After constructing many of the buildings in Eastwood Development, a fast-growing industrial and business center in Mankato, the Robert W. Carlstrom Company, Inc, a commercial general contractor, decided to relocate their own office to the development, leaving behind a dark and dated office that didn't reflect their growing company.
With 13 full-time staff, and dozens of project managers, estimators, and tradespeople coming through their doors on a daily basis - not to mention possible clients -- the new space needed to accommodate both meetings and muddy boots in a functional and convenient space.
The new location provides not only the opportunity to showcase a variety of design concepts, different building materials and their employees' craftsmanship, but because it is located in a fast-growing area, they are easily accessible for contractors.
With more than twice the space of their old offices, the new space is open, with individual work spaces, private offices, tool storage, two conference rooms, a reception area and a break room as well as room for expansion.
Being a company that identifies with raw materials, the space is informal yet professional, designed to reflect what they do every day. And with contractors - and their muddy boots - using the space right along side clients, maintenance was a top issue.
Large, tough tile that imitates concrete gives the space a simple, contemporary look. Walk-off carpet provides a simple, inexpensive and easy to clean base where needed. Soft taupes are used with burnt orange here and there, giving the space a "rust" look. Wood trims and playful lighting softens the raw finishes, keeping the space welcoming yet durable. A display of historic construction tools pays homage to Carlstom’s past, while the surrounding interiors leaves no question this is a company looking to the future.
Throughout the space, exterior materials were used inside, appropriately reflecting what the company does while providing clients a better idea of possibilities. Translucent panels, something normally used on the outside, were used inside for wall panels, bringing in more light and showcasing materials.