Charles River Associates Boston Office Building, Massachusetts Interior Architecture

Charles River Associates Boston Headquarters

New HQ Architecture in Massachusetts, USA – design by Elkus Manfredi Architects

January 27, 2020

Charles River Associates Boston Offices

Design: Elkus Manfredi Architects

Charles River Associates Boston Office

Location: Massachusetts, USA

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

Size:

44,678 square feet on two internally connected floors

Program:

Reception
Offices: 94
Workstations: 109
Auditorium/ Boardroom: 1 (sub-dividable) 90-person
Conference Rooms: 7
Team Rooms: 16
Café/Great Room: 1
Auctions Area: 1
Walking Stations: 2
Game Room: 1

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

Design Solutions:

Working closely with CRA leadership and its real estate team, Elkus Manfredi created a fresh and timeless design with generously sized collaboration and community areas. The office is warm, comfortable, and flooded with daylight, welcoming to both staff and visitors. The offices include technologically rich collaboration spaces of specific and intentional shapes and sizes, along with individual deep-thought spaces, which are a critical requirement for the success of CRA’s work.

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

Staff members feel supported and appreciated with features such as glass-fronted offices that allow daylight into all areas; sit-to-stand desks and efficient storage space provided for all; walking stations located on each floor; access to fresh air located steps away on the roof terrace; and restrooms and shower rooms that are elegant, serene, spa-like retreats – all evidence of the value that CRA leadership places in its staff.

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

Design Highlights:

 Fresh, contemporary materials and colors make a sleek and clean statement while bringing the outside in.
 Emerald-colored glass portals punctuate the corridors to provide clear wayfinding; each corridor ends with a window and city view.
 A café and two-story Great Room offer stunning views to Copley Square, Trinity Church, and the Back Bay, and leads to a Zen-like private outdoor roof terrace and garden.
 Walls of transparent green glass separate areas of the café space, maintaining sightlines, encouraging connection, and promoting both informal and formal gathering.
 An abundance of collaboration spaces in a variety of configurations accommodates the specific work needs of CRA staff while providing inspiring views.
 State-of-the-art integrated global technology is used throughout the office.
 A modular approach to private offices and team rooms provides customizable configurations and built-in flexibility for departmental shifts and future growth.

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To both acknowledge the Modernist architecture of the Henry Cobb-designed building and speak to the sophistication and technological prowess inherent in the CRA culture, Elkus Manfredi’s designers created high-polished and reflective neutral surfaces accentuated with glass. Warm moments are created with strong, solid accent colors that occur throughout the interior architecture of the offices and reflect important functional aspects of the design.

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

The initial moment of arrival prior to the reception lobby, the 9th floor elevator lobby is elevated in importance with a sculptural ceiling light fixture. The machined bronzed aluminum structure of the Roll & Hill Agnes chandelier has 14 glass tube wands extending from the frame. This modern chandelier is echoed in the Great Room with pure tube lighting that represents an even more interpretative Modernist design moment.

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

The internal staircase, mirrored wall, and city views of the two-story Great Room are the dramatic heart of the office. The staircase is completely open with clear glass railings and risers. The stair treads are wood planks; handrails are covered with hand-stitched leather. The glass creates a floating effect for the staircase and allows full unobstructed views of the Great Room, outdoor terrace, and city from all areas of the space. The tinted glass wall separating the café and Great Room defines the two areas, while its transparency allows for openness and connection between the spaces.

Charles River Associates Boston Office: CRA

The dramatic views from inside the office are taken a step further by allowing access to outdoor space. The approximately 1,200-square-foot outdoor terrace acts as an extension of the communal work area in the office, redefining indoor and outdoor workplace habits. Accessible wood decking is integrated with the terrace’s greenery.

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The need for universal technology was matched with a conscious nod to seamlessly integrate the AV and IT components into design elements for the offices. While facilitating the ease of plug-and-play anywhere in the office, the design team also customized furnishings and room layouts to maximize storage and efficiencies.

Charles River Associates Boston headquarters interior

Color palette and application:

 African violet: wool carpet in 9th-floor elevator lobby
 Purple plum: area rug in reception lobby
 Amethyst: carpet and fabric panel in medium conference room
 Eucalyptus: wood veneer panel behind reception desk
 Teal: carpet in small conference room
 Grass green: applied film on glass walls in office corridor to create portals and aid in wayfinding
 Lime green: painted niche in recessed file area to complement tinted glass walls
 Blue green/lime green/grass green: applied film on glass walls in atrium
 Kelly green: fabric wall covering in restroom

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Technology features:

 Integrated AV with video conferencing capability for all conference rooms and team rooms
 Dual display setup for the largest AV conference rooms
 Wireless connectivity that follows the same format so every user is connected at all CRA offices across North America and Europe
 Multiple AV connectivity between all CRA offices around the world
 Customized credenzas are detailed and specified to fit AV racks
 All walls for AV rooms are designed to accommodate display setups
 User connectivity at table top hatches is similar so all CRA users have ease of using current location technology

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Charles River Associates Boston Headquarters – Building Information

Interior Architecture: Elkus Manfredi Architects
MEP/FP Engineer: RDK Engineers
Lighting Design: Lam Partners, Inc.
Acoustic Engineer: Cavanaugh Tocci Associates
Structural Engineer: LeMessurier
Landscape Designer: Mikyoung Kim Design
AV: Verrex
Hardware Consultant: Campbell-McCabe
Contractor: Shawmut Construction
Construction Administrator: Elkus Manfredi Architects

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Address: Charles River Associates Boston, 200 Clarendon St, Boston, MA 02116, United States

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