R E Dinneen Architects is now Vivo Architecture

June 11, 2021 - Front Section

Boston, MA One of the city’s premier specialists in life science design, architecture firm R E Dinneen Architects and Planners has a new name and corporate identity as Vivo Architecture (VIVO). Led by partners Robert Johnston, Mathew O’Brien RA, and Daniel Figueredo AIA, the firm has experienced a steady growth of market share, both in tenant fit-out interiors and ground-up building projects. With deep expertise in life sciences, academic, and corporate interiors, VIVO has been creating useful spaces for highly-specialized industries since working with Harvard Medical School more than thirty years ago. The firm’s practice continually evolves to serve the ever-changing needs of its innovative clients, providing exceptional architectural and interior design services.

Pathway - Devens, MA

Direct involvement of the partners and collaboration on all projects is the cornerstone of how VIVO works. Around them, VIVO has built a dedicated team of architects, project managers, and designers. The firm’s boutique service approach means every pro on every project is up to speed and delivering unparalleled service.

Apropos the new name: ‘In music, in vivo means with life and vigor. In life science, it means taking place in a living organism. It represents the life and movement found in the iterative design process, the ongoing evolution and growth of the firm, and a reminder that we’re here to create useful spaces for people at the forefront of discovery and innovation—improving life for us all.’

“My personal commitment as the most senior member of the firm in terms of ‘years in grade,’ is to set an example for the qualities I want each of us to pursue: fairness, dedication, and exemplary service,” said Johnston.

With their extensive experience and quality of service, VIVO is among a handful of city firms on “speed-dial” for those in-the-know looking for design firms to provide science-related and academic design services. Among their many ongoing projects, worthy of note is Pathway, a 45-acre biomanufacturing campus in Devens, Mass. for King Street Properties, Inc. With five buildings totaling 700,000 s/f, the campus will be the first development in the country dedicated exclusively to serving the needs of biomanufacturing companies.

With a dramatic shortage of building types that can serve this sector, Pathway is expanding the real estate options for life science companies looking to make Massachusetts home.

Also of note, is VIVO’s lead as project architects for MIT energy startup Commonwealth Fusion Systems (CFS) manufacturing facility. Also located in Devens, CFS is positioned to be the first company to bring clean fusion energy to market in the near future. VIVO is designing the company’s 165,000 square foot office headquarters and a magnet manufacturing facility, the first of a multi-building campus to be completed in stages in the coming years.

VIVO starts a new chapter with the objective to uphold the legacy of winning clients’ faith and confidence, standing by their commitment, and offering best-in-class design solutions to their specialized industry sectors and beyond.



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