JPA knows that commercial facilities help clients establish connections to hone their brand, boost their productivity and define their businesses. The firm’s Commercial Studio works closely with clients to help them articulate their organizational goals and ensure they are reflected in their finished work environment. The resulting commercial spaces allow clients to connect with their customers as well as their internal teams to consistently achieve great results.
Families First Headquarters
The Families First project provided the creative team with a great number of design and construction challenges. The building originally consisted of three existing structures built in vastly different time periods; 1911, 1957, and 1996- the oldest being the first African-American elementary school in the Atlanta Public School System. Each building had its own entrance and a floor level inconsistent with the others. The entire structure had an institutional feel that was reinforced by the typical classroom layout with sole connectivity via central corridors that converged at one very small vestibule connecting the buildings. The goal became multidimensional: to establish both a physical and spiritual home for a 125-year-old non-profit institution both established in and serving the same community as the original school and to preserve and enhance the historic character of the existing structures, while creating a beacon of hope for the community.
After an intensive programming exercise with the client, the team created a new entry lobby with an adjacent conference center and organized confused circulation patterns that unified the buildings. A corridor-interrupting stair was relocated and replaced with an accessible lift, and an extraneously long ramp providing access to the rear building was replaced by a lift which reclaimed formerly barely used space for a new community room. Additionally, the interior spaces were opened up and reconfigured to provide inclusive and collaborative work areas with glass-enclosed quiet rooms at the center for gathering and co-working. Focus throughout was on providing a combination of bright and natural finishes to balance the large influx of light and views of nature and the surrounding community.
The real beauty of becoming involved in a project such as Families First is in the reward of the team experience. Getting to know a group of people working for the greater good and allying the design team with their goals imbues the project with a level of deeper significance and meaning. The entire team leaves the project feeling more connected and having produced something of quality and importance that resonates long after the project is completed. The client gained a renovated historical building that has become a beacon of hope in the community in which they were established and where they continue to serve.
WORLD TRAVEL PARTNERS
Peachtree City, GA
A 2-story 40,000 SF speculative office building with the full floor 20,000 SF Operations Center for travel agency.
FAMILIES FIRST OFFICES
Headquarters for Atlanta adoption and foster-care firm. Read more »
BRASFIELD & GORRIE
Georgia Regional Headquarters for a commercial construction firm.
Headquarter offices for commercial construction firm that was created out of the conversion of a warehouse facility into offices, wood working shop, maintenance area and material storage.
The comprehensive design of a headquarters for an IT firm with an office component and workspace component using some construction materials repurposed as furniture.
Offices (Headquarters & Interiors)
WARREN HOLYFIELD CENTER, ATLANTA BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Renovation and addition for a new Teen Center at an existing club. Read more »
FAMILIES FIRST HEADQUARTERS & RESOURCE CENTER
Renovated the ER Carter School comprised of three buildings circa 1911, 1957, and 1996 to adapt into offices, conference / meeting facility, and resource center for community. Read more »
MONASTIC HERITAGE CENTER MONASTERY OF THE HOLY SPIRIT
Restored, renovated and adapted an existing barn complex into a new visitors center, museum, Abbey Store, and Bonsai garden center as well as establish a new vehicular entrance and circulation for visitors, vendors and service trucks and monks. Read more »
HOLY TRINITY EPISCOPAL CHURCH EDUCATION BUILDING
Complete renovation that included a new exterior and all new building systems for an existing educational building.
4-story residential condominium with ground level retail and parking. 36 residential units ranging from 1,315 sf to 2,800 sf as well as four commercial spaces. Read more »
GLENWOOD POOL CONDOMINIUM
Infill development: EarthCraft certified 3-story residential units over a community pool house and fitness center.
Two-phase mixed-use development with 16 residential units, retail storefronts, office spaces, restaurants, and a central courtyard.
60 unit, 4 story post tensioned concrete condominium with two level parking deck containing a roof deck pool and fitness center.
Multi-Family Mixed Use
CORTLAND PARTNERS, THE VILLAGE AT LAKE PARK
Renovate existing amenity building and leasing office to rebrand the buildings to represent the client brand. The Leasing office was rebuilt and the pool renovated along with the renovation and reconfiguration of the fitness center and clubhouse. Read more »
COHO – COLONIAL HOMES APARTMENTS
Complete renovation and re-branding of 128 unit apartment community circa late 1940’s.
The remodeling of the exterior of a late 60’s bowling alley to establish a new brand and increase visibility. The branded exterior caused the business to remodel the interior for a comprehensive branded experience.
Emory University, Decatur, GA
Architect to provide the interior renovation construction drawings to implement the branded food services for the Student Center.
Renovating and adapting an old restaurant that was previously used as a latin nightclub into a dinner theater. The client wanted the front façade to evoke a sophisticated feeling like their other locations in downtown buildings or an old theater.
Renovation of a former gas station turned laundry into a new coffee house. The removal of a former canopy to create a light filled space as a rebranding of the building. Sales increased 20%.
309-311 NORTH HIGHLAND
Mixed-use development in Inman Park area adjacent to Beltline containing restaurants and office spaces. Read more »
GRANT STREET TOWNHOMES
Townhome infill in industrial zone at edge of historic Grant Park. Read more »
DUTCH VALLEY OFFICES
Updated office renovation. Read more »
The Gramercy Townhomes
New 150 unit New Urbanist townhome development in suburban Atlanta. Read more »
EAST ATLANTA TOWNHOMES
New 60-unit townhome development outside East Atlanta Village. Read more »