In order to accommodate a growing staff in the Jones Petrie Rafinski (JPR) South Bend office, and to combine staff into one central location, we needed to look for a larger space. The proposed office space needed to provide resources for the full range of staff including architects, engineers and surveyors. Finding a location within the Central Business District of downtown South Bend was especially important, in order to maintain a strong presence and connection to the ongoing projects and relationships in the area.
JPR worked with the City of South Bend to acquire a property located across the intersection from Four Winds Field. The existing building was constructed in multiple sections over the course of time. The building had been used for a variety of uses including a locksmith and a car dealership. As part of the adaptive re-use design, it was an important theme to expose the history of the building by removing added partitions, ceiling and floor materials, and a large mezzanine in order to expose the original structure.
Utility infrastructure that was no longer needed was removed. Interior materials, including painted brick walls and damaged terrazzo floors, were restored to their former appearance. New openings were cut into the building to account for a new main entrance off the street and additional windows to maximize daylight into the space. Custom workstations provide open workspace along with common worktables. Sound masking systems and strategically located acoustical ceiling clouds were incorporated to control noise and still allow for open collaboration in the building within and between departments.