What’s new in the Denver office you ask? Renovation!
Well, “new” is a relative term. This has been discussed off and on for the year and a half that I’ve been here, and the “old timers” (sorry Kelly!) tell me it’s been planned since before we even had desks in this building.
Our office is in the upper floor of a 116 year old building with rough red brick outside walls, and a row of massive exposed wood beams and columns running right down the middle. It has a great vintage loft feel, and most of the spaces are open to each other. The only actual doors we have are into the server room and the restrooms.
(Interior of the Denver office.)
The renovation includes adding a new, predominantly glass, front wall to the conference room (to enclose it for sound isolation), and converting the junk-filled back room into a work room and storage area.
(Elevation of the new conference room front wall)
(Floor plan of the new work room and storage area)
With everyone’s input, I drew up plans last winter, and then we got pricing from contractors earlier this spring.
Cleaning out the back room was a whole long dusty process about which the less is said the better, save for some amusing moments watching the guys from the paper shredding company pitching old rolls of drawings over the balcony rail into bins in the parking lot below. We filled EIGHT of those bins!
Construction was supposed to have been during the last two weeks of March. “Supposed to have been” being the operative phrase there. Just when things were about to get started, the Denver building department threw us a curve ball. Remember those massive wood beams and columns I mentioned? That means the building is officially considered heavy timber, and requires special construction. The new walls in the back room will be 1-hour fire rated, but in order to keep all that cool looking glass in the conference room, we’re taking advantage of a rarely-used clause in the IBC allowing for “solid wood construction”. Everything that’s not glass in that wall, is wood stud with no air spaces.
(Yes, I’m one of those rare geeks who think building code is interesting.)
As I sit here now, the framing is done, the drywall is started, and it’s finally starting to look and feel like we’ve all been imagining.
(Conference room new wall framing.)
(Back room new partition wall under construction.)
More will follow as there’s more to tell; with the obligatory before and after photos, of course.