Transforming a Former Postal Facility into a World-Class cGMP Development and Manufacturing Facility

by Jeff Kent POST at 200 Smith Street in Waltham, Mass. is a former U.S. post office repositioned into a 430,000sf office and lab building on a 36-acre campus. DPS Group and TRIA designed a new development and cGMP manufacturing facility for ElevateBio, a technology-driven company focused on powering cell and gene therapies for the…

Specifying Healthy Building Materials in School Design and Construction

by Tina Stanislaski A pilot program by the Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) was launched with the objective of reducing toxic chemicals found in common building materials and furnishings that have been linked to human health issues, including cancer. Bristol-Plymouth Regional Technical School, a $305 million, 410,000sf facility that will open to grades 9-12 in…

The Science of Mitigating Supply-Chain Challenges

by Alvaro Ribeiro The impact of a global pandemic on the complex, interconnected nature of supply chains has quite literally brought home to us how fragile that infrastructure is in today’s global economy. While there are signs of recovery, it is impossible to predict the availability of commonplace products, let alone highly specialized building materials…

A Place to Live: Creating Long-term Solutions for Homelessness

Sponsored by Rhino PR On season 2, episode 15 of the Build Better podcast, Anastasia welcomes Marc Margulies, principal and senior partner at Margulies Peruzzi, and Joe Finn, president and executive director of the Massachusetts Housing & Shelter Alliance. They are working to change the ways in which homelessness is addressed in Massachusetts, something that…

cGMP facility conversions of existing real estate

In dense metropolitan areas like Greater Boston, undeveloped, appropriately zoned land for life sciences facilities with essential services and amenities nearby is becoming uncommon. Converting existing spaces to current good manufacturing practices or cGMP facilities rather than “greenfield” construction is trending, with drivers including speed to market, cost, and location.   DPS Group works with…

Compact Living Pilot Addresses Boston Housing Crisis

In dense, urban cities like Boston “affordable” and “housing” are rarely used in the same sentence. Young professionals, empty nesters, and couples planning to start a family are faced with moving outside the city limits to find a place that fits their budget and belongings. Two years ago, another option emerged in Boston designed to…

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Strategies For Reopening During The COVID-19 Pandemic

Healthcare facilities should rethink technology usage, entrance/exit layouts, and waiting room strategies as they start bringing back elective and non-critical care. By John Fowler Across the country, we are seeing numerous changes at healthcare facilities as they reopen for elective and non-critical care while still addressing potential surge capacity issues related to COVID-19. One of…

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Lessons Learned from Healthcare Design for the Post-COVID Workplace

  By Jason Costello and Janet Morra, Margulies Perruzzi Entering the office post-quarantine will be like entering the hospital – workers will be admitted only after they are determined to be fever and symptom free. Once inside, they will avoid contamination, touching as few surfaces as possible, staying six feet apart from others, and making…