“We love our new space and the great use of external elements and textures,” said Price Glomski, the Managing Director for iProspect. “Our office is an example of old Fort Worth meets modern Fort Worth.”
The space – a 25,000 s.f., former metal fabrication warehouse built in the 1950s – had plenty of existing character. Concrete columns with graffiti and a few masonry partitions were incorporated into the design. It also includes wood, metal, railroad ties, and historic glazing that incorporates the feel of its previous location in the Stockyards.
VLK Architects designed the space. Said Principal Sloan Harris,
“Working with such an imaginative client as iProspect allowed VLK to get progressive with our design. When you’re allowed to work with a blank slate, you can explore different materials and systems that wouldn’t normally comply with a typical office program.”
VLK created an open-office concept for general work areas, including collaborative spaces for mini group meetings, conference rooms for larger meetings, and phone booths for personal use. A specialty room known as the brain room includes writable walls and tables, as well as projectable surfaces.
Two game rooms allow for employees to take mental breaks, and garage doors open the central space to a covered patio. The main kitchen is housed in the center of the office space, making it the hub for all employees to use and enjoy. A large common area, adjacent to the kitchen, houses mobile furnishings, creating an ever-changing environment.
The lobby sets the theme for the entire office. Sleek glass panels — printed with iProspect’s own HTML code — create a floor, wall and ceiling around the reception desk. A wall made of railroad ties leads the visitor’s eyes to a mural wall with a historic photo of the Fort Worth Stockyards from 1905.
Furnishings mix vintage leather chairs and an old, wooden dolly used as a coffee table. Modern light fixtures and a reception desk made are from welded sheet steel. Reclaimed wood — sourced from barns set to be demolished — was used to create sliding conference room doors and a pivoting wall system, which separates the commons area from the work space.
The company appreciates the design’s functionality in this new space.
“We have an open and collaborative work environment that provides our employees a living space in which they could contribute their best ideas. From the moment you walk in the doors you feel the energy of our company,” Glomski said. “It’s a great way to start the work day.”