Margulies Perruzzi Architects-Designed Forrester Research Headquarters Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Margulies Perruzzi Architects-Designed Forrester Research Headquarters Receives LEED Platinum Certification

Margulies Perruzzi Architects-Designed Forrester Research Headquarters Receives LEED® Platinum Certification

Research firm’s office space joins select group of LEED Platinum projects in Cambridge

BOSTON, Mass. – August 21, 2012Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced today that the new corporate headquarters of Forrester Research, Inc. (Nasdaq: FORR) has been certified LEEDÒ Platinum for Commercial Interiors by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). MPA provided interior architecture and corporate design services for Forrester’s six-story, 190,000 square foot headquarters at Cambridge Discovery Park in Cambridge, Mass. LEED Platinum certification is the highest possible rating from the USGBC, and Forrester’s project is one of the few commercial interiors projects in Cambridge to earn the distinction.

A global research and advisory firm, Forrester moved into its headquarters in August 2011. The building overlooks a newly restored “Urban Wild,” a naturalistic designed landscape that can be used for recreational purposes. Forrester’s office was designed to provide views of nature to everyone: all enclosed rooms are on the interior, and the perimeter windows are accessible to all employees and guests. Factors that contributed to the LEED rating include:

  • the selection of a LEED Gold base building
  • a 35% reduction in water use
  • a 35% reduction in lighting power, due to the use of LED lighting and daylight responsive controls
  • the use of Energy Star-rated equipment and appliances
  • diversion of almost 80% of construction waste from landfills
  • specification of recycled and regional materials
  • use of 97% FSC certified wood products, and
  • the purchase of green power.

“Our 10-year relationship with MPA has produced our largest and most sustainable design project yet,” said Jean Baranowski, vice president of corporate services at Forrester Research. “MPA has created a collaborative and flexible workspace that offers sustainability and a healthy working environment. We are proud of our new corporate headquarters and this well-deserved LEED Platinum distinction.”

Embracing an alternative workplace design with no private offices, the new headquarters features an open workspace with workstations clustered around white-board clad team rooms, creating neighborhoods to foster collaboration. In addition to the team rooms distributed around the space, there are quiet rooms for concentrated work and larger glass-fronted team rooms clustered at the center of each floor. Two kitchen/lounge areas located next to each of the glass-enclosed egress stairs are key to the collaborative nature of each floor. Forrester’s new office also features a café and a flexible space designed to host workshops and conferences.

MPA and Forrester have collaborated for over 10 years on multiple projects, including the recent design of Forrester’s New York City and San Francisco offices. In 1999, MPA completed the interior architectural design of Forrester’s 125,000 square foot corporate headquarters at 400 Technology Square in Cambridge. Other projects since that time include the design of Forrester’s offices in San Francisco, California; Dallas, Texas; and Amsterdam.

Cambridge Discovery Park is a 27-acre master planned campus owned and developed by the Bullfinch Companies, Inc., a real estate investment and development firm. Leggat McCall Properties provided project management services, AHA Consulting Engineers provided mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering for the project, and Richard Moore Environmental Consulting provided LEED services. Forrester Research was represented by Richards Barry Joyce & Partners, LLC.

About Margulies Perruzzi Architects
Consistently ranked as one of Boston’s top architectural and interior design firms, Margulies Perruzzi Architects creates buildings and corporate interior for clients who value design. The firm services the corporate, professional services, healthcare, search/lab, and real estate communities with a focus on sustainable design. Clients include Manulife/John Hancock, Nuvera Fuel Cells, Reliant Medical Group, Sapient, Hobbs Brook Management and Forrester Research. For more information, please visit

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