Cool Office Space: Continuum, Boston
Acentech, Commodore Builders, Höweler + Yoon Architecture and STV|DPM recently completed a new global HQ totaling 50k SF for Continuum, a consultancy in Boston Seaport’s Innovation and Design Building. Continuum’s workspace supports the firm’s identity as a design and innovation company that develops products, services and experiences around the world.
Relocating its 120 employees from West Newton, Continuum sought to create an open work environment with opportunities for collaboration and space for client interaction. The office supports the unique work patterns of Continuum's interdisciplinary design practice, balancing the need for open and informal spaces for interaction and collaboration, discrete private spaces for individual work and small group meetings, and public spaces for visitor tours, large meetings and events.
To ensure speech privacy in the open spaces and sound isolation from noisy equipment, Acentech provided guidance to keep these open, collaborative spaces free from distractions. Proper room finishes, sound absorptive features, desk configurations and mechanical system noise control all contribute to the workability of these large areas. Audiovisual features such as live streaming, web conferencing, large screen displays, speech reinforcement, audio playback, ADA-compliant assistive listening, system controls and digital signage, including a video wall in the lobby, are all components.