BOSTON – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, is proud to announce that the firm’s high performance workplace design for The Predictive Index’s (PI) corporate headquarters has received a 2016 CoreNet Global New England Award of Excellence for Best New Workplace.
Working with Lannhi Tran of Little Dragon Decor on the space planning and interior design, MPA designed PI’s 21,000 SF modern and collaborative open concept office space located at 101 Station Drive in Westwood, Mass. With gorgeous views of the nearby Blue Hills Reservation, PI’s energized, light-filled space achieves both workday enjoyment and high productivity.
CoreNet Global New England’s annual Best New Workplace Awards are given to projects that demonstrate innovation in design, use of real estate, functionality, and/or technology and have supported the organization’s mission and contributed to successful positioning in the market. Commodore Builders was the construction manager for the PI project, AHA Consulting Engineers provided MEP services, and STV|DPM was the owner’s project manager.
The Predictive Index is a fast-growing workforce assessment firm that added more than 30 employees in 2015 and a dozen more in 2016. Previously located in Wellesley Hills, PI needed a new, larger office, expressive of its brand and culture to help it attract and retain talent as well as flexible space to accommodate further expected growth. PI’s new headquarters was created to be reflective of the company’s commitment to employee engagement, collaboration, and teamwork and delivers on the company’s core values and brand.
“The new office space truly captures the essence of our brand and fosters collaboration and teamwork,” noted Mike Zani, CEO of The Predictive Index. “The energy and buzz around the office is palpable – the team is so proud to work here.”
The new headquarters includes open area and collaborative workspaces, massive expanses of whiteboard and glass brainstorming walls, and multiple gathering areas. A large percentage of the walls are demountable, providing more glass and writable surfaces than would be available with a traditional stick-built environment. The demountable wall system also allows for more flexible expansion options for the fast-growing firm. Huddle spaces in the café offer flexible meeting spots. Convertible desks move from a seated to standing position. The firm’s signature red brand color is splashed throughout the offices.
The office space features polished concrete floors in place of carpet, allowing employees to get around the office on scooters and skateboards. Ping pong and shuffleboard make for nice mini-breaks in the work day. Fun lighting, bean bags and rocking buoy chairs are scattered throughout to encourage unconventional thinking. Whiteboard surfaces cover most walls and tables, allowing work to get done everywhere.
“We believe a successful design is one that not only satisfies a company’s space needs, but also creates transformative experiences that change the way work is done,” said Dan Perruzzi, AIA, LEED AP, principal and senior partner at Margulies Perruzzi Architects. “MPA focuses on understanding the unique needs of every client, and then works through a collaborative process to express the client’s corporate goals, culture, and brand in an innovative workplace design. This award for The Predictive Index validates the influence of design in creating the workplace of the future.”
MPA repositioned and renovated the 101 Station Drive office building for National Development, which was completed in 2015.