TripAdvisor, Inc., Founders Park, Needham, MA
The world’s largest travel website, TripAdvisor, founded in Needham, MA in 2000, had expanded to multiple buildings over the course of its growth. With over 600 employees in multiple locations, the company needed to put the team back under one roof to foster employee collaboration and create a long-term home and unique environment for its employees. Normandy had recently completed the entitlement of four office buildings totaling 740,000 sf along Route 128 in Needham, MA. With 13 of 40 acres assembled and a hotel under construction, Normandy was seeking its first build to suit tenant at the newly created Center 128. With a special permit in hand, Normandy was able to offer TripAdvisor a fully entitled site and tailor the size, layout, height, and design of the 290,000 sf headquarters building to the tenant’s needs. In addition to adapting the base building to create a four story atrium, Normandy modified the orientation of the building to increase visibility along Route 128 and create a tenant amphitheater and greenspace in front of the building entryway. Further, and with an eye toward future growth, Normandy and TripAdvisor negotiated a series of expansion rights to allow TripAdvisor a series of opportunities to expand its facility to accommodate a range of growth trajectories over the near to medium term.