Principle Architect: Brad Erwin, Paragon Architecture
Project Manager: Jessica Struckhoff, Paragon Architecture
Interior Designer: Kari Smith, Paragon Architecture
Project Manager: Richard Nepote, R.E. Smith Construction Co.
The goal of this project was to renovate a former bowling alley into an office building with ample natural light.
It’s not uncommon for shuttered bowling alleys to remain vacant for years. These former community hubs typically lack natural light and pack almost too much square footage for the average business.
Yet, one vacant 1980s era bowling alley in Joplin recently got a second life as Employer Advantage’s new headquarters. This bustling business provides human resource services to businesses all across America, so the company needed a place for employees to both collaborate and also quietly focus on their work.
The building is just shy of 30,000 square feet, and Paragon Architecture laid the groundwork for a highly flexible workspace on the first level with room for private business operations on the lower level.
According to Jessica Struckhoff, project manager at Paragon Architecture, the team discovered one of the top requests among Employer Advantage employees was ample natural light in their new office. To achieve this, the contracting team cut large windows into the walls at multiple heights to allow sunlight to penetrate deep within the space and bring in that natural light.