State Electric Corp. hired JSA to help transform an uninspiring, industrial building to a dynamic, 21st Century office and warehouse space for their growing business. There were two main drivers for the space; the first was light and the second was culture.
The light came from the expansion of the curtain-wall and the careful selection of new windows. The selection of glass and frame was carefully chosen to work both with the industrial nature of the building and use the best in technology with low-e glazing while optimizing light transmission. Perimeter offices and conference rooms utilized a full glass architectural wall system to bring the light through the offices to the center core workstations. The lighting controls read the light coming into the building and adjust their output accordingly to minimize energy usage.
The office culture was also a huge factor in the design. The offices along the perimeter allow for quiet, reflective work with acoustic privacy while the open work stations in the core allow for more collaboration. There are opportunities for casual, creative meetings throughout the space with break out niches complete with comfortable lounge furnishings. The kitchen was located next to an outdoor green space so employees could retreat to the outdoors for breaks during the nice weather. Fitness was also a key component to the State Electric culture. A fitness room complete with lockers and showers was important to encourage a healthy lifestyle that ultimately improved job performance and satisfaction.