Designing for a YES Culture

YES Communities

Designing for a YES Culture

YES Communities

Happy, inspired employees make all the difference in an organization’s success, and the work environment plays a huge part in that success story.

Our goal, for YES Communities new 35,000-square-foot corporate headquarters in the Denver Tech Center, was to create an environment that embodied their empowering culture and helped their team feel connected and supported so that they were able to do their best work.

YES Communities is one of the nation’s largest providers of affordable manufactured home communities. Working closely with their team to understand how they work and what drives them, we came up with a flexible, functional design inspired by YES Communities’ community-driven ethos.

We incorporated subtle nods, to their core business, by using the concept of the residential neighborhood for inspiration. One of our favorite areas is this collaboration space, which is anchored by a sculptural tree, complete with swings, that nod to neighborhood playgrounds.

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Our goal was to draw employees into the office – a place where people could come for a little break or a more informal meeting. And just like we made friends as kids at the playground, this area is also intended to provide opportunities to build a sense of community for the team members at YES.

We’re over the moon with the results on this project and we can’t wait to see what YES Communities accomplishes in their new home.

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Recent Projects

AES Corporation

AES, an Elsy Studios Portfolio Project

AES Corporation

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Louisville, Colorado

25,838 SF

Commercial New Construction

Industry: Sustainable Energy

INFUSING BRAND INTO THE WORKPLACE

A Virginia-based company dedicated to providing sustainable energy, AES Corporation has a strong national brand rooted in collaboration, growth and forward thinking. When they asked the Elsy team to design their 25,838-square-foot office in Louisville, we made it our mission to deliver a space that celebrated their brand and values while integrating a local feel that created a unique sense of place.

The result is a design that is highly sustainable and cohesive. Many materials were reused, truly embodying AES’ commitment to sustainability. Elsy also maximized AES’ brand expression throughout their space with touches of green and blue from their logo, a one-of-a-kind table made of solar panels, and Colorado-inspired artwork.

Located in an old industrial warehouse, Elsy warmed up the space with a welcoming look and feel. To that end, the design team used Solar Tubes to optimize sustainable natural daylight. This solution not only creates a light and bright look and feel, it is also energy-efficient and reduces environmental CO2 emissions.

Layering a cohesive color palette, strategic lighting, biophilia, and unique furniture pieces, Elsy delivered a space infused with the AES branding that supports its local culture.

Services provided

Programming, Space Planing, Construction Drawings, Furniture Coordination,  Construction Administration

Hines

Hines, an Elsy Studio Energy project in Denver, Colorado

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Denver, Colorado

7,255 SF

Commercial New Construction

Industry: Energy/Oil & Gas

EMBODYING A PASSION FOR GREAT DESIGN IN A SKY-HIGH HEADQUARTERS

Global real estate investment, development and management firm Hines sought Elsy’s expertise when they decided to move their Denver headquarters to 1144 Fifteenth Street in Denver. This building was the first high-rise office development in Denver in more than 30 years. Hines developed and owns the 40-story Class AA office tower, which was completed in 2018. Located on the 36th floor, Hines’ new local headquarters houses both the company’s development and property management teams.
 
Elsy Studios had worked with Hines in several previous developments and understood their passion for exceptional design. We created a headquarters that highlights the best features of the building, while supporting Hines’ business objectives and enhancing their company culture.

The design maximized the impact of 10-foot, floor-to-ceiling windows with offices placed along the exterior, offering sweeping views of downtown Denver and the Rocky Mountains. Glass fronts throughout the interior kept the space light and bright. Detailing on the interior glass was inspired by the lines of the exterior glass mullions, which evolved into a design statement that ensured the interior felt connected to the core and shell. The two wings of the space were anchored by a central hub with a large conference room and stylish break room, providing ample opportunities for employee connection.

Services provided

Space Planning, Pricing Plan, Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Selection

Hyder Construction

Hyder Construction, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Portfolio Project

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Denver, Colorado

17,000 SF

Adaptive Reuse

Industry: Professional Services 

HARNESSING THE TRANSFORMATIVE POTENTIAL OF ADAPTIVE REUSE

For this award-winning project, we collaborated with Hyder Construction to transform a dilapidated old warehouse in Denver into a new headquarters for their team. Together, we collaborated on a design that supports their culture, celebrates their craft and preserves the unique sense of place that comes with working in a historic building.

