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SunCommon, is a local Waterbury Center Vermont business, which helps Vermonters go solar. It was a start up company needing a creative solution for their office environment. They wanted an open floor plan with elements that showed the environmentally conscious company that they are. As start up companies go, there is usually limited budget. Stretching this and putting it towards what would maximize the potential was the focus.
The project did not use a single "out of a catalog" piece. Instead it was down and dirty hunting for industrial salvage we could re-purpose. Old wooden bleachers were used for the desk tops. Discarded plastic and metal chairs, from the state of Vermont offices, were up-cycled for the community table and conference rooms. A discarded, wooden over-sized cable spool provided the base for the community table, and sheets of natural dyed Velcro Mat created the table top. Non-functional solar panels seemed just perfect to create the conference table top. Corrugated roofing provided interesting textures as room dividers and a planter. Reclaimed old doors were put on barn sliders to close off the conference room. A rolling plans table was made using a stainless steel cart courtesy of the Vermont State Surplus barn.
The color palette was chosen to have a calming effect on the young high energy group and highlight the salvaged and recycled pieces.
The office area was divided by different height walls. Some higher for more privacy, and others lower so departments are more open to one another. The desk heights were also installed at various heights. This accommodate those who like to stand vs. sit. Special brackets were found to hold the desk tops without interference with leg space.
Set off from the offices is a community area. This consists of a full size kitchen open for staff to use. A large community table with seating for staff to enjoy each other.
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