Open Square is pleased to announce plans for the build-out of a brand new company headquarters. We’re creating a new, custom-designed and custom-built work space that will provide approximately 6,000 square feet of work and meeting space for 25 employees.
Current Open Square tenant and national healthcare IT consultancy VertitechIT is expanding its presence at Open Square. The new space will also house employees of two sister companies; akiro Consulting, a firm that facilitates medical practice transactions and acquisitions, and baytechIT, an IT services provider to physician practices, clinics, and non-profit healthcare companies. BaytechIT is a joint venture between VertitechIT and Baystate Health. The new space will allow collaboration between the three companies while giving each their own autonomy. Says Greg Pellerin, VertitechIT Chief Operating Officer, “When you start a company, you’d take a closet to work in, but when you have the ability to make a space, it becomes part of the definition of your company. Our space is part of our company’s culture. What John built for us partially defines us and we love it.”
Our design for the new companies embraces our 17-foot ceilings, large windows, maple floors and solid brick walls while adding modern design and work-space functionality to the open historic environment. Pellerin continues, “To a person, when folks come in here, they are astounded by our office space. It’s unique and functional for a technology company but fits the aesthetic of everything else around it within the building.”
This will be Open Square’s largest custom build-out in its 19-year history. As you probably know, we’re interested in melding the old and the new, creating spaces where creative companies can thrive because the work environment supports their mission. We’re particularly glad to be attracting companies that are great for our local economy and leverage the true assets of post-industrial cities: our incredible spaces, central location, great prices and diverse community. Open Square is a poster child for this different approach to growing in post-industrial American cities: a balanced market-based approach.
Put your hand up if you could use a ‘RESET’ button. The Reset, a new fitness studio, is pleased to announce it is open for business in Suite 203 at Open Square.
The Reset is owned by Maggie Bergin, who has been teaching group fitness classes in the Pioneer Valley for 6 years. (DISCLOSURE: Maggie is also Open Square’s Communications Director and is married to John Aubin, Open Square’s Owner/Architect. Maggie is actually referring to herself in the 3rd person as she types this announcement which feels weird but is also-oddly in this case-part of her job.)
“I named my studio The Reset because for me, a good workout is like a RESET button I can count on to help me sleep better, feel balanced (figuratively and literally) and improve my general quality of life. Incidentally, it also improves the lives of those around me as I’m a lot more pleasant to be around if I’m working out regularly.”
The Reset offers 30-minute lunchtime and 50-minute afternoon and evening group fitness classes. Classes are pared down to the essentials necessary for a great workout: cardiovascular health, muscular strength and flexibility (Who has TIME these days to NOT get a full-body workout in under and hour?) All Reset classes 1. Improve your cardiovascular system. 2. Strengthen your muscles (especially your core) and 3. Maintain your balance and flexibility.
A Reset class uses short cardio intervals (low-impact options are ALWAYS offered), TRX® Suspension trainers, Bosu® balls, Yoga balls, body weight resistance and Strala® yoga movements and stretches. Classes are $5.95-$9.95 each depending on how many classes you purchase. When you purchase your first class for $5, you get a second class free. Everything Reset is on their website: http://TheResetFitness.com
Earlier this summer Open Square welcomed a new tenant, Birthday Wishes. Birthday Wishes provides birthday parties to children experiencing homelessness because all children, regardless of their living situation, should celebrate their birthdays joyfully.
Did you know the average age of a homeless person in Massachusetts is 8 years old? Birthday Wishes made sure that each of the 5,241 children they served in fiscal year 2017 saw their name on a birthday cake and received a bag of gifts which were selected and wrapped specifically for them. Other children celebrated with them. They sang “Happy Birthday”, ate cake, and played games with each other and their families. For some, it was the first birthday party they ever had (even if they were turning 8). For most, it was a time when the stress and trauma subsided and they were the center of positive attention.
If you’re interested in volunteering or supporting Birthday Wishes’ wish list, visit them on-line at www.BirthdayWishes.org or swing by Mill 4, Suite 209, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday or Friday 8am-2pm.
Open Square is a dog friendly building. We can’t image any other option. For heavens sake, why would you want to work in a building that doesn’t allow dogs? Maybe it’s just us, but we think pets add soul to our building and our tenants’ lives. They certainly do to our lives. There are only two rules dog owners must follow at Open Square: you must pick up after your pet when they do their business and they must be on a leash in common areas. We think that’s pretty reasonable.
At some moments in our 17-year history, we’ve had a legitimate pack of dogs in the building. Currently, our doggo population is at an ebb: there are only two tenants who choose to bring their dog to work: Boomerang Storage and us. So we reach out to you. We need your help. Rent office, warehouse, studio or retail space from us and please bring your dog.