Architect: Madisen Maher Architects
Contractor: Moore Construction Services
One of the first companies to move to the Menomonee Valley, to make room for the Bradley Center 30 years ago, 97-year-old Standard Electric Supply Co. was ready to expand and upgrade their warehouse/office environment, and reaffirm their commitment to the community.
Their vision was to transform their dated offices into a contemporary, interconnected, active environment that improves the way they work, connect and collaborate with each another. This was accomplished by creating zones that are interconnected in varying degrees. Dramatic improvements included natural daylight, strengthening the connection to the Menomonee River, and development of collaborative work spaces, conference areas, huddle rooms and training offices.
This public-private partnership was benefited, by working with the city, on land expansion, contaminated soil remediation and the incorporation of bio-swales to improve water runoff quality.
Numerous offices were pulled away from exterior windows so natural light could spill into the interior. The overall color palette consisted of natural tones and materials to reinforce the refined design.
Key architectural ideas included:
–Continuous exterior glass
– Interior glass-partitioned walls and transoms
– Glass walls private offices
–Polished concrete floors accented with area rugs in lobby
–Glass wall conference rooms
–Open work space environments with access to large exterior windows
–Private rooms for small meetings and teleconferences
– Ten department areas
– Breakout collaboration areas
– Light-filled lobby to welcome guests
– Large training room for group discussions
– Employee lunch area and activity center
– Room for growth in all the departments
– Extra land for future warehouse expansion
Photos: Jim Moy Photography