Why You Need an Architect in Data Center Design

(By: Mark Meche, AIA) I will be the first to admit, when thinking about great architecture, not one single data center comes to mind. The truth is data centers, for good reason, tend to be stealthy affairs that avoid attracting attention and their buildings follow suit. Despite typically splashy web portals, the whole industry has … Continue reading

Fear and Loathing in Integrated Project Delivery

(By Paul Durand, AIA) Our firm’s foray into BIM (Building Information Modeling) was largely fueled by the promises of a brave new world of Integrated Project Delivery. It seemed a godsend to the industry, in fact, the Holy Grail. It was a sane path to building success that seemed so smart and yet so obvious. … Continue reading

Giving Thanks

This year has been one of Winter Street’s most successful years to date…because of that we are very grateful for the people and opportunities that have been afforded to us to help make that happen.  We are also excited to continue to share with you our big ides for the future and look forward to … Continue reading

Technology, Tools + Toys in the Transformative Workplace

Increased economic pressure and logarithmic advances in technology are evolving business processes at a fantastic, and to some, an alarming rate. It’s all very exciting to us as architects. Creation and collaboration, and using new tools are key elements to business success. That, in tandem with sustainable practices, has the workplace becoming a more humane place; and done right it’s vibrant, exciting and more productive.

Supporting Change through Design: Transformative Work Environments

A transformative work environment aims us toward a different condition, a new way of inhabiting a place of work and a new way of communicating with each other. It is one which recognizes that what we’ve done even just a few years ago is not appropriate to replicate because so many current influencers were not part of the criteria which gave rise to that solution.

Biting the BIM Bullet

(by Paul Durand    , AIA) If you haven’t done it by now, you better get to it!  Or fall so far behind you may never be able to catch up.  Bite the BIM bullet.  It’s the future of the building industry and the future is now or just around the corner.  Our firm swallowed the BIM … Continue reading

Needham Going Green

(By: Mike Fields, Project Manager) Nestled into a grove of pine trees alongside the Needham Reservoir, the form of the Needham Public Services Administration Building is a response to ecological constraints, setbacks, and its relationship to the adjacent Water Building. A large portion of the green aspects in this building is the energy and water savings.  The … Continue reading

T-Squares, Rulers, and Pencils (oh my!)

(by: heather the intern)   So here’s something we already know: sometimes it’s not just what you do, but how you do it. Now take that to the architecture world and we understand that it’s not always about the end product, but what the client gets in the process, and what tools you use to make … Continue reading

The Long View Approach

(By: Heather the Intern) Being innovative in this rocky market often means going out and actively looking for clients rather than waiting for clients to find you; and sometimes that means stepping outside your “bubble,” which is exactly what Winter Street is thinking and doing. This past week, I sat in on a meeting with Paul Durand, a … Continue reading

Growing the Creative Economy

Paul Durand Appointed to Creative Economy Council’s ‘For-Profit Working Group’ As part of the Commonwealth’s new effort to support the Creative Economy, the Massachusetts Office of Business Development has appointed local business professionals and organization leaders to the ‘Creative Business’ Working Group of the Creative Economy Council. Paul Durand from Winter Street Architects was nominated … Continue reading