Designer Feature – Kayla O’Rourke

A relative newcomer to the firm, Kayla O’Rourke joins VC with over five years of design experience. Kayla was born and raised in Boston and received her BS in Interior Design from Endicott College. With such a long relationship with one city it’s no surprise that location serves as inspiration and a source of “fun” […]

Employee Rituals Inform Change Communication

Rituals have the ability to reduce anxiety in the people who use them. Whether it is how we psych ourselves up for a big pitch or attend a networking event, rituals help to calm nerves in uncertain situations, set a tone for a day or moment, and strengthen bonds between team members. But rituals require […]

WELL Building Standards Post COVID-19

As we are experiencing the beginning steps of returning to the workplace, many are wondering what the lasting impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic are on the spaces in which we spend so much of our waking time: the office. It is clear that a focus on building occupants’ health and well-being will outlast today’s virus. […]

Doble warehouse and lab space

Project Feature – Doble Engineering

When Doble decided to move their headquarters, they saw the benefits of leaving the city of Boston. They settled on a single tenant, one story building in Marlborough, MA that boasts a high-bay addition with space for high-voltage testing and warehouse storage. VC designed the office, warehouse and lab spaces, but found synergy through color. […]

Antimicrobial Products vs. Sustainability

For decades, sustainability has been a key element of architectural design; since COVID-19 appeared, discussions around antimicrobial materials have surpassed sustainable products in popularity. But are they really the solution?  Understanding the lifespan of coronavirus on surfaces may not improve the way we design healthy work environments. However, it could guide us towards protocols that […]

Grace Santos, designer at Visnick & Caulfield

Designer Feature – Grace Santos

Grace Santos started with VC in February of 2020 as a designer. A native of Honduras, Grace moved to Massachusetts in 2010 to study for her Associates Degree in Art & Design from Mount Wachusett Community College, after which she transferred to Wentworth Institute of Technology for her bachelor’s degree. The big move was spurred […]

Evolution of Spatial Standards Post-COVID-19

People throughout modern history have studied how the body relates to the built environment. From da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man (c 1490) to Neufert’s Architects’ Data (1936) the desire to use geometric shapes to describe the human form and the space around it is evident. The human body and its relation to space create spatial standards, […]

Engineering Controls for a Safer Workplace

The CDC’s Hierarchy of Controls lists the most effective to least effective solutions for protecting people from a hazard. Unsurprisingly, eliminating the hazard is the most effective solution, while PPE is the least effective. PPE should only be utilized in instances where none of the other controls are feasible. In the middle of the CDC’s […]

center island and bright white finishes invites employees to congregate in the cafe and lounge.

Project Feature – Charlesbank

Charlesbank Capital Partners sought to expand their offices to the floor below their existing space at 200 Clarendon. VC saw this as an opportunity to shift the company’s traditional space to a more transitional design with increased open and collaborative areas, contemporary materials and a community hub. The goal of the design was to bridge […]