MassChallenge is the world’s largest startup accelerator and competition. Each year we accept 125 high growth startups into our program and give them free office space in out 25,000 sq ft office as well as connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to launch their companies. MassChallenge seeks the expertise and creativity of the global architectural design community to bring a shared vision for its office space to life. The average company ranges from 2-5 employees using the space 2-5 days a week. Because of the range in team size and usability we need identify a new design and allocation system for our office space which will accommodate all of our company’s needs while ensuring that we maximize our space and have a consistent level of occupancy
MassChallenge is soliciting design concepts for a stimulating and exciting office environment serving 125 start-up companies. The office space is 25,000 sqf and is located at one of Boston’s premier office towers. MassChallenge issues a “Design Competition” for architecture and interior design teams with the intention to solicit interior design concepts that are efficient, functional, aesthetically pleasing, responsive, and financially attractive to MassChallenge residents, and thousands of visitors stepping by each month.
MassChallenge. helps early-stage entrepreneurs connect with the resources they need to launch and succeed. Primary activities include running an annual global accelerator program and startup competition, documenting and organizing key resources, and organizing training and networking events. President Obama honored MassChallenge in January of 2011 as one of the nation's best organizations for supporting high-growth entrepreneurs. Start-ups from the inaugural class of 2011 raised over $90M in outside funding and created 500 jobs. MassChallenge envisions a creative and inspired society in which everyone recognizes that they can define their future, and is empowered to maximize their impact. The main objectives of MassChallenge are:
1. Promote innovation, collaboration and commercialization
2. Address the seed-stage investment gap, empowering novice entrepreneurs
3. Provide educational opportunities for entrepreneurs
4. Showcase entrepreneurship assets and infrastructure locally and nationally
For more information on MassChallenge visit: http://MassChallenge.org/
Also, watch MassChallenge’s videos at: http://MassChallenge.tv
MassChallenge has established the following goals for this design challenge:
• Create efficient and user-friendly office space on the entire floor
• Encourage more of a community feel to the space and encourage cross collaboration and mingling of people and ideas
• Create flexible spaces for ad-hoc meetings
• Create an inviting and hospitable kitchen area
• Re-use and better leverage existing Turnstone/Steelcase furniture pieces (see details below)
• Create spaces that facilitate collaboration
• Create a minimum number of dedicated desks -- max. 2 desks for each of the 125 companies. The demand for additional desk spaces should be covered through common office space allocations, e.g. team work benches, work station areas, lounge working areas, private multi- and single working desks. For precedents, please review vitra’s “Citizen’s Office” at: http://www.vitra.com/en-us/office/citizen-office-the-productive-office/
• Create set of floor space which can be used as quite areas.Private meeting space and quiet space – specifically for phone calls and individuals who prefer to work in quiet
• Efficient design that will allow us to allocate desk space for 125 companies. The average company has about 2.5 FTEs. Many companies do not all use our office every day so we are interested in exploring flexible office layouts that will maintain a consistent level of occupancy while still allowing each company to feel like they have a space to “call home”.
• Flexible Layout – Identify a way to make space flexible for companies as
• they grow or shrink in size to easily adjust their space needs. This will need
• to be designed in a way that people understand their space may change as time goes on
• Additional storage has been frequently requested by companies and can likely be integrated as a way to divide the space within expensive storage units.
• Additional Phone Booths/Private Work Areas – Companies often complain that we don’t have enough areas for private phone calls or independent work areas. We currently have 5 phone bays but they are not enclosed and are consistently full. We would like to add more of these private areas for phone calls as well as workstations if it fits in your design
4. SITE DESCRIPTION AND SCOPE
MassChallenge is located at One Marina Park Drive, Boston’s premier office complex --at the center of the most coveted waterfront properties at the Fan Pier on Boston Harbor. It is in close proximity to the world re-known ICA – Institute of Contemporary Art designed by Diller & Scofidio, and enjoys superb views to downtown Boston from its 14th Floor level. The office building itself has 18 floors with about a 28,000 sqf footprint that includes a core of about 4,000sqf. MassChallenge occupies the entire 14th floor with 24,000 sqf of occupiable floor area. The office tower is part of Fan Pier, a large mix-used complex, which in addition to the office tower consists of residential, marina, retail, hotel and spa buildings. See the masterplan in the “Images” tab. For more information visit Fan Pier at: http://www.fanpierboston.com
The office space represents a significant opportunity for creative and innovative office design approaches that can become a model for new office space design in the 21st Century. The space is currently used by 125 start-up companies, who may become first adopters in using the ideas/concepts of the results of this competition – once they move into their own office locations. One Marina Park Drive is located within a ten-minute walk of South Station, Boston’s main train hub and red line subway station.
However, the current office layout poses substantial challenges. The entire floor is one big large open space, which results in spatial and programmatic inefficiencies. The homogeneous open space allocation makes it hard to run different functions and building programs in parallel.
5. DESIGN CONSIDERATIONS
A. Designers shall submit a conceptual design for the office space, which shall address the following:
a. Building program: Building program may include any combination of 1. open collaborative spaces, 2. conference/meeting rooms, 3. kitchen area with game room, 4. adhoc flexible spaces, 5. Common workbenches, 6. Team and individual desks, 7. Lounge/working areas, 8. Media room, and 8. Storage space.
b. Use of space: Think about how this space would be used, i.e. is there a need for a quiet well-delineated area for focused intensive work, and/or a noisier area for sales people of start-ups to make phone calls. How would the office space be best divided, or connected, in order to facilitate the most effective and efficient use of it. Therefore, the proper demarcation and at the same flexibility of uses poses an important challenge.
c. Event Space: Open/Semi-open larger space for public gatherings and events. It is important that during larger events, start-ups who want to focus and continue working on their desks or common areas should be able to do so without being interrupted by the event itself.
d. Flexible Spaces: Use of temporary partition walls that may allow to expand/shrink spaces according to needs can be considered.
