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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