A large open stair creates connection and promotes circulation through the building, positioned with the best view to connect employees to nature and encourage use throughout the day. To maintain a sense of character and place, we kept a number of rugged mainstays original to the building, such as the exposed brick and ghost signs from legacy businesses that told a story of industry that resonated strongly with Hyder’s culture.

New and historic construction techniques were brought to the forefront throughout the design, subtly reinforcing Hyder’s trade. All of these diverse elements were pulled together with a cohesive color palette, finishes, a unique soffit detail and decorative light fixtures throughout the space. The resulting design was recognized with the 2019 Mayor’s Design Award in the “Back to the Future” category and was a 2019 finalist for Engineering News Record’s Project of the Year for the Western Region.

Services provided

Space Planning, Design Development, Schematic Design, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Selection



900 S. BROADWAY BUILDING LOBBY

900 S Broadway Building Lobby, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Portfolio Project

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Denver, Colorado

1,290 SF

Lobby Remodel

REPOSITIONING A HISTORIC LOBBY INTO A WELCOMING & MEMORABLE PLACE

Elsy Studios reimagined the 1,290-square-foot lobby of this old Ford Model-T assembly plant on a prominent street corner in Denver, repositioning it into a welcoming entrance for a new multi-tenant office space. The industrial vernacular-style building no longer provided a sense of the rich past hidden within its walls. We were determined to remedy this.

Our team integrated thoughtful design elements that embraced the historic architecture. We repurposed salvaged materials from the building, including an old wooden wire spool and a floor lamp made from old elevator parts, and blended an industrial ceiling and wood beam into the design, maintaining the industrial look and feel of the 106-year-old building. A custom wall graphic – the focal point of the design – was printed on textured wallcovering to resemble an old car blueprint, providing a subtle reference to the building’s original purpose as a Model-T assembly plant. 

To create a more hospitable entry and promote more effective wayfinding, Elsy strategically removed walls that felt like barriers and angled the floor tile to subtly direct people to the elevator banks. Keeping existing building materials and forms while optimizing the building’s structure allowed for seamless accommodation of its new uses and improved functionality. The result is a memorable space that captures the spirit of innovation that is so ingrained in the building’s legacy.

Services provided

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

OrthoFi

Orthofi, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Portfolio Project

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Denver, Colorado

1,290 SF

Office Remodel

Industry: Health Technology

BLENDING HISTORIC CHARM WITH FORWARD-THINKING DESIGN

The team at Ortho-Fi had outgrown their current space, which had them split between floors. Together, we landed on a unique opportunity for the forward-thinking tech company: an old Ford Model-T assembly plant with a rich history in Denver. Our design blends 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.

We designed 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.

“Resi-mercial” areas close to employee workstations with coffee, games and adult beverages provide opportunities for employees to connect and recharge. The end result is a space that both celebrates the historic character of the building and exemplifies OrthoFi’s innovative culture.

Services provided

Programming, Space Planning, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Coordination, Finish Selection, Branding Collaboration

Coalfire

Coalfire, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Portfolio Project

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Westminster, Colorado

28,000 SF

Occupied Office Remodel

Industry: Technology

SUPPORTING ATTRACTION & RETENTION WITH A DYNAMIC, COLLABORATIVE ENVIRONMENT

A rising national cybersecurity company with offices across the country, Coalfire was looking to expand their office footprint to accommodate their growing Denver workforce. The goal was to create a dynamic and collaborative environment with fun, interactive elements that would help differentiate the company in the competition for top talent.

Elsy worked closely with Coalfire’s leadership team on a phased approach for this occupied remodel. Through an expertly managed and highly collaborative process, Elsy was able to execute the project with minimal disruption to the business. The design features a creative use of color and light as well as an inventive use of the new corporate branding to reinforce Coalfire’s identity throughout the space. Updating the color palette in the office and lobby area brings in views and daylight, providing a more vibrant office atmosphere. Geometric flooring adds a sense of playfulness to public and gathering areas.

In the work areas, acoustic screening helps control sound, providing a better environment for concentration, while comfortable furniture offers flexibility for employees seeking alternative workspace options. The resulting design gives Coalfire the engaging, collaboration-based workspace they sought while conveying a more compelling brand identity.

