MPA News – Blog & Articles

  • Today’s Workplace Trends Are Transforming How Law Firms Will Operate in the Future

    Today’s Workplace Trends Are Transforming How Law Firms Will Operate in the Future

    As the workplace continues to evolve, law firms are also changing rapidly in response to internal pressures and external market forces. Technology, generational change, and new business pressures are just …
  • Boston Scientific’s Global Distribution Center in Quincy

    Boston Scientific’s Global Distribution Center in Quincy

    Renovating and re-purposing a building can involve several factors: preserving existing features, updating building infrastructure, and energizing spaces for their new use. Warehouses offer their own challenges, especially “legacy” buildings …
  • How Much Space Do We Really Need?

    How Much Space Do We Really Need?

    Workplace strategy focuses on marrying three important aspects of the modern workplace: 1) applying better space utilization metrics; 2) optimizing real estate costs; and 3) updating an office space to …
  • Re-Thinking the Design of Healthcare Restrooms

    Re-Thinking the Design of Healthcare Restrooms

    Restrooms are universally used spaces, but their design in healthcare settings can vary widely based on patient population, room location and layout, and safety concerns. For designers, patient restrooms in …
  • MPA Completes Office Design for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

    MPA Completes Office Design for the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce

    EXTERNAL LINK: The GBCC engaged MPA to assist in weighing options for staying or relocating. MPA provided programming and fit-plans for several locations, and assisted the GBCC in choosing to …
  • During Tax Season, CPA Firm Renovates in Place

    During Tax Season, CPA Firm Renovates in Place

    EXTERNAL LINK: There is a great shift in thinking about how the qualities of a work environment affect the productivity of those who inhabit it. Professional services firms in law, …
  • 2017 CBA Achievement Awards

    2017 CBA Achievement Awards

    The Commercial Brokers Association (CBA) Achievement Awards were held last night at the Intercontinental Boston. We spent an evening celebrating the achievements of our commercial real estate broker partners. We …
  • From Antiquated to Advanced: Boston Scientific’s Global Distribution Center in Quincy

    From Antiquated to Advanced: Boston Scientific’s Global Distribution Center in Quincy

    Renovating and repurposing a building can involve several factors: preserving existing features, updating building infrastructure, and energizing spaces for their new use. Warehouses offer their own challenges, especially “legacy” buildings …
  • Workplace Strategy: Back to Basics

    Workplace Strategy: Back to Basics

    Jenna Meyers | October 24, 2016 – The design industry loves buzzwords to describe office design: workspace that is flexible, collaborative, innovative, agile, and sustainable, to name a few. These …
  • MPA Repositions One Cabot Rd. for The Davis Companies

    MPA Repositions One Cabot Rd. for The Davis Companies

    In 2015, The Davis Companies acquired One Cabot Rd. in Medford, with a vision to transform the office building into a highly attractive amenity-rich environment for tenants seeking a valuable …
  • Designing Electronic Health Records Training Sites

    Designing Electronic Health Records Training Sites

    The requirement for hospitals to convert to electronic health records (EHR) is a significant endeavor that contains many challenges for the successful implementation of the technology. Adoption of EHR systems, …
  • The Northern Ave Bridge Competition: MPA’s Entry

    The Northern Ave Bridge Competition: MPA’s Entry

    The MPA competition team is a fluid, flexible collection of people that want to keep expanding our design experience and building stronger relationships within the office. By entering competitions, we …
  • State-Of-The Art Office Space At University Station

    State-Of-The Art Office Space At University Station

    The suburbs have seen an uptick in repositioned office buildings, as the urban office market continues to tighten and rents increase. Developers and landlords are taking the opportunity to refresh …
  • Planning for an Uncertain Healthcare Future

    Planning for an Uncertain Healthcare Future

    Uncertainty is a word used in every conversation around healthcare these days: uncertainty about reimbursement, technology, and where to invest capital for the long-term betterment of facilities. The discussions around …
  • MPA Offers Perspective on the Multi-Generational Workforce and its Impact on Workplace Design

    MPA Offers Perspective on the Multi-Generational Workforce and its Impact on Workplace Design

    Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA), one of Boston’s most innovative architectural and interior design firms, announced that it has published a whitepaper on the expanding multi-generational workforce in the U.S. and …
  • Can Less Be More?

