Our Studio’s Functional Art

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As part of our furniture acquisition for our new office, we decided to incorporate a bit of our culture, our sketches, and our connection to a special client…all while creating functional, one-of-a-kind furniture for our kitchen café…

Photography Contest Winners

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Over the past few months, Arrowstreet has been holding an in-house photography contest, and our finale party was last Friday night. Initiated by Principal Sean Selby, the contest was another way to encourage everyone to explore our new neighborhood, allow the entire staff an outlet for their creativity, and throw in a little friendly competition for some prizes.

Daylight Hour

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Arrowstreet participated in Daylight Hour today by joining thousands of other organizations in turning off the lights in their day-lit office spaces for one hour from noon-1:00. With the beautiful sunny weather in Boston today we went even further and kept the lights off all day in most of the office. Arrowstreet has a highly energy efficient LED lighting system that uses 42% less power than typical offices. But when there is ample daylight in our open studio we want to take advantage of turning of the electric lighting system and saving even more energy.

Arrowstreet Mini-Golf

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This past Wednesday night saw the return of mini-golf to Arrowstreet, with friends and family joining us to play a round of 9-holes around our new office space while enjoying drinks and Chinese food. Our staff volunteers signed-up solo or as teams to design one of the eight possible “holes” designated on our office map, with the 9th hole being played on a Wii in our Voodoo Lounge. Each team had a $15 construction budget, and as in their day-to-day work, creative, green design was encouraged. Competition was fierce as each team was eager to take the bragging rights that go along with the coveted title of Best Hole.

Renewable Now Radio Guest

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To learn more about Arrowstreet’s sustainable work, tune in to WARP AM 1320 (if you’re in RI, CT, or southern MA you can stream live on the internet) to hear my radio interview with Jack Gregg. He co-hosts and reviews green business efforts with creator Peter Arpin – the show’s focus is on green business, organizations, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The date and time of the show will be posted as soon as it’s available. Stay tuned!

Take 1: Our Studio in the Movies

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As a follow-up to my previous blog post, I snapped some photos of the action taking place in our studio over the weekend. You can see how the European movie crew transformed our media space (aka, The Voodoo Lounge) into the protagonist’s private office. The movie, which is set in NYC, is an adaptation of a novel by British writer Katie Fforde titled Blood Brothers and will air on German TV.

Welcome to The Dark Side of the Moon

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When reading a recent article on DesignBoom, I was reminded of an in-house competition held at the new Arrowstreet studio to name our conference rooms. The article covers how the Spanish graphic design studio, Tata&Friends, created a series of posters called Rock Band Icons, which graphically represent famous rock bands with black line symbols on a bright yellow background. Viewers are invited to see if they can name the band based on cleverly grouped pictograms…

Our Studio, the Movie Set

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After a Boston production crew spotted our office as we were moving in, Arrowstreet will be hosting a European movie crew this weekend as they film a movie to be aired on German TV. The movie is an adaptation of a novel by British writer Katie Fforde. Despite our downtown office location, our views of the city skyline are being represented as if our office was in Manhattan. If you happen to be in Germany or follow German TV, watch out for our conference room being transformed into the protagonist’s private office.

Revere Wonderland Wins Award

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Pictured is the Revere design team with their award
Pictured is the Revere design team with their award

I was fortunate to attend an award sponsored by Unilock at Showcase Live in Patriot Place. The event was a wonderful evening of fine dining and celebration. The award honored design professionals; Arrowstreet being amongst those honored with an award of Excellence in Design for the MBTA Wonderland Project located in Revere. It was an honor to accept the award on behalf of the design team who made calculated decisions to create what is an exceptional design.

450 Kendall Street (Parcel G) Site Tour

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Arrowstreet staff ventured across the river and into Cambridge to tour the 450 Kendall Street (Parcel G) project, which is currently in the middle of construction. The project is a new, 68,000-sf, five-story office/lab building with retail space on the first floor…

Snapshot Inside Our Studio

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Since moving into our studio in Post Office Square in February, we have been settling into our new space. The office design better accommodates the working style of our studio, with open site lines and work areas, and plenty of communal work spaces to accommodate collaboration and full plan sets. Our conference rooms especially have been teaming with activity, as the views have been helpful to some of our clients as they meet with business partners to discuss their projects. If you haven’t been by, we hope to see you soon.

Go Red Sox!

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If we have to work during Opening Day at Fenway, at least we have ice cream.

Sneak Peek at Arrowstreet’s New Office

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We have been lucky enough to host many friends of the firm over the last two weeks in our new space. For those of you who haven’t yet had a chance to visit, we took a couple of photos so you can get an idea of where we work…

Topping Off 450 Kendall Street

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Notwithstanding this week’s winter storms, steel erection has topped off at 450 Kendall Street in Cambridge today (formerly referred to as Parcel G).  Biomed Realty is the Owner, John Moriaty & Associates (JMA) is the Builder, and Arrowstreet the architect for this jewel-like building in the heart of Kendall Sq…

We’ve Arrived in Post Office Square

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If you're on our mailing list, you'll be receiving this card noting our new address.
If you're on our mailing list, you'll be receiving this card noting our new address.

