Ai Collaborative, Inc.
CWU Professional Support Services is one of Tampa Bay’s premier defense contractors specializing in governmental staff augmentation, intelligence, logistics, foreign language and training support specialists. Their new Tampa HQ project began as a vacant 6,500 sf warehouse condominium shell space located in an existing office/ industrial building. The raw, unfinished, ‘condo’ suite had no electrical, plumbing or HVAC infrastructure, roof or wall insulation, interior walls, ceilings or finishes. The programmatic requirements for this facility and their +40 local employees necessitated the construction of a 3,500 sf mezzanine level within the 24 ft tall volume resulting in a total facility size of 10,000 sf.
The client, a retired Special Forces Green Beret, desired an open and collaborative office space with a quasi-industrial, casual interior aesthetic that was often referred to as “industrial chic”. The design and engineering scope included the aforementioned mezzanine level accessed via a custom stair which features perforated metal risers, stainless steel cable railing. The new electro-mechanical infrastructure included the addition of a 600-amp electrical service, LED lighting throughout, 40 tons of HVAC (featuring duct socks in open office), plumbing for new break areas and dedicated telecommunications and electrical service for a SCIF room.
The project scope included all new interior finishes featuring, ‘InScape’ glass and steel unitized office partitions with horizontal sliding doors, large ‘barn’ doors in three locations, a custom military hardware inspired, steel paneled reception desk and ‘vintage-style’ light fixtures (by architect) and artwork throughout by a local Florida nature photographer. Other interior finishes and detailing included the use of river-harvested reclaimed wood, renewable wood paneling, concrete countertops, exposed steel, glass and granite. The custom conference tables and West Elm Commercial ‘benching-style’ work stations and distressed leather upholstery soft seating was integrated throughout to further enhance the casual, industrial chic design aesthetic.