MPA led the design effort for the renovation of this 1960s-era, three story, brick masonry office/lab building in Waltham, MA. Part of the Hobbs Brook Management campus along Wyman Street, 610N Lincoln Street was repositioned as an office building to meet the needs of the growing suburban office market along Route 128, and to realize continued service from this aging but otherwise quality structure.
As part of the repositioning effort, the building underwent a variety of aesthetic and energy efficiency upgrades, enhancing its marketability. A new, landscaped entrance walk and glass-enclosed structure better defined the main point-of-entry and added visual interest to the existing red brick exterior façade. A new two-story lobby with contemporary finishes, lighting, and architecture added spaciousness and drama upon arrival. The expanded and repositioned toilet room core resulted in better floor plate efficiency and more tenant perimeter wall area.
Seeking to improve energy performance, the building has entirely new electrical and mechanical systems, and has replaced the single pane bronze glazing throughout the exterior facades with clear, energy-efficient insulating glass units. Upgrades to the building’s existing thermal insulation and roof systems completed the transformation of the existing envelope and contributed to attaining a LEED Gold certification for this core/shell renovation – exceeding the original goal of LEED Silver.
Inside, locker rooms and shower facilities were added as a key tenant amenity along with modern, machine room-less elevators and sustainable finishes throughout. Seeking to add further efficiency to the building’s footprint, the existing mechanical system was not only replaced, but was also repositioned from the perimeter of the ground floor to the roof, resulting in over 2,000 square feet of additional tenant area.