    Can Less Be More?

    Businesses are facing difficult choices to remain competitive, not the least of which include real estate decisions, for both the company and the individual employee. Today, companies are “rightsizing” in …
  • Does a collaborative workspace cultivate cutting-edge creativity and innovation?

    Does a collaborative workspace cultivate cutting-edge creativity and innovation?

    Today, collaboration is still all the buzz. But does a collaborative workspace support cutting edge creativity and innovation? More and more companies are rethinking their existing office layout and seeking …
  • INTRODUCING: The iMPAct Program

    INTRODUCING: The iMPAct Program

    I’m proud that a few colleagues and I created The iMPAct Program here at MPA, a formalized program to motivate our firm in four distinct ways: Competition, Social, University and …
  • Zipcar Parks in New Global Headquarters

    Zipcar Parks in New Global Headquarters

    Zipcar, the world’s leading car-sharing network, parked its new global headquarters in 46,000 SF of newly designed interior space in Boston’s thriving Innovation District in the summer of 2013. The …
  • Iron Mountain: Workspace Re-Invented

    Iron Mountain: Workspace Re-Invented

    When preparing to relocate its global headquarters from 745 Atlantic Avenue to One Federal Street in Boston, Iron Mountain, a worldwide provider of information storage and management solutions, seized the …
  • Specifying Sustainable Products

    Specifying Sustainable Products

    Does the product you use and specify provide positive eco-effectiveness? In a recent webinar, the speaker talked about the Cradle to Cradle (C2C) Product Certification Version 3 process and how …
  • Artwork that Commemorates 25 Years in Business

    Artwork that Commemorates 25 Years in Business

    Earlier this year, we decided there was something missing in our main conference room. Sure, the room is filled with technology to make our meetings more efficient. And we have …
  • MPA’s Road to Victory!

    MPA’s Road to Victory!

    It wasn’t easy, but we finally did it … MPA is the 2013 Architectural League Softball CHAMPS!! Last year, we finished in dead last place in our Softball League. But …
  • Designing for Research & Development / Laboratory Facilities

    Designing for Research & Development / Laboratory Facilities

    We at Margulies Perruzzi Architects are passionate about design. And we love our clients, who work in the corporate, professional services, healthcare, and real estate development sectors. But we have …
  • MPA’s Toys for Tots box: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

    MPA’s Toys for Tots box: Chugga Chugga Choo Choo!

    When we received the information to be part of U.S Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program this year, we were immediately excited. MPA has participated in Toys for Tots …
  • Meet MPA’s R&D/Lab Studio Expert

    Meet MPA’s R&D/Lab Studio Expert

    Dan Madru, LEED AP heads up the R&D/Lab studio. He joined MPA soon after its founding in the spring of 1988. As a Senior Associate and Project Manager with 27 …
  • Don’t Judge a [YOUR INDUSTRY HERE] Firm by Its Cover

    Don’t Judge a [YOUR INDUSTRY HERE] Firm by Its Cover

    Last week, I ventured to The Broad Institute in Cambridge to join The Bioscience Network at their highly anticipated fall event, “Journey to The Top: What Biotechs Actually Do to …
  • Powerful Proposals

    Powerful Proposals

    In April 2012, I was asked to participate in a panel at an evening event for SMPS Boston entitled “Powerful Proposals: The Integration of Strategy, Graphics, and Writing.” I was …
  • An Evening with Bobby V.

    An Evening with Bobby V.