B. Designs shall:
a. be solely the result of the design effort of the designer; and
b. be unique original and not infringe upon any copyright or the rights of any person
6. DESIGN CONSTRAINTS
A. The existing 4 conference rooms at the 4 corners of the office space are fixed and cannot be moved. Please review the "MassChallenge_Space-Allocation.PDF" file in the "+" tab. The "Media Studio" (see same document) is not moveable. However, "Partner's office" can be changed if needed.
B. Existing furniture pieces, e.g. chairs/desk have to be re-used as much as possible in the new design. The inventory of the current stock of furniture items is as follows:
i.Traditional Steelcase cubicles:
1 x 4-long set single row
2 x 4-long set double row
2 x 3-long set double row
1 x 2-long set double row
5 x Cubes built into phone booths
ii. Turnstone Tables
o 10 – Campfire Big Tables (http://bit.ly/IzxSwS)
o Bivi Tables (http://bit.ly/HAORPY)
1 x 8-table
3 x 2-table
3 x 4-table
1 x 6-table
2 x 2-table with round cap
iii. 6 – Campfire Big Lounge (http://bit.ly/IQsEHX)
iv. 6 – Campfire Half Lounge
Note: You may suggest using additional furniture items. For additional furniture items to use visit Turnstone/Steelcase’s webpage at: http://myturnstone.com/ If you do suggest any new item from Turnstone, please refer to exact model name in your design submission.
C. It is not possible to build permanent new walls in the space.
D. The height from floor to beam is 126" and the beam is 19" high.
All submitted design proposals shall be evaluated by the President of MassChallenge and his staff. Online and onsite visitors of MassChallenge may be given the opportunity to provide comment on proposed designs. All designs shall be evaluated based on the criteria described below:
- Efficient use of space, sensitivity to the needs of start-up companies, and the innovative approach to future office design that fosters collaboration – 40%
- Most effective re-use of existing Turnstone/Steelcase furniture items – 20%
- Quality of open, semi-open and more private spaces and other common areas provided in the building program – 20%
- Impact of building program and design on efficiency, user-friendliness, and collaboration – 20%
1. The monetary award is $1,000.
2. We strongly aim to implement the design.
3. The name of the designer will be physically demarked on a wall in the new MassChallenge office space, and featured on MassChallenge’s website.
9. SITE VISIT
Local design teams are encouraged to visit the site. The site is located at One Marina Park Drive, Boston, MA.
• Friday, 4/13: Launch of the Competition
• Sunday, 5/13: Deadline for submitting Design Entries
• Sunday, 5/20: Announcement of the Top Winners
11. SUBMISSION GUIDELINES
i. Participation in design competition should consist of the following:
A. Registration to competition at www.arcbazar.com website
B. Brief description of concept (recommended limit of 250 words
C. (1) Floor Plan, 1:100
(2) Perspective/Axonometric Views:
a. birds-eye (axonometric) view of the entire floor plan
b. free eye-level perspective views that best describe your design
ii. All submissions should be uploaded on www.arcbazar.com website. Submitted images shall not identify names of individuals, firms or organizations.
iii. Please adhere to the following specific submission requirements:
A. Files of the existing Floor Plan shall be downloaded from Arcbazar’s webpage.
B. All images shall be submitted by designers as follows:
• All perspective/axonometric views should be high-resolution *.jpeg images:
- 10x7.5 inches size at 150 dpi, maximum 8MB per image; cannot exceed 5,000x5,000 pixels.
• Floor Plan should be on a single sheet, and submitted as a PDF document, maximum 8 MB.
12. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
A. All designs submitted pursuant to this solicitation shall remain the property of the designers, including copyright in the work
B. Designers should agree to the following:
a. Costs incurred in submitting any materials in connection with this solicitation are the sole responsibility of the designers
b. By submitting materials, applicants shall grant express permission to MassChallenge to use submitted materials for any purpose without limitation; and
C. The selected designer shall:
a. Retain ownership and copyright of the design work; and
b. Not use the designs without prior approval from MassChallenge
D. MassChallenge reserves, without limitation, in perpetuity, the right to:
a. Reject any and all designs received in response to this solicitation;
b. Waive or modify any irregularities in proposals received or any other aspect of this solicitation;
c. Conduct discussions with one or more designers; and
d. Negotiate separately with any source whatsoever in any manner whatsoever.
E. MassChallenge agrees to use its best efforts to give credit and provide notice to the selected winning designer when using their design work.
Submissions must be submitted by Sunday, May 13, 2012, at 12 midnight EST. All submissions should be uploaded at www.arcbazar.com.
The selected designer shall be notified by May 20, 2012. The selected design shall be posted on Arcbazar’s website (www.arcbazar.com). Only the winning designers shall receive direct notification.
Phone inquiries shall not be returned. All questions will be answered at Arcbazar’s project wall feature. Posts regarding questions that can be answered by reviewing this solicitation shall not receive a response. MassChallenge shall periodically respond to relevant questions and post answers on the project wall at www.arcbazar.com.
MATERIAL FROM CLIENT
Please click on the "Images" tab to see general pictures
Please click on the "+" tab for a masterplan and detailed plan drawings and images
Please visit following link to download CAD drawing of floor plan: