Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart
Charles G. Hull
One Piedmont Center, 3565 Piedmont Road, Suite 303, Atlanta, GA 30305
About Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart
Started in 1979 and located in Atlanta, Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart has 35 years of experience in award-winning global design projects. The firm seeks interesting design challenges that provide opportunities for groundbreaking solutions and has worked on projects in every sector and design discipline. Using a holistic approach, the firm measures its success through the success of its clients in their own endeavors. Over the years, the firm has worked on designs in corporate, commercial, hospitality, multifamily, industrial, governmental, and educational settings. Principals in Atlanta include Gil Garrison, John Gerondelis, Charles G. Hull, and Michael G. Murphy, many of whom are members of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certified Professionals. The team’s diverse and cross-disciplinary backgrounds enable complex innovations in design that seek to lead the design industry as a whole into the future.
One of the firm’s notable projects in Atlanta is Chick-fil-A’s “office of the future.” The space is a 21,770-square-foot structure inside a warehouse not far from the Chick-fil-A main campus. Smallwood, Reynolds, Stewart, Stewart transformed it into a testing area for Chick-fil-A. The location includes versatile areas where different types of work can be completed and different professionals can engage with the space in flexible yet compatible ways. Workstations of all types, meeting the needs of various employees, are positioned alongside collaborative and also smaller, more private stations. Quiet rooms offering further privacy are also available, but the key to the design is the collaborative areas, which encompass 30 percent of the structure’s total square footage. The design also includes video conference spaces featuring cutting-edge technology, and adaptable furniture.
ULA Atlanta Development of Excellence Awards,
American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) Merit Awards,
AIA Design Award,
Top 10 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) Project
1315 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia 30309
Perkins+Will began in 1935, giving the firm several decades of experience in interdisciplinary architecture, design, and research. Made up of over 2,000 employees worldwide, working out of 20 different offices, the firm’s architects, interior designers, urban designers, and landscape architects seek to be leaders in the field, especially when it comes to sustainability, resilience, health and wellness, and mobility. The firm’s research sector seeks creative technologies and solutions, enabling more evolved environments. The firm receives hundreds of design awards each year and tends to be ranked as one of the world’s top firms in design. While Perkins+Will creates versatile designs for all kinds of clients, one focus is creating corporate buildings and office spaces; for this firm, a strong design plan promotes successful businesses, both in mission and in work culture.
Perkins+Will have a growing presence in Atlanta, with one of its key contributions 1315 Peachtree, a structure that includes office spaces for some of the Atlanta-based Perkins+Will team. This 45k-square-foot building was certified through the Sustainable Sites Initiatives program, and at the moment it was LEED Platinum certified, it received the highest score in the Northern Hemisphere. 1315 Peachtree succeeded by “upcycling” a 1986 office building into a “living laboratory” of sections, including office spaces suited to hold 240 employees, civic gathering spots, and a library. The firm matched materials for reuse with local needs, allowing donations to more than 20 nonprofit organizations. The building features an open-air civic plaza where a parking deck formerly sat at the front of the building, elegant stormwater solutions, such as the 10,000-gallon cistern designed to store and reuse rainwater, and materials from paints and wall graphics to carpets — all screened to reduce toxic substances. An underfloor air distribution system promotes optimal ventilation and fresh air, an exterior terrace is shaded by a steel trellis and motorized overhang, and the design to let in natural light reduces energy-run lighting by 67 percent. Of the building’s structure, more than 60 percent is designed to be demountable, deconstructed and reused. The building received three Development of Excellence awards, from ULA Atlanta, the Atlanta Regional Commission and the Livable Communities Coalition, and the Atlanta Urban Design Commission. It also received a Merit Award through the Georgia Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA), earned a Design Award through AIA Georgia, and was named a Top 10 AIA Committee on the Environment (COTE) project. Mayor Kasim Reed praised the building for its “true innovation in design, sustainability and reuse.”
