Waltham, MA

MPA designed a new U.S. headquarters for Cimpress and its well-known brand Vistaprint, a global supplier of customized marketing products and services to micro businesses and consumers.

Designing the interior fit-out concurrently with designing the base building for Hobbs Brook Management, MPA was able to leverage their understanding of the building to allow for greater creativity in design solutions. The final result was a headquarters that truly reflected Cimpress’ unique and creative culture.

A two-story lobby was designed to maximize branding opportunities. To promote greater intra-floor circulation, MPA designed a monumental staircase in the lobby, adding glass and upgraded finishes to make the stair a convenient and compelling way to circulate. Cimpress also enhanced the base building with the addition of a living green wall in the cafeteria, as well as expansion of the fitness center and creation of a game room. These high-quality amenities were designed to give Cimpress a competitive edge in attracting top local talent.

MPA created an open and collaborative workspace design, supplemented by support spaces custom-tailored to Cimpress’ work style. Kitchenettes on each floor feature whiteboard space for flexible work options. A library provides a space for focused, individual work. Every desk is equipped with sit-to-stand technology, letting employees freely customize their space.

Consistent with Cimpress’ desire for an environmentally healthy workplace, Cimpress’ interiors were awarded LEED Gold.

Sustainable features include a 40% reduction in water from plumbing fixtures, 30% reduction in energy usage via LED lighting and control panels, 30% reduction in ventilation exceeding code standards, and 75% diversion of construction materials. The common spaces use an all-LED light fixture package to minimize maintenance and maximize energy efficiency. A networked digital lighting control system monitors and regulates energy usage.

Bike racks and showers are provided for biking commuters and a dedicated shuttle service to the Alewife MBTA Red Line station is provided free-of-charge for employees to encourage the use of public transit.

For more information, contact Marc Margulies, Principal-in-Charge, at 617.226.4101 or

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