Hello from London!

We just returned from an amazing trip to London where we oversaw the final days of a DIRTT installation for our client MFS.

In total we installed 66 DIRTT private offices with all wood veneer wrapped glass walls and doors. Also, on the demising walls we have integrated back-painted glass whiteboards and fabric tiles. Strategic Workspaces also supplied the walls for the MFS conference rooms. Our long term partnership with MFS has taken us all over the world and this collaboration and trip will remain unforgettable.

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Summer in the Sandbox

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The sand is hot and so is Summer 2014 at Strategic Workspaces!
We are excited to share recent projects, events, team updates and the launch of our new website…

Recent Projects
Cole Hann, New York City – 50,000 SF with Kimball Office
MFS, London, UK – 60,000 SF with DIRTT Prefab Walls
Wayfair, Boston, MA – 60,000 SF with DIRTT Prefab Walls
Citizens Bank, Manchester, NH – 25,000 with DIRTT Prefab Walls
Marriott Hotel, Boston, MA – 10,000 SF with Kimball Office
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Paint Nite
Strategic Workspaces’ along with our partner AIS Systems, encouraged local Boston Design Professionals to express their creativity through some ‘Paint Nite’ fun! Thanks to all who attended this fantastic event!

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SW @ #Neocon 2014
The SW Crew headed to Chicago to catch up on latest design and construction industry trends. NeoCon 2014 did not disappoint – see some of our favorite design ideas including Kimball Office’s ‘Your Work. Your Way’ and DIRTT’s Enzo Approach!

Here We Grow Again
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Nick Burkhardt, Designer
Nick joined the Strategic Workspaces’ team in the spring of 2014. He studied Interior Design at Wentworth Institute of Technology and received his Bachelor of Science Degree in August 2013. Nick has an extensive background in the Residential Construction industry that contributes to his overall knowledge of the built environment. Nick is responsible for specifying office furniture solutions, comprehensive space planning, and material selection.

SW Team Updates
Jill Gaboury has been promoted to Senior Designer.
Adam Mueller has been promoted to Senior DIRTT Project Manager.
Diane Sager has been promoted to Senior Account Manager.

We’re Hiring
Strategic Workspaces is currently seeking candidates for Customer Service, Account Management, Project Management and Design Positions. Please contact us for additional information.

New Look
Strategic Workspaces has a new website!
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FRESH DIRTT features Strategic Workspaces

Corporate Boston, Massachusetts : This corporate office was designed to display a wide variety of materials and finishes in a small space of less than 3000 sq. ft. Featuring a reception area, a café and a meeting room, this creative and inspiring space demonstrates the freedom of design for clients from all industries.

Products: Solid Walls,
Glass Walls, Combination Walls,
Curtain Walls, Media Walls,
Frameless Glass Sliding Doors,
Modular Power, Modular Millwork,
Breathe Living Wall

Finishes: Veneer, Back Painted Glass,
Tackable Tile, Chromacoat,
Anodized Aluminum,
Clear Tempered Glass

Design:
Kait McKenna & Jill Gaboury,
Strategic Workspaces

Distribution Partner:
Strategic Workspaces

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What is FreshDIRTT?
FreshDIRTT is a FREE weekly one-page visual case study that highlights real DIRTT projects. (Okay, we admit it’s occasionally more than one page.) Think lots of photos and minimal text. We note the industry sector and geographic location of the project, without divulging the client’s name.

Sometimes there’s an ICEvision or ICEpresenter button included – clicking it gives a virtual trip through the project in 3D. These extras contain annotations at points of interest to give a better understanding of the story behind the photos.

FreshDIRTT Features
Flexible subscription frequency

FreshDIRTT is delivered weekly via email (unless we slack off). You have the option of a monthly subscription – however, it only includes a single FreshDIRTT case study, not the entire month’s worth.

 

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Pacesetters – Strategic Workspaces – No. 7

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Mike Hoban, Special to the Journal

Strategic Workspaces

Partners: Randy Saville, Michael Maude, Dave Cvitkovich, Kamran Nafissi

Year founded: 2003

Headquarters: Boston

Number of employees: 11

Percentage growth 2009-2012: 421%

There may be some truth to the adage that in order to be successful, it helps to get your hands a little dirty. That philosophy has certainly paid off for Boston-based contract furniture dealer Strategic Workspaces, although not in a literal sense.

The firm got dirty — or to be more accurate, DIRTTy — when it teamed up with DIRTT, a Canadian company that manufactures and distributes sustainable prefabricated wall systems, to significantly expand upon its office furniture business. The affiliation has helped to catapult the company into the seventh position on the Boston Business Journal’s 2013 Pacesetters list with a 421 percent revenue growth rate from 2009-2012.

Strategic Workspaces had seen its office furniture business grow even before the agreement with DIRTT (which is an acronym for “Doing It Right This Time”), but since the affiliation began in 2011, business has really taken off. Revenue more than doubled in 2012 to $12.9 million (from $6.1 million the previous year), after steady growth in the preceding years ($5 million in 2010, $2.5 million in 2009) as an office furniture-only concern.

