Bonfils-Stanton

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

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project specs

Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District (Denver)

Industry: Nonprofit

2,764 SF

Completion Date: 2020

Design that Lets Art Shine for Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

In 2018, Elsy Studios had the privilege of collaborating with Hyder Construction to transform an abandoned warehouse in Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District into a modern headquarters for their firm. We were thrilled to once again partner with them on the design and construction of the ground floor of that space, creating a new headquarters for the Bonfils-Stanton Foundation.

The Foundation’s goal is to enrich Denver’s cultural life and landscape and increase cultural participation, so we knew that art would take a center stage in their new location. Our goal was to maximize the impact of the 13 permanent art installations and a series of rotating pieces throughout the design of the 2,764-square-foot office and event space.

Our design team sought to maintain the exposed brick, concrete walls and wood ceilings that reflected the industrial character and history of the space. These harder elements are balanced with natural materials, natural lighting and residential-feeling furniture. Neutral tones and timeless finishes provide the ideal backdrop for highlighting the Foundation’s impressive collection. Highly flexible programming allows the space to be sectioned off in several ways to allow the Foundation’s team to host a variety of audiences. The result is a true celebration of the local culture and Bonfils-Stanton’s community-facing mission.

Services provided

Custom Millwork Design, Lighting, Finish Selection, Furniture Selection

Village Center Station

Village Center Station

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project specs

Greenwood Village, CO

Lobby

Client: KBS

1,800 SF

A Bright and Timeless Commercial Lobby Refresh

In today’s competitive marketplace, the experience a building owner creates can be a major differentiator to attract strong credit tenants. Recognizing the need for a fresh first impression, KBS and JLL engaged Elsy Studios to reimagine the 1,800-square-foot lobby of Village Center Station, a Class A office building in Greenwood Village. The renovation needed to be quick and cost-effective with limited disruption to existing tenants.

Having collaborated with KBS on previous projects, we understood their desire for an elegant, timeless aesthetic in their buildings. Working with existing features in the lobby, our design team drew on hospitality-inspired elements to maximize usability and visual interest.

Colorful sculptural art by Tommy Moss serves as the main focal point and helps bring movement into the space. New furniture groupings lit by elegant glass chandeliers create inviting areas for impromptu meetings. Large light pillars were replaced with sculptural planters, bringing the outside in. Updated paint and wallcovering pops against the existing dark wood paneling and millwork. New carpeting further complements the existing terrazzo flooring and its distinctive color scheme. The result is an efficient, impactful design that will stand the test of time.

Services provided

Pricing Plan, Schematic Design, Furniture Selection, Art Selection, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration

Key Takeaways from CREJ Office Summit & Tech Forum

Key Takeaways from CREJ Office Summit & Tech Forum

by Cathy Loftus, Principal

CREJ Office Summit

Cathy Loftus, NCIDQ, LEED GA PrincipalEarlier this month, I had the pleasure of participating in a panel for Colorado Real Estate Journal’s Office Summit & Tech Forum.

This was my first time participating in an in-person industry event since the pandemic began, and I have to say, CREJ did a fantastic job. The panelists were in the same room, but distanced, and the 275-person audience was completely virtual.

The panel was made up of multiple industry leaders and as we prepped, planned and presented our perspectives, it became clear to me the importance of having in-depth conversations like this about our work and the role we, as designers, will play in creating the offices of the future.

Here are a few key takeaways from this conference that stuck with me:

  • People are slowing down (a little). And that’s a good thing. More people than ever before are recognizing that the design of the spaces we live and work in has a tremendous effect on our health and happiness. As a result, we’re seeing clients slowing down in their process to think critically about what’s right for their company and their people. Speed isn’t dictating design and construction schedules nearly as much as it was pre-pandemic. Engaged clients who are committed to thinking about the needs of their people and their business inevitably end up with a better space.

  • Technology integration is not slowing down. The focus of my particular panel was trends in the tech office sector. By virtue of the nature of their work, the tech sector has always been quick to adopt new technologies into the design of their workplace. As technology-enabled work has become the norm, nearly every sector must think about technology integration in their design process. Now, in the midst of a pandemic, where connectivity has become a lifeline for many people and businesses, technology integration is moving at warp speed. This will fundamentally change the ways we interact in our office spaces. As designers, we need to plan for technology integration that is adaptable – as technology is advancing more rapidly than ever and spaces need to be able to shift new capabilities in and out without tearing down walls.
  • The best solutions are the ones that are right for your business and your people. This panel was fascinating because we had the perspectives of designers who work primarily with large corporate tech clients as well as designers who work primarily with startups and mid-size tech firms. While ‘tech’ might be the tie that binds them, what the panel reinforced is that what is right for the tech giants might not be right for a startup with 30 people.

