110 Chauncy Street Update 03/21/23

Sasaki's New Headquarters in Downtown Boston Signals New Era for Global Design Practice

Design firm redoubling its commitment to the city and the physical workspace 

Global design firm Sasaki is proud to unveil its new 64,000 SF headquarters in downtown Boston’s historic 110 Chauncy building. While continuing to practice across the world,  this move aligns with Sasaki’s growing portfolio of work within the City of Boston, where the company's contributions to the built environment stretch back to the 1960s. Recent projects in the city include a revitalized Boston City Hall Plaza, the under-construction 10 World Trade office/lab tower, and major ongoing collaborations with Harvard University, Northeastern University, Boston College, Boston Youth Symphony Orchestras, and Boston Children’s Museum. The firm has also undertaken a series of resiliency-building projects that address sea level rise, urban heat, and energy use.

Sasaki’s move to Boston from neighboring Watertown underscores its commitment to the enduring importance of urban centers and an embrace of a unique moment to redefine the future of workplace design for itself and its clients. The move downtown connects Sasaki more closely to Greater Boston and makes its nonprofit arm, the Sasaki Foundation, more accessible to its expanding group of community partners, and offers gathering space for large events. 110 Chauncy Street — a 10-minute walk from Boston City Hall and 5 minutes from the Financial District — is located blocks from myriad transit hubs, allowing the firm to continue cultivating a striking diversity of clients, project types, and talent.   

The firm worked closely with MC Real Estate Partners LLC (MCRE) on the redesign of 110 Chauncy, a significant 1890’s era building. Sasaki is the primary tenant of the 8-story structure, with its 300 Boston-based employees occupying the top seven floors. Sasaki transformed the 120-year-old building to meet the needs of its dynamic design teams, which will be inhabiting the space throughout its 16-year lease. As both the architect and tenant of 110 Chauncy, Sasaki designed its new office as a creative incubator with the flexibility to support hybrid work. The new office is flush with varied workspaces, hybrid-ready meeting rooms, and robust amenities to entice employees to come in. In keeping with the firm’s ethos of spirited interdisciplinary collaboration, the office design encourages movement and spontaneous interaction across the 7 floors it occupies. Sasaki also worked with MCRE to redesign the building’s lobby, retail space, and entrance. 

“Workplaces are fundamental to seeding collaboration and innovation. They’re the lifeblood of a creative firm like Sasaki,” said Liz von Goeler, workplace design principal at Sasaki.

“We were delighted by the chance to partner with MCRE on pioneering a sensitive, sustainable, and flexible recasting of historic 110 Chauncy as a model for the future of workplace design in Boston and beyond.”  

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