The Raymond Corporation, designers and manufacturers of the “Cadillac” of fork lift trucks, asked Mossien Associates to upgrade their 30 year-old building, lobby and executive area to reflect their state of the art products and be welcoming to their international clientele, as well as their own employees.
The Executives wanted a space that reflected the strength of their position in the market place, but was also warm and welcoming to employees and visitors alike. They also wanted a space that was light and reflected the openness, which they wished to extend to all who visited.
The finishes reflected these parameters; stainless steel for strength, cherry wood for warmth and welcome, and glass for openness and light.
In the reception area, stainless steel panels, granite floor tiles, leather seating and a custom area rug serve as a backdrop for a 10′ x 14′ cherry wood desk that accommodates all the equipment and extensive storage of a busy workstation.
A custom “Art Glass” logo is centered behind the desk on the stainless steel wall.
A small existing skylight is opened up over the desk to let in more daylight and the doors to the Executive Area and to the Board Room have been replaced with glass doors and sidelights to allow natural light to filter in and to reflect the open door policy of the firm.
In the Board Room, a custom cherry table was designed with maple inlays to accommodate 22 leather chairs where state of the art audio-visual presentations could be viewed.
The Raymond Corporation traditionally closes down its operations for two weeks in July and wanted the entire project completed in that 2-week time slot. This meant Mossien needed to develop a very detailed schedule of design, selections, approvals, and purchasing so that all materials and equipment was ordered and on site before the project was started.