Tag Archives: interior design

Creating a High-Energy Space for a Health Services Company in West Nashville

When companies outgrow their existing spaces, they often look for a different design concept for their new location. But sometimes a company really likes its existing layout and wants more of the same on a larger scale.

This was the case with MediCopy, a health information exchange company located in West Nashville, which had outgrown its space. When we met to discuss their design needs and wishes for their new office, we learned that they were looking for a bright, open, energetic workspace to reflect their fun, upbeat company culture. This included designing open areas for people to gather, incorporating the company’s logo colors in the design and maintaining a sleek, modern look throughout.

The workspaces are primarily made up of open desk areas, which allow the rooms to maintain a spacious, bright feeling. For those who do have offices, glass walls provide separation from the outside but allow them to maintain a visual connection to the rest of the room. Tall, exposed ceilings give it a contemporary, industrial look, while wood elements combined with bright colors make this office truly one of a kind.

To see how the design turned out, take a look at these photos:

The lobby and front desk at MediCopy.

The bistro offers different seating choices and plenty of sunlight.

A spacious conference room that features the company’s logo colors.

One of the primary workspaces that features several open desks and wall-to-wall windows.

With a space like this, we know the folks at MediCopy will feel energized and excited to work in their new location. And with plenty of room to grow, we’re sure they’ll be enjoying this space for years to come.

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Designing a Sleek, Fun Office Space for Two Tech Companies

Happy employees make happy customers…but how do you make employees happy?

Our Design Group recently had the privilege of designing the workspace for two tech companies in Middle Tennessee, Rustici Software and Watershed, which are housed in a former warehouse. The founder of both companies, Mike Rustici, believes in creating workspaces that make employees want to come to work, so we made this our focus from the beginning.

During our planning phase, Mike and his team emphasized how important it is to have multiple common areas that would encourage people to come together and share ideas. They wanted the space to be vibrant and attractive, so we used bright colors, wood elements and open-air design to achieve that.

To balance interaction with privacy, we designed small offices with glass doors and windows that give employees the quiet space they need to work while keeping the open areas visible. Because employees often work in teams, these offices are grouped together based on their area of expertise, giving them ample opportunity to come together and collaborate.

To get a glimpse of this newly designed office space, take a look at these photos:

One of the brightly colored collaboration rooms.

This area is perfect for work or play with large wooden tables, a TV screen and ping-pong table.

The kitchen is large with ample seating, and glass garage doors open up to the patio.

Pictured to the right is just one of the eight conference rooms throughout, and the area to the left is available for one-on-one collaboration.

This covered deck is just the right spot to get a breath of fresh air while overlooking the Bocce Ball court.

With a variety of different workspaces to choose from, the teams at Rustici Software and Watershed are sure to experience no shortage of creativity and flexibility. Mike Rustici said it best, “If cool, well-designed space allows our great people to work more productively and be happier at work, it is definitely worth it.”

Southeast Venture transforms an empty shell into a light-filled office for the Bradford Group

the Bradford Group lobby

the Bradford Group lobby

When the Bradford Group needed a new home for its growing public relations agency, the firm turned to Southeast Venture Principal Randy Parham and Broker James Roscoe High to find the perfect space. Randy and Roscoe found the perfect space—an office condo on the second floor of the iconic glass and red-steel Fifth & Main Building in East Nashville—then brokered the purchase for Bradford, using their experience to negotiate an attractive price and favorable terms.

the Bradford Group Conference Room

the Bradford Group Conference Room

The Bradford Group then worked with Ginny Caldwell and Shannon Mikula of Southeast Venture’s interior design team to turn the new space, which was an empty shell, into the light-filled office the Bradford Group’s smart and creative team need.

the Bradford Group Kitchen

the Bradford Group Kitchen

There is only one office in the Bradford Group’s office that is not exposed to natural light. Because interior walls are broken up with lots of glass, even interior offices get plenty of sunlight. The highlight of the space is the break room and kitchen, where floor-to-ceiling windows provide a panoramic view of downtown Nashville.

the Bradford Group

the Bradford Group – view from the kitchen

Additionally, the agency’s primary brand color—Pantone Yellow 123—can be found throughout the office: in the carpet, on the walls, surrounding the reception area and kitchens, in chair fabrics, etc. Southeast Venture worked with the Bradford Group to ensure that the corporate color is prominent in the space, though not overwhelmingly so.