Scott Ward, AIA
Rob Meleski, ASID
Dana McClure, AIA
American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) Design Excellence Awards,
International Interior Design Association (IIDA) “Best of the Best” Award
1550 Southland Circle, Suite 100, Atlanta, GA 30318
About Warner Summers
Success through Creativity, Collaboration and Teamwork. Founded in 1964 in Atlanta, Georgia, Warner Summers & Associates provides comprehensive Architecture and Interior Design services for Corporate, Office, Financial, Religious, Medical, Industrial, Education, and Community projects. Warner Summers is an integrated team of Architects, Interior Designers and Administrative staff. Our team is led by three Principals: Scott Ward, Rob Meleski, & Dana McClure and a team of Associates.
The firm develops effective design solutions that capture the vision, image and culture of their Clients. A belief in active listening and a collaborative design process that integrates our clients’ mission and internal processes helps towards our goal of creating design solutions that support organizational goals, encourage staff and welcome visitors. Warner Summers believes in facilities that are flexible and that can adapt to a client’s changing needs.
At twenty people strong, Warner Summers has designed multiple office spaces for high-profile clients within Atlanta, including the Home Depot, Delta, Equifax, Cricket Wireless, Georgia United Credit Union and Invesco. Warner Summers also designed multiple offices for AT&T, which features team collaborative areas, private meeting spaces for heads-down work, break areas, and an overall branded experience. For Lincoln Financial Group, Warner Summers contributed to the design of a $5.4M upgrade of an existing workspace. Also located in Atlanta, the space is made up of 108k square feet, and the firm focused on renovations of departmental workspace and cross-collaborative teaming areas.
3060 Peachtree Road NW, Suite 600, Atlanta, GA 30305
About Niles Bolton
Niles Bolton defines success by how well a project realizes the vision of its clients, and how well a project fulfills the needs of the people who live in, work in, or visit a given space. Rather than an aesthetic matter, this firm sees architecture as a process of listening, analyzing, and engaging each client; design is a system of applied knowledge and experience, helping to achieve true collaboration and long-lasting relationships with active members of a community. With each design, the firm aims to put artistry, style, and functionality into an inspired balance while meeting clients’ unique sets of preferences and needs. Niles Bolton began in 1975, at a time when around 50 percent of Atlanta architects were jobless, and today the team is led by a number of promising principals. Niles Bolton (AIA) is the chairman and CEO, and Ray Kimsey (AIA, LEED, AP) is the firm’s president.
In Atlanta, Niles Bolton Associates created a 90k-square-foot office for Byers Engineering Company. The building is four stories high and consists of limestone, precast concrete, and sloping, glass facades. Inside, the building contains meeting areas, flexible workspaces, communal areas, and break and recreation areas. The goal of the project was to deconstruct the basic box, with the four-story design inspired by a rectangle made of precast concrete: removing particular segments of “the box” creates a sloped structure, where glass windows overlook the sprawling landscape beneath. Deliberately imbalanced in some areas but solid at its core, the design for this building achieves a unique tension. The atrium includes a grand staircase, and a combination of hard shapes with natural curves emphasizes the notion of deliberate imbalance. In Atlanta, the firm also designed 3445 Peachtree, UH Midtown, Camden Places, the Home Depot Little Apron Academy, and office structures for Freeman Mathis & Gary, LLP, which consists of a dual-level interior bridged by a large and central staircase. The space is comfortable but professional, a tone that reflects the work of the law firm inhabiting it, and it includes areas reserved for meetings and trainings, a boardroom, and even a mock courtroom. The client sought a design that would reinforce its values, and Niles Bolton Associates fulfilled the request with a final office design that is modern, efficient, and professional.
