CAPTURED MOMENTS: BEGINNING OF NOVEMBER

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We’ve been very busy here at the office and we’d love to share what we’ve been up to these past few weeks.

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Scott Kligerman and Cora Visnick went to check out the framing progress at one of our projects located in Waltham, MA.  As you can see Scott approves!

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This year VCers pulled together to create a fashion show “clothing line” that was runway worthy for the IIDA #Coutourism 2016 titled “You’re not in Kansas Anymore.” In the end, with many after work hours spent, bottles of wine drank and orders of takeout pizza, we were able to show off three looks that we were proud of: Yellow Brick Road meets Tornado, Poppy Field and Emerald City. We want to especially thank our very generous vendors, Best Tile of New England, Ritz Associates and Reflex Lighting.

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Designers Jenna Boscio, Rachel Wilson and Faegheh Koohestani accompanied Reflex Lighting to visit a family run company, Oxygen Lighting in Fort Worth, TX. While there they received a full tour of the facilities from how the concepts of the space are developed to the way they photograph the studio and even their shipping procedures!

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt employees moved into their new space at 125 High Street over the weekend with great success. All teams involved really pulled together in an effort to cross the finish line and give the client a space they would be proud of. Stay tuned for a complete project overview and photos.

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And finally VC, affectionately known as ONE Boston, continues our long relationship with ONE Global Design (OGD). OGD’s eighteen firms recently met in Seattle which was hosted by ONE Seattle’s firm JPC Architects. The OGD fall summit focused on sharing knowledge and best practices that reinforce and strengthen the working relationship, allowing OGD to provide world class services to our clients. An interesting fact about OGD is that we would rank as the 6th largest design firm in the United States. When you think about OGD remember, “Stability, Strength, Success”.

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We hope that you check back with us soon!

CAPTURED MOMENTS: END OF SEPTEMBER

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With the Farmer’s Market stretching out their final week’s here in Copley Square, its official we’ve headed into the fall! Take a look at what we’ve been up to.

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Andover Landing had their open house last week to reveal the newly designed amenity spaces at Buildings 200 and 300. It was well attended and the tenants are looking forward to the new spaces.

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Custom millwork installed in the Natick Residence brings warmth to the living spaces and complement the details including accent colors, wide wood floor boards, and striking light fixtures. With move-in day quickly approaching this fall, we are excited to see the finished product of this huge project in the changing fall colors.

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Furniture dealer, Teknion invited VC to visit their new showroom located on 255 State Street in Boston, MA. During their tour, VCers were able to test out a full range of new office furniture options all while sipping on the signature cocktail of the night, the Tektini.

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The spec suite at 101 Federal Street’s furniture has been delivered and the electrical is almost done. We are looking forward to seeing this space after all of the final touches have been completed.

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Last weekend some of our VCers were invited by Illuminate Boston to tour the new XAL showroom and factory space in New York, NY. Along with touring this showroom they attending several networking events and were able to squeeze in some additional visits to some of Illuminate’s other lighting lines.

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Check back soon to see more projects and happenings at VC!

CAPTURED MOMENTS: END OF AUGUST & BEGINNING OF SEPTEMBER

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Summer has come to an end and as we head into fall, VC would like to share some project updates with you!

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Last week Motiv, the graphic design company that is collaborating with our team on the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt project, visited our office as we refine design options for the project.

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We wrapped up our summer with a company outing to Harpoon Brewery where we took the brewery tour, did a beer tasting and ate till we couldn’t anymore! It was a great way for us to wrap-up the summer.

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JW Childs is just about complete with the company’s employees moving in this month; now it’s time to add “sparkle” as the extensive artwork collection is ready for installation. Stay tuned for photos and a thorough review of the realized design.

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Construction at Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s new space is coming along and the details of the lighting package are beginning to shine through. LEDs throughout the space are installed, and all that’s left for the lighting is the Newmat stretch fabric, which will be installed when the project is nearly completed.

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The finish boards for Cambridge Systematics have been completed. The design team recommended colors that compliments with the company’s current branding. Cambridge Systematics desired a space that was warm and inviting but would also be an energizing space for people to thrive in as they contribute positive impacts on the environment worldwide.

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A couple of VCers participated in a networking event sponsored by WWIRE, a networking group for women in real estate. They meet at The Club by George Foreman III for a little networking and a lot of sweating!

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Some progress has been made at the 101 Federal Street Spec Suite.  The project is anticipated to be completed by next month.

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Check back soon as we are always busy working on new projects!

VC Designs a New Dynamic Working Environment for Stratus

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VC completed the 88,680 SF full scope, interior build out for Stratus, a leader in providing uninterrupted service for critical infrastructure, located at the Mill & Main building in Maynard, MA.

