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Location:

Cambridge, MA

Area:

47,400 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Space Planning

3D Visualizations

Project Management

Custom Millwork Design

Programming & Visioning

Building Repositioning

Partners:

Redthread | VIA | NV5 | Lewis Lighting | Entegra Development & Investment, LLC | Acentech | Goldstein-Milano, LLC | Illuminate | Interface Flooring | Miliken Flooring | Armstrong Ceiling | Pappas

Photographer:

Images © 2019 Neil Alexander

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Takeda Pharmaceuticals - 20 Sidney

Takeda Pharmaceutical's new office at 20 Sidney was formally a Shaw's grocery store that came with its own set of design challenges. These included a deep floor plate, a wall of no windows, a connecting parking garage and a conjoined hotel. Some of the benefits of the space were the open typical-shaped floor plan and the high ceilings.

 

Originally meant to be a flex office space for Takeda, this project evolved into a full office space for their Oncology department that expands across two floors. The first floor is designed to be a dedicated conference space for the campus that is flexible and accommodates multiple types of meetings and banquet style functions. A small café and catering room are included to accommodate and support larger events. The first floor is divided by an existing neighboring hotel into two separate sections - one that includes the conference center, café and catering room and the other consisting of the lobby and reception area.

 

The connecting staircase which brings you from the lobby to the second floor was added along with two large cafés on the second floor and multiple types of meeting and conference rooms. The remaining second-floor plan is dedicated to open office and workstations that accommodate 290 employees.

 

Both Takeda and Fusion wanted to create a unique design that considered the nature of the space and the existing conditions. The team decided that the best aesthetic approach should pursue an industrial look including dark flooring, reclaimed wood, exposed ceiling and an overall grey pallet.

       

During the test-fit planning phase, the second-floor office layout included two large circulation pathways connecting each public area in the space (the staircases, vestibules, and cafes). The large circulation pathways are defined by architectural wood elements and support wayfinding throughout the second floor as well as defining where the open offices would fit in the design. Takeda wanted an open floor plan, but to avoid having a sea of workstations, Fusion broke down the floor plate by adding groupings of phone, huddle and conference rooms. These groups help to break down the vastness of the second floor and make the space more manageable for employees.

   

Throughout the project, there was a large focus on the deep floor plate and making sure light would flow through the space. Fusion developed a 'hut' system with dropped VIA walls to create the illusion that light is passing through the office. Ceiling clouds also drop from the open ceiling to bring scale to the space and allow for acoustic separation from the exposed ceiling above. The result is a complete transformation from a supermarket to a modern, comfortable, and design-forward office space.

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Location:

Boston, MA

Area:

16,584 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Space Planning

3D Visualizations

Project Management

Custom Millwork Design

Furniture Specifications

Programming & Visioning

Partners:

Cushman & Wakefield | Lee Kennedy | Union Office Interiors | Illuminate | Interface

Photographer:

Matt Delphenich Photography

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Optum Ventures

The Optum Ventures group prides themselves not only on their professionalism as a company but also on their passion and motivation as a team. Optum wanted their new office space to reflect both their diligent and collaborative nature as well as their welcoming and comfortable vibe. With plush furniture, textured materials and refined finishes, the Optum space greets teammates and guests alike with a bright freshness that is immediately apparent upon entry.

 

From the beginning stages, the office design has maintained the vision of having a choice of workspace, with multiple types of collaboration areas, conference rooms and breakout spaces. These areas, combined with the residential-style private offices and café, come together as a place for conducting productive business or enjoying casual leisure.

 

There are many opportunities for the Optum office to stand out through custom design details, including the floating wood-veneer baffles in open ceiling areas, the hot-rolled steel panels with custom signage, the unique millwork reception desk and the elegant cabinetry. Fusion, Optum Ventures, and the rest of the team brought different degrees of expertise, savvy and taste to the table to create a distinguished, unique and successful office design.