5G Studio Collaborative
AIA Atlanta Award
Architecture Firm of the Year Award,
IIDA Lavish Most Innovative Design Award
260 Peachtree Street, Suite 500, Atlanta, GA 30303
About 5G Studio Collaborative
5G Studio Collaborative goes after visionary clients with challenging projects, which lead to highly inspired designs. With a holistic approach to collaborating, the firm focuses on such factors as the life cycle of a given building, costs and marketability, and design aesthetic. Founded in 2005, 5G Studio is an award-winning firm with global praise for its innovative and fresh designs, spanning 10 countries and serving high-profile clients. The firm has received the 2016 Architecture Firm of the Year Award, a 2016 United Masonry Contractors Association Golden Trowel Awards Honorable Mention for Restoration, an IIDA Lavish Most Innovative Design Award, and many more. Led by experienced professionals like Jim Viviano, the firm’s projects have been featured in publications like Commercial Property Executive, Arch Record, Hotel Business, Forbes, Design, Film Journal International, Curbed and The Dallas Business Journal.
“Study Nature and be Inspired.” – Jim Viviano
5G Studio designed the office headquarters for Georgia’s AIA branch in 2014. The 2,000-square-foot structure is small but sleek and occupies one corner of the Woodruff Volunteer Center in downtown Atlanta. The office is positioned behind a colonnade beneath the building and is completely transparent, with glass walls connecting employees to passersby and encouraging shared knowledge about the organization’s mission. The structure is known for its large, vertical bifold door, which is made out of locally sourced oak trees that, if not used for this office design, would have been added to the chipper. At 1,000 pounds, the door was manufactured by Schweiss, engineered by Foresite Group and installed by Eutree. It can be opened to create a large conference or meeting area or lecture space, and closed to meet with the wall, seamlessly creating a gallery space suited to hosting events. The transparent nature of the office encourages pedestrians to gaze into the workspace and observe meetings, lectures, or events taking place inside.
IA Interior Architects
ASID Gold Design Excellence Award
3455 Peachtree Road NE #325, Atlanta, GA 30326
About IA Interior Architects
IA studies environments through the lens of interior architecture, a once-radical concept in design when the firm was founded in 1984. Today, the firm is driven by the principles of change, creativity, innovation, and community service. IA is operated by co-Presidents and CEOs David Bourke and Tom Powers, both seeking to uphold the legacy of David Mourning, the firm’s founder, whose mission was to help clients better achieve their business goals by enhancing the designs of the spaces in which the firm’s clients did their work. Some of the many publications featuring IA’s office designs include FastCoDesign.com, Entrepreneur Magazine, Inc. Magazine, design*milk.com, SEGD Magazine, CNBC.com, Interior Design, Contract Magazine, and Metropolis Magazine. A few of its major clients have included Bacardi, LinkedIn, McMillan, Mercedes-Benz Research & Development, Sapient Atlanta, Enel Green Power, Jet, and Invenergy.
Sapient Atlanta, a modern office with a bold color palette and sleek, futuristic furniture, was the recipient of the ASID Georgia Gold Design Excellence Award for a Corporate Office under 25k square feet. The space contains brand messages appearing on digital platforms, a wall with laser-cut logos, team zones enabling collaboration, a hallway made out of walls that can be written on, independent work areas and meeting rooms, graphic carpet designs, and a combination of industrial and colorful fixtures creating a focused but comfortable atmosphere. The firm also designed the Atlanta-based office for J. Walter Thompson: a two-level glass tower with a 50k-square-foot workspace incorporating a central, asymmetrical staircase, a series of both interactive and enclosed meeting areas, a hidden media library with a seating area, and digital media walls. Central to the design is its nonhierarchical atmosphere, with not a single enclosed office. Instead, each of the 220 employees, including middle management and executives, operates in the same type of seven-foot module.
