Coalfire

Coalfire, an Elsy Studios Commercial Interior Design Portfolio Project

Coalfire

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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

Liberty Media

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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

Anton Collins
Mitchell LLP

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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

Camp Bow Wow

Camp Bow Wow, an Elsy Studios commercial interior design project in Denver, Colorado

Camp Bow Wow

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project specs

Denver, Colorado

8,200 SF

Corporate Headquarters

Industry: Corporate

CREATING A HEADQUARTERS FOR PEOPLE AND PUPS ALIKE

As North America’s largest and fastest-growing pet care franchise, Camp Bow Wow needed a new headquarters that would accommodate growth, reflect their fun-loving brand, and be a safe, enjoyable environment for both employees and their furry friends.

The Elsy team worked closely with Camp Bow Wow’s branding team to effectively embody their brand in every detail of the space. The floor plan and furniture layout strategically provide ample space in each cubicle for dogs to walk around. There are even rooms for playtime with concrete floors (for easy clean-up) and gates on each end (for clear sightlines).

Flooring selection was a unique consideration in this space, given the inevitable heavy foot (and paw) traffic. It needed to be durable as well as cost-effective to replace. Reflecting the company’s ‘camp-feel’, the Elsy team brought the outside in with an organic-patterned plank carpet tile and accent green grass-like carpet tiles that blended open areas and closed offices. In the breakroom, the walls feature snack dispensers for employees, stocked with tasty human treats as well as dog treats in several flavors. Open collaborative areas throughout the space feature a variety of lounge furniture and writeable surfaces such as chalkboards and whiteboards.

Services provided

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

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS
A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

by Lynn Coit

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!

The Elsy team is so excited to share that our adaptive reuse design for Hyder Construction won a 2019 Mayor’s Design Award in the ‘Back to the Future’ category!

Every year, the Mayor’s Design Awards recognizes an eclectic mix of projects throughout Denver for excellence in architecture, design and placemaking. This is a huge honor, and we are thrilled be recognized alongside our partners at Hyder and some of Denver’s most talented architects, designers and creatives.

We had so much fun celebrating all of the 2019 Mayor’s Design Awards winners at the ceremony last night!

HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!
HYDER CONSTRUCTION WINS A MAYOR’S DESIGN AWARD!
And here’s a look behind the scenes look at our transformation of this dilapidated old warehouse into a gorgeous new HQ for the incredible team at Hyder Construction. For more on our design for the project, check out our blog posts during the design and construction here and here!

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Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship Fund by Elsy Studios Denver

Denver Scholarship
Foundation

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Denver, Colorado

6,160 SF

Office Remodel

Industry: Nonprofit

DELIVERING BIG DESIGN ON A NONPROFIT BUDGET

Denver Scholarship Foundation (DSF) has been changing the lives of Denver Public Schools (DPS) students for more than a decade. After a successful rebrand, they were looking for a new location and updated office space that would not only embody their new brand, but also create a stronger workplace community. The new space needed to accommodate a primarily open concept and centrally located common space to facilitate interaction among employees. Elsy was involved from the beginning of the building selection process, including coordinating multiple test fits and creating pricing plans to find a building that fit DSF’s needs and budget.

Upon the selection of a space, Elsy designed a fresh and colorful space that enhanced the DSF brand and supported its mission of inspiring and empowering DPS students to enroll in and graduate from postsecondary institutions of higher education. The team worked closely with OfficeScapes on furniture selection and relied on strategic placement of finishes throughout the space to create a cohesive look and feel with primarily donated furniture and materials. The resulting space features a bright palette of primary colors and subtle branding elements, including a circular glass window near the entryway with circular light fixtures overhead.

Services provided

Programming, Space Planning, Design Development, FF&E, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Selection

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – AXIS LIGHTING IN MONTREAL

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – AXIS LIGHTING IN MONTREAL

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – AXIS LIGHTING IN MONTREAL

by Carmen Schechinger

Every so often, Elsy designers have the opportunity to travel with manufacturers to experience their factory/showrooms to gain a better understanding of their company, products and capabilities.

I recently joined Visual Interest, a Colorado-based lighting manufacturer’s representative firm, on a visit to Montreal, Canada to experience Axis Lighting, a family-owned and operated factory that focuses on cutting-edge architectural LED light fixtures.

