Boston, MA – R. G. Vanderweil Engineers LLP, a Boston-based, full-service engineering firm, collaborated with local architecture firm, Spagnolo Gisness & Associates and Construction Manager, Suffolk Construction, on the design of a first class $11 million, 110,000 sf corporate headquarters for the global remote desktop, file sharing and data back-up company, LogMeIn.
The new company headquarters is in a former textile mill, located Boston’s budding Innovation District. The landlord is Lincoln Properties. The brick and beam building is comprised of 8 levels, which include a dramatic mezzanine level. The design program accommodates 500 employees through the use of efficient floor and workstation planning, with no enclosed offices to increase collaboration. This open environment is supported by various types of meeting rooms and open collaborative spaces, furthering the company’s core concept and mission of connectivity.
When entering the office, employees and visitors are greeted by a video feature wall that displays large scale versions of the company’s business card next to a photo of the employee. The image and text run in a loop and feature all staff, immediately connecting visitors to employees, and employees to one another. Off the reception area is a three-story atrium that leads to the mezzanine and café levels, encouraging both visitors and employees to engage with the space. The café is 4,000 sf, and can accommodate up to 185 employees. The café space was designed to be transformable to accommodate small meetings, large conferences, and other events as necessary.
Spagnolo Gisness & Associates designed a unique floor identity system for LogMeIn, giving the office an exciting wayfinding experience. The core of each of the 7 full floors celebrates one of LogMeIn’s global office locations including Dublin, London, Sydney, and Budapest. This connection to LogMeIn’s global presence unifies the office and provides context for this dynamic headquarters.
Vanderweil Engineers engineered the HVAC, power, lighting, fire protection, plumbing, data center, audio-visual, tel/data and security systems. Engineering challenges included designing robust infrastructure to support LogMeIn’s mission and the Spagnolo Gisness’ architectural vision.
In addition to wayfinding, key amenity spaces are organized by LogMeIn’s global office location theme. For example If employees are looking for a snack or space for lunch, the 4th themed breakout space that was designed to mimic the well known beach including a boardwalk, lounge chairs, umbrellas, and beach balls. Employees seeking a more secluded and serene break area can retreat to the third floor London Library that features leather sofas, antiqued pendant lights, a lending library, and a quiet zone rule.
The new LogMeIn office was completed in spring of 2013 and has already made its mark as an innovative force in the neighborhood. floor features a Bondi Beach