The Davis Companies engaged Margulies Perruzzi Architects to revitalize 176,000 SF of core amenities – lobby, Café/Lounge and the adjoining outdoor courtyard, fitness center, as well as the elevator lobbies in this five-story, 300,000+ SF Class A office building constructed in 1989.
In order to reposition One Cabot as a high-quality, amenity rich, and value alternative to Boston and Cambridge properties, The Davis Companies sought to dramatically revitalize the property – with specific emphasis placed on transforming the cavernous lobby into a better used and more welcoming space.
A dramatically backlit glass feature wall drapes behind a wood and metal trimmed reception / security desk; shields the elevator lobbies; and defines seating areas. Product selection was key to create the backlit glass wrapping behind and above the reception desk. A ceiling installation had not been attempted before with the product and required a commitment by the manufacturer to create a custom support system to fulfill the design intent.
The elevator doors and frames have been reclad and the exteriors feature back-painted glass and wood. Interior flooring color coordinates with the exterior pavers to create a cohesive transition from exterior to interior. New exterior signage, bollards, lighting, paving, tiered planters, signage, and visitor parking grace the revamped entry.
The renovated Café/Lounge features new flooring, accent walls, upgraded finishes to all islands and counters, and new energy efficient lighting, but re-uses the existing furniture. New counter seating along the windows captures the invigorated outdoor space. The outdoor patio adjoining the Café/Lounge will be enlivened with lighting, re-tiling, a fire pit, and colorful furnishings.
The fitness center has new paint and flooring, but repurposed lighting by placing it on a new support grid.