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Elsy Studios – Interior Design
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Adolfson & Peterson Construction – GC
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CLEAN, SIMPLE AND BRIGHT DESIGN
Based in Denver, Innovest is an independent provider of investment-related consulting services for retirement plans, nonprofits, families, individuals, and family offices. The firm’s culture is defined by their mission of stewardship and their emphasis on hiring and developing high-character, talented professionals. These values come to life in their office space.
Elsy’s first project with Innovest was more than a decade ago with a refresh of their 10,000 square foot former office space. Ten years later, Innovest has matured as a firm and wanted their new 20,000 square foot office space, located at 7979 E Tufts Ave. in the Denver Tech Center, to reflect their best-in-class financial and investment service offerings while creating a sense of togetherness for their tight-knit team.
Reflective of their streamlined approach to business, the space incorporates clean lines and neutrals throughout. Elements of Innovest’s logo – a triangle representative of the stock market’s cycles – are found throughout the space, from ceiling elements to the kitchen island. Similarly, wood slats in the conference room are carried through to the reception resembling a bar graph much like those that depict financial trends.
It was important for Innovest to have a space that accommodates visits from investors while attracting and retaining top talent. Two seating areas welcome guests and serve as informal meeting areas. The large conference room doors open to make way for open houses and office celebrations.
In the office space, natural light pours in through tall framed-glass office fronts. Day-to-day mentoring takes place in the collaborative bullpen areas, where an open ceiling adds a sense of dimension and space. The team’s rituals – including regularly eating lunch together and their annual “Crocktober” crockpot cookoff – called for a breakroom and kitchen area that accommodates 30+ team members at one time.
The clean, simple, bright design of the space captures Innovest’s no-nonsense approach to business that is balanced by the firm’s culture of togetherness.
865 N Albion St
DESIGNING FOR A FRESH START
Executing the design of a new 40,000 SF office in the middle of a pandemic was no small feat, but between our team and the pros at NGL Energy Partners, we pulled off a fresh, modern space for their employees to return to in 2021. NGL was moving from their offices in Cherry Creek and taking over three floors in the new 9th and Colorado development. They wanted each floor to reflect their high-end, sophisticated aesthetic without ever becoming stuffy.
The biggest challenge in the design of this space was the long, narrow floorplate. For maximum functionality, offices were placed at the perimeter, but that left us with a skinny corridor that ran the expanse of the floor. To keep the space from feeling like a tunnel, we created interest and a sense of movement in the ceiling in the form of wood-look baffles that lend an undulating effect and a warmth to the otherwise exposed ceiling.
A timeless, neutral color palette makes for a soothing and cohesive experience across the three floors with differentiated color and pattern treatments as you exit each elevator to support wayfinding. NGL was thrilled to give their employees an updated and modern space to come back to, and we are proud to have supported a smooth transition to an inspiring space after a trying year.
4670 Table Mtn Drive, Golden, CO
TAKING A TRAINING & PHYSICAL THERAPY FACILITY TO THE NEXT LEVEL
Transforming a dated office space in Golden into a dynamic physical therapy and sports training facility for Next Level was a true team effort. Designed for motivation and collaboration, Next Level’s facility features an energetic, bold infusion of color and shape, along with thoughtful programming that maximizes the usability of their state-of-the-art equipment.
The owner’s history as an NFL athletic trainer and the company’s culture of investing in their athletes’ success both factored heavily into the personalization of the space. The neutral color palette provides the ideal backdrop for flags that will be raised in the space to honor athletes who complete their training with Next Level – a ritual that started years ago with a Navy athlete who was able to keep her scholarship as a result of training with Next Level.
A custom ceiling element constructed of reclaimed trailer decking and painted wood slats adds visual interest, along with zigzags of blue and orange across the walls. Graphic film and motivational words throughout the space serve as visual encouragement to Next Level’s athletes. Air quality and ventilation are addressed with programmed operable windows that support an infusion of fresh air throughout the day.
The resulting space raises the bar for Next Level’s brand and creates an ideal environment for both their athletes and trainers.
Colorado-inspired Design for a Cause
Developing the first and only shared workspace for Colorado healthcare nonprofits was a labor of love for our team. Inspired by Healthier Colorado’s mission to elevate the wellbeing of Coloradoans, our team sought to create a space that paid tribute to our home state while providing a cohesive, flexible workspace that invited engagement and collaboration among the varied nonprofits who will call the workplace home.
