The adaptive re-use of the former 48,000-square-foot warehouse that was once used to house farm equipment, blends the culture of Cleary Zimmermann Engineers with the rich history of the early 1930’s building. Breathing a new life into the underutilized building, Cleary Zimmermann created a unique, industrial chic workspace for the firm in SoFlo, the formerly rundown industrial area that is transforming into an artsy, trendy development near the Southtown Arts District.
The new office space consists of two conference areas, named for the original tenant, McCormick and Deering, a reception area, employee lounge and fully furnished basement. This renovation celebrates the spirit, craft and materials of the original purpose of the building, while blending more modern and updated materials to create the trendy new office space. The new modern finishes and furniture provide an eclectic contrast to the old industrial character of the building. The MEP systems include a highly efficient, multi-zone, variable refrigerant volume (VRV) system; high efficiency lighting; a digital access control system; and an energy management system for lighting and HVAC control. In keeping with the industrial roots, the structural steel and long leaf pine beams were left exposed throughout the building. The original hardwood floors, doors, and terrazzo tile can still be seen throughout the 13,400 square-feet of occupied workspace.