What has always struck me about working with young tech startups is how passionate they are about their culture and how unpredictable their trajectories are. When you start working with them, they might be looking for their first 10,000-square-foot office and by the time you start designing, they got a new round of funding and now they’re looking to triple their square footage.

I believe, In order to plan a space that will allow a tech startup to effectively scale and grow – and retain their culture – you can’t just look at what others are doing. You have to get to know the team you’re working with – what they need and where they are going. Are they on track to get a new round of funding? Are they looking to sell soon? How do they work together? When do they need to collaborate? What do they value in a workplace? What are the quirks of their culture that they’re really proud of? You can’t answer these questions by looking at trends. You have to look at people.

We’re working on a couple projects right now that exemplify these key takeaways, so stay tuned!

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by Sam Ward

Any time we begin working with a new client, the first thing we do, naturally, is build a relationship. We ask questions that help us understand what they do, the defining traits of their company culture, how their employees work and what they need to be successful.

For Colorado’s Health Capitol, home to nonprofit organizations who elevate the well-being of people in our state, their purpose is rooted in serving Colorado communities. The diversity found in each of these communities – both culturally and geographically – was something they wanted to celebrate and reinforce in their workplace design. Here’s a sneak peek at our mood board for their new 25,000 SF space in north Capitol Hill, which is on track to be completed in Q4 2020.

Our design is inspired by the uniqueness of the Colorado landscape and we divided the space into distinct geographical areas. Each of these areas will be delineated with ombre painted columns that will feature a graffiti art overlay representing the vast cultural and physical qualities that contribute to Colorado’s distinctiveness. Custom paint lines, for example, will outline major landscape features that surround and are associated with each geographical location.

In the central gatherings area, Urban Oasis, gridded carpet tile evokes transit, with ‘corners’ and ‘streets’. The distressed carpet tile behind it delivers softness and contrast. From above, the urban environment often looks manufactured, but within, it holds community and connections that bring us together. This idea inspired the use of the dark materials, such as the tile, laminate, and metal, which are offset by the raw-edged wood tone and white paneling. Just as when we walk through the city, we find murals bursting with color and personality (or a big blue bear), we’ve incorporated moments of bold color in the form of soft seating. We’re also looking to partner with local artists to help create a graffiti wall in the main elevator lobby to create a more literal interpretation of the urban experience in Denver.  

From there, we head south, following the sun, to Ute Country and Mesa Miles. The materials for each will be in separate areas, but still connected through their hues and a shared accent color that will appear in their custom outlines. The palette reminds us of the warmth of southwest Colorado, bringing together the earth tones of Grand Mesa and celebrating the Ute Indian presence and history through the patterned fabric. The same gridded carpet pattern will be used in their shared conference room, but in a different color to indicate we’ve gone off the paved path. As one might expect, the wallcovering in Ute County and Mesa Miles is warmer, with strong horizontal lines compared to the complex linework of Urban Oasis. 

Next, we go up in elevation to Rocky Peaks. Most folks who live in this area will tell you, snow could be in the forecast nearly year-round (bring a sweater!), so we opted to blanket this area’s scheme with blue to represent the clear blue sky and the high-altitude snow, and to contrast the warm tones of the surrounding landscapes. The monochromatic palette shows the all-blue version of the gridded carpet tile and cool-toned paint colors. The wallcovering will be installed vertically to passively show the change in altitude, and the fabric represents the snow on the peaks (or cherry on top), aptly called Sweater Weather by HBF Textiles. It complements the cooler tones with an idea of warmth and refuge that we find in cabins and around campfires. 

Our final stop in this state tour is to the east, Prairie Sanctuary and Chile Haven. Again, the areas have different materials, but are connected through tones and a shared accent paint. The materials we selected here are intended to honor the agricultural tradition in Colorado, using colors and textures that come straight from the earth like the dotted, nubby texture of wheat in the yellow fabric, or the blistering of poblano peppers through the worn, green fabric. Instead of desert trails or paths in the snow, we see rows of chiles and paths through newly planted fields in the gridded carpet as the wallcovering returns to a horizontal line that reflect the horizon line of the eastern plains. 