After much anticipation, Arrowstreet has landed in our new office in Post Office Square. The Arrowstreet team banded together and successfully transferred all of our drawings, files, technology, and creative energy to our new space. We’ve made a quick transition and are back at work making things happen for our clients. We have some exciting new work we’re starting on as we ramp up in the new space – including a major project we’ll have a birds-eye view of from our office. We’re looking forward to hosting meetings with our clients and business associates in the coming weeks. Follow our blog for photos of our office (once all of the boxes are gone), and updates on what we’re up to.

Our Firm’s State of the Union

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In a week that marked the State of the Union addresses for both our state and country, I thought it a good time to share a similar status update for Arrowstreet. As we’ve mentioned on this blog before, Arrowstreet is relocating our architectural practice to the heart of downtown Boston in a little over a week now…

Pie in the Sky

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Each year, my family and I form a pie team for Community Servings’ annual Pie in the Sky fundraising event. The event, which has just completed its 21st year, raises money to provide meals and nutrition to the critically ill and homebound in Massachusetts. Community Servings provides meals to more than 800 individuals and families across 18 towns and cities, in support of its founding goals: to help its clients maintain their health and dignity, to preserve the integrity of their families, to provide nutritionally and culturally appropriate meals, and to send the message that someone cares…

NEWIRE Tour of Chestnut Hill Square

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Here are some photos of the recent NEWiRE tour of the Chestnut Hill Square project we’re working on for New England Development.  As a member of the project team for a couple of years now, I enjoyed hearing from NED’s Doug Karp about the project, and hearing feedback from attendees about the project’s design. And we even received a reward for attending – the retailers contributed to amazing gift bags, Wegmans provided beverages and light appetizers, and the evening was capped off at neighboring Capital Grille. Some of the stores are open now, with more opening this month and Wegman’s scheduled to open next spring (2014).

Holiday Ugly Sweater Competition

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Jon Neal and Caroline Feran with our incredibly ugly sweater
Jon Neal and Caroline Feran with our incredibly ugly sweater

What’s the best part about the winter holidays? The food, you say? The family? The snow? The decorations? No, no, no – of course not. It’s the ugly sweaters you get to wear! This year, Kimball Office very kindly invited our interior design department to participate in their prestigious ‘Holiday Ugly Sweater Contest’ held in conjunction with their annual holiday soiree. With visions of ugly sweater grandeur and dreams of glory, we were unable to resist the allure of the challenge…

And the Winner of the ABX 3D Model Competition Is…

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Arrowstreet!
As we previously blogged, NRI hosted a 3D model contest at ABX. Our model was chosen as one of three finalists, and then the ultimate winner. Now we’re brainstorming how to use the $1,500 credit prize toward a 3D model of our choice.
http://www.nrinet.com/abx-contest-results

3D Model Competition
at ABX

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While attending ABX this week, I had a chance to stop by NRI’s booth and take a look at the three contenders for their 3-D printed model contest. It was great to see what had previously only been an image on-screen turn into an actual physical object I could touch, turn, and pick up. While all three entries were visually interesting, we’re all hopeful that the crowd liked ours the best – we expect to hear back with a final count sometime in the next few days.

3-D Printed Models at ABX

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Among all of the other interesting things that will be going on at the Architecture Boston Expo (ABX) this week, National Reprographics (NRI) is holding a 3D-printed model contest as part of the event’s 3D Printing Pavilion. The model contest involved the design of a 5,000-seat performance space on an ambiguous “waterfront” site. It wasn’t a lot to go on as far as real-world design problems go, but that was actually a nice change because it left a lot of details up to the imagination. Once designed, contestants were to submit a digital model file to NRI so that it could be printed for the ABX show…

HollyBowl 2013

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Arrowstreet’s glamorous red carpet crew recently held our annual bowling outing at Lanes and Games in Cambridge. This year the HollyBowl Tournament shed the spotlight on the entire Arrowstreet community. The event started with a fried feast and Hollywood-sized cake and then segued into an all-out race to the top. Whether a bowling enthusiast or complete newbie, everyone gave it their all and had a fabulous time.The tournament setup split the teams into divisions A and B based on their first round scores. The two divisions then battled it out for the number 1 spot. Team 9 (Jonathan Garland, Stefan Chaires, and William Su) took the spotlight as the champs of Division A-List (despite the usual good-natured protests and jokes). They were properly decorated as superstars during their victory photo shoot. Following them, Team 3 (Kate Bubriski, Stephanie Tyll, Greg Triplett, and Jon Neal) was crowned the Winners of the Losers – that is, winners of Division B – and posed for the camera. HollyBowl was a great way to spend our Friday afternoon and was a reminder that everyone at Arrowstreet is a star.

Best of 2013 Awards

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I recently attended the Banker & Tradesman ceremony honoring their Best of 2013 awards recipients. Arrowstreet was voted Gold this year in an open poll among B&T’s readers in the Architect / Design category. It was a nice evening, with a great venue – Sean, Amy, and I enjoyed views across the Charles River to downtown Boston.

Arrowstreet at the Architecture Boston Expo

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Arrowstreet’s work will be on display in the exhibit hall again this year at the Architecture Boston Expo, being held at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center on November 19-21.If you’re attending, see if you can spot our boards featuring photos of our work at KIPP Academy Lynn and the 210 Broadway Courtyard around the hall!