Creating a Contemporary New Building

Stevens & Wilkinson was selected to provide a campus evaluation and building and interior design for an existing headquarters building for McKenney's Mechanical Contractors.

The existing building, was a 1960's office warehouse building which had been added onto over the years as the size of the company grew and expanded. During that time a more contemporary three-story building was built to the east, and both buildings were connected to the large shop building to the north.

New Space for Client Retention

The goal was to renovate the existing building which is the company's main entrance, to create a campus feel alongside the existing three-story building and the adjacent shop building. Another goal was to bring the building up to code as the work previously completed spanned a number of years. Lastly, the company knew they needed to change their work environment to hire and retain great people and address the needs of a changing work force.

The desire was for the building to be more open, with views to the exterior from all work areas, while storage and support areas moved to the center of the building. Many of the exterior tilt-up concrete panels were removed to open the building to the exterior while taking advantage of several existing skylights, by opening the building between the two floors.

Creating an Open Environment

Stevens & Wilkinson provided space planning and furniture and fixture selections, working closely with the owner to select sit/stand units for all employees, new collaboration areas and convenient open break spaces. The challenge in many areas was the low floor-to-floor heights available and creating an open environment by eliminating ceilings and using light to create a feeling of height.

The lobby was resized to provide a comfortable space for groups that come to the building for training and the number and location of meeting rooms was an important consideration. The number of enclosed offices was reduced and located so as not to block any daylight access. An executive suite with a new board room was established in an area which would provide a high ceiling for a spacious feel.

Stevens & Wilkinson renovated the existing McKenney’s building to create a campus feel alongside the company’s existing three-story building and adjacent shop building. The existing building was a 1960’s office warehouse building which had been added onto over the years as the company expanded.

ClientMcKenney's LocationAtlanta, Georgia Project SizeTwo-stories; 21-acres; 36,600 square feet ServicesSite Planning, Programming, Space Planning, Architecture, Furniture Selection, Construction Administration