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Location:

Seaport

Area:

7,469 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Management

Programming & Visioning

Partners:

Corderman & Company, Inc. | Office Resources, Inc. | Newmark Knight Frank | NV5

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Skyhook

Fusion Design Consultants Inc. was engaged by Skyhook for the relocation of their office to a 4th floor 7,469 SF suite in the Seaport. Skyhook is a global location network that specializes in location technology and intelligence. 


A key goal of the project was to create a flexible and functional space that supports collaboration but also provides privacy. We accomplished this by creating an open office with three large conference rooms, private phone booths and flexible collaboration areas.

 

The project began as a shell space with exposed brick and beam that we incorporated into the final design to highlight and accentuate the classic Boston architecture.

 

Skyhook's new space features a large café and lounge area complete with a ping-pong table to encourage camaraderie and interaction among employees. The open office is covered with idea-paint walls accented with Skyhook branding, a mix of sit and stand workstations and large windows that let in plenty of natural light.

 

The result is the perfect mix of classic Boston architecture and modern design.

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Location:

Waltham, MA

Area:

7,025 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Project Management

Custom Millwork Design

Furniture Specifications

Partners:

Vantage Builders | Red Thread | Illuminate | Porcelanosa | Division 9 Collaborative | Interface | FLOR | Harding Botanicals | Maharam

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51 Sawyer Road

When entering the building, you encounter the lobby, where we removed the existing staircase that connected the 1st and 2nd floors. This helped to create an open and more spacious room. We gave the lobby a Southwestern, industrial vibe to create a warm and more inviting feel as opposed to the previous corporate look. The moss was added to the elevator walls to liven up with additional color and greenery into the space.

 

After walking through the lobby, you reach the full-service café. We decreased the size of the seating area in the café after conducting a survey that found the current size to be too large for the current traffic and therefore an inefficient use of space. The café, as well as the lobby, received upgraded seating to accommodate diverse needs ranging from meetings and remote work to eating lunch and socializing. At the back of the café, we created a TV niche and seating area enhanced with a lower in-look ceiling and a large wall graphic to evoke a boutique feel. We also completed a cosmetic refresh in the serving area adding new finishes, lighting, and updated millwork. The overall design has a mix of finishes that come together to create a modern, efficient and welcoming space.

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Location:

Concord, MA

Area:

25,795 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Space Planning

Project Management

Environmental Graphics

Partners:

J.Calnan & Associates | C3 Engineers | Paradigm Properties | Interface | J + J Flooring | Reflex Lighting | Go Graphix

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Chenega

For this project in Concord, MA, the Fusion team worked alongside CBRE and Chenega Applied Solutions to deliver a fresh, modern office design for this specific end-user. The goal of the project was to provide an open, welcoming reception and café area, bookended by productive and efficient workspaces. The challenge was to meet a specific headcount via workstations while simultaneously providing pockets of collaboration and breakout space throughout.

 

The expansive café and presentation space include flexible touchdown areas, breakout booths and specialty lounge seating locations, including raised platforms with glass partitions for use as writable surfaces. The café is at the heart of the floor plate, tying the two open office wings together and bringing all users to one hub to meet, eat, or relax away from their desks. The café doubles as an all-hands meeting area and is outfitted with necessary presentation equipment for large groups, including speakers, video conferencing and screen share capabilities.

 

The glass fronts, wall graphics, and finishes create a cohesive design intent: to connect two seemingly-separated spaces by drawing them together in the center. The wood flooring stretches outward from this central café, widening at the two sides to form creative huddle areas at each. These pockets not only break up the clusters and rows of workstations but also function as productive work lounges for groups or individual focused work.

 

The most compelling and outstanding facet of this project is the presence of choice – end users of any type have multiple diverse areas to work quietly, meet with each other or simply take a break.

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Location:

Boston, MA

Area:

52,665 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Space Planning

3D Visualizations

Project Management

Furniture Specifications

Master Planning

Programming & Visioning

Environmental Graphics

3D Visualization

Brand Integration

Partners:

Cresa • AKF • JDL • COP • Applied Image • The Pappas Co • Illuminate

Photographer:

Matt Delphenich Architectural Photography

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Hinckley Allen

Fusion Design Consultants, Inc. worked closely with Hinckley Allen on the re-stack and expansion of their existing Boston Headquarters. Inspired by the office’s amazing views of downtown Boston and the harbor, the newly finished space is bright, modern and airy while still maintaining the timeless and professional atmosphere of an established law firm.


