Transforming an old warehouse into vibrant work spaces
ASP Capital Masterplan and FD&C asked Design Plus to assess the needs of ten different departments moving from two district campuses. The variety of services provided and staff sizes were diverse and each required different infrastructure needs. We assessed and developed a renovation approach to house these departments in an existing building as the cost of a new facility would have required twice the amount of available funding.
Relocation of APS Central Kitchen from Lincoln campus offered a unique opportunity to relocate these departments into Building ‘M’ (using 65K sq.ft. of existing warehouse and 35K sq.ft. of new warehouse addition), re-imagining a warehouse and defunct central kitchen space as a collaborative work environment.
We conducted several visits with each department and reviewed their current and future space needs. We also reviewed the types of tasks (desk work, site visits, training, material requisition, storage and distribution). We assessed these tasks with respect to space needs and created “sets” of spaces and functions that could be shared between various end-users, or that could be delegated to other departments.The resulting design concept includes a series of flexible, collaborative work spaces, both open and private, supported by shared common resources such as “huddle” areas, break-out rooms, conference rooms, workrooms and staff lounges.