Following the completion of the original renovation to this 50,000 SF 2-story building from 2004-2005, when departments from multiple locations were consolidated into a single location to emphasize efficiencies and company culture, we have provided miscellaneous services to this Canadian operation of a major US client until 2017 when we began planning and design for another major renovation to re-organize and re-purpose spaces to better facilitate their ongoing needs. Two main components of this new project included an addition to accommodate the relocation of the public entrance and the redesign of a large sky-lit atrium space. The entrance was relocated to the façade facing the main public thoroughfare to better present the company’s presence at this location and incorporated a new reception area, lobby and huddle space. The atrium, which had become largely unused other than as a circulation space for employees to pass from one side of the building to the other, was re-purposed to incorporate informal employee gathering areas with soft seating and writable wall surfaces for huddle type meetings and also was outfitted with a kitchen, vending and coffee bar and various types of tables and seating for employee breaks. Renovations throughout the office spaces were focused on upgrading finishes and reorganizing workstations to increase the capacity. Other key spaces involved a Test Kitchen where they develop recipes and a Baking and Coffee Demonstration space where they provide first hand access of products to potential buyers.
Domokur Architects is providing full architectural and interior design services for all project phases. For this recent project, we also built key spaces in a virtual reality environment so the client could experience the actual design solution before construction and provide more relevant feedback to better tailor it to their needs.
Having worked with this client for over 30 years, we understand their culture and vision and can respond to that with appropriate organization of spaces, use of materials and furniture selection based on established standards.
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