A key goal of the project was increasing meeting space, which we accomplished by designing a more efficient layout. By restructuring the room sizes, the design now allows for increased conference seat count as well as additional informal meeting areas. A trio of spaces adjacent to reception was fit-out to be flexible, multi-use spaces that can transform from separate meeting rooms to one large meeting space or can be fully opened up for office social functions. 


Since the project was a mix of finish refresh and new construction, certain elements were determined to remain. Perhaps most dramatic was the finish refresh of the existing elevator lobby. We applied bright white paint to the existing dark woodwork, and with the introduction of new lighting and finishes, the lobby is now an elegant and welcoming first impression of Hinckley Allen’s timeless new office space.  

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Location:

Boston, MA

Area:

25,889 SF

Scope:

Architecture

Interior Design

Space Planning

3D Visualizations

Project Management

Programming & Visioning

Partners:

JDL Corporate Interiors | Cresa | AKF Group | McNamara Salvia Structural Engineers | Omnilight | Creative Office Pavilion

Photographer:

Fusion Design Consultants

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Simon-Kucher & Partners, Strategy & Marketing Consultants

Simon-Kucher sought out Fusion to design their office space at their new location in downtown Boston. The office is in the heart of Boston and has expansive 360-degree views of the city. An important goal of this project was to design a space with bold personality and that reflects their company culture. Understanding that Simon-Kucher values collaboration and team spirit, we created a large café to encourage camaraderie and act as a central gathering place for employees.

The design aesthetic of the office works as an important factor in attracting, retaining and engaging new talent. Simon-Kucher was drawn to a warm, neutral color palette with industrial elements inspired by their other offices around the world. We added color and energy into the design with accents such as wallcoverings in the huddle rooms and blue barstools in the cafe. They also prefer the look of clean lines and dark accents throughout the office which we accomplished by using a dark grey paint on the ceilings and installing glass wall systems with black frames.

Simon-Kucher wanted their office to create a sense of belonging among their employees. We accomplished this goal by dividing the large floor plate into four neighborhoods each consisting of open-office style workstations, private offices, meeting rooms and a floating huddle room. We installed video conferencing capabilities in all meeting and conference rooms to support communication between all their offices around the world.

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Meketa Investment Group

Meketa is a global investment consulting firm that sought out Fusion to design their Westwood location. We transformed their new office into a space that reflects Meketa’s innovative, modern and collaborative culture while offering their employees convenient access to public transportation and other amenities. With a strong focus on wellbeing and employee experience, Meketa turned to us to guide them through relevant trends, workplace strategy and thought leadership to create a hybrid style workspace.

With an expansive window line and by designing private offices and huddle rooms to the core of the space, Meketa can offer 85% of its employee’s “window” seats to take advantage of natural light. Low panels and dividers allow light to filter through to the core spaces which are enclosed with glass to maximize natural light. Meketa desired to offer choice and flexibility, the main café is a multi-use space with the capability to offer a “town hall” experience, a working café, or a place of refuge for independent work or an easily reconfigurable space for collaboration, with easy access to the outdoors, it was also important to design outdoor lounge areas to take advantage of agreeable weather days to entice employees into the office. In addition, a second-floor coffee bar lounge was designed off the communicating stair to allow for a visual connection between the two floors.

Meketa's hybrid workstyle made huddle and meeting rooms essential to accommodate not only technology to support the hybrid worker but to offer flexibility in addition to functionality, as they grow and adapt to change within their own office needs. Every huddle space can easily turn into a private office, team meeting space, or quiet room. Adaptable furniture was key in this design. The power of choice – when to work and how to work was a common theme throughout the office design.

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TA Realty

We designed TA Realty’s new corporate headquarters in the heart of Boston with expansive 360-degree views of the city. An important goal of the project was to design a space that reflects their company culture. Understanding the importance of collaboration and team spirit, we created a large café to encourage camaraderie. As the design has a strong focus on wellbeing and employee experience, we teamed with our professional partners to guide the team through relevant trends, workplace strategy and thought leadership to execute this project through the pandemic.

