Providence, RI – Virgin Pulse, a global provider of employee well being and engagement solutions, is moving its global headquarters from Framingham, Mass., to recently refurbished quarters in the former Providence Journal building.
Virgin Pulse leased 48,000sf, including the entire top floor and part of the third floor, that it shares with GE Digital. The Journal still occupies the second floor. The company plans to employ around 300 people by 2021.
Site Specific was the construction manager for the refurbishment project, heading a team that included developer, Cornish Associates / Nordblom Company; architect, SGA; and designer, Lannhi Tran, Little Dragon.
The project team also includes electrical engineer, Interstate Electric; FP engineer, Encore; and plumbing/HVAC engineer, Phalanx Engineering.
Features and amenities in the new headquarters include 14 glass-enclosed conference rooms, green-carpeted walking path, stationary bikes/desks that use human power to recharge cellphones, treadmill desks, an employee kitchen and all-company Town Hall area filled with natural light, and active break areas that include Ping-Pong and shuffleboard.
The high-ceiling open space on the third floor houses employee sit/stand work stations, executive offices, and reception. On the fourth floor, employees can use the fully stocked kitchen, meeting rooms, open collaborative areas, and active workspaces.
The wood-paneled library, fully restored and transformed with contemporary lighting and furniture, was once the Providence Journal’s editorial board room. Original catwalk wood from the space was used for countertops, and reclaimed pallet wood became wall art. Building materials were selected with a focus on sustainability, recycled content, and green certifications for improved air quality.