Dr. Janet Seabrook started Community Healthnet from a trailer 20 years ago to provide medical services to individuals and families. Now on her sixth facility, Seabrook’s mission is to provide medical services to everyone regardless of their ability to pay, providing an invaluable service to an underserved community.
Located in Hammond, Indiana in a recently completed commercial office building, the Federal Community Defenders Office buildout was guided by the client’s vision to create a work environment that was inspiring, light filled and modern. The open plan is organized around a circular reception desk that was accentuated by a circular floating ceiling and complementary light fixture. The primary design challenge was to fit a dynamic layout into an existing rectangular space, working around existing columns and other building elements. In the end, the layout includes a triangular-shaped entry/ waiting room that opens up to the reception area by means.
Being a place to celebrate the positive accomplishments that mascots have played in professional sports, The National Mascot Hall of Fame will not only be about the mascots, but also families and children. The Hall of Fame contains interactive displays that profile the mascot lifestyle as well as teach children about the science involved in entertaining others. The 27,278 SF building contains a three-story glass atrium space that separates the building into different programming areas and serves as a vertical circulation and organizational device. Program areas on either side of the atrium are accessed by walkways or “bridges” that provide.
The Office Renovations for Gerresheimer Glass entailed the creation of a renovated and expanded 5,031 office area within a pharmaceutical glass company in Chicago Heights, IL. Referred to as the “Cinderella Project” by Gerresheimer management, the project was the last phase of a much larger production retooling project. The conversion of an outdated, well-worn space into a modern, up-to-date office is analogous to the Cinderella story considering the technologically-advanced glass processes contained within Gerresheimer. The office renovation, itself, provided an opportunity to establish separate entrances for both manufacturing employees and office staff. Visitors to the facility enter through the new.
As the hub for city maintenance, the challenge with the new Whiting Public Works Facility revolved around providing all the programmatic requirements of a public works facility on a very limited size site. Laydown areas for materials, storage of city equipment, a garbage truck enclosure, salt shed, and a refueling station for all city vehicles from police cars to fire trucks all had to share space with the new 18,595 square foot building. Consequently, the building, itself, also had to be planned as efficiently as possible. In addition to all the necessary equipment, it contains locker rooms, staff offices, breakroom,.
The Will-Mc Building is a 16,000 SF, $2 million facility designed primarily for McMahon and Associates, an accounting firm located in Munster, Indiana. Besides housing over 10,000 SF of finished office, the Will-Mc Building also contains 6,000 SF of space for future tenants. In terms of design, the Will-Mc Building utilizes a double cruciform layout that allows the massiveness of the building to be broken up by two gabled ends on both the east and west sides. This layout helps to soften the impact of the Will-Mc Building next to its neighbors as well as giving the building a more.
The Praxair Office Building is a new 15,000 SF, $2.1 million control center for Praxair’s new Whiting, Indiana hydrogen processing plant. It was of utmost importance that the building be functional and serve all the needs of the managing staff as well as convey an image of professionalism to their clients and prospective hires. The exterior of the building includes a metal panel wall system that was included to allude to the high-tech nature of the interior. The wall system is also engineered to absorb the initial shock wave in the unlikely event of a blast. The actual control room.
The interior buildout for Mrs. Dornberg’s Culinary Experience in Highland, Indiana is complete. The owner of the business needed to move into a larger space to continue to grow her business with a more functional layout and a more pleasant experience for her students. The end result is a 2,037 SF space that combines a full commercial teaching kitchen with a curved demonstration island that overlooks seating for 20+ students and a large retail area for the selling of cooking supplies and accessories. The finished space includes high end finishes and video monitors for student viewing of live cooking demonstrations.
Over the last decade, Vavrek Architects has worked with Luke Oil on the creation of their branded gas station and car washes. The design evolved over the years with direct input from the client to the current prototype which include masonry/ stone exteriors along with large expanses of glass. The Luke Convenience Store prototype is centered on the idea of creating a professional, friendly shopping environment. The emphasis is on bringing gas customers into the convenience stores not only with product offerings but also by the creation of an environment that is above and beyond what a customer might expect.
The Marquette Park Capital Improvements Project is a multi-million dollar renovation/restoration project funded through the Indiana Regional Developmental Authority (RDA) designed to preserve and strengthen the park’s natural features while providing new recreational and educational amenities. Vavrek Architects was retained to provide architectural services for the project. The first phase of the project included two new picnic shelters and parking gatehouses, along with renovations to the existing picnic pavilion and concession building.
The County Line Orchard Barn is a 30,000 SF facility created to serve as a retail center for County Line Orchard as well as a banquet facility for weddings and other occasions. To enhance the visitor’s experience, the owners sought to create a structure that evoked an authentic farm building. Due to its heavy timber construction, most of the main structure utilizes mortise and tenon joints secured with solid oak pins, very similar to how a piece of furniture might be assembled or a barn might have been built hundreds of years ago. Of course, the main difference is that.
The new 2,171 square foot Whiting Animal Shelter is a state of the art no kill animal shelter. Designed for ease of maintenance, it contains 13 indoor/ outdoor dog kennels including one quarantine kennel. The entire kennel is built from concrete block with plastic wall panel dividers. Dogs are able to rest on radiant heated concrete floors and move back and forth via a pass thru between the outside and inside. Adjacent to the dog kennels is a fenced-in dog run for exercise and socialization. The facility also contains two areas for cats and an animal prep area that doubles.