Architect: Madisen Maher Architects
Owner/Contractor: Sendik's Food Market
The complete renovation of an early 90’s industrial office transformed the space into the corporate headquarters for Sendik’s Food Market, a family-owned grocery store since 1926. The exterior design challenge was to open up the front entrance of the building and allow more visual access to the guests and employees. The interior design challenge was to create open workspaces that balanced the relationships between public and private activities. Sendik’s corporate culture reinforces that a tight, clean, streamline work environment for employees will help improve concentration and production. Open office environments allow for more employee interaction, but required private spaces for formal and informal meetings of two or more employees. Private offices need to be close to the open environment, but don’t distract from the open concept. Different departments required different levels of acoustic privacy and security.
On the exterior, a large section of the precast walls were removed on two sides of the building and replaced with a glass curtain wall system to create a more sophisticated office entrance. On the interior, open office space was pushed to the outside walls and the conference rooms were grouped in the middle. This allows natural light across the entire room and both departments can share the conference rooms. Private glass offices are tucked into the corners not to distract from the open feeling. Collaboration spaces with comfortable seating is provided in between departments to allow employees multiple areas to have meetings and get work done. On the second floor departments are larger and natural light is only available from the west, so the conference rooms were located on the east wall. The executive board room hovers above the entrance lobby and the executive offices have mostly glass walls that filter natural light across the room. The break room has a two story space that allows for a more open feeling in a space with no windows due to its location in the building. The room is tiered with the kitchen area on the upper level and the game room on the lower level.
Photos: Jim Moy Photography