Director of Interior Design: Cheryl Doran, Sapp Design Architects
Architect and Project Manager: John McNabb, Sapp Design Architects
Architectural Intern: Kate Stockton, Sapp Design Architects
Project Goal: To transform a dated and segmented office space into a fun, bright and collaborative environment for a fast-paced, growing local company.
It’s one of the great modern day office debates—open concept and collaborative or defined, focus-forward spaces? When hired to renovate a dated 35,000-square-foot office space for Toth & Associates’ Springfield headquarters, the team at Sapp Design Architects asked, “Why not both?”
“They were moving from an existing facility where they were really cramped, and they were on separate floors,” says Cheryl Doran, Director of Interiors at Sapp Design Architects. “Adam Toth hired me to come in and give them a vision of how they could operate as one.” That vision included sleek modern lighting, open concept gathering spaces and a communal dining area for family style meals. A major impact maker of the Sapp team’s design was the replacement of existing solid interior walls with glass—opening up the space and increasing visibility without sacrificing privacy.
With the perimeter private offices now accented with interior glass walls, engineers working in the center of the office can enjoy the natural light coming in from the exterior windows. “That was important to the team and to the managers, to where they could all be and work together, but they could still feel like they could have a view of the outside,” says Doran.