A Renovation Story

All HANDS ON DECK

Cross-functional collaboration lies at the heart of Skyscraper’s creative process. Team members with experience in everything from nanotechnology to sound-mixing come together to produce surprisingly original ideas. Genius is rarely an act of isolation.

So of course we approached the problem of renovating our new headquarters in much the same way. As a team.

A HIDDEN GEM IN THE HEART OF DOWNTOWN

On the tip-top floor of the Historic Steinman Hardware Building, we found our diamond in the rough. The long-unoccupied space—complete with aged green carpet, dirty beige walls, blacked-out skylights, and a thick layer of dust and sadness—was a poorly maintained homage to the early 1980s.

And, the perfect blank canvas for our team’s collective vision.

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MAKEOVER MONTAGE!

Using all the tools and talent at our disposal, we worked closely with the developers at Steinman Communications to build out the space to our precise specifications. All material finishes and layout modifications were selected by us—then 3D modeled by our Industrial Design Director—before being handed off to the construction crew.

Walls were ripped down. Toilets were towed away. New Armstrong flooring was laid. The walls were painted in crisp white and contrasting, bold swaths of on-brand color. And our skylights finally let in true daylight.

We also decided to preserve certain historic details. We exposed a 100+ year old wooden support beam. We revealed a hidden tongue-and-groove wooden ceiling. We even uncovered a priceless signature from the late 1800s, written in chalk by an early craftsman.

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DI-WHY NOT?

Our team also took on a few projects of our own. We built our own conference room table using reclaimed cherry taken from a local playground construction site. We worked with Jeff at Keystone Vintage Lumber to create the perfect unfinished tabletop, and then spent hours wet sanding for an immaculate, baby-smooth finish. (Seriously, you could ice skate on this thing!)

We needed something strong and resilient to carry the weight of all that solid hardwood. Enter a beautiful pair of steel legs from Symmetry Hardware— crafted in Portland, Oregon and made to last.

We even cut tiles ourselves and installed a beautiful backsplash. And yes, we Pantone matched our grout. (Purchased on Etsy of course.) Doesn't everyone?

And those beautiful origami lamps from Mio we assembled? Yup, we PMS matched those too.

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THE FINAL RESULT

A raised platform separates our ideation space from the rest of the open plan. Rolling workstations allow for easy collaboration and breaking off from larger into smaller groups. Four wifi enabled flat screen panels throughout our space make presentations and design reviews a cinch. The space will flex and grow as we do, well into 2018 and beyond.

SEE IT FOR YOURSELF!

Do you need a fresh, off-site location for a team brainstorm? Want to swing by for a downtown Happy Hour? Drop Trish a line at pbarley@skyscraperinc.com.

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