191 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 5000, Atlanta, GA 30303
Highlighted for its efforts to produce sustainable office spaces within Atlanta, HKS sees designing as a means of enhancing the human experience — a task that the firm handles with care and collaboration in order to achieve optimal results. The firm’s executive committee is made up of Dan Noble (president & CEO), Jeff Stouffer, and Bryan Trubey, with countless principals working to complete achievements in areas such as architecture, planning and development, programming, project management, structural engineering, interior design, graphic design, branding, sustainability, research, and more. Known for its designs for corporate headquarters, some of HKS’s clients have included Lear, Aviva, Radioshack, and Avon Cosmetics. Several of its international and national projects have received awards, including the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport Airside Modernization Fire Station 40 and Atlanta’s Medline Regional Activity Center Livable Centers Initiative, which received an Outstanding Health Planning recognition in 2015 from the Georgia Planning Association.
Terminus 200, at 585,412 square feet, is a mixed-use structure in the Buckhead neighborhood of Atlanta, designed in collaboration with Duda/Paine Architects. The building is LEED Gold certified, and the office section is rated one of the top 10 shared office spaces in the area on Yelp. Some of the many companies operating in it are Fitzgerald & CO, Film Connection Film Institute, Greenberg Traurig LLP, City National Bank, and Servcorp, whose office is on the 20th floor. Servcorp’s office features sweeping views, a brightly lit marble interior lobby, splashes of orange alongside contemporary furnishings, two day suites, a boardroom, a five-star coworking space with eight workstations, and landscaped paintings by local artist, Ford Smith, all evoking appreciation for the natural beauty that the artist witnessed during his world travels. Also notable is the firm’s success in designing its own eco-friendly office in Atlanta that was featured on inhabit. A LEED-certified design, 191 Peachtree Tower includes solutions to water reduction, energy efficiency, sustainable materials, maximization of furniture and equipment reuse, and recycling construction waste. The sleek and modern interior also includes low-flow water fixtures, which enable a 30-percent reduction in potable water use, and lighting fixtures that reduce energy use by 20 percent. The designers paid attention to using recycled materials and even considered the manufacturing location and toxicity of resources and materials used. Almost 80 percent of the space’s construction debris was later recycled, and the firm brought in previously used furniture from one of its former locations.
Houston Business Journal Landmark Award,
Southern California Development Forum Design Award
191 Peachtree Street NE #2250, Atlanta, GA 30303
HOK is a world-wide firm made up of 1,700 professionals across three continents and operating out of 23 different offices. The firm aims to create exceptional, creative, and environmentally sustainable designs for clients in every sector imaginable, including large-scale commercial projects, civic and cultural centers, research facilities, and corporate headquarters. Selected for its achievements and recognition, HOK sees “work” as something people do — a commitment, an active process driven by mission and a set of principles — rather than merely a location that employees visit. When Hok works with clients seeking to create or enhance their business offices or headquarters, the firm’s goal is to support the given client’s employees, help the client better embody its brand, and achieve a level of flexibility to help the client adapt to evolving business needs. Leah Hofferkamp, one of HOK’s leading designers, was recognized by ASID as a future leader in interior design, and the firm’s designs for workplaces have received several awards, including a Houston Business Journal Landmark Award in the Office Building Category for its work on Phillips 66 Headquarters in Houston, and a Southern California Development Forum Design Award for HOK’s design for the DIRECTV Office in Los Angeles. Many of the firm’s designs are located in Atlanta.
HOK designed the Porsche Experience Center and Headquarters in Atlanta, a LEED Silver-certified facility that merges an advanced customer experience center with contemporary office space. The space was designed to enable 450 employees of Porsche to work together in one main hub, while also providing an engaging visitor experience for potential customers, Porsche fans, and auto enthusiasts. The building sits across from the Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport and acts as one of the first Atlanta landmarks that visitors see upon entering the region. Detlev von Platen, CEO and president of North America’s Porsche operation, sought a sleek, high-performance building encapsulating the Porsche brand, and the space achieves exactly that, with a 1.6-mile driver development track running through the courtyard, six modules for driving demonstrations, a vehicle gallery, a restoration center, a human performance center, multiple cafes, and a driving simulator lab. The building even features a restaurant named after the first Porsche ever produced and offers a view of the test track. The 13k-square-foot business center includes conference rooms, event spaces, and a design studio where visitors can create virtual vehicles.
