on the trend that we’ve seen in the demand for this type of space, like this fit-out project for Workbar. The program included open plan offices, conference rooms, and amenity areas. For our design, we reuse the existing HVAC and electrical systems.
What makes this project interesting is that it was the first co-working space to achieve the WELL building standard, incorporating all seven WELL concepts into the design and build-out: air, mind, water, nourishment, light, fitness, and comfort.
To achieve WELL certification, we designed the MEP/FP systems to support cutting edge smart-lighting, energy efficiency and water conservation, smart heating and cooling sensors, pollution management systems, and a water filtration system.