According to Monica Larsen Wetherell, design management director, primary design objectives included providing a simplified, modern and fresh take on the traditional detailing and finishes in the firm's existing space while utilizing sustainable concepts and materials. " Due to small spatial constraints, we wanted to create a layout that provided maximum use of the space and provide required adjacencies/site lines for all team members," she explains. Additionally, another important objective was to target Gold LEED certification, while working smartly within the client's budgetary and schedule constraints."
The Moudis design team worked to simplify the design while maintaining the richness, warmth and solid feel of the client's brand and image. Integral to that objective was the incorporation of a high level of custom architectural woodwork into the design. Island Architectural Woodwork, an AWI member firm located in Ronkonkoma, New York, was selected to handle the project.
"Island Woodwork's focus on FCR, low VOC finishes and consistent dedication to green manufacturing of their products was paramount to the project," notes Larsen Wetherell.
"The existing aesthetic led us to maintain a more traditional space," she continues, "but this project is a great example of how LEED does not necessarily require a single aesthetic. We built on our client's existing image as a trustworthy, solid and longstanding company. It was important to convey not only the client's brand but their values and extensive company-wide goals for sustainability."
Custom woodwork elements for the office space included credenza, raised panels, wood convector enclosures, office front doors and side lights, window frames, staircase, open bookcases, custom furniture and mouldings throughout. Plain sliced Cherry was used with waterborne stains and low VOC clear coats. Paint grade wood is used on duplicative details such as trim, base and crown details.
The entire project scope is a series of panels, mouldings and trims that are all intricately detailed to blend in with and conceal existing conditions and hidden storage.
All agree that the Cherry staircase was the most intricate and challenging aspect of the project. "The incorporation of the interconnecting monumental stair which was conceived mid-stream to the project is especially noteworthy," says one of the firm's owners. "It definitely became the main signature piece of the project."
Stair elements including wood treads, risers, balusters, hand railing, newel posts and valutes were clad over a structural steel sub-structure. In addition, the first four risers were slightly bowed and the exposed stringer flared to create a very traditional and striking appearance.
"The raised panels and trim at the curve in the stair were most challenging," says Ed Rufrano of Island Architectural Woodwork. "It required a high degree of difficulty working with raised panels on a curved surface."
"Our close relationship with the woodwork firm is built on years of successful projects together," notes Larsen Wetherell. Because of that relationship, she continues, daily interaction, and open discussions about detailing, execution and construction become the norm. "This creates a beautiful and successful end result for the client. Both parties must be open to new ideas and providing proactive solutions that balance design with execution."
Rufrano agrees, noting that the almost daily contact with the design team was critical to fabrication. Our team assisted their team in managing the project's budgeting, shop drawing review, scheduling and punch list completion, he points out.
As one of the world's leading financial institutions, INGs commitment to reduce its carbon footprint and include sustainability as a critical component in its investments properties, is more than evident in the thoughtful and successful outcome of this recent renovation.
Photo 1 - Within the office halls are Cherry paneling, office front doors and side lights, window frames and trim.
Photo 2 - A traditional look, with contemporary accents on the conference room table, illustrate how the project scope is a series of panels, mouldings and trims that are all intricately detailed.
Project: ING Investment Management, NY, NY
Woodworker: Island Architectural Woodwork, Inc., Ronkonkoma, NY
Architect: Ted Moudis Associates, NY, NY
General Contractor: Americon Construction, NY, NY
Photographer: Peter Paige, Allendale, NJ
At A Glance:
AWI Manufacturing Member: Island Architectural Woodwork, Inc.
Location: Ronkonkoma, NY
Facility: Three state-of-the-art facilities serving the greater New York metropolitan area
Specialty: Fabrication and installation of Premium Grade architectural woodwork to Green specifications.
"Our mission is dedicated to best green practices in fabricating and installing quality architectural woodwork. In order to keep pace with this goal, we adapt to changes in technology and the latest advancements in environmental sciences while never losing sight of the craftsmanship that has earned us our excellent reputation."