Havas/Arnold Worldwide Burnham Building

10 Summer Street, Boston

Havas/Arnold Worldwide – Burnham Building


  • IIDA New England Award for Best Office over 80,000 SF
  • Illuminating Engineering Society, New England Section, Merit Award
  • CoreNet New England, Award of Excellence for Best New Workplace / Large Renovation

About This Project

The project was an multi-floor office build-out on floors 5 through 8 of the 8-story historic Burnham Building. The space includes private offices, work stations, collaboration spaces, conference center, commercial café, production studio, media room. All new mechanical, electrical and plumbing systems were installed to create a modern and efficient office space on the inside, while maintaining the historic exterior façade of the original building. Antique windows were used as architectural elements and blended with other reclaimed, industrial style finishes such as the exposed galvanized metal wall panels, stacked dimensional lumber wall applications, purged concrete wall finishes and sealed concrete floors.

Project Specifications

  • 116,000 SF
  • 6-month schedule
  • The prominent monumental stair connecting the 7th and 8th floors includes reclaimed wood treads, steel cable balusters, metal railings, and an elevated stair plinth clad with reclaimed weathered wood
  • Four new connecting stairs were constructed to allow easy accessibility for employees to connect within the space
  • The Burnham Café, which opens up onto a rooftop terrace, serves as alternative workspace and event area for social gatherings
  • Various materials from the historic building were salvaged and repurposed as design elements


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