Collaboration

Reconstructing the High-Performance Workspace

The same multinational investment and financial company that aggrandized a beautiful client-facing office by the Boston Harbor also needed to house the operations and fintech side of its business within a high-performance workspace. This particular environment required more privacy from the public...

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Setting a New Workplace Standard

While still retaining its corporate headquarters in Cambridge, MA, Cambridge Savings Bank decided to merge three back-office operations sites into a new 76,000 sf office building at 81 Wyman Street in Waltham, MA. Together with SMMA’s full services, CSB sought to not only optimize its growing...

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Full STEAM Ahead

In 2017, SMMA was engaged to provide Owner’s Project Management (OPM) services for the City of Framingham. The firm has been providing OPM Services on a new 137,000 sf facility that will replace the existing middle school on its current site.

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Challenge Accepted: Activating Large Forum Spaces

Alnylam Pharmaceuticals, an organization leading the translation of RNA interference into rare medical treatments, engaged SMMA in 2017 for a Kendall Square campus Master Plan. Together with lab architect TRIA, SMMA provided a 5-year plan to accommodate the company’s growth from its current...

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Accelerating Science: a New Era of Discovery

Located at the center of Cambridge’s global biotech and technology hub, nestled next to notable Life Science institutions as MIT and Harvard University, stands a seemingly unadorned two-story brick building referred to simply as 21 Erie Street. Inside, however, the building boasts a much more vivid...

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Adorning the Boston Harborside

When a large multinational investment and financial company faced continuous expansion in the Boston area, it sparked a need for a change in strategy. One major multifaceted question rose to the forefront regarding their five existing Boston-based offices: How could the organization consolidate to...

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Sustaining a Spirit of Inquiry

Brown University sought to take its existing lab spaces, many of which were first constructed in the 60s, and guarantee them resiliency through time and adaptability within the ever-changing scientific world. Through the advantage of having a Providence-based office, SMMA was able to use its...

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Technology Fuels Gen Z. But Can that Energy Be Sustained?

Marie Fitzgerald, IIDA

Just last spring, we dove into strategies to facilitate communication in our most tech-savvy generation. Now, there’s another conversation that still needs to take shape: what to do if Gen Z’s love for tech impedes their desire for work-life balance.

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Interior Design for Generation Z

For Gen Z, “Enhanced Communication” Won’t Cut It

Marie Fitzgerald, IIDA

As the fastest-growing generation, Generation Z, loosely defined as those born between the mid-1990s and early 2000s, has become a hot topic in conversations surrounding workplace design. Concerns abound over their reliance on technology and the way post-9/11 culture has influenced their...

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Architecting Altruism

Michael Kyes, AIA, LEED AP

Volunteering with the Open Architecture Collaborative has allowed Mike Kyes to experience firsthand the profound and deeply personal impact of humanitarian design projects. In this Q&A, he shares some of those experiences and affirms his belief in the power of architecture to positively impact...

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