Thursday, January 26, 2017

On the Boards: CORA Rehabilitation Clinic - Kennerly Facility

Rendering view of entry lobby

Opening Soon

CORA Health Services, Inc. hired Arocordis Design recently to develop concept design and renderings of their soon to open 5,400 SF. Kennerly Clinic in Jacksonville, Florida.  We worked with their national and regional operations leadership to help them infuse their new space with tasteful brand-focused design.

Creating a welcoming client experience

We worked to help them create an attractive lobby and reception experience for visiting clients coming there to do sports or wellness related rehabilitation therapy.  As well, we worked with them to extend their brand and place palette into their multi-purpose gym and clinic space. 

Rendering view of gym and clinic space

Coordinating the color and finish palette

We worked with their corporate color palette, company logo and graphics to assist in reinforcing an active healthy lifestyle messaging. We developed a floating wooden slatted ceiling element to provide a sense of focus at the reception desk and behind in the gym at the Physical Therapists station along with tasteful LED pendant lighting.  CORA will place targeted plants in the areas as shown to bring nature near and a sense of calmness and life such interior vegetation brings to interior spaces. 

We worked with them to bring in medium walnut wood tones to the countertops, furniture and wood trim as well as the slat ceiling focal point. This contrasts nicely with the green, blue and white colors which connect to their existing brand palette.  All of this creates an energetic, yet tasteful wellness experience.  

We developed the renderings with Autodesk RevitLT and Adobe Photoshop CS5.  It was a quick yet interactive process back and forth between CORA Health's Operations team and Arocordis Design resulting in the final images you see here.  Stay tuned for more.

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Monday, January 23, 2017

The Rink at State Street Opens

Original Rendering - Pen, colored pencil, pastels
with Photoshop - © Stephen M. Frey, Arocordis Design

Skating on the State House Lawn

      In early January of this year a grass roots community group in Montpelier, VT called The Rink at State Street opened a free, open to the public ice skating rink on the State of Vermont Statehouse Lawn.  The movement began two years ago with early exploratory efforts between the group and the State of Vermont which manages "The People's Lawn".
     Last fall, the group hired Arocordis Design and Stephen Frey to produce an illustrative rendering showing a conception of the Rink (sans protective fencing) to help them with conveying the design concept to the State of Vermont, Montpelier Alive and other community stakeholders as well as assist with fundraising.
 "Steve Frey of Arocordis Design helped bring the rink project to life visually. Steve's fabulous rendering helped us make our case to the State for the Rink's Approval as well help with early publicity." Said Nate Hausman, a member of the Put a Rink On It Committee (Now The Rink at State Street). 
Families and kids using the rink - Image Christine Hertz
      See the rendering above and comparative before image below as well as a recent image of families with young children skating on the temporary popup rink.  This project initiative is part of a larger movement growing in popularity around the U.S. called Creative Placemaking.

Creative Placemaking Grows

      Creative Placemaking has emerged as a grassroots driven arts and culture building trend integrating place into arts based experiences.
Before image - Stephen M. Frey
"Creative Placemaking is an evolving field of practice that intentionally leverages the power of the arts, culture and creativity to serve a community's interest while driving a broader agenda for change, growth and transformation in a way that also builds character and quality of place." -  Sourced 1/23/17 via
      Locally in here Montpelier, The Rink at State Street Pop-up Community Skating Rink builds on recent tactical placemaking projects such as:

  • Langdon Street Alive which last summer created a temporary arts district with events on a block long street. 
  • Montpelier Pocket Park which celebrated its second year in 2016 which took over a small underused empty lot in the heart of downtown across from the Montpelier Fire Station.
  • The VTC Parklet, of 2014, formerly located on two parking spaces along the venerable Rialto Bridge, the first parklet in Vermont. 
All of these projects were spearheaded by Ward Joyce of Ward Joyce Design as part of his growing Public Space design practice. (Note Arocordis Design collaborated with WJD on the Langdon Street Alive project) 

Montpelier's Spirit of Innovation

      The Rink at State Street and the other Montpelier projects speak to a spirit of innovating new placemaking and city building ideas and a resurgence of population growth in our City after years of decline. Projects like this help energize our downtowns with community based projects appealing to all ages and demographics.
     In the coming weeks be sure to dust off those ice skates and come on down The Rink at  State Street.  Along the way, be sure to stop downtown to visit our many locally owned small business with numerous restaurants and shops to warm up.

