It’s not everyday you have the opportunity to design a space where the client is also the General Contractor! Ledcor challenged us to aid in their transition from a 9,000 sq/ft standalone building to a 4,800 sq/ft top floor in the Landmark buildings in Kelowna, BC. The objective quickly evolved into creating an upscale contemporary office with a mix of open workstations and enclosed offices that fosters a collective work environment – a far cry from the spacious enclosed offices from their past. With the substantially decreased footprint, efficient planning was the most important consideration.

Ledcor’s head office unveiled a re-branding guideline, and the Kelowna office is the second location in North America to have implemented the update. We collaborated with the team to integrate many Ledcor branded elements, while also providing some personalized touches in the attention to detail throughout. Concealed and directional lighting highlight key company signage and design elements. Wood look laminate millwork creates functional concealed storage space and adds warmth to the otherwise bright and clean office.

As with most firms that shift to an open office configuration – there was a heavy furniture component to Ledcor’s fit out. Working closely with the furniture dealer we carefully selected workstations, office furniture, waiting chairs and breakout area furniture for the entire space.  No detail was too small, from selecting monitor arms down to locating pops of accent colours at workstation zones differentiating departments. One of our favourite elements in this project are the demountable glass walls – which are also furniture products –  that enclose offices, boardrooms and breakout phone rooms. Thin contemporary frames with double pane glazing, sliding glass doors that fully seal for added privacy and oversized ladder style handles all add to both the function and form of the office appeal. The black accents throughout provide that high contrast that we love.

An important consideration in any open office design is sound transfer and ensuring that there are sufficient noise dampening materials incorporated into the space.  Carpet and acoustic ceiling tiles are always a great starting point, and in this project we also introduced felt wall treatments and acoustic light fixtures in meeting rooms to ensure a comfortable environment. An example of an interesting feature and texture to the visual appeal that also allows the space to function as it should!

Contractor: Ledcor Group

Photographer: Lipsett Photography Group

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