Architecture, Interiors, Civil Engineering, Structural Engineering
Founded in York in 1963, Kinsley Construction is deeply rooted in the York community. At 1110 East Princess Street, Kinsley’s new state-of-the-art office facility provides space for the company to expand, while cultivating future growth and revitalization of downtown York. Faced with company growth and changes in the construction industry that demand new types of work environments and technology, Kinsley Construction enlisted Warehaus to design their new office facility.
Warehaus’ repurposed the bones of the existing structure to providing a more functional and energy efficient space. Using inventive structural solutions to add a center monumental steel stair to connect the two main floor levels and a cantilevered beam canopy over the entrance, Warehaus highlighted existing industrial features of the building to create a welcoming entrance. To increase energy efficiency, large windows, a new exterior envelope, and new MEP systems were implemented.
Seeking to transition from a completely closed off office space to a multifunctional open layout, the team designed workstations with each employee’s role in mind. One standard workstation layout was created so that it could easily be used by anyone within the building. These workstations were mocked up by the furniture vendor so each employee could see-feel-touch the true size and components prior to finalizing the design.
While the open layout office space maximized the use of the building’s square footage, Kinsley was concerned about noise and lack of privacy. Warehaus addressed these concerns by incorporating a white noise system for the open office areas and integrating noise absorbing materials in the exposed ceiling structure above the workstations and in the public spaces. Introducing customized corporate branding throughout the building, Warehaus helped to set a strong precedent for all future Kinsley Construction facilities, where environments are used as marketing tools to attract clients and new talent alike.