A commitment to meet the challenging program and aggressive schedule helped secure the build-to-suit deal for Gutierrez. SMMA, however, focused attention on the needs of Keurig, working with Chapman Construction/Design to deliver an outcome that embodies Keurig's commitment to environmental stewardship. The LEED Gold-certified R&D building anchors the northern edge of the site, and a bridge connects it to the main 6-story headquarters building, which also achieved LEED Gold certification.
Caffeination Meets Innovation
For the new Keurig world headquarters in Burlington, the client challenged SMMA to design a “beacon of innovation” – a corporate campus that announces itself as home to an idea-driven company with a culture of social responsibility, fair trade, and a casual workplace environment. The architecture supports this vision through a boldly lit vertical curtain wall—literally, a beacon—as well as a prominent company logo and a green-roof cafeteria wing that serves as the primary venue for important company-wide meetings.
The fast-growing coffee system maker, owned by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, is expected to double its employee count over the next few years. As a result, it presented some daunting requirements to the real estate developers vying for the build-to-suit headquarters project. SMMA’s developer client, The Gutierrez Company, had a 16-acre site adjacent to Route 128, along the Greater Boston Area’s high-technology corridor.