West Allis, Wisconsin
Architect: Eppstein Uhen Architects, Inc.
Contractor: Hunzinger Construction Co.
Owner: Johnson Controls, Inc. Global WorkPlace Solutions
This new office space lies within a repurposed circa 1940 manufacturing plant originally owned by Allis Chalmers. Located in West Allis, it underwent a creative transformation to house a special projects community of employees and consultants whose assignments require highly collaborative and flexible workspace that encourages knowledge sharing and interaction. The design solution incorporated a unifying element – a central gathering area – consisting of a two-story volume that can accommodate the entire staff for meetings and social events. It features a large video wall for presentations and messaging, framed with steel beams salvaged during demolition and clad in reclaimed barn wood. The space creates an airy and light environment of focus rooms, huddle and lounge spaces, team rooms and recharge areas to promote socializing or provide another workspace venue. There are no single private offices. Instead, work stations are designed to allow teaming opportunities and are positioned with access to natural light and views.
Jury Comment: "The corporate interior is eye catching with really nice space that is well laid out. There is a thoughtful balance of the existing and new elements that complement each other well. The amount of daylight that floods into the spaces stands out and is based on good planning. While there is a lot happening, it works nicely together in an airy cohesive headquarters facility."
Photos: C&N Photography