One of the most significant questions facing the design team was: How do you brighten a cavernous facility—large enough to house three football fields—with limited access to natural light? We began by addressing the roof, initially incorporating several dramatic “pop-ups” into our design that would allow sunlight into those areas of the building without proximity to windows. As the project progressed, however, those pop-ups gave way to skylights, which essentially provide the same solution for a fraction of the cost.
Center 128 is a burgeoning mixed-use development located along one of Greater Boston’s busiest motorways, just beyond the limits of the city. When Normandy Real Estate Partners purchased the Center’s 89 A Street building, home for years to a manufacturing client for which confidentiality and functionality were of the highest importance, its ambitions were as grand as the facility’s 260,000-square-foot footprint. Normandy initially engaged SMMA to help attract the ideal tenant to anchor the building—someone modern, innovative, and growing. It found a match in SharkNinja.
Shifting from marketing to designing, SMMA began working with both clients to determine how to revitalize what had for so long been a hulking, nondescript, two-story office building. Our design concepts centered on economically maximizing value for Normandy, which, in turn, sought to meet the practical requirements and fulfill the aesthetic aspirations of SharkNinja. The team focused on increasing daylight throughout the space, enhancing the user experience by incorporating “moments” into our designs, and improving the building’s overall aesthetic by creating a cohesive “feel.”