Phase I: 2005; Phase II: 2006
Phase I: $450,000; Phase II: $320,000
The Clark Benefits Building at 2422 Devine Street is a highly successful example of Design Build project delivery. Quackenbush Architects + Planners worked efficiently and collaboratively with the Owner and Contractor to recycle a modest structure at a coveted address. The design solution takes advantage of the building shell with modest enhancements: new windows, a new roof, and a prominent covered canopy along the front elevation. This enhanced street entry provides a more visible front door and a ramp for improved accessibility. The basement level receives a new entry from a parking lot in the rear, allowing for a separate suite identity for each floor. The old interior partitions on each level were removed to expose a simple and open structure. The revised design takes advantage of this characteristic to feature a more spacious and flexible plan that incorporates borrowed daylight. The “industrial” character of the existing building components is incorporated prominently into the final design of the Clarke Benefits ground floor suite. In 2006, a year after the initial construction phase, A.G. Edwards & Sons, Inc. relocated its Columbia branch office to the 6,000 square foot suite on the upper floor. The company preferred a more efficient and flexible work space than their previous location offered, with an updated image. Several strategies and special features are addressed in the design: an efficient layout for improved communication and collaboration; a large custom reception/transactions counter, made from cherry wood, metal and glass; and interior storefront walls that allow filtered natural light through perimeter offices to other areas deep in the space.
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