Real Estate Development
Hobbs Brook Management
Our seven-year partnership with Hobbs Brook Management has resulted in three new buildings and multiple design awards. With a shared philosophy of quality, sustainability, and collaboration, MPA and HBM continue to work together finding solutions for tenant needs.
175-185 WYMAN STREET | WALTHAM, MASSACHUSETTS
Awards: Publicity Club of New England 2011 Bronze Bell for Marketing Communication Campaign; Environmental Design + Construction, Excellence in Design Awards: Honorable Mention; CoreNet New England, 2010 Award of Excellence for Sustainability; Building Magazine 2010 Project Innovations Grand Prize
MPA was hired to design 175-185 Wyman Street, a 335,000 s.f. office park comprised of two new Class A, LEED-Gold buildings. The office campus includes a full service cafeteria, locker rooms, and both structured and surface parking. Sited on one of the most highly prized and visible locations along Route 128 in Waltham, MPA developed a unique concept for the site. Featuring a nicely landscaped courtyard protected from the noise of the highway, MPA worked with the existing grades and fit parking below office levels to meet the developer's requested parking counts while still meeting tight zoning height restrictions. Large office floor plates provide the most window line possible, with views of the surrounding woods, the courtyard, the Cambridge Reservoir and hills of Weston beyond. Built on spec, the buildings are flexible for both single and multi-tenancy.
To learn more about the building envelope, the unique ways this project achieved LEED-Gold certification, or for more information, please email Monica Audette, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager.
ROUTE 1 | NORDWOOD, MASSACHUSETTS
MPA designed this new 4-story, 160,000 square foot, class A, soon-to-be LEED-Silver certified office building to provide new office space for Hobbs Brook Management as well as facilities for a medical office building tenant. Conveniently located on Route 1, the building will help to create a Hobbs Brook campus, allowing employees direct access to training facilities and other amenities in existing company buildings nearby. The building includes a cafeteria and fitness center. The building was designed with a central core that was split in two with a demising wall (half of the core slated for use by the tenant, half by Hobbs Brook) so that it could easily become one core again in the future should the building be converted to single tenancy. Also including a cafeteria and fitness center, there are three distinct main entries to the building, a covered front drop off for patients. One of the primary exit stairs, shared between Hobbs Brook and the tenant, was located at the front of the building and made it into a dramatic feature stair visible from the exterior. MPA worked closely with the medical office building tenant throughout the process to incorporate unique programmatic elements (such as a MRI dock), seamlessly into the design.
For more information about this project, please email Kim Smith, AIA, LEED AP, Project Architect.
1301 ATWOOD AVENUE | Johnston, Rhode Island
MPA is currently repositioning 1301 Atwood to provide multi-tenancy. Originally built in 1972, the structure has largely pre-stressed concrete beams that clear-span approximately fifty feet in each direction, resulting in a unique combination of open space, large floorplates, and a high percentage of perimeter glass. MPA's design provides three independent entrances. This approach effectively gives separate entries to three major tenants as easily as it can accommodate many smaller companies. Part of the appeal of the development includes its full-service cafeteria, gym, and shared conference center. Re-named "Northwoods", the building is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification. When complete, virtually all aspects of the building will be new, with the exception of the concrete structure. The exterior will be a componentized metal and glass skin, with all new energy efficient mechanical systems and DDC controls. New two-story entrances will create inviting, convenient access via elegant monumental stairs, and the cafeteria will spill out onto a landscaped deck overlooking expansive lawns and a nearby pond.
For more information about this project, please email Monica Audette, LEED AP BD+C, Project Manager.