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A team effort helps Carbonite find and design its own unique space



“JLL, they were the glue that held it all together. If you imagine a hand and every finger was a different team, they were what kept the hand together and functioning,” said Carbonite Vice President Danielle Sheer.

Simply put, JLL was instrumental in helping Carbonite, a leading provider of backup solutions, find and develop the perfect office space at Lafayette City Center in Boston’s Downtown Crossing. JLL was able to leverage several of its service lines to help Carbonite find the right location and transform the space with an innovative design. JLL provided both tenant advisory services and project management services to Carbonite, and also served as the exclusive leasing agent for the property.

In moving to Lafayette City Center from 177 Huntington Avenue in Boston’s Back Bay, Carbonite was able to nearly double its footprint to 52,000 square feet, while creating an efficient and modern workplace that could support its continued expansion.

With help from JLL’s Project and Development Services team, the design of the space paid homage to Carbonite’s history and brand through subtle references to Star Wars. In case you were wondering, Carbonite’s company name was inspired by Han Solo and “The Empire Strikes Back.” This reference was invoked throughout the workplace in a variety of ways including architectural detailing with carbonite-inspired reclaimed metal and modernized Star Wars environmental graphics.

Overall, the space was both open and collaborative. The idea was to design the space to be as comfortable as your home, but more efficient and productive than working from home, and the JLL team succeed in delivering just that. The industrial chic design brought the comforts of home into the workplace through thoughtful detailing, exposed ceilings, the use of reclaimed metal, wide plank floors and a central hearth.

It was definitely a team effort from JLL, and one that strongly benefited the client in the end.

“Extremely gracious to JLL for finding us a home, for helping us nurture a home and for moving us into a home and making sure that we were happy and comfortable,” said Carbonite’s Karly Meola.

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