The design aesthetic of the office helps in attracting, retaining and engaging new talent. The client was drawn to a high-quality warm, neutral color palette with modern elements. Color and custom graphics were integrated into the design with accents such as wallcoverings, signage and branding to enhance their corporate brand.

We took advantage of natural light while maintaining a high number of private offices and meeting rooms. Glass wall systems allow light to filter into the interior spaces on the floor. The efficient footprint of the private offices was achieved through creative furniture planning. Open, informal meeting areas are located around the floor with a variety of furnishings to allow for choice of workstyle, which also encourages meetings and collaboration to happen naturally throughout the day. Video conferencing capabilities in all meeting and conference rooms to support communication between all of their office and client locations.

Working closely with the executive team, we reimagined our client’s brand and aesthetic, creatively integrating their mission into the architecture. The team worked collaboratively and creatively to execute the project entirely during the pandemic, and the end result has proven to be successful with the client’s team eager to return to their newly designed office.

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1200 Crown Colony

When originally approached by Bridge Investment Group for a full building repositioning at 1200 Crown Colony Drive, the overarching mantra was to create a narrative of place. The resulting design not only transformed a tired 1980’s era building into a modern workplace, but also tells the story of the rich history of Quincy through architectural enhancements, materials, textures, accessories and graphics.

The history of Quincy’s shipbuilding and granite quarries is echoed in the main atrium’s new stonework, riveted column details, and custom metal coffee bar. A custom truss system was added to the atrium space to reduce the scale and create a feeling of intimacy above new stadium seating, and is also a nod to the underbelly of a ship’s construction. The colonial history of Quincy inspired a modern ‘fireplace’ hearth in the main café. Rich textiles and a wide variety of furniture enhance the café and create a ‘living room’ feel that will facilitate both socialization and employee collaboration.

The main lobby, elevator lobby, common areas, café, fitness center and locker rooms where were completely renovated with clean, contemporary finishes that speak to the area’s past but position the property as a modern workplace. Our team enhanced the design with custom graphics throughout the premises. Historical photographs of Quincy shipyards flank the elevator lobby, and the café area’s banquette seating is highlighted with historic railroad drawings that are screen printed on wood panels. Custom metal and wood shelving in the café space houses artifacts inspired by colonial history such as portraits of John and Abigail Adams.


The repositioning of 1200 Crown Colony Drive creates a truly unique office building experience unlike anything in Greater Boston. The building’s modern amenities and new technologies are designed to attract new innovative companies who will add a new story to the region’s rich history.

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Pri-Med

Brought onboard by Cushman & Wakefield, Fusion worked with Pri-Med to design a new office that would be unique to their needs. The challenge was their existing office layout and design didn’t resonate with their company image so a whole new look was needed. The team emphasized a desire for light, airy open spaces with a touch of sophistication and warmth that encouraged a sense of home for their headquarters.

Located between Newbury and Boylston streets, each side of the building had a great view of downtown. To maximize the amount of light in the space, offices and meeting spaces were pulled away from the window lines. Workstations were divided into teams that had its own unique collaboration area as an alternate work space. Utilizing the rich architecture, the bay windows provided perfect nooks for individual focus time. The café was tucked away towards the back as a hub removed from the open floor plate to create a cozy space for eating, meeting, and connecting. An adjacent conference room equipped with a motorized garage door allows this space to become an large meeting area with AV equipment.

Mixed metal accents at the glass fronts, hardware, decorative lighting, and furniture provided a layer of sophistication. Using wood through millwork, flooring and furniture provided warmth to the neutral textures of the carpets. Color was thoughtfully used in fun ways with wallcovering and ancillary furniture fabric. Faux brick walls complimented the Boston brick aesthetic completed with photography that encompassed their brand. Throughout the space, awards and recognitions were placed to display their proud history. Designed and built during a pandemic, Pri-Med is eager to fully start living in their new home.

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