Each of these areas are unique to their geography, but together represent so much of what we love about Colorful Colorado, with its never-ending natural beauty, history and traditions.

We are so excited about this space and cannot wait to show you – and the teams at Health Capitol – the finished product. Stay tuned for more!

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project specs

Retail

Location: Cherry Creek North (Denver)

Industry: Medical Spa

Square Footage: 3,760 SF

A High-End Experience for a National Medical Spa’s New Denver Offices

For the new Cherry Creek North offices of Elite Body Sculpture, Elsy Studios was enlisted to design a space that would convey the polish, professionalism and discretion associated with the national medical spa brand.

Thoughtful integration of Room and Board artwork, furnishings, specialty lighting, and accessories create a high-end feel while cool stone and tile, juxtaposed with warm metals and soft, plush fabrics, achieve a clean, modern and inviting aesthetic throughout the offices. Careful space planning further supports the desired level of privacy in both service areas and access points.

In addition to design considerations, Elsy facilitated coordination with the Cherry Creek North Design Advisory Board for the first-generation space. Elsy helped navigate and overcome timing and equipment challenges to meet the project management team’s opening goals for the space.

The result is a stunning space that allows Elite Body Sculpture to put its best face forward for its introduction to the upscale Denver market.

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Space planning, Pricing plan, Schematic design, Design development, Construction documentation, Construction contract administration, Record documentation

Putting our Design Skills to Work for We Care

Putting our Design Skills to Work for We Care

Coming together to give back to our community has always been part of our culture at Elsy, and while it’s more of a challenge in the age of social distancing, we feel it’s more important than ever to find ways to make a difference.

That’s why our team jumped at the opportunity to participate in a new We Care event to help local families. As you may recall, We Care is typically a holiday event. Every December, Herman Miller partners with local Boys and Girls Clubs across America to bring holiday cheer to thousands of children across the country. Our team has partnered with We Care for many years now to create a craft that kids can give to their family members as a gift. These events are held in nearly 30 cities with help from more than 200 of the country’s leading interior design firms.

This year, Herman Miller stepped up to create a new event in response to the current pandemic. Together, we helped create reusable face masks that are designed especially for younger kids, aged 3-5. Between our Master Seamstress, Elsy Principal Cathy Loftus, and our dedicated team members who volunteered to hand-cut the masks, we were able to create and donate three dozen masks for local kiddos! A huge shout-out to the Elsy families who helped out as well. Senior Project Manager Juliana Rini’s mom made 11 homemade masks for the cause!

If you’re interested in finding ways to partner with a nonprofit to help families in need, visit We Care to learn more!

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Transforming a Corporate Lobby into a Memorable Destination

Transforming a Corporate Lobby into a Memorable Destination

by Carmen Schechinger

Good design is always in the details, but there’s something to be said for the impact of a great big statement piece. Case in point: this gorgeous fireplace in a building lobby we recently completed at 4500 Cherry Creek in Denver.

4500 Cherry Creek Amenity Center

Our clients at D.R.A. Advisors and M&J Wilkow were looking to flip the traditional corporate lobby concept and create a truly memorable destination that would help them engage current tenants and attract new ones. And nothing makes people feel more welcome than a cozy fire feature – especially one as chic as this!

The fireplace serves as the focal point of the lobby, making a dramatic statement as tenants enter the building, and beckoning visitors to explore the expanded café area and gathering spaces throughout.

A fireplace is a must in all M&J Wilkow properties, but we wanted to make sure this one felt like something no one had seen before. We went through several iterations and elevations before coming up with the final design. Playing with the direction and angles of the wood grains, we created a bold geometric effect that warms up the space while maintaining a modern feel. Our team worked on hand sketches and computer renderings to portray the design direction. Check out this final rending and how closely it resembles the final product!

Head over to the project profile for more photos of the new space. We could not be happier with how it turned out!

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Adswerve

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project specs

Denver, CO                             

12,188 SF

Industry: Technology

A Corporate Office Goes Boho

For Adswerve’s new 12,188-square-foot office space located at 999 18th Street in downtown Denver, we delivered a design that reflects the technology marketing company’s forward-thinking and dynamic culture in a vibrant, welcoming space.