The weekend started with an all-day educational session where we learned about the precision, efficiency, and high-tech features of Axis Lighting’s products, capped off with a factory tour to see firsthand how it all comes together.

The most impressive part of the tour for me was how many people were working on the floor! This is definitely still a people-powered operation. The craftsmanship and attention to detail were evident everywhere you turned – from the handmade LED diode boards to the minimalist approach to packaging.

The rest of the weekend was spent enjoying Old Town Montreal, an area that is rich in history and architecture. I always believe that the best way to truly experience a city is on foot (preferably in comfortable shoes!), so we set out to explore the city on a walking tour. Montreal is a city with considerable French colonial history dating back to the 16th century. It began as a missionary settlement, but soon became a fur-trading center. Montreal’s location on the St. Lawrence River proved to be a major advantage in the city’s development as a transportation, manufacturing, and financial center.

Like most old cities, Montreal is built around a building of worship. In this case, it’s the impressive Notre-Dame Basilica. We had the opportunity on our visit to enjoy an immersive light and sound show that highlighted the impressive all-wood construction inspired by the Gothic Revival Architectural movement. The motifs painted on the ceiling and columns were just as impressive as the stained-glass windows and 7,000-pipe organ!

Another unique opportunity I had was touring the Habitat 67 property that was originally built for the 1967 World’s Fair. Montreal was chosen as the host city after Russia backed out. This created an opportunity for architect Moshe Safdie, who was just 24 years old at the time. He was called in to help master plan the project, but with some creative persuasion, he was able to design a permanent structure based off his master’s thesis project. This project aimed to redefine the design of multifamily housing, which at the time primarily consisted of tall skyscrapers with little connection to people or nature.

Built on a man-made peninsula, the project consists of 600-square-foot modules pieced together like LEGO bricks and cantilevered in various directions to give tenants individual views of Montreal and the St. Lawrence River. Seeing this project up close and learning more about the progressive concepts Moshe Safdie was considering so far ahead of their time was an experience I will never forget. Habitat 67 is still a functioning multi-family property filled with private residences and a community that is quite proud of the story behind their unique building.

To top the educational and inspiring weekend off, the group enjoyed dinner and fireworks along the St. Lawrence River. All in all, this was a memorable and inspiring experience and I’m grateful to the folks at Visual Interest and Axis Lighting for creating this learning opportunity!

VENDOR SPOTLIGHT – AXIS LIGHTING IN MONTREAL

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Finding Inspiration In the Desert

FINDING INSPIRATION IN THE DESERT

Finding Inspiration in the Desert

by Carmen Schechinger

FINDING INSPIRATION IN THE DESERT

As designers at Elsy, we’ve developed a strong culture of continuous improvement. We’re always looking for ways to push ourselves to the next level – to learn more and seek out new ideas and inspiration. To that end, I recently had the honor of participating in the Knoll Upstart leadership program, which brings together design professionals once a month to explore various topics impacting the design industry.

The program culminated in an incredible trip to Palm Springs, California, for Modernism Week 2019. The event took place back in March, but it’s been such a busy spring and summer here at Elsy that I’m only now getting to sit down to reflect on my key takeaways.

Modernism Week celebrates and fosters appreciation of midcentury architecture and design, as well as contemporary thinking in these fields, by encouraging education, preservation and sustainable modern living as represented in the greater Palm Springs area. Every year, Modernism Week gets bigger and bigger, and after attending this year, I can we can see why.

Our Knoll Upstart crew enjoyed a packed weekend that included an evening bus tour of the city, a trip to the featured show house, which was the result of a collaboration between many designers, a first-ever tour of a restored 1955 desert mid-modern home, and we topped it all off with a fascinating keynote presentation.

My biggest takeaways from the trip were:

  1. It’s all about the details! I was wowed by every space we toured, but ultimately what I noticed the most – and what was most compelling to hear about – were the details. Great spaces truly are made in the details.
  2. The importance of a cohesive design concept or theme. Whether it came from the landscape architect, building architect, or interiors – when everyone was working to serve a common theme or the design goal, the results were exceptional.
  3. The power of a supportive, creative network. One of my most valuable takeaways from the program was having this group of like-minded designers who were not only inspiring, but incredibly supportive of one another. They were so easy to relate to, and I thoroughly enjoyed our conversations, which helped me envision news ways to push the envelope of design. A huge thank you to Knoll for putting this group of incredible women together!

Here’s a quick peek at our Modernism Week adventures!

