COCC’s New Home in Southington
Posted by: Kathryn Mease, NCIDQ, LEED AP BD+C
After a little over a year of work on this major renovation, we are pleased to share photographs of the upper floors of COCC’s new office in Southington. This project is one of my favorites. The team, led by Jeff McElravy and including Tim Mailloux, Christopher Banker and myself, worked as a unit and really enjoyed the experience. While we had our fair share of challenges, like inherited building issues, we were fortunate to have a great client in COCC. Initially, they thought they wanted something with a more traditional style (after all, their clients are financial institutions). However, they were willing to do some exploration and truly kept an open mind. Over the course our collaborative design process, it became clear they were really looking for something with a more modern edge, something more reflective of their highly technical products and services. The upper three floors of this four story building are the ‘working floors’, consisting mainly of open workstations, private offices, conference rooms, and collaboration spaces. COCC’s main objectives for these spaces were to provide exterior views and sunlight to everyone, and to balance formal work spaces against open collaborative areas for ad hoc meetings and group work. They are thrilled with the results, which thrills us in return. (P.S. Stay tuned for first floor and exterior photos.)
We heard great news from our clients at Oak Hill. The State Bond Commission is slated to approve a $2-million allocation to help fund the planned Oak Hill Therapeutic Recreation Center at the former Bristol Girls’ Club building on Upson Street. This link takes you to an article that appeared this weekend in the Bristol Press.
I’m not going to beat around the bush here. Our staff photographs were old and stale and it was high time to retake them. So Friday, we spent most of the day taking the first round of photos. With a makeup artist in tow and various architectural props on hand, our marketing intern Julia took behind the scenes shots of Keith Claytor from TimeFrozen Photography as he made our principals and project managers and designers feel at ease and look fabulous. Stay tuned for the final product.