Contract Magazine - July/August 2017 - 125

125 Summer Street
Architect and Interior
Designer Stantec
Client Oxford
Properties Group
Where Boston
What 9,100 total square
feet on one floor
Cost/sf Withheld
at client's request
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list, see page 140 or visit
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before

before

Once hindered by its
heavy postmodern aesthetic
and multiple understated
entrances (two above), the
lobby has been transformed
with a material palette of
oak, matte back-painted glass
(left), and marble, and it now
includes a lounge, a concierge,
and space for a coffee shop.

Adjacent to a major transportation hub, an
urban greenway, and the city's Financial District,
125 Summer Street occupies a prime site in downtown
Boston. Yet despite its location, the building
recently had a 35 percent vacancy rate. Designed
by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and completed
in 1989, the building was underperforming within
the city's real estate market due in part to its
ground-floor presence-understated entrances
and a dated postmodern aesthetic.
Recognizing the inherent value in the 22story building, Toronto-based Oxford Properties
purchased it with the foresight to reposition
125 Summer Street as a sought-after home for
successful, progressive firms. Oxford hired
Stantec to transform the flagging property with
an inviting, vibrant entrance and lobby-crucial
elements for desirable commercial addresses.
"We felt comfortable that Stantec would
work with us to collaboratively solve the ultimate
problem-the building was not attractive to
our preferred customers in its current state,"
say Philip Dorman, the Oxford Properties Group
head of leasing in Boston.
For Stantec, the project began with the
initial job interview. "We did stress our strong belief
that the space needed to address the changing
workforce and be more casual, comfortable,
and welcoming," says Stantec Senior Principal
Larry Grossman.

Indeed, the ground-level experience-
original to 1989-was heavy-handed and somewhat
foreboding. The building had three points of entry:
a north-facing main entrance on Summer Street and
two smaller entrances leading to an interior corridor
lined with small businesses. The three access points
were dark, offered limited lobby space, and had little
outside connection. In addition, the multiple entries
resulted in a two-sided approach to the elevator
cores and made security difficult.
In its solution, Stantec created a new singular
entrance on a landscaped south-facing public
plaza where the interior corridor had been. Visible
from South Station and the Rose Fitzgerald Kennedy
Greenway, this new entryway capitalizes on the
building's location to reestablish its prominence
in the area.
The exterior of the new entrance, featuring
large panes of glass set within brushed stainless
steel frames, establishes a dialogue between the
surrounding urban realm and the contemporary
lobby. Carefully detailed yet seemingly effortless,
the interior includes a lounge, a concierge, and
space for a forthcoming coffee shop. A material
palette of oak, matte back-painted glass, and marble
create a cohesive, hotel-like environment-a place
where people can gather, work, or relax. A rich
leather-fronted reception desk, plush gray and
blue upholstered chairs, and a light green onyx
bar-height worktable subtly introduce colors
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