I absolutely love the way this bold graphic and green chair fill the room with energy.

This mid-mod home’s exterior is so stunning. Also, how amazing are those cacti!? And how does one decide what bold color to paint your front door in Palm Springs?!

The group also had the rare opportunity to step inside the “Forgotten Frey” home, which was just recently opened to the public for Modernism Week. This residence is one of the many mid-century marvels designed by legendary modernist architect Albert Frey and built during his decades in the desert. This modernist gem has been methodically preserved and maintained over the years, and I love how this uniquely designed home perfectly integrates into its surroundings. A detail that was first and foremost in Frey’s design concept: not interrupting the surrounding area, which at the time, was predominantly desert (not the nearby bustling city)

Stepping inside the “Forgotten Frey” home was truly an unforgettable experience. And these antique accents (not to mention the classic Knoll pieces) looked lovely in the home.

The keynote speaker, architect Moshe Safdie, truly takes “thinking outside of the box” to a whole new level. This famous building is featured in the movie “Crazy Rich Asians” What famous buildings have you noticed in movies?

What a treat to hear the story behind Habitat 67 from architect Moshe Safdie himself! At a young age of 24, he was selected to build the permanent structure for the 1967 World’s Fair in Montreal. If you look a closely, you’ll see concepts from this building featured in well-planned multi-family projects today

Check out my blog post where I had the opportunity to see his project with my own eyes in Montreal.

It was such a privilege to participate in this year’s Knoll Upstart program. I know the lessons and experiences I took from this program have already made me a stronger designer, and I can’t wait to bring some of this new insight to our Elsy projects!

And in even more exciting news, we are honored to participate in the group again and this year! Senior Project Manager Juliana Rini is participating in this year’s program! Stay tuned to hear more about her journey.

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TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

by Lynn Coit

TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

Boho is back. Five years ago, this statement would have applied to a millennial’s apartment or maybe a trendy hotel, but you would have been hard pressed to find it applied to a corporate office. And yet, here we are! Check out this gorgeous palette for a project we just completed for Adswerve, a marketing technology company, for their new offices at 999 18th St. in downtown Denver. Some definite bohemian influences, no?

So how did we get here?

Trends in hospitality and residential design have been finding their way into office design for several years now. Here’s why:

  1. Our expectations for the work environment have changed.
    As technology has enabled us to work virtually anywhere, it’s only natural we all want our workplace to feel as comfortable as our home office. From the perspective of employers, enticing workers to elect to come into the office and collaborate instead of telecommuting means giving them a space that makes them want to come to work. As a result, we’ve seen the birth of the “resimercial” spaces that offer many of the comforts of home – cozy furniture, high-end residential-style kitchens and showers – popping up in office design.
  2. Employers are recognizing workplace design as a competitive differentiator.
    As the economy has grown, competition for top talent is fierce, particularly here in Colorado where our unemployment is below the national average at just 3.5 percent as of March 2019. Historically, trends in design tend to trickle more slowly into the workplace, but in an environment where standing out is a key strategy in attraction and retention, corporate clients are more eager to push the envelope to appeal to experience-minded millennials who are looking for more from their office environment than a place to work – they’re looking for a sense of place. And with millennials set to make up nearly half of the U.S. workforce by 2020, these preferences matter now more than ever.
TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO
TREND WATCH – CORPORATE GOES BOHO

Why Boho?

Right now in the design world, we’re seeing a focus on trends that influenced the aesthetic of the ‘70s. From retro logos, to colors and silhouettes in fashion, to interior design.

The multi-dimensional, highly textured and richly colored nature of a Boho-influenced design can wordlessly convey a fun, relaxed sensibility that appeals to a broad range of employees.

That doesn’t mean we’re bringing out the orange shag carpets and lava lamps. As with any trend, it’s important to interpret it with a fresh eye and a strong sense of your company’s brand, culture and goals.

A Modern Take

When creating Adswerve’s space, for example, we wanted to ensure it felt professional, but also a bit playful, with a Boho vibe that reflected their culture and brand personality.

The design we landed on served to soften the standard ‘tech company’ aesthetic and reinforce the uniqueness of Adswerve’s culture. Weaving together bright colors and ‘worn’-looking textures (rough sawn, reclaimed wood and cork board walls), we used a neutral base to ground the scheme.

Stay tuned for more photos of Adswerve’s space! We can’t wait to show you the finished product.

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