Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters / Pickard Chilton


Akamai Technologies Global Headquarters / Pickard Chilton

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Text description provided by the architects. As Akamai Technologies’ new global headquarters, 145 Broadway consolidates its workforce across six disparate locations into a unified vertical campus. Creating connectivity within the building and the neighborhood was a defining vision for the design.

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As a major infill urban development, the design process for this approx. The 482,000 gsf tower in Kendall Square was designed to respond directly to the opportunities created through close collaboration with the design team and the City of Cambridge. This participatory design process has resulted in a confident yet responsive building that fits city-wide, inspires employee engagement and supports innovation.

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A defining feature of the massing, five interlocking bars weave like fingers to create a series of overhangs that extend towards Cambridge city center and the Charles River. Green roofs cover each overhang and create a network of vegetation visible from the pocket park at the entrance to the building’s lobby to the top of the tower.

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The building served as the framework for the creation of the AkaMile, designed by interior designers Sasaki. A mile-long winding path, the AkaMile connects collaborative workspaces, libraries, game rooms, and a cafeteria across the 19 floors of Akamai’s new home. This continuous circulation at several levels from the garden to the sky creates a vertical community and promotes interaction between the company’s 2,000 employees, newly united under one roof. The color spectrum of the AkaMile palette is visible across the facade, revealing Akamai’s collaborative culture to passers-by.

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LEED Platinum certified, the high-performance painted aluminum tower housing and low-e insulated glass panels maximize daylight and views while optimizing energy performance. Ensure the sustainability and sustainability of the building. Integrated systems include active chilled beams (ACB), high efficiency chillers, energy recovery system for chilled beams and rainwater recovery tank for irrigation and makeup water cooling towers. The head office is also the largest WELL certified building in the Northeast and the fourth largest in the United States. Supporting the city of Cambridge’s cycling culture and initiatives to encourage alternative transportation, the project includes 150 bicycle parking spaces and a dedicated cycle path along Broadway.

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Designed to be built using an innovative top-down construction approach, the tower was erected of steel in tandem with the excavation of the basement and construction of lower levels. This unique methodology significantly reduced the construction schedule, improving the economic performance of the project and benefiting the neighborhood by reducing the duration of construction activities.

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