33 New York Avenue, Framingham, MA
Built originally in 1970 as the headquarters for The Middlesex News, the single story industrial building functioned as a corporate office and printing press facility throughout much of its existence, until it went largely underutilized as the newspaper printing business declined. However, the area surrounding the building has seen a rebirth in response to the current needs of a booming life-sciences industry. Major players such as Sanofi, Genzyme, and Bose all have considerable presence in the area. The site’s location at the juncture of Route 9 and the Mass Turnpike make it an ideal destination for companies with R&D and manufacturing space needs.
King Street Properties (KSP) acquired the building in 2018, and assembled a team lead by RE Dinneen Architects (REDAP) and BW Kennedy Co. (BWK) as project architects and construction managers respectively, to reposition the building to service the current market. The building was redesigned to support four separate tenants, with each tenant having its own control area for chemical and waste storage. This layout also maximized access to existing high-bay space, allowing all tenants to combine office, research and manufacturing needs under one roof. The existing exterior façade was completely removed and redesigned to maximize natural light into the spaces and energy efficiency.
The exterior design aesthetic is intended to be high tech in the use of materials, yet respectful to the history of the building’s typology and the industrial nature of the surroundings. Early 20th century industrial buildings from the Bauhaus and Modernist periods were a source of inspiration for exterior treatment, inclusive of the analog clock gracing the main entrance. REDAP added a 17,000 SF addition to increase the rentable area to 107,000 SF, with a large portion being added to the street side to increase the building’s visibility from the street. In addition to all new infrastructure, loading docks were redesigned to better accommodate tenant’s needs. Complete exterior overhaul including new landscaping, parking, and a common tenant terrace overlooking protected wetlands complete the new amenities.