Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

Bonfils-Stanton Foundation

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

Denver Scholarship Foundation

Denver Scholarship Fund by Elsy Studios Denver

Denver Scholarship

project specs

Denver, Colorado

6,160 SF

Office Remodel

Industry: Nonprofit


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