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Featured Architecture Firm: Margulies Perruzzi Architects


Hobbs Brook Office Park
Hobbs Brook Office Park via Margulies Perruzzi Architects website

For over 20 years, Margulies Perruzzi Architects (formerly known as Margulies & Associates) has specialized in designing and building the ultimate workplace for their clients’ needs. Known for their corporate, healthcare and professional services work, Margulies Perruzzi Architects delivers innovative and cutting edge spaces. With numerous awards and achievements, including 3rd Place in the 2011 Sidewalk Sam (Chalk One Up, Common Boston) and ranking as the 18th Largest Architecture Firm in Boston (Boston Business Journal), Margulies Perruzzi Architects “remain[s] at the forefront of new processes…[to] benefit their projects.”

Precast Specialties Corp and Margulies Perruzzi Architects recently teamed up on the Hobbs Brook Office Park in Waltham, MA. With Columbia Construction as the General Contractor, this project won the 2010 Projects Innovation Grand Prize from Buildings Magazine and with the help of sustainable benefits from precast concrete, the building achieved a LEED-Gold certification.

Precast Specialties Corp. Teams Up with a Top Regional Architectural Firm


Precast Specialties Corp. has worked with respected architectural, engineering and interior design firm Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates (SMMA) on several projects including the new medical office buildings at Falmouth Hospital on Cape Cod and an addition to the regional headquarters of Nokia in Burlington, MA.

Founded in 1955, Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates has earned its reputation in the industry through numerous accolades including the Excellence in Design Award 2010 from Environmental Design and Construction Magazine for planning and designing the Blue Cross Blue Shield Rhode Island Headquarters. The firm was also ranked as one of the top 500 Design Firms by Engineering News Record in 2010. Today, the company has grown to include 180 professionals with offices in Cambridge, Massachusetts, and Providence, Rhode Island.

ISO-certified, SMMA also boasts a team of LEED-accredited professionals and is a member of the US Green Building Council. As a signatory of the Architecture 2030 initiative to design carbon-neutral buildings by the year 2030, “SMMA is committed to practices such as HVAC systems with heat recovery of exhaust air, 100% fresh air supply, high efficiency chillers and boilers, and energy management systems, and their understanding of the construction process and history of effective working relationships with builders facilitates effective sustainable practice partnerships on projects” (SMMA website).

John D’Amelio, president of Precast Specialties Corp. enjoys working with SMMA. He says, “From their innovative use of precast concrete to their focus on green practices and promotion of sustainable design, we see SMMA as a leader in today’s eco-friendly design industry and look forward to teaming up with them on many more projects in the future.”

Completed work from Precast Specialties Corp. and SMMA

Falmouth Hospital

Falmouth, Massachusetts
The medical office building includes hospital ambulatory care functions, medical center, and private physician offices. The project secured a Massachusetts Technology Collaborative Grant to study renewable energy sources and green design approaches.
Contractor: Columbia Construction
Precast Components: Grey Cement, Light Sandblast Finish / Summitville Blend Thin Brick

Nokia Addition

Burlington, Massachusetts
Photo by Edward Jacoby via Symmes, Maini & McKee Associates

Regional headquarters facility that would attract top-notch telecom professionals. SMMA provided full design services for the new 270,000 sf facility, including technology labs, a conference center, A/V demonstration area, software testing labs, cafeteria, and fitness center.
Contractor: Gutierrez Construction Co. Inc.
Precast Components: White Cement with Local Aggregates, Light Sandblast Finish