Building upgrades reinforce property management firm’s commitment to sustainability
WALTHAM, Mass. – Feb. 27, 2017 – Hobbs Brook Management LLC, a commercial property management and development firm specializing in leasing, construction and development of Class A office space, has completed façade replacement projects at its 101 and 201 Edgewater Drive office buildings in Wakefield, Mass. The new façades provide a fresh look, energy efficiency, and easier way-finding for guests visiting the multi-tenant buildings, which were built in 1986, acquired by Hobbs Brook in 2010, and together total 175,000 SF.
“Hobbs Brook has a long-standing commitment to sustainability, energy efficiency, and environmental stewardship across its portfolio, and is focused on providing tenants with healthy and productive work spaces,” said Bradley Cardoso, AIA, principal architect for Hobbs Brook Management. “The façade replacement project presented an opportunity to upgrade to a better quality product that offered energy efficiency benefits as well as improved wayfinding with defined entrances. The project team completed the project with minimal disruption to Hobbs Brook’s tenants. We are very pleased with the results.”
Hobbs Brook collaborated with Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) to replace the aging Travertine marble veneer panel façades with an energy-efficient solution. Following an analysis on various materials, including terracotta and concrete, a metal panel rain screen system was selected for its energy efficiency and long life expectancy. The high quality, lightweight material minimized the amount of structural changes required and offered design flexibility with style and color choices. MPA revamped the look of the buildings, creating a streamlined appearance with white and silver panels that add contrast and vertical architectural fins that provide visual interest.
The project included installation of energy-efficient vapor barriers to create weather-tight building envelopes. Metal panel canopies were selected to mark the building entrances and offer weather protection, and defined hardscape walkways were added to create a continuous path from the parking lot to the buildings.
In addition to Margulies Perruzzi Architects, the project team included general contractor Columbia Construction Company of North Reading, Mass. and landscape architect Cosmos Associates of Boston.
About Hobbs Brook Management LLC
Because the most valuable thing they develop is a relationship, Hobbs Brook Management focuses its efforts on satisfying the individual needs of customers that lease within their parks. A service-oriented provider of Class A business solutions to companies large and small, Hobbs Brook builds sustainably, maintains an on-site facilities management staff, and develops or renovates projects for energy efficiency, LEED certification, and the preservation of the local environment. With portfolios in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Georgia and Illinois, Hobbs Brook offers competitive amenities, on-site catering and dining facilities, fitness centers, and a full-service conference center available to tenants and the public. Hobbs Brook enjoys a steady occupancy rate in the 90th percentile, and holds firm to the belief that tenants should feel secure, well-balanced and prevalent at work. For leasing options or additional information, please visit www.hobbsbrook.com.
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