Waltham, MA – Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting and construction firm, announced that it completed the expansion of the corporate headquarters of Radius Innovation & Development, at the Watch Factory, 221 Crescent St. in Waltham.
Radius, a global innovation and development consultancy firm, needed to increase its space in the Watch Factory. Building ownership, Berkeley Investments Inc., hired Vantage for the 4,040sf project.
Following designs by LaFreniere Architects, Vantage Builders expanded Radius’ footprint in the building. The new space includes an assembly area, workshop, and test lab where Radius team members craft product models and functional prototypes. They also perform small scale builds and verification testing for clients through sculpting and forming, machining, thermo-forming, additive manufacturing, and a variety of other techniques.
The project team also included engineering services from Zade Associates and audio/visual and data work by DGI Communications.
An observation room and usability lab was added to provide a space to conduct market research and observe clients testing and using new products. The room features a one-way mirror and high-end audio/visual equipment.
Efficient lighting was installed throughout. Carpeting was installed in the common areas and conference room, while VCT (vinyl composition tile) was placed in the workshops. Vantage renovated the kitchen area with new counters, millwork and paint.
The new floorplan required a rework of the sprinkler, fire alarm and HVAC systems, including the addition of an exhaust fan with ductwork up to the second-floor roof. Compressed air lines were installed from the utility room to 13 outlets throughout the new space.