VC Designs a New Dynamic Working Environment for Stratus


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.


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.


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



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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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

One of Boston’s Landmark Developers has a Newly Designed Office Space!


A leading Boston Landmark Developer asked VC to help them create a dynamic office space for their recent move to the 24th floor at 177 Huntington Ave. The new office space has a custom curved millwork wall provides privacy for the open area workstations; with selected areas replaced by glass panels helping flood the space with natural light.

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A blue, glass-branding wall is seen right when you enter the office to emphasize the developer’s brand.

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Custom graphic light boxes, made to showcase the firm’s developments, are displayed throughout the office creating different focal points.


With the 24th floor having the tallest ceilings in the building; adding full height glass office fronts and side walls helps to capture the exceptional views of Boston’s urban landscape.

This Landmark Developer now has their own space that truly represents who they are in the same way they represent their clients, by having a creative space that helps them feel engaged with their surroundings and the excitement of new possibilities to come.

ONE Global Design collaborates with Mannington Commercial

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Watch a time-lapse video of the ONE Global Design and Mannington Commercial’s 2016 NeoCon Showroom   

ONE Global Design and Mannington Commercial have collaborated to develop award-winning floor covering products. The five patterns of the Infused LVT collection and the four Intrinsic carpet tile designs were introduced at NeoCon 2016.

The Infused LVT patterns, each a representation of an iconic image from the cities that collaborated in the design, was awarded best of NeoCon Silver as well as an Interior Design HiP award.

The four Intrinsic carpet tile designs,  inspired by Eames Power of Ten, while taking cues from patterns found in nature,  won a ‘Likes’ award from Metropolis magazine and was an Interior Design HiP Honoree.

About ONE Global Design

ONE Global Design is a network of principal led design firms in 18 cities in the US, Canada, and Mexico. The firms provide seamless architectural and design services to their clients despite the project location. Collectively, ONE Global Design would rank as the 6th largest firm in the country, with more than 500 professionals. Visit

Atlanta…………………………… Hendrick                                                 Austin…….…………………… NoackLittle

Boston…………………………… Visnick & Caulfield                              Calgary………………………… klr design group

Charlotte..………………………ai Design Group Inc.                             Chicago………………………… Partners by Design

Columbus, OH………………..Design Collective                                    Dallas…………………………… Staffelbach

Denver…………………………… Acquilano Leslie, Inc.                          Los Angeles……………………Wolcott Architecture|Interiors

Mexico City……………………..ZVA Group                                               New York City………………..Design Republic

Philadelphia……………………. Meyer                                                       San Francisco………………….FME Architecture + Design

Seattle……..…………………….. JPC Architects

Captured Moments: Beginning of June


Summer in Boston is a favorite for Visnick & Caulfield, with our project teams being able to walk to some of their job sites and enjoy some of the nice weather.


Some VCers attended the IIDA of New England Art Uncorked event last week at District Hall in Boston, MA to help fundraise for Raw Art Works; whose mission is to ignite the desire to create and the confidence to succeed in underserved youth.


Jenna Boscio, Designer, recently visited the new office space for Martignetti Companies to inspect that their new backsplash was installed properly.  The office is deep in construction and should be scheduled for completion this summer.


Lumenpulse celebrated the grand opening of their new Global Technology Center and US Sales Office in Boston, MA this month.  The open house showcased some of Lumenpulse’s designs and was attended by Paige LaBreche, Designer, and our new Intern Lindsey Author.

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The Natick Residence interiors are coming along smoothly. Reclaimed barn wood wraps walls in the living and kitchen areas, creating an intimate log-cabin feel at the lake.  Large-scale glass pendants hang staggered over the island, creating a dramatic centerpiece for the double-height space.


The HMH communicating stair mock up is here! That means the construction of the stairs is almost ready to start.  There are different materials that make up the body of the stair; wood treads, metal risers, glass railing.  We are very excited for the start of the construction as it is the core of each floor and features a lot of graphics and “buzz” that is going to happen around these areas.


There is some pretty heavy construction going on at the John Hancock Conference Center. Drywall has been installed and painting begun with the carpet to be laid down shortly after.  When the electrical has finished being tested for the new light fixtures, the ceiling panels will be installed.


Check back with us soon to see what we are up to as we roll through the summer months!

 Written by: Cora Visnick, Designer; Joanna Frechette, Marketing Manager; Elizabeth Lo, Designer