Unveils High Tech Space in 19th Century Mill HOLYOKE, MA February 3, 2014 — 150 years ago, it was a state-of-the-art paper mill serving the Massachusetts Pioneer Valley. Today, it’s home to one of America’s fastest -growing IT consultancies. VertitechIT is throwing open the doors to its new national headquarters, a custom-designed and built work space in Open Square, the country’s largest zero net energy mixed-use development.
Based in temporary quarters at Open Square since May 2013, VertitechIT will occupy an office environment created for it by architect/builder John Aubin. The new headquarters provides 3,557 square feet of work and meeting space, configured to maximize secure, private areas for consultation, plus an open, flexible floor area for operations. The company decided to upgrade to a custom-built environment after experiencing significant growth during the past two years. In addition to its Open Square headquarters, VertitechIT maintains regional offices in Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Ohio, and Florida.
Michael Feld, VertitechIT CEO, notes that the company’s new base “gives us a home and a reason to invite clients on-site. From a technical standpoint, it gives our people the ability to better manage our infrastructure and have the workspace conducive to communicating with clients in a more secure and private environment.”
Aubin’s design emphasizes simplicity and aesthetic satisfactions in the built environment, combining quality materials with subtle geometric stylings, like gently curved walls and extended sightlines. Highlights of the design include:
- Three private offices for secure communications within the main work area
- Flowing, open areas featuring three main work “pods” or islands creatively configured to enhance collaboration
- Unique curved inner walls, are mounted with whiteboards, providing ample work surfaces within the pods
- A curved conference room whose central position in the floorscape crowns an environment emphasizing VertitechIT’s collective brainpower and commitment to creating solutions
“The design of an office headquarters makes an important statement about a company’s vision and brand,” says Feld. “Our office space needs to reflect a company that melds the old and the new, and is a home for smart, creative thinkers and problem solvers. Our office design and furnishings are critical in setting the tone for both our clients and our people.”
Open Square is located in Holyoke’s Canal District, just 15 minutes away from the Interstate 91-MassPike connection and 30 minutes from Bradley International Airport.