Due to Northeast Bank’s tremendous growth and change in their business operations, they outgrew their suite in the Prudential Center tower. MPA worked with the team from Northeast to establish a facility program so that they could research new locations. MPA performed test fits on a number of locations to evaluate the suitability of each potential new space.
Northeast selected a suite on the 17th floor of 200 Berkeley that not only accommodates their growth plans, but also provides some wonderful features that contribute to the overall design quality of the space. The existing building allows for ceiling heights of over nine feet, and the suite itself has three sides on the perimeter, allowing for excellent access to natural light.
All private offices are located on the interior, and are designed with all glass fronts, which not only allow natural light to filter in to the private offices, but also enhances collaboration among the entire staff. They also serve to shield accessory spaces and file rooms from the rest of the suite. Between the offices and the perimeter are the open workstations, receiving the most natural light. Artificial illumination is provided through indirect pendants which light the entire ceiling plane evenly to eliminate glare.
While most of the perimeter is kept open for daylight, two conference rooms and the main eat-in kitchen/pantry are located on exterior windows. These common use spaces are located at the extreme corners of the suite and allow the bulk of the Berkeley Street perimeter to remain open for workstations.