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Partners HealthCare is a Boston-based, non-profit hospital and private employer made up of two of the leading health care institutions in the country: Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Founded in 1994, Partners HealthCare is Massachusetts’s largest health care system, and treats more than a third of hospital patients in the Boston metropolitan area. In June 2016, Partners HealthCare worked with Contexture Shading Solutions to design and install window treatments for its newest corporate office in Somerville’s Assembly Row complex

The 13-story building has an open layout with low cubicle walls. It is almost completely free of private offices, with just one office space for the chief executive, Dr. David Torchiana. The building also includes hundreds of private rooms where employees can meet in small groups to discuss ideas, or take phone calls in private. 

The LEED Gold Certified building offers employees two stories of floor-to-ceiling windows that overlook the Boston skyline, the Mystic River, and several of the unique shops at Assembly Row. Contexture worked with Suffolk Construction to install more than 2,800 manual shades, and 175 motorized shades, which can tie-in to the building’s automated management system. Contexture’s window treatment design gives employees absolute control of the amount of natural light allowed in, which creates an energy-efficient and appealing work environment. 

By partnering with Contexture to provide the latest in manual and motorized shading technology, Partners HealthCare has created an office environment that will encourage more employee collaboration, foster new and innovative thinking in health care, and create efficiency for the thousands of physicians who work at the company’s hospitals. The 825,000-square-foot administrative office space will serve as the central location for all functions of the health care network including finance, information technology, legal, human resources, and other administrative departments. 

This will be the first time more than 1,200 employees will be working under the same roof. By this summer, the building will house approximately 4,200 employees in total.