“MKDA helped us realize our vision for a modern downtown loft space that supported the individuality of our employees and created a calm space focused on wellbeing. MKDA actively listened to our needs until they had a full understanding of our identity and delivered a level of service and design that we couldn’t be happier with.” – Daniel Killpack, CFO
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) tasked MKDA with creating an office that would herald their significant brand. After first interviewing employees and then employing data and behavior mapping strategies, the project team settled on an industrial loft design aesthetic. The AFSP workplace comprises seven conference rooms, one divisible multipurpose room, and 24 private offices and 48 workstations with height-adjustable desks.Through combining strategic branding with a modern look, AFSP’s new office represents both the durability and resilient nature of their mission while also encouraging unity and collaboration.
Upon entering the space, individuals are greeted with a large version of AFSP’s colorful brand proudly clad against the glass entrance doors. Similarly, smaller, transparent logos are linearly dispersed across glass conference room walls and various branded posters are displayed throughout the office to remind personnel of the company’s mission.
The workspace is open to the deck above and the existing concrete slab floor was polished to create this initial industrial ambience. Lighting consists of LED industrial loft style lighting, slim line suspended pendant fixtures and large scale suspended circular ring shaped conference lights, all in a black finish. Other specialty finishes such as linear striated wood panels, suspended wood slat clouds, black framed office fronts and a custom reclaimed wood serving island generate an intimate and supportive environment for the foundation’s intensive work.