ASID Design Excellence Awards
1230 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 2700, Atlanta, GA 30309
Tvsdesign was founded by Bill Thompson, Tom Ventulett, and Ray Stainback, all seeking to create inspired designs for an evolving world. Today, tvsdesign is run by President Janet Simpson and Managing Principal Becky Ward. The firm has 50 years of experience and has contributed to the designs of millions of square feet across the world. The firm excels in office designs, with a team of office architects providing services for workplaces that embody each client’s values and promoting communication, creativity, and productivity. Run by office design team Principals Kevin Gordon, Jay Thomson, David Brown, and Robert O’Keefe, tvsdesign has created corporate spaces aiming to improve employee wellness and retention and keep up with the changing needs of the modern workplace. ASID Georgia has recognized tvsdesign with two Design Excellence Awards in this category, one for Fiserv’s Client Experience Center and the other for LPL Financial’s Ft. Mill campus.
tvdesign’s 1015 Techwood Building, an expansion of Turner Broadcasting Companies, acts primarily as an operations facilities. Located in a classic, collegiate campus, the building includes eight floors that are reachable through a series of covered walkways, and a portion of the building’s roof includes a rooftop garden. The building features brick, precast concrete walls, whose color and texture complement nearby buildings, with one section of the building made entirely of glass, allowing natural, northern light into the offices. The glass section contains a playful pattern of panels, both translucent and transparent, and reflects the spirit of the building’s purpose. The Savannah River National Laboratory, a work in progress, will be located in Augusta, Georgia. While the structure will be mixed-use, a big portion of it is designed to provide spaces where business professionals can work alongside and adjacent to students, entrepreneurs, faculty, and scientists. The design is part of a larger project that will combine the headquarters of the Savannah River National Laboratory with Augusta University School of Science and Technology, with the final product occupying 500k square feet of office space. Central to the design is a “collaboration courtyard” built on a raised, landscaped plaza where employees and visitors can congregate, share meals, and socialize.
AIA Design Firm of the Year, Innovation by Design Awards for General Excellence
999 Peachtree Street NE, Suite 1400, Atlanta, GA 30309
Gensler’s clients span a variety of market sectors and occupy different countries. Of the firm’s 3,500 clients, 40 belong to the 50 top-ranked Fortune 500 companies, and 10 belong to the top 10 technology companies in the United States. Singled out for its success in designing offices, the firm works on projects ranging from large-scale to small, private to public, and for-profit and nonprofit. Known for its collaborative process and client-centered approach, Gensler — led by Managing Director and Principal John Adams, Studio Leader and Senior Associate Lisa Adkins, Design Principals Shamim Ahmadzadegan and Chuck Albright, and many more — has received awards for interior design, been recognized as Design Firm of the Year, and was a finalist in the 2017 Innovation by Design Awards for General Excellence. Within Atlanta, the firm has completed a number of artistic office designs for high-profile clients.
Some of Gensler’s notable designs include 525 North Avenue offices, the offices of 22squared (one of Atlanta’s largest independent advertising communications agencies), the Atlanta Tech Village, FOCUS Brands Headquarters, NCR Midtown, the Hyundai Capital Operations Center, and the Mercedes-Benz USA Headquarters. Central to Gensler’s designs is sustainability; 22squared originally approached the firm for help redesigning its workspace, and Gensler produced a new design that reduced space needs and overhead and improved knowledge sharing among coworkers by 20 percent. The firm’s design for the Hyundai Capital Operations Center, at around 50k square feet, aims to increase productivity and quality of work for employees. Each workbench has a view through a window; desk spaces are separated by translucent glass panels allowing privacy without preventing connectivity; and a textured, cloud-like ceiling sits overhead, unique in its composition of 2,425 fabric cones that create the impression of gentle movement. A white and gray concrete color palette keeps this modern workplace focused and elegant. The design is being reviewed for LEED Gold certification.