Changing stylistic tastes combined with tight budgets are pushing some office Clients to embrace unique design opportunities in their office projects. Recently, The McDonnel Group completed a full design/build renovation for Stone Biotechnologies, a sample testing laboratory in downtown New Orleans.
This 5,106 SF build-out includes the conventional amenities of your prototypical office space: meeting room, offices, break room, and front desk plus the added element of a modern 1,700 SF laboratory for samples testing.
The Client pursued a modern design aesthetic: sealed concrete, open ceilings, wide expanses of sheet glass, and considerable use of aluminum to complete the contemporary look. This minimalistic approach allowed the Client to maximize the laboratory space while keeping the overall cost per square foot down. With the leftover savings, the Client used the excess for a private restroom complete with a tile shower.
The takeaway lesson is that good design and enjoyable spaces aren’t limited to big budgets.