    As a board member of the Massachusetts Building Congress, I had the honor of introducing Boston Red Sox manager Bobby Valentine at the September 6th event. The MBC’s executive director, …
  • Interior Designer by Day … Fashion Model by Night

    Interior Designer by Day … Fashion Model by Night

    In the spring of 2011, Katie Bertoli from Haworth approached MPA with a proposition: create a Haworth / Environments at Work / Margulies Perruzzi Architects team to create an entry …
  • The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: PART 3 – AHOY MATEY!

    The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: PART 3 – AHOY MATEY!

    Perhaps one of the most interesting (and certainly challenging) aspects of building on a floating barge is creating a level work surface. The first step in beginning framing on any …
  • The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: PART 2 – ANCHORS AWAY!

    The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: PART 2 – ANCHORS AWAY!

    Now that you have the background on the history and future of the site, as well as how this project came to be and how MPA became involved (from “Part …
  • The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: PART 1 — ALL ABOARD!

    The Boston Tea Party Ships & Museum: PART 1 — ALL ABOARD!

    The new Tea Party Ships and Museum project is, without question, the most unique project our office has ever worked on, for many reasons. First, MPA didn’t fully design the …
  • 24 Years Young, MPA moves “Up & Out”

    24 Years Young, MPA moves “Up & Out”

    April 1, 2012 marked MPA’s 24th Anniversary. But we didn’t celebrate with just MPA employees. We teamed up with Heading Home for an Up & Out – their signature volunteer …
  • Christmas in Afghanistan

    Christmas in Afghanistan

    I bet when you think of the holiday season, you think of days off from work spent between friends, family, parties and presents. Well, that is what immediately came to …
  • CANstruction: Cans as a Catalyst for Change

    CANstruction: Cans as a Catalyst for Change

    Each year CANstruction holds design competitions around the country for architects, engineers, designers, contractors, students and the local community to create 3D sculptures using canned food. After the sculptures are …
  • United Way: Building a Better Boston

    United Way: Building a Better Boston

    MPA has been a proud supporter of United Way for many years. Why? Because we believe in helping our community evolve into a stronger, safer, happier, more fulfilling place for …
  • Scoot Outta the Way!

    Scoot Outta the Way!

    So, I’m sitting in traffic on Route 93 trying to get to work at MPA in Boston, and I’m losing my mind trying to figure out how to avoid this …
  • Facebook Staff Spotlight: Round One

    Facebook Staff Spotlight: Round One

    Over the past few months, we’ve made our way across the office to highlight a new MPA team member each week for the Facebook Staff Spotlight. Comprised of a variety …
  • MPA’s Most Memorable Halloween Costumes

    MPA’s Most Memorable Halloween Costumes

    We asked MPA staff what their most memorable Halloween costumes were...
  • The Brothers Architect

    The Brothers Architect

    It’s not hard to realize that at Margulies Perruzzi Architects, we are one big family. But the Ribeiro brothers take that concept to a whole new level. Aside from sharing …
  • The Workspace of an Architect: The Foundation of Design and Personality

    The Workspace of an Architect: The Foundation of Design and Personality

    Is your workspace so organized that your CAD layout includes the exact number of pens you have and where they belong? Do large piles of carpet and tile samples serve …
  • The MPA “Drinks on the Deck” Series: How a New Type of Networking was Born

    The MPA “Drinks on the Deck” Series: How a New Type of Networking was Born

    It’s all about the roof deck. When we moved to 308 Congress Street, each of us stepped out onto that adjoining roof deck with that “kid on Christmas morning” wonder. …
  • Ellen Rogers: An Inspirational Story

    Ellen Rogers: An Inspirational Story

    Ellen Rogers, author of Kasey to the Rescue spoke to CoreNet New England recently to share her story, and to remind us all that we can successfully persevere regardless of …
  • Why I Love the BSA

    Why I Love the BSA

    I always encourage architects in my office to become active members of the Boston Society of Architects. Those who are active BSA members are generally better informed, better trained, more …
  • Video: Fallon Clinic Medical Home

    Video: Fallon Clinic Medical Home

    Check out this video we made about this space we designed for Fallon Clinic. We recently completed the design of a 15,000 square-foot “medical home” family practice facility for Fallon …