Services Provided

Brokerage

Interior Design

Project Scale

5,500 SF

Project Timeframe

2013-2014

Interior Design Case Study: Concept Technology

Entrance

Concept Technology Office Entrance

When Concept Technology, an IT service provider that serves over 200 area businesses, moved its office from Music Row to the historic, renovated BowTruss building in Germantown, Concept Technology President James Fields called on Southeast Venture to design the interior space.

James Fields' office

James Fields’ office

Mr. Fields wanted to create a non-traditional office that would help the firm recruit and retain top talent in the highly competitive tech sector. Southeast Venture’s Interior Design Director Ginny Caldwell and Designer Shannon Mikula transformed the former industrial/warehouse space, giving it an “old meets new” creative/tech vibe.

Sales department

Sales department

To enhance the existing architecture of the space—from the burnt orange trusses to the bowed, wooden roof— Southeast Venture used different wall heights that mimic a cityscape. Guests entering the office get a little peak all the way through the space, and want to see more. The one-story, open layout greatly increases employees’ communication flow (instead of the tucked-away, multilevel space the company used to inhabit).

Cafe

Cafe

The 40-person café serves as a gathering place for on-the-go engineers and Millennial employees who don’t want to sit in their cubicles all day. Booths, designed after local coffee shops and the two glass garage doors that open into the space add to the collaborative appeal of the café.

  • Services Provided: Interior Design
  • Project Scale: 8,700 SF
  • Project Timeframe: 2013

Welcome Four Members to Our Design Services Team

We wanted to take this opportunity to welcome Joe Bucher, Rachael Ferrill, Darrel Hayes and Douglas Writh to our team.

Joe Bucher

Joe joins Southeast Venture as a graduate architect. Under this role he will design, plan and manage architectural projects.

Before joining Southeast Venture, he worked as an associate for Looney Ricks Kiss Architects, where he collaborated on projects including the First Horizon Bank, Southwest TN Community College and Barboro Flats in Memphis.

Joe is an associate member of the American Institute of Architects. He received his bachelor’s degree from Auburn University.

Rachael Ferrill

Rachael Ferrill

Rachael will work within Southeast Venture’s interior design team as a junior designer. She will assist in design development and production of construction documents.

She joined the firm after graduating with her bachelor’s from the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga. Her project involvement includes, The Crichton Group, Healthcare Realty corporate office, HealthSpring of Tennessee corporate office, H.G. Hilly Realty Company, Quinn Financial, Rodefer Moss, RPM Transportation Consultants and SSR Cx.

She is an associate member of the International Interior Design Association.

Darrel Hayes

Darrel Hayes

Darrel joins as an architectural CAD Manager. Under his new role he will manage projects and produce CAD documents.

He previously worked for Southeast Venture as a construction detailer, coordinating and producing construction documents for health care, institutional and commercial projects. He also worked as an architect intern for Community Tectonics, Inc. and The Larkin Group.

Darrel’s Nashville architectural projects include Chadwell Elementary, Walnut Street Baptist Church and the Belle Meade Hill Center.

Darrel graduated with his bachelor’s of architectural engineering from Tennessee State University. He is a member of Construction Specifications Institute.

Douglas Wirth

Douglas Wirth

Doug has expertise in design, planning and historic preservation. He joins Southeast Venture as a LEED accredited professional and graduate architect.

He previously worked with Southeast Venture’s design services team, managing services with an emphasis in health care, corporate, residential and commercial projects. He also worked as a graduate architect for PSA-Dewberry, gaining architectural experience in projects for higher education, health care and criminal justice facilities.

He earned his master’s of architecture from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.