Innovations Building for Cook Medical

The project comprised the complete interior renovation of a two-story, 10,518 square foot building in a corporate campus setting.  The client desired to create an unconventional space to inspire engineers, researchers and product developers of highly sophisticated medical devices to reach farther in conceiving breakthrough advancements in diagnostic technology.  Work settings for concentration, collaboration and hands-on laboratory tasks were required.  The architect used the space as a literal representation of the non-linear team processes necessary for innovation, using flowing shapes and irregular clusters of personal works areas. These were combined with varied places to meet and work, such as a break room with high visibility to corridor traffic and an unconventional soft-seating meeting room directly adjacent to a conventional lab space.

In the middle of 2004 Cook Medical acquired a nondescript, two-story office building. Moving their Design and Research and Marketing groups into a new and vibrant space was their intent.

Design problem:

We were given the challenge of producing a design solution that met both the inspirational needs of a design space and the practical needs of an office space.

Design Solution:

Several colorful, curvilinear elements were incorporated into the ceilings and walls to organize the spaces and provide a less formal, more creative working environment. Also, walls of varying height were used to create work areas which afforded some privacy while easing employee collaboration.

Design & Construction Team

Architect: Owen Architecture,pllc 939 Burke Street, Suite D, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Interior Design: Workplace Strategies, Winston-Salem, North Carolina

Construction: Davie Construction, Inc, Advance, North Carolina