Iron Mountain’s New HQ Awarded Gold


Iron Mountain’s headquarters reception area / Warren Patterson Photography

Boston – Margulies Perruzzi Architects (MPA) announced that its high-performance workspace design for Iron Mountain’s new global headquarters at One Federal Street in Boston has been awarded LEED Gold for Commercial Interiors by the USGBC. Iron Mountain, a leading provider of storage and information management solutions, moved into its new 112,000sf global headquarters in February 2014.

Having outgrown its previous space at 745 Atlantic Ave. in Boston, Iron Mountain sought a high- performance and sustainable office environment to reflect its culture, support its increasingly mobile workforce, increase collaborative space and improve efficiency, and support the company’s focus on health and wellness for its employees.

With the move to One Federal Street, Iron Mountain decided to adopt a high-performance workspace strategy and launch a formal mobile workforce program called “Mobile Mountaineering.” Featuring an open, flexible, and efficient floor plan with individual workspaces, fewer offices, and technology-supported conference and collaboration rooms, the high-performance workspace design of Iron Mountain’s new global headquarters promotes collaboration and sustainability.

MPA’s design was focused on bringing natural light deep into the interior of the space, and along with motion-sensing high-efficiency fluorescents, LED fixtures, and motion-sensing task lighting at all work areas, this approach reduced the required lighting power by 30%. Iron Mountain also offset 100% of its estimated electricity usage for at least two years via the purchase of a renewable energy credit. The use of low-flow plumbing fixtures reduced water use by 33%.

The project team included Structure Tone, Inc.; RDK Engineers; LeMessurier; and Acentech Inc.


Additional sustainable features include:


  • 76% of all wood products used in construction and for furniture are FSC certified, and 85% of all new equipment and appliances are Energy Star rated.
  • An estimated 23% of all materials used on the project, including furniture, were made from recycled content.
  • All interior products were specified to have no or low volatile organic compounds as a means to improve indoor air quality.
  • The mechanical system was designed to maximize energy efficiency and indoor comfort.
  • More than 85% of all construction debris removed from the project was recycled off-site.


The project also included the implementation of a centralized trash/recycling program that eliminates individual wastebaskets, and the company worked with the building management, Tishman Speyer, to establish a single-stream recycling program and provide for composting in the cafeteria.

The full project team includes:

Interior architecture and branding: Margulies Perruzzi Architects

Construction management: Structure Tone, Inc.

MEP engineering consulting: RDK Engineers

Structural engineering: LeMessurier

Acoustics consulting: Acentech Inc.

Audiovisual design: Communication Design Associates

Food service design: Colburn & Guyette

Lighting design: Horton Lees Brogden

LEED consulting: Entegra

Project management: Fort Point Project Management

Real estate transaction management: JLL

Legal/lease negotiations: McCarter & English, LLP

Change management consulting: Stegmeier Consulting Group

Furniture: Red Thread

Signage: Gamble Design

Artwork: Boston Art