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July 23, 2019

Architectural Elements: Creative Solutions for Spatial Challenges

Unique architectural elements can be a focal point for a space. When our team came together to design the new NBS showroom, one of the goals was to highlight the in-house solutions we can provide for our clients. Every space has its challenges and for us, it’s our over 13′ high ceilings.

In one area of the showroom named “The Porch”, we created three new spaces. Two enclosed rooms feature frosted Steelcase Glass Selections glass fronts to allow light reflection in the rooms while still solving for privacy. TECTUM acoustical ceiling panels were added inside to help absorb the noise from the adjacent workspace. A third area is an open living room space with soft seating.

To showcase our Construction Solutions custom architectural capabilities, the team designed, manufactured and installed a unique drop ceiling lid out of pre-manufactured millwork. The lid is constructed from plywood, highlighting the laminated edge of the woodworking and manufacturing process, while the slatted wood provides visual interest along with the structural support needed to suspend the lid from the ceiling. Exposed re-bar and custom welded saddle brackets were used to hang the lid to create more of an industrial look. The suspended lid sits on top of two newly constructed quiet/focus rooms and cantilevers an additional 8 feet to create an open living room space with the feeling of an outdoor pergola.

To further celebrate the collaboration among the balance of our divisions, a striking exposed brick digital mural was installed as a backdrop to this area. Our Audiovisual Solutions team installed a new display monitor to play digital signage and other digital media. The space is outfitted with all new furnishings and accessories from Steelcase and their partner brands including West Elm, Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, Turnstone and Coalesse. What a great showcase of our AFT (architecture + furniture + technology) approach!

Not only are these new areas beautiful, but they were completed in just over a week during and after business hours. The drywall and metal framing were completed over the weekend to limit dust exposure, while the glass fronts, wallcovering and painting were all done during work hours. It has been exciting watching these new areas come to life!