Morrell Builders is a Rochester, NY area homebuilder providing development, construction and design services to their residential clients. As business expanded and more services were offered, the owners determined a need for additional office space that would also include a design showroom for client use.
HBT Architects was hired to provide design services based on the ability to blend traditional and contemporary forms and details. The new building is located on a steeply sloping site, semi wooded site in an area populated by many larger traditional office buildings. The owners selected design blends traditional “residential” forms and details with contemporary elements like areas of curtain wall and flat roofed canopies.
Multiple tenant spaces are accessed through a two-story main lobby with a decorative stair. The design team was able to provide a floor plan layout that met code requirements using this staircase and one enclosed stair. This allowed the owner to increase rentable square footage by over 4% without losing a high impact public space.