Design firm provides architectural services to sole tenant, Vistaprint
BOSTON – July 9, 2014 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that it has been selected to design a new five-story, 315,000 SF Class A office building in Waltham, Mass. for Hobbs Brook Management LLC. The building, which features a full-service cafeteria, green roof courtyard and 1,025-car parking garage in a campus setting, is the third out-of-the-ground project that MPA has designed for Hobbs Brook Management. MPA is also providing architectural services for the building’s tenant, Vistaprint (Nasdaq: VPRT), a global supplier of customized marketing products and services to micro businesses and consumers.
With the goal of achieving LEED Silver certification, MPA designed a sustainable, dynamic base building in an office park setting with views of the Cambridge reservoir. A landscaped green roof courtyard provides a seamless connection between the office building and the parking garage, which is extended below grade for direct access into the building from the basement level. The massing of the building creates two office “wings” (a north wing and a south wing) that are mirrored, flipped, and pulled apart from one another to offer an atrium space with linking bridges. The atrium provides a clear visual connection through the building to the courtyard and a terrace facing Wyman Street, connecting the building to the surrounding landscape and offering views from all sides. Angled walls that encompass the lobby, clad with a metal panel detailed with a dynamic asymmetric pattern, further accentuate the separate massing. MPA is using a unitized metal and glass curtain wall system for the building’s envelope, providing high thermal efficiency and allowing daylight to filter deep into the building’s interior.
“Our previous collaborations with MPA have resulted in sustainable and award-winning projects that allow us to provide high-quality office park space to our tenants, and this green Class A office building for Vistaprint is no exception,” said Kevin Casey, vice president of leasing and construction at Hobbs Brook Management LLC. “MPA has designed a vibrant building that will fit beautifully into the landscape, while maintaining our high standards for sustainability and efficiency. We are pleased to welcome Vistaprint to the Hobbs Brook Office Park.”
For the interior fit-up of Vistaprint’s office, MPA is designing an open and collaborative space that places offices and conference rooms on the interior to maximize natural light and views of the landscape for the entire office. The space features an executive office suite, a variety of conference rooms and huddle spaces, a library, a game room, a telepresence room, training suite, data center and a 1,200 SF network operations center with raised flooring. The highly flexible open office space features movable agile furniture on wheels and adjustable overhead power and data points to enable 100 percent flexibility in reconfiguration of work areas. Anchoring each end of the building is a lounge adjacent to a kitchen, providing exterior views for common areas. Conference areas anchor the main elevator lobby space on all upper floors.
Barcelona-based GAC3000 provided programming and conceptual design services for Vistaprint. The project team includes general contractor Commodore Builders; landscape architect Studio 2112; MEP engineers AHA Consulting Engineers; structural and building envelope engineers Simpson Gumpertz & Heger; civil engineers H.W. Moore; mechanical noise and acoustics consultants Acentech Inc.; LEED consultants Entegra Development and Investment, LLC; lighting designers Horton Lees Brogden Lighting Design; and lighting designers Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting.
The 275 Wyman Street project is currently under construction and expected to be complete in June 2015.
About Hobbs Brook Management LLC
As both owner and operator, Hobbs Brook Management LLC is committed to providing its tenants and their employees with a reliable and fully functional business environment. For leasing information, please visit www.hobbsbrook.com.
About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and interiors for clients who value design. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, research/lab, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. Clients include Manulife/John Hancock, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Reliant Medical Group, Sapient, Hobbs Brook Management and Forrester Research. For more information, please visit http://www.mp-architects.com.