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February 9, 2021No Comments

Our New Office Sets the Stage for Collaborative Creative Work

When we set about creating the new Walker Architects office in a former Big Boy restaurant, our team envisioned a space that would capture who we are: passionate, fun, and focused on design. Equally, our firm needed an open, flexible space that would foster collaboration and accommodate several small meetings or office-wide gatherings for presentations and parties.


Early in the decision-making process, we encouraged everyone to participate in planning and design, creating a place that incorporates the entire team's personality rather than a single sensibility. “We also wanted to honor the building’s mid-century origins,” notes Juli Mitchell, our Principal Interior Designer. “As an overt nod to history, we retained some playful elements of the iconic Big Boy aesthetic. At the same time, a Harry Potter bookcase adds a fun, whimsical touch.”

Creating a purposeful collaborative space was paramount. A transparent garage door separates the conference room from a break area and opens to make room for all-hands-on-deck meetings. The space is scalable and highly functional, adapting to different needs as they emerge and providing choices for how and where to work. “We’re an agile group, and we wanted the studio to provide that critical mix of hyper-focused work and lively conversation,” ads Joe Walker, our Principal-in-Charge.

Being part of and genuinely connected to the Gainesville community is integral to our culture. Juli says, “I love the windows along the front of the studio. They make me feel truly a part of the greater community.” Architectural designer Manuel Marull echoes Juli’s enthusiasm: “Big windows create such a bright, open space, and being able to see the outdoors from my workstation is amazing.”


Welcoming clients into the office was another priority for us. The studio serves as a model of inventive design and planning concepts that foster creativity and dialog. Clients can experience our culture and the positive effects of a design that balances aesthetics and utility. “The interior space has warm wood finishes, bold paint colors, and lots of natural light,” says Juli, “because we wanted a studio where everyone can feel good and do their best work.” Judging by the “wow” reaction of visitors to the space, our new office models those values.

“We practice what we preach,” Joe says. “We get to work in the kind of innovative, inspiring space we would design for our clients.”


The contributions of an exceptional group of suppliers, contractors, and design partners added to the high level of quality projected by our new office:

Jimmy Nix - Sesco Lighting
Mike Hubert - Garden State Tile
Jason Straw - Straw Woodwork
Leslie Tharp - Metal Artist
Cindy Kampfe - Shaw Contract
Teal Tile
Acousti
JE Decker Construction Group
David Salter and Buffy Montgomery - OEC Business Interiors

 

November 17, 2020No Comments

On the Boards: UF Student Health Care Center

At the project outset, visioning projected a fresh Student Health Care Center which would feel welcoming, innovative, and student-centric. The new SHCC would embody wellness in a holistic sense, a space serving the body, mind, and soul of all patients, whether in need of treatment or well care.

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October 26, 2020No Comments

On the Boards: Alachua County Tax Collector New NW Branch

The Walker Team is currently in the documentation phase of the freshly designed Tax Collector branch, located on the north side of town on 34th Blvd. As we're adding the final details to the design, it's interesting to look back on the previous phases and see what held true throughout the design process and its evolution.

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September 23, 2020No Comments

UF Softball Stadium Featured on PAC-CLAD

PAC-CLAD, manufacturer of architectural metal roofing and cladding products, featured Katie Seashole Pressly Softball Stadium on their case study list this week. This case study details how we worked together with PAC-CLAD to develop a roofing solution that tied back to the university's existing campus architecture.

Check out their post to read a few words from one of our own, Joe Walker!

September 3, 2020No Comments

On The Boards: Norman Hall Ground Floor Renovation

Construction is underway at the ground floor of the Norman Library to transform the space into a fresh, functional home for the College of Education’s Institute for Advanced Learning Technologies.

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July 8, 2020No Comments

The Agile Workplace: Part Three

Agility, choice, flexibility - these qualities are only becoming increasingly relevant. In part 3 of our Agile Workplace series, we look at why choice is key to the satisfaction of the workforce.

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June 9, 2020No Comments

Focusing on Agility in the Post-COVID Workplace

As our world continuously changes, so too will the workplace. What feels safe now may be changing in the coming weeks and months.

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May 11, 2020No Comments

The Agile Workplace: Part 2

Part two of our series on the Agile Workplace looks side to side and back in time to contextualize the ideas behind the Agile Workplace.

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April 30, 2020No Comments

The Agile Workplace

We're kicking off the first of a three-part series on the concept of the "Agile Workplace" by unpacking the "why" behind the concept. Why are we working with these principles, anyway?

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April 3, 2020No Comments

To All Friends and Partners

To all friends and partners of the Walker Architects family...

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