Iron Mountain’s New Global Headquarters Awarded LEED Gold

Iron Mountain’s New Global Headquarters Awarded LEED Gold

Iron Mountain’s New Global Headquarters Awarded LEED Gold

Margulies Perruzzi Architects’ high performance workspace design focuses on employee health and wellness

BOSTON – October 2, 2014 – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, is proud to announce that its high performance workspace design for Iron Mountain’s new global headquarters at One Federal Street in Boston has been awarded LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). Iron Mountain (NYSE: IRM), a leading provider of storage and information management solutions, moved into its new 112,000 SF global headquarters in February 2014.

Having outgrown its previous space at 745 Atlantic Ave. in Boston, Iron Mountain sought a high performance and sustainable office environment to reflect its culture, support its increasingly mobile workforce, increase collaborative space and improve efficiency, and support the company’s focus on health and wellness for its employees. With the move to One Federal Street, Iron Mountain decided to adopt a high performance workspace strategy and launch a formal mobile workforce program called “Mobile Mountaineering.” Featuring an open, flexible, and efficient floor plan with individual workspaces, fewer offices, and technology-supported conference and collaboration rooms, the high performance workspace design of Iron Mountain’s new global headquarters promotes collaboration and sustainability.

“We had four important goals for the design of our new headquarters: to foster collaboration, to identify us as a global company, to support our mobile and distributed workforce, and to demonstrate our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Sarah Abrams, senior vice president, Global Real Estate for Iron Mountain. “A sustainable environment is an important part of our commitment to employee wellness and good corporate citizenship. It is also important to many of our customers and partners.”

Iron Mountain’s first sustainable move was to select a LEED-Gold certified building centrally located in Boston’s Financial District with access to amenities and public transportation. MPA’s design was focused on bringing natural light deep into the interior of the space, and along with motion-sensing high efficiency fluorescents, LED fixtures, and motion-sensing task lighting at all work areas, this approach reduced the required lighting power by 30 percent. Iron Mountain also offset 100 percent of its estimated electricity usage for at least two years via the purchase of a renewable energy credit. The use of low-flow plumbing fixtures reduced water use by 33 percent. Additional sustainable features include:

  • 76 percent of all wood products used in construction and for furniture are FSC certified, and 85 percent of all new equipment and appliances are Energy Star rated.
  • An estimated 23 percent of all materials used on the project, including furniture, were made from recycled content.
  • All interior products were specified to have no or low volatile organic compounds as a means to improve indoor air quality.
  • The mechanical system was designed to maximize energy efficiency and indoor comfort.
  • More than 85 percent of all construction debris removed from the project was recycled off-site.

The project also included the implementation of a centralized trash/recycling program that eliminates individual wastebaskets, and the company worked with the building management, Tishman Speyer, to establish a single-stream recycling program and provide for composting in the cafeteria.

To get an even better understanding of the Iron Mountain project, please view a video about it at: The full project team includes:

  • Interior architecture and branding: Margulies Perruzzi Architects
  • Construction management:  Structure Tone, Inc.
  • MEP engineering consulting: RDK Engineers
  • Structural engineering: LeMessurier
  • Acoustics consulting: Acentech Inc.
  • Audiovisual design: Communication Design Associates
  • Food service design: Colburn & Guyette
  • Lighting design: Horton Lees Brogden
  • LEED consulting:  Entegra
  • Project management: Fort Point Project Management
  • Real estate transaction management: JLL
  • Legal/lease negotiations: McCarter & English, LLP
  • Change management consulting: Stegmeier Consulting Group
  • Furniture: Red Thread
  • Signage: Gamble Design
  • Artwork: Boston Art

About Iron Mountain
Iron Mountain Incorporated (NYSE: IRM) is a leading provider of storage and information management services. The company’s real estate network of over 67 million square feet across more than 1,000 facilities in 36 countries allows it to serve customers with speed and accuracy. And its solutions for records management, data management, document management, and secure shredding help organizations to lower storage costs, comply with regulations, recover from disaster, and better use their information for business advantage. Founded in 1951, Iron Mountain stores and protects billions of information assets, including business documents, backup tapes, electronic files and medical data. Visit for more information.

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and interiors for clients who value the quality of their workplace. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, research/lab, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. MPA has designed high performance workspace for Iron Mountain, Zipcar, Boston Scientific, Philips, Vistaprint, Forrester Research, Hobbs Brook Management, and Reliant Medical Group. For more information, please visit

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