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.
ArchitectBaker Design Group, Inc.
With major growth programming plans, the semiconductor manufacturing company Analog Devices Inc. decided on a strategic office relocation to downtown Boston. Supporting that growth, our team provided MEP/FP, IT and security engineering designs for their space. Renovations included open office expansions, new conference rooms, private and visitor offices, server room renovations, and R&D labs. Our design also included structured cabling, with supplemental cooling for the IDF server rooms.
Coined the Analog Garage – the new space includes a large lab area designated for the development of their Optical Sensing Technology.
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.
Fairfax County, VA
Because of our long-standing relationship, GDIT to turned to us to support their vision of creating a new headquarters facility in Northern Virginia. We jumped in at the very beginning and performed several site assessments to ensure GDIT selected the perfect existing space to act as their blank canvas.
We ultimately decided that the consolidation of 4 existing buildings into one 215,000 sq. ft. facility was the way to go. In order to meet the staggered lease expirations of the separate buildings, we had to make sure the project was designed to enable phased construction
The facility, built to house 700 employees, includes general administrative space, 3-4 labs, large meeting spaces, customer presentation space, private offices, open office areas, a media center, proposal rooms, IT genius bar, production space, training spaces, IT labs, pantries, IT closets and customer presentation spaces. In addition to those typical spaces, the TerraNoVA facility includes alternative work spaces for visitors and employees who work in more mobile ways.
During the project, we were asked to provide project support and coordination services in addition to our MEP/IT design. This consisted of criteria development, project budget and invoice management, project schedule management, sub-consultant procurement, furniture procurement and development and advanced construction administration services.
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.
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.
New York, NY
We worked with Nixon Peabody, a Global 100 law firm with offices across the U.S., Europe and Asia, when the firm relocated their NYC office space.
We provided engineering support to the team during the selection of the firm’s new office location and assisted in lease negotiations. Once the location was finalized, we provided engineering services including MEP/FP, Technology and Physical Security design to fit out the space for the offices, café, server rooms and conference center, which required a Place of Assembly permit.
The design incorporated stand-alone HVAC systems for all critical space as well as energy efficient systems and controls designed to exceed current energy code requirements. The project was designed and constructed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
Nixon Peabody's office space was also featured in Crain's 5 coolest offices in New York.
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.
San Francisco, CA
Multinational advertising and public relations firm, Publicis Groupe, was looking for a new space to move their expanding team. They decided on the historic 1923 Mining Exchange, the second oldest exchange in the U.S., which sat vacant for 38 years. The Exchange Hall was preserved and a 19 story office tower was built on the back side of the building, with Publicis occupying the top three floors.
Publicis was very specific with the design they were looking for in their new tenant improvement space. All three floors had exposed ceilings and they wanted a dynamic aesthetic with 45 degree angles. Working with the architect and the general contractor, we ensured that the design matched the 45 degree angle for all of the equipment, lighting and duct work.
Reebok moved 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.
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.