Adswerve wanted their new office to reflect their relaxed culture and innovative business model in an engaging and comfortable space for their team members. Elsy seamlessly incorporated a contemporary bohemian style to create a space that looks both professional and playful. Throughout the project, the design team implemented strategic elements that served to soften the standard ‘tech company’ aesthetic and reinforce the uniqueness of Adswerve’s culture. Bright colors blend seamlessly with ‘worn’-looking textures including rough sawn, reclaimed wood and cork board walls, in order to achieve a natural, harmonious balance. Layering contrasting textures, colors and finishes with Adswerve’s current brand standards, we created a homey and bright workplace that inspires creativity and innovation.

Services provided

Programming, Space Plans, Pricing Plan, Schematic Design, Finish Selection, Design Development, Bidding, Furniture Selection, Signage and Art Selection, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Brand Integration

4500 Cherry Creek Amenity Center

4500 Cherry Creek Amenity Center

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project specs

Cherry Creek (Denver)

6,341 SF

Interior Design

Industry: Lobby

REIMAGINING A CORPORATE LOBBY AS A COMPELLING AMENITY SPACE

Elsy reimagined the lobby of this prominent 12-story office building in Denver’s bustling Cherry Creek, creating a striking, modern design to appeal to current and future tenants. Working together with D.R.A. Advisors and M&J Wilkow, we delivered a polished professional space with a decidedly fun vibe.

Driven by our client’s goal to transform the traditional corporate lobby into an exciting and memorable place for tenants to gather, we activated the ground-floor lobby and adjacent spaces with flexible, multi-purpose environments, including a 50-person meeting and event space and a smaller meeting room for tenant use. A dramatic fireplace – the signature element and focal point in the space – beckons tenants inside to the expanded café area, complete with new booths and soft seating to provide the perfect place to gather. Throughout the space, a sophisticated mix of polished details and industrial elements are accented by shades of blue and pops of chartreuse to create depth and visual interest. As tenants and guests make their way to the elevators, up-lighting highlights a unique wall covering applied to the ceiling, creating an unexpected moment of joy before heading into the office.

Once largely a pass-through space, since completion, the redesigned lobby has become a destination for tenants and an attractive selling point for new tenants.

Services provided

Programming, Space Plans, Pricing Plans, Schematic Design, Finish Selection, Design Development, 3D Modeling / Renderings, Bidding, Custom Millwork Design, Furniture Selection, Signage and Art Selection, Construction Documents, Construction Administration

Earth Day Lessons from Quarantine

Earth Day Lessons from Quarantine

by Carmen Schechinger

Earth Day Lessons from Quarantine Who else has been thankful to get outside and enjoy nature during this quarantine? I know I have! On this Earth Day, I’d like to encourage everyone to pause and think about some quarantine lessons learned that we can use to be more mindful in our ‘new’ everyday lives:

Drive Less! We are no longer strangers to working remotely or effectively conducting virtual meetings. Try to work from home when you can and encourage fewer in-person meetings with your clients, if virtual is appropriate.

Combine your Errands. This new habit of going to the grocery store less is not only a good way to stay safe, but it also cuts down on vehicle emissions.

Be conscious of food waste! No one wants to waste food, but especially not during a pandemic! Keep track of how much food you are wasting and – even better – start composting! The internet is full of helpful tutorials for getting started!

Use reusable bags (with caution of course!) Stores may be sensitive to reusable bags right now, but if you’re willing to bag your own groceries, you can save the on the number of plastic bags being used right now. Just wash/disinfect your bags after you use them!

Use your own silverware. Take-out food is common right now, and since you are eating it at home, say no to plastic silverware and use your own! Another tip: Put some camping utensils in your purse so you always have the option to use your own (less germs!)

Take shorter showers. Now that we are all embracing the casual ‘WFH’ look, we can get away with not washing our hair as much, and when we do, we can opt for shorter showers! Yay!

Organize a neighborhood clean-up. Feeling cooped up and want to get your kids out of the house? Put on that mask and gloves and spend 20 minutes cleaning up your block! You’ll be amazed at how much you pick up!

Plant wildflowers or a tree! Lots of people are using this extra time to start a garden (I know I jumped on the bandwagon). Consider planting a tree if you have space or introduce some wildflowers to your garden to help save the bees!

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