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When Stratus decided to move their corporate headquarters to Mill & Main they wanted to keep the integrity of the building by incorporating its 150-year old history into the design by meshing the old and the new. The combination of open workspace, fewer private offices, and exposed brick & beams allow for a flowing balance of innovation and collaboration throughout.

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“Neighborhoods” were formed for teams to be able to work together in technology equipped collaboration spaces that encouraged a more energetic and dynamic environment. Acoustical clouds were added in high traffic areas as a way to reduce the impact of noise. Meeting rooms and phone rooms were strategically placed to encourage cross-pollination amongst user groups. The kitchen-lounge area became the center node of the floor plan. This “Oasis” gives Stratus’ employees a place to eat lunch and unwind; boosting a stronger connection amongst employees.

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The project was completed, with Stratus employees moving in, May 2016.

CAPTURED MOMENTS: BEGINNING OF AUGUST

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Things are heating up in downtown Boston! Summer normally brings warm lazy days but it hasn’t slowed us down a bit. Here’s an insight to what we’ve been up to.

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A new twist to the normal lunch & learn where vendors from Deb Evans & Associates, Garden State Tile, and Hamilton Associates set up “booth style” showings of some of their newest materials. The goal was to allow the lunch & learn to be more of a collaborative experience so more questions could be asked and more information could be shared.

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VC was honored to participate in the 8th Annual Shaw Contract Golf Outing. Our friend Jim Coen and Shaw Contract Group have generously elected to donate the proceeds from the tournament to the Burton Visnick and Long XinRong Visnick Travel Fellowship at the University of Minnesota: College of Design for the second year. VC had a great time hanging out on the green and practicing their golf swings. Thank you, Shaw!

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Construction is well underway at the spec office at 101 Federal Street. We are working with Rockhill Management to provide them with a new space to show potential tenants.

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Here is a sneak peek into HMH’s one of a kind reception desk which was inspired by their company logo. The millwork is being done by Legere Group, LTD and should be completed shortly.

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Another great boat tour put together by J. Calnan & Associates. A handful of VCers accompanied them on a beautiful tour around the Boston Harbor to watch the sunset.

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Daniela Maher, Senior Associate, leads the charge during a finish meeting to show one of our clients some potential schemes that were pulled for their new office.

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As summer starts to come to a close we are excited to see what the other half of the year will bring. Check back soon.

Inside a Designers Mind: Rendering Vs. Reality

A designer’s mind is a complex library of potential visions. As designers, we are visual thinkers and our brain’s work at a rapid pace to design the best solution for a space. However, it can be difficult for others to imagine what we as designers see as reality. Sometimes it can be hard to understand how all the pieces of the design puzzle work when they aren’t together but by using a rendering as a tool, we are able to convey our intents through realistic imaging.

What is a Rendering
A rendering is a piece of art that acts as a visual interpretation of the ideas, wants, wishes and conceptual design of a client’s intended space. Designers use renderings to give their clients an idea of what their completed space will look like. A finished rendering shows how materials and colors work together along with furniture to create the overall atmosphere of the completed space.

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When is one Created
A rendering is created during the design development phase as a schematic representation of what the potential is for the space. The benefit for the client is that they can gain a visual understanding of the intended design outcome, allowing them to better interpret what direction they would like to go in.

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Other Reasons to have one Created
After a project has been completed, photographs are used to document the space. In comparing renderings to photography, potential clients can see the benefits of how a rendering can assist in the design process by allowing them to see how much detail goes into every design phase.

Designers create renderings not only to show a client how their visions can be brought to life but to exhibit the possibility for all phases of design to unite and create beautiful, innovative and well-thought-out space.

CAPTURED MOMENTS: BEGINNING OF JULY


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The city is booming with activity as the summer months start to roll on.  Check out what we’ve been up to since our last posting.

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Construction of the millwork for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank’s new conference room wall is well underway and when completed and installed will be a focal point when entering the space. A rendering of the conference room’s wall demonstrates what the final product will look like when completed.

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We would like to thank J. Calnan & Associates for hosting the 2016 JC&A Catalina Wine Mixer boat tour.  Attended by Fenglei Zheng, Marilyn Shen, Cora Visnick and Paige LaBreche, the boat sailed along the Boston Harbor. Guests snacked on seafood and sipped on wine while watching the sunset before docking for the evening.

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The Brickstone cafe at Andover Landing is finishing up the last details of graphics and furniture and will be ready to open for the building’s tenants soon. We can’t wait for the tenants in the building to enjoy the vibrant and beautiful space. The details were really captured in the photo above where tenants will soon be able to sit in bar height stools and enjoy their meals and coffee throughout the day.

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HMH is on the go with the progression of the internal stair, which will complete the project and connect all 5-floors. We are very happy with the progress and look forward to seeing the finished project.

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Check back often to see the progress of our current projects!