Takeda Primary Photo


Cambridge, MA

EAW provided design support, product specification, installation, and project and budget management for Takeda Pharmecuticals’ new headquarters and lab expansion in Kendall square. EAW outfitted 12 floors of furniture – including workstations and shared amenity spaces – encompassing 343K SF and accommodating 840+ employees.

EAW is proud of its long-lasting relationship with Takeda (formerly Shire) and was delighted to partner on this design-driven project supporting Takeda’s vision to encourage team connection and heighten employee performance. This was achieved by creating beautiful cafes, phone rooms, huddle rooms, game rooms, patios, and outdoor terraces for employees to experience.

The project progressed during the height of the COVID pandemic. Great consideration was given to selecting products to create a flexible and healthy environment for employees to return to post-pandemic. Products were sourced from 60+ manufacturers to deliver a thoughtful, beautifully executed space that met the client’s vision.

Due to the pandemic, in-person meetings were nonexistent, so EAW effectively utilized its virtual Real-Time Design process to facilitate scheduled project meetings. The Real-Time Design process allows the team to deliver layouts, renderings, and design edits to the client virtually, allowing layout and finish changes “on the fly”, increasing communication to accelerate decision making and maintaining budget control.

343,000 SF

Partners by Design
Project Manager
Lee Kennedy
courtesy of Takeda & EAW

Additionally, the construction schedule was impacted due to the pandemic, but the EAW project management team remained nimble and fostered clear communication with the entire project team throughout which contributed to the ease of execution and ultimate success of this project.

EAW’s affiliate, Integrated at Work (IAW), a specialty contractor, architectural products for Takeda’s new space. IAW installed demountable walls and telescoping glass doors for modular offices, sound masking, and a full glass and glazing package for the client’s new space.

Furnishings Project Scope included:

  • 850+ Haworth workstations (design variety, included traditional spine-based and benching/desking workspaces)
  • 6 private offices
  • 34 conference rooms
  • Common spaces (including break-out areas, huddle rooms, and meeting areas)