SportLifestyle Brand works with Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, J. Calnan & Associates and AHA Consulting Engineers to Unveil State-of-the Art Building with Sustainable Features and High Tech, Fashion-Forward Design
1/27/2009, Westford, MA — PUMA, the global athletic brand known for both sport and fashion, officially opened its new corporate headquarters in an official ceremony attended by Massachusetts Congresswoman Niki Tsongas on Friday, January 23rd. 10 Lyberty Way, located in Westford, features cutting edge design as well as eco-friendly and sustainable characteristics. PUMA North America worked collaboratively with top industry leaders to design and build the new headquarters — architects Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, construction management firm, J. Calnan & Associates, and mechanical/electrical/plumbing engineers, AHA Consulting Engineers. PUMA’s partners successfully translated the brand vision and personality in the new building, which house the US operations for sales, marketing, retail, product merchandising, customer service, operations and finance.
Measuring 129,000 square feet on 19 acres, PUMA North America is a two-story building holding 140 offices and 20 meeting spaces, including a Brand Center for sales and merchandising meetings as well as brand events, and four café areas and a food prep facility. A modern 1,500 square foot gymnasium including locker rooms and showers was built exclusively for the employees, to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle. Multiple product displays were designed to uniquely showcase PUMA’s footwear, apparel and accessories, including a catwalk in the front lobby as well as a gallery display of historical PUMA products such as the Mostro and PUMA Clyde. In line with the brand’s playful demeanor, the signature PUMA Red, quirky PUMA icons as well as the PUMA Cat are featured throughout the building. Interior highlights include a visually striking 60 foot long skylight as well as a lobby boasting an open atrium with 23 foot high ceilings and glass rails.
The entire team worked together to ensure the new offices went above and beyond the demands of today’s environmental standards, reducing energy, using recyclable/reusable materials, producing minimal waste and utilizing sustainable construction methods. In an effort to harness the sun’s natural energy, photovoltaic solar panels were installed to convert sunlight into renewable electrical energy. To increase the use of natural light and reduce the need for electrical lights, sixteen solar tubes were installed as well as the addition of 60 new windows in the renovated existing building. Windows are tinted to reduce heating and cooling requirements and rooms are affixed with energy efficient lights and motion sensors. Many building materials, such as bricks and drywall, were reused, recycled and reprocessed on site during the construction process. The roof was made of 135,000 square feet of environmentally friendly white TPO (Thermoplastic Polyolefin), rather than rubber. Several interior materials kept the environment in mind including recycled, renewable and biodegradable linoleum floors, eco solution carpet tiles and partially recycled content ceiling tiles.
PUMA purchased the land and former building in August 2007. The design of 10 Lyberty Way was a complete renovation, including an addition of a second story. PUMA officially broke ground on 10 Lyberty Way in October 2007, with full completion of the renovation in November 2008. Employees moved into the building in mid-December 2008. Richards Barry Joyce & Partners, a full service real estate advisory firm, represented PUMA in this purchase. Blackwater Design was responsible for landscape design. Odeh Consultants, Inc. served as the structural engineer. Meisner Brem engineers conducted the land survey and assisted with the town approval process. CB Richard Ellis was the project manager.
270 people from Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island currently work out of the PUMA North America, with room for growth and new employees. The company has been based in Westford since 1999 with previous headquarters in Brockton and Framingham.
PUMA is one of the world’s leading sportlifestyle companies that designs and develops footwear, apparel and accessories. It is committed to working in ways that contribute to the world by supporting Peace, Creativity, and SAFE Sustainability, and by staying true to the values of being Fair, Honest, Positive and Creative in decisions made and actions taken. PUMA starts in Sport and ends in Fashion. Its Sport Performance and Lifestyle labels include categories such as Soccer, Running, Motorsports, Golf and Sailing. The Black label features collaborations with renowned designers such as Alexander McQueen, Yasuhiro Mihara and Sergio Rossi. The PUMA Group owns the brands PUMA, Tretorn and Hussein Chalayan. The company, which was founded in 1948, distributes its products in more than 120 countries, employs more than 9,000 people worldwide and has headquarters in Herzogenaurach/Germany, Boston, London and Hong Kong. For more information, please visit www.puma.com
About Spagnolo, Gisness & Associates
Al Spagnolo, Bill Gisness and Jeff Tompkins founded Spagnolo Gisness & Associates, Inc. (SG&A) in 1991 to create a full service architectural, interior design, and planning firm built around a strong design culture that remains truly client inclusive. Located within Boston’s Financial District, SG&A offers comprehensive design services for office buildings, mixed-use, corporate interiors, multi-family housing, higher education and healthcare projects throughout the Northeast and beyond.
About J. Calnan & Associates, Inc.
Founded in 1996, J. Calnan & Associates, Inc. (JC&A), headquartered in Quincy, MA with an office in New York City, is one of New England’s leading construction management firms specializing in pre-construction services and challenging construction projects. JC&A provides world-class services to select high-profile clients in the corporate, private school, life science, industrial/manufacturing, recreational, healthcare, advanced technology and sustainable building markets. JC&A’s reputation has earned assignments from select clients, including Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Acceleron Pharma, Draper Laboratory, Verenium, Parexel International, Control Delivery Systems, Millipore Corporation Reebok International, The TJX Companies, Inc., Thayer Academy, New England Sports Network (NESN), Liberty Mutual, Tufts University, The MathWorks, and General Electric.
JC&A is proud to have been the Construction Manager for Viega’s North American Training and Office facility, which was designed by Spagnolo Gisness & Associates and the recipient of the “IIDA New England Interior Design Award” for best sustainable design. The Boston Business Journal ranked JC&A as one of the “Top 50 Fastest Growing Private Companies” and one of the “Top Corporate Philanthropists” in the state, Boston SF recognized JC&A as “Construction Firm of the Year,” and the Ohio Casualty Group presented JC&A with the Platinum Safety Award for an outstanding safety record. More information can be found at www.jcalnan.com.
About AHA Engineers
AHA Consulting Engineers is a collaboration of more than 120 mechanical, electrical, plumbing and fire protection design professionals devoted to the creation of environments of enduring quality and value. Founded in 1991 in the Boston, Massachusetts area and established itself as a leader in the MEP consulting industry. AHA’s Atlanta office opened in 2000 to serve the Southeast Region, and our Washington, DC office opened in 2006 to serve the Mid-Atlantic Region. AHA’s design professionals are involved in exciting projects throughout the United States. AHA’s combined portfolio of work is extensive and is a testament to our capabilities and flexibility with project design. Our portfolio includes Mixed Use Development, Healthcare, Biotechnology / Biopharmaceutical, Colleges and Universities, Research and Development Laboratories, Corporate Offices, and Manufacturing facilities. Our project experience ranges from conventional design bid approach, construction management, and design build in both the private and public sector. More information can be found at www.aha-engineers.com
Left to Right: Michael Laemmermann, Puma CFO/COO, Jay Piccola, Puma President/General Manager and Massachusetts Congresswoman Niki Tsongas