Work-at-Home Videoconferencing with Confidence

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Tips for Remote Working Success from CDA

Several clients have asked us for recommendations on best-suited videoconferencing tools for moving their teams to the new work-at-home environment we’re all living. And while most are underway by now, there are still questions about best practices, security, usage, and more. At CDA we love helping people to thrive with technology, and we’ve got lots of tips and resources to help you get the most out of remote working while using online conferencing tools.

Working virtually is going really well for CDA. We use MS Teams for internal quick video calls, chats, plus some file sharing (beyond our secure VPN/server access), and Zoom for video calls that involve more than two points.

So when a client that uses Citrix asked us, “How do we deploy Zoom across our staff now working from home, and with our other operating systems?” We offered this:

Zoom works for Mac, Windows, Linux, iOS, Android as well as desktop virtualization platforms such as Citrix and VMWare. You will need to install a Zoom application on a VDI server and then use the Zoom media plug in on each of your thin clients.

A few key Zoom & Citrix points & links:

We find Zoom to be a very stable platform, and the decreased Teams bandwidth that MS talked about last month hasn’t proven to be impactful at all. So we like a combination of both tools: Teams for quick file sharing, one-to-one communications and chats, and Zoom for video and multi-point meetings. Hope this helps, let us know if you have questions or would like a personal contact at Zoom and we’ll set you up. In the meantime, keep an eye out for more tips and resources coming your way from CDA. (April 28, 2020)


Driving Tech Company Agero Switches Gears In New Office

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CDA is pleased to welcome Agero, FRT and Cross Country Group to their new home. CDA was responsible for design of their new conference and collaborative spaces.

(Written by By Diti Kohli, American City Business Journals | )

Envision a lone car driving on a road through the mountains or around a picturesque lake. That’s the go-to scene at B2B roadside assistance company Agero’s new Medford office.

The 116,000-sq.-ft. space next to the Malden River is filled with pictures of memorable drives. These images decorate the walls around meetings rooms, stairwells and elevator banks in the office.

“It’s our job as a company to get your bad day back on track,” said Jeannine Booton, Agero’s vice president of marketing. “These pictures say something about customer momentum, about movement, about connectivity.”

Agero links customers with vehicle manufacturers and insurance providers nationwide who offer driving assistance, accident management and towing services.

So after moving out of another Medford space in September, the 40-year-old company thread the driving experience into every part of its new office.

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Project Team for PTC Global Headquarters Wins Building Team Award

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PTC (Photo Credit: Warren Patterson Photography)

(By Boston Real Estate Times |

BOSTON – Margulies Perruzzi announced that the project team for PTC’s new global headquarters has been recognized as a gold-level winner of the Building Design + Construction (BD+C) Magazine 2019 Building Team Awards.

The design and construction team for PTC’s new headquarters includes:

  • Margulies Perruzzi: Architecture and interior design
  • Gilbane Building Company: Construction manager
  • Cresa: Owner’s project manager, site selection, lease negotiation, transaction management, and workplace strategy
  • BALA Consulting Engineers: Mechanical, electrical, plumbing, fire protection, IT, and security design; core and shell engineer for 121 Seaport
  • McNamara · Salvia: Structural design
  • Sladen Feinstein Integrated Lighting: Lighting design
  • Communications Design Associates, Inc. (CDA): Audiovisual system design
  • Amaze Design: Design consultant for Corporate Experience Center
  • Branding/Graphics
  • Acentech: Acoustics
  • CRJA/IBI Group: Landscape design of PTC’s rooftop terrace
  • Fitzmeyer & Tocci Associates Inc.: Commissioning
  • AKF Group: Code consulting
  • Collective Wisdom Corporation: Specifications
  • Campbell-McCabe: Hardware specifications
  • Entegra Development and Investment, LLC: LEED consulting
  • Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH): Building Envelope

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CDA talks about designing the networked AV solutions for PTC’s 250,000sf World HQ in Boston’s Seaport District

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121 Seaport Ave., Home to PTC’s new world Headquarters

Another CDA Design! WINNER of the 2019 Commercial Integrator Integration Award, Best Corporate Campus Project (AV Integrator, Red Thread, Boston, MA).

One very unique and beautiful building in the heart of Boston’s Seaport district (aka Innovation District) is home to PTC’s spectacular new world Headquarters, spanning 250,000 SF over nine floors. This cutting-edge software company has created an awe-inspiring workplace of the future. PTC’s vision was to provide its employees a transformational and technology-rich workspace that encourages collaboration and productivity. For Communications Design Associates (CDA), designing an entirely networked AV solution to support PTC’s vision has been one of its greatest success stories to date.

Chief Designers, CDA Principal, Stewart B. Randall, CTS-D, and Senior Project Design Manager, Joel Nygren, CTS-D, spent more than a year and a half exploring, engineering, overseeing deployment and commissioning a multitude of technology‐rich, innovative AV solutions that not only showcase PTC’s leading-edge software for product design, Augmented Reality (AR), 3D CAD, Product Lifecycle Management and Industrial Internet of Things (IoT) solutions, but that also engage and inspire PTC’s mobile workforce. “Stewart and Joel have been amazing, and we would have never succeeded without their expertise and dedication,” said John Civello, PTC Vice President, Corporate Real Estate and Workplace.

