Ring & DuChateau

Brookfield, WI
Tenant Build-Out
Budget Conscious Knowledge-Sharing Space

At a Glance

  • SUMMARY: Tenant Build-out for MEP consulting firm
  • SIZE: 50,000 SF – 2 story Office Plus 25,000 SF of Basement Parking Connectivity
  • COMPLETION: Mid 2015
  • CONSTRUCTION COST: $1,000,000
  • OWNER: Ring & Du Chateau
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Project Overview

The engineering firm Ring & DuChateau Inc. bought a vacant office building in Brookfield and planned to move its operations there from Wauwatosa in 2015.  The two-story vacant office at West Capitol Drive and North Calhoun Road was to become their home,  and Continuum was called to the task of creating an appealing office featuring highly collaborative, flexible work spaces to encourage non-hierarchical knowledge sharing.  Although private office were not eliminated, they were reduced to a handful.  Continuum had to work with existing structure and mechanical equipment that was dispersed throughout the space and hanging from the ceiling of the shell space.  The result was a creative, budget conscious effort to create a design concept around the existing core elements.

Continuum further accentuated the reception in this area by treating it as a feature element.  Although located below an existing peice of ceiling equipment, the design team viewed this as an advantage and created a lowered ceiling to draw focus to the check point.  In addition to the open office spaces, there are eight smaller collaborative conference rooms, two large multipurpose/conference rooms to hold 25-50 occupants.  Continuum focused on creating a work space that is conducive to staff’s creativity,  productivity, and relaxation, while they spend 1/3 of their daily life in the office.  The design also features a large kitchen/dining space that can hold the entire company’s Christmas party, as well as a mother’s nursery support room.  The dining room also doubles as a lounge area, with the use of proper furnishings to create intimate seating areas within the large open space.

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