We divided the 22,481-square-foot space into distinct areas identified by Colorado’s landscapes. The elevator lobby instantly welcomes you with elements of their office culture. A large mural of Denver’s skyline signals their urban location. Ceiling features are extracted and oversized elements of their logo; mountain peaks and a large illuminated drywall arrow creatively draw people into the space. The vibrancy doesn’t stop there. The existing oversized columns throughout the office celebrate the cultural and physical qualities of different regions of the state. We evoked the warmth of southwest Colorado with earth tones, a Rocky Mountain feel with blues, and a nod to Colorado’s agricultural tradition with greens and yellows. All of the graffiti seen through-out the space is one of a kind, curated through a collaboration with a local artist, Tuke One, and graphics/branding agency Make West.
The shared commitment of these nonprofits to elevating the health of all Coloradoans is reinforced and supported at every turn in the Health Capitol project, while allowing each individual group working within the space to feel like its area is distinct, creating a sense of place and connection. Health Capitol calls the space a beacon to attract needed attention to the critical work their nonprofits perform.
WEAVER & CO.
Industry: Medical devices
CREATING A HAVEN FOR EMPLOYEES
Colorado-based Weaver and Co. was founded on the idea of making a common medical procedure more comfortable for patients, an idea that is rooted in caring about people. When founder Dave Weaver decided to upgrade his existing office space, he wanted to provide his employees with a comfortable, inspiring place where they’d enjoy spending time.
Dave turned to Elsy to help him make over his 8,750-square-foot space in Aurora, and the team set to work, transforming their previously dark and dated warehouse into a bright and welcoming experience, taking input directly from the employees who would use the space. Scandinavian-inspired wood tones and form are bathed in light, cheerful colors, warming up the industrial feel of the space. In a nod to the company’s branding, the office incorporates shades of Weaver blue in each office.
The space further makes use of existing concrete floors, with strategic incorporation of a carpeting and area rugs. We were also able to take advantage of Dave’s personal art collection, displaying his savvy as a long-time collector and adding a personal touch to the office.
Space Planning, Field Verification, Pricing Plan, SD, DD, Furniture Selection, Construction Documentation, Bidding, Construction Administration
Commercial New Construction
BLENDING CONTEXT AND CULTURE IN A VIBRANT PLACE
When Virginia-based AvalonBay Communities asked Elsy Studios to create a cohesive, brand-driven design for its new space on the 10th floor of the Class AAA 50Fifty office tower in the Denver Tech Center, we were thrilled to take on this challenge. With a respected presence on the East and West coasts, the company wanted its 7,000-square-foot Denver space to feel distinct from its other offices.
Elsy worked closely with AvalonBay’s local team to understand how they like to work and what they need to be successful, creating a plan to support their business and reinforce their brand. Then we infused the design with a distinctly Colorado feel that celebrates Denver’s diverse and vibrant culture.
Inspired by AvalonBay’s mission statement, Creating A Better Way To Live, we designed a collaborative environment that not only promotes employee productivity, but communicates their values.
Warm, natural colors and materials to reflect the outdoorsy vibe and diverse terrain that make Colorado such a great place to live and work while eye-catching architectural features on the floors, walls and ceilings further embrace Denver’s vivid culture.
Programming, Space Planning, Design Development, FF&E, Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Furniture Selection, Art & Signage
1144 Fifteenth Street Building, 26th Floor
A Welcoming Office Ready for Collaboration and Entertaining
For their 26th floor office at 1144 Fifteenth Street – Denver’s newest skyscraper – Chicago-based wealth management firm Cresset Capital sought a flexible design that would help them do what they do best: build strong working relationships with their clients.
Floor-to-ceiling glass throughout the office reveals expansive mountain views and subtly reinforces the firm’s own focus on transparency. Black wall coverings are contrasted with clean, white marble floors and white ceilings to create a stunning visual impact throughout the space.
Upon entering the space, we created a variety of welcoming meeting and collaboration environments where clients and employees can relax and have candid conversations. To provide acoustical privacy between the collaborative spaces and the heads-down areas, we built acoustical walls from floor to ceiling. The Cresset Capital office needed to function as both a comfortable work environment and an entertaining space for clients. In response, we created a stylish and flexible break and dining area that are perfect for receptions with a servery discreetly hidden to the side for catering needs.
The result is a space that meets the needs of both employees and clients while showcasing Cresset Capital’s brand and core values.
Project set-up, Space Planning , Field Verification, Pricing Plan, Design Development, Furniture Selection , Construction Documents, Construction Administration, Records Documentation
Denver’s Santa Fe Arts District (Denver)
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.
Custom Millwork Design, Lighting, Finish Selection, Furniture Selection