Cresa Celebrates Completion of New Boston Office at Atlantic Wharf
The Boston office of Cresa has officially opened its new office at Atlantic Wharf in Boston’s vibrant Waterfront District
The new office, located on the 10th floor of the mixed-use tower at 280 Congress Street, offers Cresa closer proximity to Boston’s bustling Innovation District and rapidly expanding Fort Point Channel neighborhood. Boston-based TRIA provided interior architecture and corporate design services, creating an open, modern, and collaborative workspace that maximizes natural light and spectacular views of Boston Harbor.
“Our new Boston office allows us to serve clients in a modern and energetic workplace that reflects our evolution and growth as a company,” said Adam Subber, managing principal at Cresa. “As a trusted design partner on many client projects, TRIA understood our corporate goals and vision, and approached the project as a unique opportunity to showcase the workplace strategy design elements our clients seek. Our open office environment offers a flexible, functional and beautiful space for our employees, clients, and guests to enjoy.”
Shifting Cresa’s workspace from a traditional office design to an open office environment, TRIA’s approach was to incorporate a variety of work settings and gathering spaces to create a casual and collaborative office. The existing space featured an open perimeter, high ceilings and expansive glass, features that helped to accentuate the abundance of natural light and views of the water. Glass-fronted offices and clusters of low-walled workstations provide transparency and connection, and technology-enabled collaboration spaces, such as large conference rooms, small huddle areas with standing-height tables, and casual meeting rooms with soft seating, provide plenty of choices for interaction. Shared locker storage areas offer visual separation of work zones and double as stand-up meeting spaces for impromptu gatherings. A central café provides multiple seating options to encourage informal gatherings throughout the day.
In designing the space, TRIA blended a warm neutral palette with wood tones to create a sophisticated and modern yet inviting style. A range of polished and rustic materials enhance the space, including concrete flooring, exposed wood ceilings, reclaimed wood details, and glass walls. A wood slat ceiling extends from Cresa’s reception area into the main tenant corridor to create a distinct feel as visitors enter the office. A demountable wall between the reception area and adjoining conference room features a fully integrated, seamless technology system, with one flat-panel screen for branding facing reception and another screen facing conference room participants.
“We’ve made a significant investment in technology and AV in our new office,” said Dan Sullivan, managing principal at Cresa. “This includes the installation of display screens in our huddle and conference rooms, and implementing Zoom technology. Recent data shows that 80 percent of meeting participants are now dialing in remotely. By deploying Zoom we have access to HD video, screen sharing capabilities, and the ability to have 500 participants in a single meeting. The combination of Zoom technology plus our new open office environment will allow us to work more collaboratively internally and with our clients.”
Previously located at 200 State Street, the move offers Cresa convenient access to a multitude of shared meeting and event spaces, including a waterfront plaza with outside seating and an active and welcoming lobby with additional exciting spaces for networking and collaborating. In addition, Atlantic Wharf features a variety of restaurants, public meeting spaces, and underground parking.
“We are thrilled to welcome Cresa to Atlantic Wharf,” said Bryan Koop, executive vice president, Boston Region at Boston Properties. “Their creative and innovative office design is a great fit for their business and the building, and we are looking forward to Cresa’s long-term home at the center of Boston’s lively waterfront.”
Situated on the corner of Congress Street and Atlantic Avenue, Atlantic Wharf is easily accessible by public transit and downtown Boston as well as the recreational and cultural attractions of the Greenway. The LEED Platinum-certified building earned the distinction as Boston’s first sustainable high-rise when it was completed in 2011. Atlantic Wharf is owned by Boston Properties.
The project team included:
Interior Architect: TRIA
MEP: AKF Engineers
Lighting Supplier: Reflex Lighting
Furniture: Creative Office Pavilion
Demountable wall: DIRTT Environmental Solutions
Carpet: Shaw Floors