The Power of the Interconnecting Stair

Also called “monumental stair”, “grand stair”, or “integrated stair”, interconnecting stairs span multiple levels within one grand space (in this case, an office suite). The increase in popularity of monumental stairs can be attributed to focal points of modern design : wellness and collaboration. A large interconnecting stair is more than a means of moving […]

Designing Responsibly

In the fast-paced world of corporate interiors, many diverse goals must align to produce a successful and purposeful project. The triple bottom line – a focus on the social and environmental, alongside the economic – is often important to many of our clients. Designing responsibly, with a keen eye toward budget, people, and the planet, […]

Noise Pollution

Noise pollution is defined as any unwanted or bothersome sound. In the workplace, this can range from ringing phones, typing and mouse clicking, to noisy HVAC and office equipment. However, research has shown that the most invasive form of noise pollution on today’s office worker is other employees voices and the conversations going on around […]

Integrated Design Process

What goes into architecture and design projects? If you’ve been through one, you might have an idea – first we start by talking about client wants and needs, then we present concepts, and we work our way down to the final details. But what goes on behind the scenes? When we refer to the design […]

Decision Fatigue in the Workplace

Decision fatigue, what is it and how does it impact you during the workday? The term decision fatigue, coined by Dr. Roy F. Baumeister, refers to the deteriorating quality of decisions made by an individual after prolonged mental activity.   The result of continued decision making throughout the day can lead individuals to make poor […]

Well-being in the Workplace

Over the course of the last year, clients and co-workers alike have been asking What does it look like to have a healthy workplace?

The Future of Multifamily Amenity Spaces

While many know us for our prevalence in the office design space, VCA also designs spaces in multifamily housing complexes. Even prior to the pandemic, there was a strong demand for amenity and communal spaces by residents of apartments and condominiums. While both amenity and communal spaces are here to stay, designers must analyze and […]

Why Everyone is Talking About Embodied Carbon

As Earth Day 2021 approaches, the building industry’s focus on sustainability has found new resolve as a parallel path to pandemic-related design solutions in the health and wellness in the office of the future. While the green building movement has been maturing over the last half-century, the recent emphasis on carbon neutrality has the design […]

The Flexible Needs of Labs

  The past ten years Boston has witnessed a boom in lab design. The city has become known for its cutting-edge research and scientific developments being published by its labs. As the demand for lab space in and around the Boston area has boomed, VC has gained valuable insight on what the future of lab […]

The Future of Virtual Reality

The further we delve into the 21st century, the more technology influences the design process. Most recently, following the introduction of 3D BIM modeling, virtual reality and augmented reality have solidified their role in interior design. The terms virtual and augmented reality capture a variety of technologies. Some virtual reality includes an all-encompassing headset, while […]