Services provided

Space Planning, Pricing Plan, Schematic Design, Design Development, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Coordination, Finish Selection

Liberty Media

Liberty Media, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Portfolio Project

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Englewood, Colorado

13,000 SF

Office Remodel

Industry: Media

CELEBRATING INNOVATION AND SUPPORTING WELLNESS IN A VIBRANT EXPERIENTIAL SPACE

The opportunity to renovate the interior of a neoclassical revival building of this quality in Colorado is rare. Elsy Studios jumped at the chance to juxtapose the neoclassical backdrop against a free-flowing, modern interior space that would become a hub for Liberty Media’s innovative culture, inspiring employees and attracting the next generation of talent.

One of the biggest challenges on the project was the design and implementation of three 15-foot exterior mechanically operated doors that not only blend with the modern interior, but complement the neoclassical architecture.

Through close collaboration with the client, the original building architect, development planning, engineers, and our contractor, we were able to deliver a completely customized solution that is both elegant and contextual.

What was previously an unused wing of the building is now its experiential center, alive with new activities including a renovated café, a cutting-edge audio/visual center, the Liberty library, an inviting living room, game area, yoga studio, bar and lounge area, and employee gym. The result is a highly sustainable, flexible and forward-looking space that supports employee wellbeing and provides an inspiring environment in which to work.

Services provided

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

Anton Collins Mitchell LLP

Anton Collins Mitchell, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design project

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project specs

Denver, Colorado

26,479 SF

Office Remodel

Industry: Financial

TRANSFORMING A TRADITIONAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WITH BOLD & CLEVER DESIGN

As a successful accounting firm, Anton Collins Mitchell LLP (ACM) wanted to show their employees some much-deserved appreciation for their hard work by creating a fun, vibrant space everyone could enjoy. Elsy Studios worked closely with the leadership team to design an office that maximizes space by merging decorative and functional elements in creative ways.

Balancing the needs of a multi-generational workforce, the 26,479-square-foot office includes a strategic mix of interior offices and workstations with access to ample natural light.

Each workstation includes a whiteboard, monitor arm, wall with organizational tools and sit-to-stand work surfaces. A large multifunctional breakroom accommodates a variety of seating as well as plenty of space for the firm’s frequently catered meals.

An abacus both represents ACM’s work and provides the focal point for the reception area, capturing the imagination of employees and visitors alike while seamlessly blending into the overall design for the space. Cleverly crafted to hide the catering bar located directly behind it, frosted glass serves as the backdrop to the abacus, allowing sunlight to filter through to brighten the reception area. Elsy carefully collaborated with the contractor, millworker, signage vendor and client to achieve the custom piece. The resulting design creates a truly Class A environment.

Services provided

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

Healthgrades

Healthgrades, an Elsy Studio Commercial Interior Design portfolio project

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project specs

Denver, Colorado

84,000 SF

Office Remodel

Industry: Health Technology

FOSTERING COLLABORATION AND PRODUCTIVITY IN A FAST-PACED TECH ENVIRONMENT

Following a successful rebrand, Healthgrades needed a new Denver headquarters that would not only reflect their mission of cultivating meaningful connections between patients and providers, but also foster a dynamic work environment that encourages team collaboration.

Blending the high-rise building’s existing infrastructure with new building systems, Elsy worked closely with the building team to conceptualize a mix of open-ceiling collaboration areas and heads-down work areas. In addition to functional concerns, we added details that reinforced the company’s rebrand. Heart-shaped geometric patterns derived from Healthgrades’ new logo punctuate the space in both direct and subtle ways, such as custom 45-degree angles in the office doors and custom partition screens.

Aligning the design with Healthgrades’ corporate wellness plan, a clearly defined walking path around the core of the building creates the illusion of the horizon. Custom wooden planter boxes constructed of reclaimed Wyoming snow fence provide green accents throughout the open office while seating along the exterior windows optimizes daylighting opportunities and downtown views. Large marker board walls allow for stand-up meetings while fostering team communication.

Brightly colored breakrooms, including the “Kegs and Karaoke” room, provide comfy seating, ping-pong, healthy snacks and refreshments, for employees. The result is a productive environment reflective of the growing technology company’s ethos.

Services provided

Programming, Test Fits, Pricing Plan, Space Planning, Schematic Design, Design Development, Art/Branding and Signage, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Selection, Finish Selection