OrthoFi

OrthoFi reached out to Elsy Studios in the early stages of their search for a new headquarters. The forward-thinking technology company had outgrown their current space, which had their team split between floors in a typical Class B office building. Together, we landed on a unique opportunity: an old Ford Model-T assembly plant with a rich history in Denver. Elsy worked with OrthoFi to blend the early 1900s warehouse-style architecture and history with OrthoFi’s modern branding to create a fun, flexible environment with a strong sense of place.

Working on the first floor of a 106-year-old building proved a significant design challenge. Through extensive, yet careful demolition, we met the high-density programming requirements without losing the charm of the historic space. In the process, we uncovered hidden gems such as concrete columns with original markings identifying when the space was last painted, made a few adventurous trips to the untouched basement and uncovered the original staircase. The new design also features a quote that Charles Gates was fond of using. Gates famously founded and grew Gates Rubber Company in Denver, building the business at 900 S. Broadway after purchasing it in 1945 from Ford Motor Company. “Throw your hat across the creek” provides inspiration to employees to be fearless in the pursuit of excellence.

The program for OrthoFi’s headquarters called for a 1,600-square-foot “Town Hall” space with stadium seating to accommodate the company’s 200 employees. To make this space a draw for employees, Elsy’s design deliberately kept workstations simple. By providing a variety of areas in which to work, the design encourages collaboration and empowers employees to choose the work environment that best suits their needs.

Inviting open team areas close to employee workstations with coffee, games and adult beverages provide further opportunities for employees to connect and recharge. The end result is a space that celebrates the historic character of this one-of-a-kind building as well as exemplifies OrthoFi’s innovative culture.

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