UCP / CLASS purchased a former Foodland Grocery Store building with the goal of consolidating their administrative operations under one roof. Prior to this, they had leased multiple spaces for the organization’s different service functions. The result was expensive in terms of rental cost and limited the innovational organization’s potential synergy and collaboration. Springboard was asked to assess the feasibility of the project and then develop an architectural design to converting this ‘big box’ retail structure into a contemporary, LEED certified, workplace for the diverse members of the UCP / CLASS team.
The design was developed to maximize natural daylight, internal views, and collaboration. Based upon the UCP / CLASS mission of creating bridges between individuals with disabilities and those without, the workplace design emphasizes transparency and interconnectivity. Color was used stratgically, to define and relate spatial layering throughout the facility. Three interior ‘clouds’ break up the large first floor work space in to three distinct zones, helping to create identity and intimacy in the large room. The building was designed with a goal of achieving LEED Silver, a goal which was later realized.
photography by Alexander Denm