510 Amory Street|
Spalding Tougias Architects, Inc.
12 Farnsworth Street, 4th Floor, Boston, MA 02210
Location: Boston, Massachusetts
Date Bid: Oct 2006
Construction Period: Oct 2006 to May 2007
Total Square Feet: 5,100 Site: —
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Second floor, 5,100; total, 5,100 square feet.
Building Height: Second floor, varies from 12’6” to 17’6”.
Basic Construction Type: Interior Renovation.
Foundation: N/A. Exterior Walls: N/A. Roof: N/A.
Floors: Existing wood. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
Structural Engineer: Boston Building Consultants, Inc. - 332 Congress Street, Boston, MA 02210
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: Wozny/Barbar & Associates, Inc. - 1090 Washington Street, Hanover, MA 02339
General Contractor: WCI Corp. - 555 Amory Street, Boston, MA 02130
Spalding Tougias Architects, Inc. was selected to design a neighborhood office in Boston’s Jamaica Plain section. Located on the second floor of a former industrial building converted into office use, the site is convenient to public transportation including bus and rail. The project consists of 5,100 square feet of area incorporating reception, conference and board room, main work space, private offices, kitchen, lounge and support space. The uniqueness of the space and challenge to STA was that the main work space is defined by deep steel trusses and receives natural day lighting from three new skylights and existing high windows on the exterior side. In addition the roof framing slopes from a low point at the interior corridor demising wall to a high point at the exterior wall.
Because of the height gained closer to the exterior wall, STA captured additional program space by inserting a mezzanine level. Understanding that natural daylight from the mezzanine level serves the main work space, the architect enclosed the director’s office with transparent glass walls while leaving an adjacent informal conference area open to below. Included on this level is the office kitchen and coffee bar with an exterior view.
The new mezzanine level frames into one of the steel truss lines which serves as the edge of the circulation path leading to the stair. The exposed brick and steel characteristics of the existing space are enhanced by new work utilizing an industrial vocabulary. The mezzanine stair is supported by an exposed painted steel stringer with steel and wire mesh railing system. Ductwork and fire protection systems are left exposed and light fixtures are suspended from steel cable.
The large conference room can facilitate public gatherings and board meetings or can be subdivided into two smaller spaces including the modular conference room table.
The overall openness of the space coupled with selective architectural components, new materials and lighting fosters an environment that allows communication and collaboration.
DIV. 9: Acoustical Treatment: Armstrong; Paint: Sherwin Williams Harmony® Zero-VOC;
Carpet: Shaw Modular; Linoleum: Forbo.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Lightolier.