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Northwest Area Foundation Office

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    • the organization's color palette was incorporated through paint, fabric, and flooring materials
    • Overview

      Focusing on reuse as a virtue not a constraint, MSR helped this nonprofit community outreach organization find a way to reimagine its office space in a restored marble manufacturing building, rather than having to relocate.

      When the time came for Northwest Area Foundation (NWAF) to rethink its office headquarters, the organization turned to MSR, who had designed the original space. Initially, NWAF believed that it needed to relocate from the Drake Marble Building in order to create a more seamless office environment. MSR determined that the current space could be reconfigured to meet the client’s goals and used diagrams to help the client visualize the reimagined space. As a sustainable design and cost-effective measure, the design incorporates reused workstations, reconfiguring them to create a more open environment that invites collaboration. MSR worked closely with the client to incorporate the organization’s color palette into the design through paint, new workstation panel fabrics in strategic locations, and flooring materials. A discovery workbook tool allowed all employees to voice their preferences for color and texture, spatial organization, image, workspace and workstation types and configurations, level of transparency and privacy, proximity to other staff, and other factors. The discovery workbook results informed the design.

    • the design incorporates reused workstations
    • the floor plan was opened to encourage collaboration
    • the employees opinions' on office privacy informed the design
    • Specifications

      Location: St. Paul, MN

      Type: Renovation

      Size: 21,000 square feet

    • Project Contact

      Paul C.N. Mellblom

      • Architect / Principal
      • paul@msrdesign.com
      • 612 209 7787
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      Rhys MacPherson

      • Designer / Senior Associate
      • rhys@msrdesign.com
      • 612 360 0196
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