In a fusion of new, old and “green,” Hubbell Construction Services helped renovate the first-floor showroom of the 96-year-old former Mitchell Transmission building into office space for Shiffler Associates Architects, PLC. The 2,230-square-foot space follows Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified building practices, in line with Shiffler’s requests for “green” materials and methods. Shiffler found a gym floor in Waco, Texas, that could be recycled as a wall covering. The team also focused on maintaining the original feel of the space by leaving in place the hexagonal ceramic tile floor and a red cast-iron column near the reception desk. Floor-to-ceiling windows provide a scenic view of the Pappajohn Sculpture Park, a 4.4-acre park showcasing more than 20 pieces of work from some of the world’s most celebrated artists. In order to encourage collaboration between Shiffler Associate’s employees, the office features several open spaces and a glass conference room.
The tenant improvement project was completed within a tight time frame due to the sale of Shiffler’s former location. Despite the 60-day turnaround time, the space was ready 10 months before the rest of the 1440 Locust project was ready to be occupied.