A new 17-story development

Commercial buildings today are expected to be works of wonder. They need to be architectural masterpieces, eco-friendly and highly secure. Additionally, they also need to contribute to the surroundings both as a nice backdrop and as part of the community. This was the challenge BGI faced in creating a new 17-story building designed to serve both the public and private businesses alike. Having made their name in Boston’s famous Seaport district, BGI was among the first to see the potential in the sea of parking lots as world-class residential and commercial properties. 

The new building will feature an open-concept lobby design. It will have two floors of fully public spaces for retail, community gatherings, and pedestrians. Furthermore, the upper floors are designed to attract professional clientele boasting Class A office and lab space. Behind the scenes, buildings today need to be digitally and physically secure. Additionally, they need to utilize the newest innovations in technology for everything from lighting to AV. That was the challenge that BGI brought to TSP Smart Spaces. Above all they needed TSP to consult on the building’s low voltage design.

  • Services

    • Network Design

    • AV Solutions

    • Support Services

    • Low-Voltage Wiring Design

  • Project Specifics

    • Robust 10 gigabit fiber backbone as the buildings core network
    • Video capabilities throughout the building and multiple projectors to display textural or digital art
    • Lighting and shade control for the common areas with smart space control technology
    • Auditorium audio and video implementation equipped to handle performances and special events
    • Detailed audio design seamlessly integrated into the building’s architectural features
    • Public WiFi network for the common areas
    • Secure WiFi network for the building’s operations

Encouraging tenants to innovate

Even before COVID-19, BGI knew that their building, 10 World Trade, needed to have an edge to attract the nation’s best tenants. Boston’s Seaport neighborhood has evolved in recent years to become a premiere tech hub in the city. Even rivaling that of Cambridge’s Kendall Square. Technology startups and established businesses alike have recently flocked to the Seaport as it has become a prime location for innovation and growth. While the location is ideal, attracting premiere tenants during a pandemic adds a layer of difficulty. To overcome this barrier, BGI and TSP are pushing the envelope for what a smart building can provide to its tenants. Above all, creating a space that empowers its tenants to innovate at the highest levels. 

 

A robust and versatile network

TSP designed a core network that could sustain everything that a commercial building requires today to be a competitive player in the space. That’s a lot more than you might think. Today’s commercial networks need to support a wide variety of systems. This includes public and private WiFi, core networks for Building Management Systems (BMS), Audio and Video routing, and security systems. 

 

With our experience working in projects like the Celtics Auerbach Center, TSP knew that what needed to be built in 10 World Trade was something more than just your standard building-wide network. 10 World Trade required a robust network, designed to expand to incorporate and integrate tenant systems with the building management systems. We collaborated with BGI at an early stage to specify Cisco Meraki networking equipment, size all of the AV requirements and LED walls, and map out WiFi access point locations as the building’s design was being finalized. That allowed BGI to feel confident that when the building breaks ground in 2021, it will be ready for the future and equipped to expand with the needs of the building’s tenants. The completed building will transform Boston’s Seaport area into a hotspot of connectivity for the area – linking levels, modes of transportation, and the public and private realms.

 

Involvement at Every Level

  • Design-Led Thinking: TSP participated in design charrettes with Sasaki and BGI to understand their design concepts. This way all of the underlying technology could be put into place in the early phases of schematic design. Allowing the technology to be incorporated as part of the building’s design and vision, rather than a utility added afterwards. 
  • Real-World Experience: With experience consulting on technology in commercial spaces like the Accel Partners penthouse office in London and the Celtics Auerbach Center, TSP knew what was relevant for commercial spaces and what was a waste of budget. 
  • An Eye on Budget: TSP worked with vendors to create preliminary designs of the AV and networking solutions. Ensuring all of the technology components are included in the project in the earliest stages of budgeting.

Built for The Future with Low Voltage Design

BGI worked with world-renowned architects Sasaki to create a building which provides an open, welcoming lobby with a multi-function auditorium and cultural center. It is positioned below 16 stories of commercial space in the highly sought after Seaport district. The Sasaki team approached the design around an urban “push/pull” concept. That is to say it focuses on pushing in urban fabric from all directions with open spaces on all levels and sides of the building. At the same time it’s pulling the corners of the building outward, subtly gesturing to its surroundings such as the harbor, Seaport, and more. Behind the incredible glass facade, the building also has a digital core that supports it’s many different uses.

We helped BGI and Sasaki design a core network and low-voltage design that provides a rock-solid foundation for world-class tenants. Not only did we focus on enhancing the building’s smart capabilities, but we also focused on reducing system complexity, lowering cost, and increasing physical and cyber security

 

Pushing the Boundaries of Functionality and Design

10 World Trade represents the future of commercial building and establishes a public realm that is active and invigorating twelve months a year. Open and airy during beautiful summer months. Vibrant with greenery and warmth during the coldest stretches of winter. 10 World Trade delivers a truly captivating tenant experience from it’s rich, modern design to it’s high-powered and adaptable technology infrastructure. 

The roughly 600,000 square feet are divided into lab, office, cultural, retail, and outdoor sections. 10 World Trade will push the traditional boundaries of building functionality and design. 

From a technology standpoint, 10 World Trade will be fully equipped to handle any possible tenant or public need. This includes:

  • Robust 10 gigabit fiber backbone as the buildings core network
  • Video capabilities throughout the building and multiple projectors to display textural or digital art
  • Lighting and shade control for the common areas with smart space control technology
  • Auditorium audio and video implementation equipped to handle performances and special events
  • Detailed audio design seamlessly integrated into the building’s architectural features
  • Public WiFi network for the common areas
  • Secure WiFi network for the building’s operations
  • “We initially thought of bringing in TSP to assist with our systems integration towards the end of the project. However, we quickly realized the benefits of having TSP lead the AV and Low Voltage through the design, budgeting and buy-out process to meet the Project’s goals and objectives; both from a design and cost perspective. TSP was very effective at collaborating closely with a multidisciplinary design team. They achieved a forward thinking AV and Low Voltage design approach that is a value-add to the overall development”.

    BGI

Collaborating with the Best in the Business

We collaborated with industry-leading firms C3, Wiredscore, and EDGE to help achieve all the goals of this project. A part of the original consultant team, C3 provided design engineering services for the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems of the project. C3 is an international consulting firm with experience in a diverse range of projects. They provided expertise and ensured compliance with complex, evolving regulations throughout the entire project.

We also worked with BGI to bring Wiredscore into the project. Wiredscore works closely with developers to provide certifications and ratings to commercial real estate. These certifications work to optimize design during planning and construction. Ultimately, helping to avoid future retro-fit costs, attract tenants, and enhance the reputation of the project.

To bring in practices from smart buildings in Europe, we worked with Amsterdam-based EDGE. A real estate developer and smart building expert, EDGE helped to ensure the building’s health, sustainability, and smart services. To confirm these goals are being met, EDGE is also assisting in the process of obtaining WELL, LEED, and SITES certifications.

This project won a CRN IoT 2020 award!

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About TSP Smart Spaces

At TSP Smart Spaces, we combine luxury design aesthetics with the latest in smart home automation technology. From colonial mansions in Boston to seaside retreats in Florida, to luxurious vacation homes in Iceland, we help bring unique home technology solutions to you. We help you control everything in your home from lights and shades to audio and visual, all from a singular device or voice command. Our Design, Build, and Support process ensures we are with you from the beginning of your smart home journey and beyond.