case study

Office Refresh: Merritt 7 Corporate Park

Seven-story Merritt 7 office building with blue sky

​​​​​​​​​​City/State​: Norwalk, Connecticut

​​Merritt 7 is a six-building, 1.4 million sq. ​ft., 22-acre office park in ​Norwalk, Connecticut. Clarion has held the asset, Fairfield County's largest office park, since the 1990's, initially purchasing the property due to its strategic location at the intersection of the Merritt Parkway and heavily-trafficked Route 7, its adjacency to a Metro-North train station, on-site development capacity, and stabilized and creditworthy tenant base.

Early on, Clarion added a sixth office building and a 30,000 sq. ft. outdoor plaza. More recently, Gensler and landscape architect MPFP were engaged for interior and exterior upgrades including renovations to two existing full-service cafés and a building lobby, the creation of two multi-function rooms, and extensive hard- and soft-scaping throughout the campus. In fact, the property has been recognized with a Silver Award of Excellence by National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP)* for its exemplary landscape and environmental enhancements, including a museum-quality outdoor sculpture garden, Laws of Nature, created by renowned local​ architect Charles O. Perry.

Laws of Nature outdoor sculpture surrounded by yellow flowers, building in background  Metro North train station next to office building

Clarion continues to improve the ​property by adding and upgrading all-inclusive services, cutting-edge amenities, collaborative spaces, and elements that improve the efficiency and sustainability of the property. Once the renovation is complete, Merritt 7 will have 60,000 sq. ft. of curated outdoor space and 10,000 sq. ft. of multi-purpose and conference room space in addition to food service options, a fitness center, a car wash, a hair salon, and a shuttle to the local MetroNorth train station. Ownership is actively working with the CT DOT to facilitate the renovation of an adjacent MetroNorth train station, adding a direct connection to the property in 2022.​

In addition to physical amenities, significant focus has been placed on tenant programming to activate the grounds and build a sense of community, with outdoor games throughout the campus and events including picnics, ice cream socials, yoga/meditation classes, family parties, live music, and blood, recycling,​ and food drives occurring regularly.​

Office lobby and conference room with blue and orange furniture  Collaborative office space

Merritt 7 was also awarded a series of wellness, sustainability and infrastructure certifications, including LEED Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council at buildings 501 and 601**. The entire six-building 1.4-million square foot office park has achieved a Fitwel Two-Star rating*** and WiredScore Gold status****. These new certifications are the latest achievements in Merritt 7’s ongoing upgrade​ and innovation plans that continue to prioritize health, wellbeing and connectivity for all of its tenants. 

Through these activities, Clarion has created a healthy and welcoming environment which boosts productivity, improves work-life balance and offers a vibrant campus atmosphere. 

Excercise equipment in state of the art fitness centerEmployees playing foosball outdoors at Merritt 7 Corporate Park

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*Award of Excellence awards are issued by the National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) annually and last in perpetuity. Merritt 7 received a Silver Award on November 2018. Properties do not need to pay registration fees to pursue an Award of Excellence.

**LEED Existing Buildings + Operational Maintenance certifications are issued by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) at the time of building development or major renovation and last in perpetuity. Merritt 7 buildings 501 and 601 received Gold certifications on August 2021. Properties must pay registration and certification fees to pursue LEED certifications.

***Fitwel certifications are issued by The Center for Active Design (CfAD) on a rolling basis and are valid for three years. Properties must re-certify to maintain certification standing. Merritt 7 received a Fitwel Two-Star rating on September 2021. Properties must pay certification fees to pursue Fitwel certifications.

****WiredScore certifications are issued by WiredScore on a rolling basis, and properties must re-certify to maintain certification standing. Merritt 7 buildings 501 and 601 received WiredScore Gold certifications on October 2021 and this certification is valid through November 2023. Properties must pay registration and certification fees to pursue WiredScore certifications.​

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