CDA partnered with an extraordinary design team, including Margulies-Peruzzi Architects, Amaze Design, Signet and Trivium (exhibits), Sladen Feinstein (lighting), BALA Consulting Engineers (MEP engineering) and several PTC technical and creative teams, to define and bring to life a truly exceptional, one-of-a-kind facility. “AV over IP was a key consideration in CDA’s design strategy,” said CDA’s Stewart Randall. “The nature of PTC’s business and vision were essential to replicate in our wholistic design approach. Positive user experiences and standardized yet inviting technologies were key. We needed to ensure that everyone at PTC could easily use of any of the collaborative solutions we designed throughout the building,” said Randall.

CDA designed, full-scale video production studio

CDA’s solutions included video presentation and videoconferencing systems, a video production studio, a Podcast studio, and centralized interactive control systems across 200+ technology-equipped spaces throughout six office floors and in particular, the 17th floor – home to the Corporate Experience Center (CXC) that supports an extensive array of interactive product demo kiosks; and the Commons, an employee recreation space that also comfortably supports large group events, like CRETECH Future Boston, which PTC hosted on April 10th of this year.

20 interactive exhibit pods throughout the CXC showcase PTC’s product solutions

One of the most specialized elements within CDA’s design is the PTC Podcast Studio that CDA’s Joel Nygren designed, assisted in configuring and even engineered the first live studio session with PTC’s senior leadership. From John Civello, “Our second Investor Call from 121 Seaport went great (again) last night from the new studio.  Just wanted to extend my sincere thanks to all of you for designing and building this outstanding space.”

The construction team included General Contractor, Gilbane Construction, Project Managers Cresa, and AV Integrator, Red Thread. “Red Thread was the perfect choice in AV integrators for this project. They had the breadth of resources and skill to implement our design, and to do so with the level of talent needed to handle a project of this scale – and with a very short construction schedule. This required lots of quick coordination between all parties, and Red Thread did a stellar job.

They were responsive and well organized throughout. We had a great working relationship with their team, right through final programming and commissioning.” stated CDA Principal, Stewart Randall.

“When I see people’s eyes light up with creativity when they walk into one of these spaces, I know that we got our design right. The Podcast Studio, like many other spaces within the new PTC Headquarters, exemplify CDA’s belief that the technology solutions we design should not just satisfy end-users’ needs, but also inspire and empower greater creativity, collaboration and a better end result, whatever that may be.” said CDA’s Joel Nygren. This project has been a true success story for so many; an expansive team of creative, hardworking people who have helped make PTC’s vision for a revolutionary, technology-centric workplace not only a reality, but a global model for success.

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See inside PTC’s new Seaport District headquarters

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CDA was proud to design the networked AV solutions throughout this extraordinary 250K sf space – PTC headquarters in Boston’s Seaport District.

(Written By: Catherine Carlock |

Industrial software company PTC Inc. (Nasdaq: PTC) has officially moved from Needham to Boston’s Seaport District, celebrating the grand opening of its 250,000-square-foot headquarters at 121 Seaport Blvd. on April 25.

The office was designed by Margulies Perruzzi Architects and built out by Gilbane Building Co.

The office features museum-like exhibits showcasing PTC software in action, from its uses in Caterpillar heavy machinery to ESAB welding equipment and Celli Group taps serving up Downeast Cider beverages. At a customer experience center, customers can use a tablet loaded with PTC software to take a virtual tour of the Seaport District. Smaller touches including a conference table made from the remains of a shipwrecked schooner, discovered in 2016 amid the construction of 121 Seaport Blvd.

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DraftKings’ New Back Bay Headquarters

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CDA was pleased to provide its AV consultation, design and commissioning expertise on innovative technology systems throughout DraftKings’ expanded BackBay HQ. The project was completed in March 2019.

Daily fantasy sports company DraftKings Inc. has moved into its new Boston headquarters, a 105,000-square-foot office across a single floor at 500 Boylston St./222 Berkeley St. Gov. Charlie Baker was on hand to celebrate the office’s opening….

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Employees at the Heart of 121 Seaport

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CDA is very pleased to have been a part of the design and implementation team to bring this exciting project to life.

Through industrial innovation and emerging technologies, traditional design obstacles are morphing into efficiency outcomes. For example, AI & simulation technologies enabling generative design use cases can increase operational efficiency, brought into the physical product world via additive manufacturing…

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CDA Provides AV Support for New Boston Scientific HQ

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CDA is proud to share the opening of the new Boston Scientific Customer Fulfillment Center in Quincy, MA. Located on Squantum Point in Quincy, the state-of-the-art facility expands and modernizes the company’s logistics and distribution functions, and aligns with the goals of the company’s global facilities master plan.

CDA provided audio and visual consulting for the building, including conference areas, training spaces, and a variety of meeting rooms.

Comprising 64,000sf of office space and a 630,000sf customer fulfillment center, the building’s office space was designed to meet global workplace strategy standards that Boston Scientific is deploying around the world. The center includes 2.5 miles of high-efficiency, smart technology conveyor and the first installation of an enterprise warehouse management system for Boston Scientific Global Distribution. The sustainably designed building is expected to achieve LEED Gold certification for existing buildings.

To see more about the headquarters and technology design, click here.

CDA Designs Technology Spaces Within New Globoforce Headquarters

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CDA is pleased to share our design work at the new Globoforce Headquarters in Framingham, MA. Globoforce is a leading provider of social recognition solutions with a mission to inspire greater humanity, productivity, and teamwork in the workplace. CDA designed and managed all the technology components of the new space, with a focus on collaboration, culture, and connection across the team.

About the office:

The company’s new headquarters encompass more than 55,000 square-feet and occupy two floors. The human-centric office features digital walls, floor-to-ceiling glass windows, stairwells with inspirational messages, phone booths for personal phone calls, collaboration spaces, relaxation areas, and a game area.

You can read more about the new Globoforce Headquarters here.