“Our business is expanding and we’re on the cutting edge of this revolution of interior spaces,” said principal David Cvitkovich, who co-founded the company with business partner Randy Saville in 2003. “Our furniture business has grown fairly robustly as well (it’s up 25 percent), so we have not put the brakes on the furniture business — it’s complemented by it.”

Partner Saville said the wall business allows the firm to grow the furniture business even faster “because we develop relationships earlier on in the construction process.”

Strategic Workspaces landed some significant DIRTT clients early on, including the 290,000-square-foot build-out of the MFS Investment Management headquarters at 111 Huntington Ave. in 2011. That project then led to international projects for MFS office build-outs in Hong Kong, Singapore, Toronto, London and Frankfurt.

“The satellite locations around the globe are not as big as the headquarters building, but it’s all good business and it has given us the ability to manage logistics internationally,” said Saville.

Strategic Workspaces has also gained a foothold in the Kendall Square Life Sciences market following a 32,000-square-foot life science project at 325 Vassar St. that the firm contracted with BioMed Realty Trust early on. “It got us thinking about how much opportunity would present itself in the Kendall Square build out,” said Saville.

In addition to the end-user clients like MFS, Pioneer and BioMed, the DIRTT system is becoming very popular with locally based construction and project management firms such as Structure Tone, Suffolk, The Richmond Group, and J. Calnan Associates for both the DIRTT system’s impact on sustainable building as well as its time-saving elements.

“What you’re talking about is reducing the construction schedule,” said Cvitkovich. “Contractors are finding that they can shave off 20 percent on their construction time when they’re building out these spaces and that impacts their costs as well as the environment.”

With the increased interest in green building in the commercial real estate industry, the timing for the DIRTT walls may be ripe as the product represents a sustainable alternative to drywall.

“There was a huge opportunity for the modular construction piece (of our business) with everything going on in the industry around sustainability. The cost of drywall keeps going up, and every time a tenant switches out a lease they were throwing all that stuff out in landfills,” said Cvitkovich. “If the cost of modular goes down and the cost of conventional materials goes up, why wouldn’t you buy modular?”

Boston Business Journal Press Release – April 26, 2013

The Commercial Real Estate Revolution

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As it currently operates, the commercial real estate construction industry is a disaster full of built-in waste. Seventy-percent of all projects end over budget and late. The buildingSMART Alliance estimates that up to fifty-percent of the process is consumed in waste. Almost every project includes massive hidden taxes in the form of delays, cost overruns, poor quality, and work that has to be redone. Building new structures is a fragmented, adversarial process that commonly results in dissatisfied customers and frequently ends in disappointment, bitterness, and even litigation.

The industry must change—for its own good and that of its customers. But while the industry has tried to reform itself, it can’t do it alone. Real change can only come from business owners and executives who refuse to continue paying for a dysfunctional system and demand a new way of doing business.

The Commercial Real Estate Revolution is a bold manifesto for change from the Mindshift consortium—a group of top commercial real estate industry leaders who are fed up with a system that simply doesn’t work. The book explains how business leaders can implement nine principles for any project that will dramatically cut costs, end delays, create better buildings, and force the industry into real reform.

The Commercial Real Estate Revolution offers a radically new way of doing business—a beginning-to-end, trust-based methodology that transforms the building process from top to bottom. Based on unifying principles and a common framework that meets the needs of all stakeholders, this new system can reform and remake commercial construction into an industry we’re proud to be a part of.

If you’re one of the millions of hardcore cynics who work in commercial construction, you probably think this sounds like pie in the sky. But this is no magic bullet; it’s a call for real reform. If you’re an industry professional who’s sick of letting down clients or an owner who’s sick of cost overruns and endless delays, The Commercial Real Estate Revolution offers a blueprint for fixing a broken industry.

 

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* This post was provided by Amazon.com and was not written by Strategic Workspaces or anyone they employ.

Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets

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Across the nation, construction projects large and small—from hospitals to schools to simple home improvements—are spiraling out of control. Delays and cost overruns have come to seem “normal,” even as they drain our wallets and send our blood pressure skyrocketing. In Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets, prominent construction attorney Barry B. LePatner builds a powerful case for change in America’s sole remaining “mom and pop” industry—an industry that consumes $1.23 trillion and wastes at least $120 billion each year.

With three decades of experience representing clients that include eminent architects and engineers, as well as corporations, institutions, and developers, LePatner has firsthand knowledge of the bad management, ineffective supervision, and insufficient investment in technology that plagues the risk-averse construction industry. In an engaging and direct style, he here pinpoints the issues that underlie the industry’s woes while providing practical tips for anyone in the business of building, including advice on the precise language owners should use during contract negotiations.

Armed with Broken Buildings, Busted Budgets, everyone involved in the purchase or renovation of a building or any structure—from homeowners seeking to remodel to civic developers embarking on large-scale projects—has the information they need to change this antiquated industry, one project at a time.
 

“LePatner describes what is wrong with the current system and suggests ways that architects can help—by retaking their rightful place as master builders.”
—Fred A. Bernstein, Architect Magazine
“Every now and then, a major construction project is completed on time and on budget. Everyone is amazed. . . . Barry LePatner thinks this exception should become the rule. . . . A swift kick to the construction industry.”
—James R. Hagerty, Wall Street Journal

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