C.D. Smith’s first Madison office reflects the commercial construction company’s industry and journey to opening a third location in Wisconsin. With a minimal budget of $210,000, the redesign of the 3,965-square-foot office simultaneously maximized the reuse of existing elements as well as daylight and views of the Wisconsin State Capitol and Lake Michigan.
Elements of the company’s trade – carpentry, steelwork, and masonry – are highlighted in finishes that repeat from the point of entry in a common corridor throughout the space in waiting areas, focal points, the executive office, and conference room. Reclaimed timber from past construction projects was reused as a screen wall separating the reception area from the open office. The timber also appears as ceiling baffles – one element of a linear ceiling pattern that also uses acoustic ceilings clouds and linear lights to organize and unify spaces.
Branding and finishes throughout are consistent with the company’s other locations. C.D. Smith’s history is told in a series of graphics on a wall in the reception area. A conference room and waiting area complete the front office series of spaces. Behind the reception desk and screen wall, the open office can accommodate future growth using flexible furniture to create moveable huddle areas. A bank of existing spaces was converted into a war room, large break room, and privacy room while a large corner office opens to views of the Capitol.