In 2015, after drawing attention from investors and venture capital firms, this digital infrastructure management company was in need of a new home to accommodate its growth and identified an opportunity inside UDel’s Science, Technology and Advanced Research (STAR) campus. However, before moving into their new home, leaders at SevOne turned to the architecture and design firm, Mitchell Associates, to come up with a design plan for the new space. Here’s how Parterre Flooring Systems helped the team from Mitchell achieve SevOne’s vision for its corporate office space.
Before it was purchased by the University of Delaware, the facility that now houses SevOne’s 50,000-sqaure-foot headquarters, as well as other companies, was a manufacturing plant for Chrysler — meaning the entire building and surrounding property would need to be remediated in order called for the renovation of 20,000-square-feet of the existing building and a 30,000-square-foot addition.
For the overall renovation, the design team from Mitchell Associates had a blank slate to work with, as all that was left from the demolition work was the shell of the existing building, a few walls and a gravel floor. In terms of flooring solutions, Mitchell designers planned for the space to be primarily carpet, but reserved certain areas within the two-story corporate office space for hard surface. Designers envisioned incorporating flooring products that added sleekness to SevOne’s already stylistic approach to doing business.
With past successes working with Parterre, the design team at Mitchell relied on luxury vinyl flooring for the hard surface areas of the corporate office space. Designers chose Parterre not only because of the resiliency its product has proven over time, but also because of the array of style choices available.
The design strategy called for both wood and concrete-look flooring in common spaces throughout SevOne’s office space — primarily in the reception space, meeting space, game space, and dining areas on the first floor and pathways on the second floor.
In order to achieve the desired wood-look, Mitchell used luxury vinyl plank flooring from the following collection:
- Aged Oak from Parterre’s Elemental Plank & Tile collection was selected because of its quality and comfort. What’s more, this luxury plank product offers durability and performance.
In order to achieve the desired concrete-look, Mitchell used luxury vinyl tile flooring from the following collection:
- Traffic Cop Meter from Parterre’s Fused Luxury Vinyl Tile collection is among five different Traffic Cop colors to choose from and was selected because it offers the look of aged leather with natural shading. This flooring product also offers a multifaceted design that looks like leather with an element of natural stone.
Lou Rosenberg, principal at Mitchell Associates, said Parterre’s flooring allowed his design team to replicate the look of the former Chrysler plant, but with a modern twist. Rosenberg said the variety of Parterre products also enabled the team to get creative with its design strategy. What’s more, the ability to acquire samples was a game changer, he said.
“Parterre is good with sampling, especially when we didn’t want just one plank product, we wanted to sample a range of products to be sure we found the right fit,” says Rosenberg.
The project’s success, according to Rosenberg, can be attributed to the hard work of Mitchell’s team, including designer Madeline Fucile and architect John Raftery. Rosenberg also said working with Parterre Sales Representative Kelly Donia was an important part of the process.
Perhaps one of the unique design elements incorporated into the SevOne corporate headquarters project is the use of a spiral steel slide between the two floors. Once presented as part of the design project, leaders at SevOne fell in love with the stainless steel slide. And since its installation, the slide has become the focal point within the office space — routinely enticing visitors (including the governor) to go for a ride.