National Center on Time & Learning / MASS2020

Project Information:

  • Project Duration: 5 months
  • Square Footage: 10,000
  • Location: Financial District, Boston MA
  • Space Type: Class B Office Building
  • Core Business: Non Profit, Education
  • Headcount: 32

Project Scope:

  • Owner’s Project Manager
  • IT / AV Management
  • Asset Disposition
  • Lease Negotiations
  • Furniture Management
  • General Contractor Management
  • Move Coordination

Dowling Houy was engaged to assist MASS2020’s VP of Finance and Administration as the overall project director for this small but growing agency. We served as the owner’s rep throughout the project, guiding them through a design process to improve the selected, but neglected and tired-looking, facility to take advantage of the building’s character while providing natural light throughout the new spaces. The landlord selected its general contractor, and Dowling Houy worked closely with both parties to obtain additional improvements at no additional cost, including a newly custom-built reception station, more glass interior walls, and additional paint work. The completed spaces exceeded MASS2020’s expectations and the project was completed ahead of schedule and on budget with zero construction costs for MASS2020.

MASS2020 had inherited well aged furniture in its prior spaces, almost none of which could pass the Boston fire code requirements for this move. Dowling Houy recognized early that the client would be required to obtain nearly all-new furniture for the new spaces, which if purchased new or refurbished, would have been cost-prohibitive for MASS2020. Dowling Houy quietly went to work on locating suitable used private office furnishings and systems workstations, as well as task chairs, reception seating, and conference tables and seating, which met the fire code and could be available near MASS2020’s desired move date. Dowling Houy was able to obtain all of the needed furniture for MASS2020’s staff, which was generously made available to them on a donation basis. Dowling Houy also guided MASS2020 in planning the move, coordinating the pickup of donated furniture, implementing the move at low cost, and post move management.