Hands On Atlanta is a nonprofit organization that matches individuals with volunteer opportunities. Their existing facilities were bulging and slated for renovation by their landlord. They had four months to find and relocate to a new office. The solution? An option to lease/purchase an old, character-rich fish distribution facility in a hip part of town. Office interiors needed to show off their youthful identity and also be inviting and inexpensive.
Hands On Atlanta
October 26, 2012
What we delivered
Solution: Inexpensive Innovation
Call it chic-on-the-cheap. Our low-impact comprehensive plan takes advantage of the idiosyncrasies and unusual character of the building to underscore the enthusiasm and fundamentally grassroots nature of the organization. A move from enclosed offices to a denser open plan provides a shift in energy use and space allocations per work setting. Daylight and high-efficiency indirect fixtures minimize energy cost and allow users to adjust the lighting as needed. Barn-style doors minimize the space required for quiet areas. Gently used carpet and furniture, donated by IBM and Accenture, were cleaned, recycled, and reinstalled in the new space using volunteer labor.