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Friday, December 16, 2016

In the News: "Arocordis Design Configures Office Space With Company Culture in Mind"

Winter 2016/2017 - Nest, page 20
      A heartfelt thank you to Seven Days VT for the article in their quarterly Nest publication.  We proudly join the Nest creative community with this story about our design process and work with American Meadows. They are the gardening e-commerce tech company located in Shelburne, Vermont we helped over the last year and a half with design and consulting services showcased in the article below.
      Carolyn Shapiro, a very attuned business and entrepreneurship oriented writer for Seven Days asked lots of very compelling and interesting questions to American Meadows and ourselves.  We really appreciated the oppourtunity to sit down together and reflect. Doing so reinforced our belief workplace design at its very best helps cultivate great places to work and strong, engaging company or organizational cultures.
      What do you think? Do you have a favorite workplace or workplace story? Well if you do please share! We always look for new ideas and inspiration. Tell us your story or favorite memory of a favorite workplace, a people or synergy moment in the comments below.
Winter 2016/2017 - Nest, page 21
 A shout out thanks for the terrific headshot to Jeb Wallace-Brodeur, a photographer for SevenDaysVT and a dear Montpelier, Vermont friend.

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Monday, August 29, 2016

Work in Design: Signature Signage Element

       Here's a design sketch of an in progress signage element conceived to front a large 300+  unit mixed use apartment driven development in Phoenix, Arizona.  This would front a busy road helping to create branding visibility to the contemporary styled apartment complex sited next to a complementary styled mixed used development with shops, offices and other functions.  Designed to not compete with adjacent monument signage for the whole development this is intended to highlight the apartments Trellis design spirit. 
      Would integrate into proposed planting design. The structure would be fabricated out of painted metal steel tubing and could be lit in a striking yet tasteful manner with LED lighting so night time is equally inspiring as the day in helping build the brand identity of the apartments.

New Work: National Life Group Dallas Reception Area

View of finished reception desk, planter and wall backdrop
    Earlier in the summer of 2016 we provided interior architectural design services for National Life Group  and their just finished reception area renovation at their Dallas area office location serving over 200 plus employees.  
      Finished this summer, this presents a new face for the Texas location while connecting to company wide aesthetics and brand story. We designed the reception desk area, planter and engineered stone rough and polished cladding, sign marquee (For weight reasons) as well as provided general direction as to wall graphics, furnishings as well as fixed finishes. 
     The design resonates with National Life Group's brand DNA focused on Main Street values with enduring strength and a commitment to weaving together people, planet and purpose. Thus materials and branding imagery were selected to reflect strength, innovation and weaving together.  The end result is a reception area communicating company values to both visiting customers and employee team members alike.
      Our services included extensive pre-visualization design providing alternative design options and then final visualizations of selected materials, colors and lighting for final review and signoff.

Pre-visualization of final design
      Materials used in the reception area redesign ranged from Dupont Zodiaq engineered stone countertop and signage marquee materials, Coronado Stone Honey Ledge Series, satin finish aluminum U-reveals, cherry hardwood veneer paneling at desk and planter, stainless steel recessed planter and planting, 3Form Varia EcoResin decorative panel with a weaving pattern and aluminum hold-offs, Wilsonart laminate tastefully clads the back area of the desk. 
Frontal view of reception desk

Tuesday, August 16, 2016

New Project Work: American Meadows and High Country Seeds New Workplace

View into common area and meeting shed from open work area
      Driving down Shelburne Road in Shelburne, Vermont a new workplace for American Meadows and High Country Seeds rises along one of the busiest roads in Vermont.  
     Their new workplace displays our mission and values driven design and work process. We designed their interior architecture renovation including front of house offices, meeting spaces, collaboration areas, and shipping/ receiving areas. We provided space planning, workplace strategies and more.  
      We worked closely with the owner on the design who then collaborated with Christine Burdick who provided finishing touches of targeted finishes, furniture selection and wall graphics. 
      Together we created a new workplace environment echoing their brand DNA of a disruptive e-commerce company operating in the gardening and seed space.  The owner purchased the former site of a venerable area outdoor recreation store which became a high end furniture store seeing new possibilities for re-purposing its' tall floor to floor heights and vast open areas into a high functioning collaborative focused open office workplace and seed shipping and receiving warehouse area.  
View from main entry looking deep into open work area
      There's more to be done in the months ahead but these images show what's emerging.  Like their brand, they've planted a new seed in Shelburne providing the area with renewed energy and vitality.  We helped create meeting spaces in close proximity to open work areas and common spaces like the kitchen commons which also doubles as a flexible meeting space.