A conference center also provides right-sized meeting rooms
THE 1990S-ERA DESIGN had an overall cramped and outdated
appearance. Pioneer Investments wanted a new look that would
help to attract a new generation of talent and investors.
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ot every office
look of a high-tech startup.
ment firm, took the opportunity
to refresh its corporate headquar-
ters in Boston while consolidating
several business units into one
location. The irregularly-shaped
60 State Street tower didn’t easily
accommodate dense layouts and
its 1990s-era design wasn’t sending the right message. Margulies
Perruzzi Architects (MPA) was
tasked with creating an efficient
design that conveys a sense of
openness and transparency.
The renovation eclipsed five
floors, embracing an open layout
with fewer private offices and
the addition of a conference
center with a suite of team
rooms and a large breakout area.
The mission-critical spaces, lobbies, and reception areas were
“The original space was
designed around individuals
rather than teams. We wanted
to reduce the number of offices
to free up more collaboration
space and access to natural light,”
explains Dan Perruzzi, Senior
Partner and Principal at MPA.
“Pioneer also wanted to move
away from the old hierarchical
model where the office type and
“If meetings of four people always have
to use a conference room designed for 16,
that’s not an efficient use of space. First
understand the size and frequency of
meetings and then right-size the
conference rooms,” advises Perruzzi.