AEW Capital Management, L.P. (AEW) renovated its offices in Boston’s booming Seaport District after decades of continued growth in its field of real estate asset management. In their reimagined office space, designers were challenged with introducing an industrial look with a touch of sophistication to reflect the company’s approachable culture and its professional stature as an industry leader.
Two distinct flooring types help achieve this industrial chic design vision. Designers turned the workplace inside out – moving private offices to the interior and workstations and collaboration zones along the windows. Office and workspaces feature a timeless neutral palette of carpet tiles punctuated with art and furniture pieces to introduce pops of color. Polished concrete in the circulation aisles as well as common areas, including conference rooms, reception, and the communal café space, introduces an industrial aesthetic. The existing concrete was not polishable and therefore the architect introduced Ardex K521. Area rugs in the conference rooms and textured marble wall coverings elevate the industrial look, asserting a playful juxtaposition of gritty and upscale elements.
The reimagined office, completed safely and on time during the pandemic, features abundant daylight and sweeping views of Boston Harbor. The deft pairing of flooring materials serves the dual purpose of delineating distinct zones in the office and realizing the industrial chic aesthetic. The world-class office space will serve to inspire their talented workforce and attract top talent when employees return to the workplace.
Unique Installation Challenge Strategy
Ardex K521 requires a very flat substrate. The existing substrate had a huge amount of deflection. Combined with the installation of pre-fabricated office fronts that had very little tolerance, we had to follow the contour of the substrate. The Ardex butted up against numerous other flooring products including ceramic, carpet and sealed concrete. Therefore, each transition needed to be addressed individually.
There were huge time constraints on this project as well-the schedule was brutal! In addition there were noise limitations which required having crews working multiple shifts both day and night in order to meet the deadline.