Workplace

Designing for Nursing Mothers at Work

Jennifer Tedeschi, NCIDQ

SMMA has begun working with global biopharmaceutical company Bristol-Myers Squibb to improve and expand their existing mother’s rooms.

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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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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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Prioritizing Wellness in the Workplace

Sarah Sopelak, Interior Designer, NCIDQ, WELL AP, LEED AP BD+C

It’s a known fact that full-time employees often exceed the standardized 40 hours of work time in the office. When faced with an ever-growing nationwide workload epidemic, it becomes pertinent to prioritize employee health and wellness in the workplace. First, let’s begin with the basics:

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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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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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Bigger, Faster, Smarter Facility

M.S. Walker was faced with a dilemma: their property was subject to an eminent domain taking for the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority's Green Line Extension Project, and they had to find a new home for their rectification and bottling facilities as soon as possible. A family-run business...

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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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Designing to Corporate Standards

Jonathan Merin, AIA, LEED AP

Corporate standards for office interior design are critical to any organization’s ability to normalize and set consistent expectations for real estate development. They also provide HR benefits, because they ensure that employees receive consistent work spaces without prejudice. Standards help...

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