Charlottesville, VA

Confidential Professional Services Firm

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10,600 SF


A rapidly expanding professional services organization sought to attract executive-level talent from across the country to its headquarters in Charlottesville, VA. Having recently relocated from a generic office park to a Class A mixed-use office building, the client engaged a local design firm to transform its new home and help achieve its recruitment objectives. The resulting 10,600-SF design combines contemporary workplace strategies and tailored programming requirements for an elevated professional office design reflective of its vision for the future.

Located at the elevator lobby on the third floor, a wood-framed entry portal establishes the firm’s presence in the building, creating an immediate sense of arrival for visitors. At reception, refined stone finishes and walnut flooring contrast with sleek etched glass and bronze detailing for a warm and sophisticated environment. An adjacent hospitality bar and meeting lounge, connected to one of two board rooms, conveniently offers a casual space for collaboration and impromptu gatherings.

Programming maximizes the number of private offices to address the needs of C-suite executives – much of its staff are those responsible for acquisitions and management of national hospice centers. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide ample sunlight to perimeter offices while interior offices required more creative solutions to amplify natural including the introduction of wall grazers and glass walls in the double-loaded corridors. Additionally, floor and ceiling finishes extend from the corridors to the office spaces to create an open, airy effect.

A semi-private suite featuring open workstations houses the human resources and accounting departments. In addition to two board rooms and executive lounge spaces, employees have access to a wellness suite with fitness equipment and showers. With a myriad of dining options available just floors below, two small pantries primarily serve as beverage centers for staff.

A tailored elegance design concept takes cues from modern suiting, leveraging texture and layered materials to add depth and convey the firm’s client experience and attention to detail. Subtle examples are found throughout including custom wood ceiling patterns inspired by the darting patterns of men’s suit jackets, plaid and checked upholstered wall panels in boardrooms and printing nooks, carpet tiles reminiscent of heathered suiting wool, and camel leather accents that, like a belt, tie the ensemble together. An extensive art collection, hand-selected by the firm’s art-loving CEO and thoughtfully highlighted by the design team, adds an eclectic and personal touch.

As seen in Office Snapshots.