Faulkner Phase 1, B Bay Renovation
Architect: Foundation Architects, LLC
Owner: HellermannTyton Corporation
Contractor: J.H. Hassinger General Contractors
Renovate or build new? Apprehension of “can it look new?” surrounded discussions of re-purposing the existing 1970’s, light industrial metal building into a state-of-the-art industrial prototype center to showcase the client’s conversion to an integrated design approach. The existing building had been added onto several times since the original building was constructed. Fast paced growth resulted in teams of individuals scattered across different areas, floors and buildings. There was not a cohesive flow, look and feel to the internal organization and architecture. The building did not reflect the Owner’s global vision or image. The Owner and Architect collaborated to create a Masterplan to consolidate all office and pre-production functions within the existing 114,000 square foot facility.
This project is Phase 1 of the Masterplan. It adapted 16,303 square feet into a prototype center and 2,336 square feet over two existing floors becoming a mix of meeting space and offices for three departments. The owner’s goal was to showcase their manufacturing capabilities to prospective clients, focusing on the integrated efficiency of engineering, quality control, and tool making departments in the creation of custom prototypes. And, of course, the owner wanted cost effective durable products with finishes that were in keeping with the Masterplan’s design concepts.
The architectural solution became a series of design gestures integrating art and science overlaid on a framework of renovation and repair. Beginning with cost effective, durable finishes as the back drop, custom art, LED fixtures, perforated metal sound-absorbing ceilings and high tech skylights bring the architecture to life.
Former chain-link enclosed areas and mezzanine transformed into offices with overlooking views down to the tool room floor with which they closely work. Stacking offices within the existing mezzanine space enhanced proximity and relationships of design and production departments.
Strategic interventions to add skylights and floor to ceiling openings in the exterior wall open up the space with natural light and views, something uncommon to this industry. Removal of “dead” items, re-organization of existing MEP systems and enclosing utility areas with durable metal wall panel forms add visual clarity of purpose to the renovated space.
Dark, oily maintenance shop areas became clean, bright collaborative offices on the floor with the prototype personnel. Linear silver perforated ceiling clouds and corresponding resinous flooring bring focus to the manufacturing processes organized between them.
Three custom office wall art murals were designed with employee involvement, creating meaningful images that link employee to architecture. Bold colors, oversize text graphics and murals serve as branding and wayfinding, integrated with the architecture to define a path from the War Room to the Prototype Center. During sales tours the unique corporate story is reinforced through these architectural details.
Photos: John J Korom Photography