GS&P Takes Home Four Awards at IIDA North Florida Awards Gala

121 Financial Credit Union, GS&P Jacksonville Office and UF Health North Inpatient Tower Honored for Interior Design

June 16, 2017   |   Jacksonville,  Fla.   |   Awards

Gresham, Smith and Partners is proud to announce that the firm recently received four awards in the International Interior Design Association (IIDA) North Florida chapter’s 2017 Design Awards competition. GS&P’s design for the firm’s Jacksonville office received the top honor in the “Corporate Medium” category, which included projects between 5,000 and 10,000 square feet. The GS&P-designed UF Health North Inpatient Tower won the “Healthcare Large” category, which included projects larger than 5,000 square feet. GS&P and Workscapes Jacksonville were honored for “Best Product Placement” in the 121 Financial Credit Union design, while GS&P, Commercial Flooring Distributors of Florida and Schonox received the “Best Use of Materials” award for 121 Financial Credit Union. Project team leaders accepted the awards at a June 2 awards gala in downtown Jacksonville.

“It is an honor to be recognized by our industry peers in North Florida,” commented Trevor Lee, AIA, senior vice president, Gresham, Smith and Partners. “Our multiple awards are a testament to the talent and dedication of our designers who continue to raise the bar on the work they deliver. It took a great deal of collaboration to bring these projects to life and I congratulate the project teams on jobs well done.” 
 
Summaries of GS&P’s winning projects are as follows:
 
121 Financial Credit Union
 
121 Financial sought to reimagine the banking experience with a fresh, new building concept, relocated from the suburbs to Jacksonville’s Riverside area. The new facility consolidates three former locations in a single open floor plan office. It houses a call center, collections, business services, finance and loans, risk management, HR, IT and marketing, as well as training rooms, team spaces, focus rooms, shared conference spaces, a work cafĂ© and executive suites.
 
The design aimed to improve collaboration between departments, break down physical barriers and promote work style flexibility. GS&P also strived to create ample opportunities for one-on-one interactions with members and introduced employee-friendly amenities such as a fitness center and wellness room. The design supports evolving member and employee needs, creating a modern image that appeals to current members while attracting a growing millennial demographic. The resulting headquarters space is comfortable, transparent and inclusive.
 

GS&P Jacksonville Office Relocation
 
GS&P designed its own office space when the firm relocated to the heart of downtown Jacksonville. The new space encompasses an entire 22nd floor penthouse suite totaling 9,265 square feet. The project accommodates more than 40 architecture, interior design and support staff.
 
The new workplace is an open-office concept promoting staff communication and organic collaboration. The use of technology permeates the space, which includes two design charrette areas. The two-story office is enclosed by stunning floor-to-ceiling glass on all sides. Natural light penetrates the space, which has been proven to increase productivity and morale. A large conference room overlooks downtown and the St. Johns River, offering 360-degree views of downtown.
 
 
UF Health North Inpatient Tower
 
The UF Health North inpatient tower is a 160,000 square-foot facility built as phase two on the medical campus. It was designed adjacent to the existing phase-one medical office building in order to expand the facility into a full-service hospital that is a first choice for in-patient care in the area. The five-story hospital is LEED Silver-registered and includes a 12-bed labor and delivery unit, an 8-bed women’s services unit, a 24-bed intensive care unit, and two floors that accommodate 24-bed medical/surgical suites each. In addition to all-private patient rooms, the tower includes shared and amenity spaces such as conference rooms, dining, a chapel and courtyard spaces.
 
The design team developed a clear aesthetic concept for the medical center’s interiors, with geometric forms that interpreted the site’s protected wetlands and the nearby Intracoastal Waterway. Keeping with the contemporary feel of the building, the design team elected to use color photography of the region as artwork. Hundreds of photographs taken by locally and nationally recognized photographers were used. To maximize impact, the images were printed on wood, metal and acrylic and organized into large-scale collages, which created pleasing groupings of wildlife, botanicals and scenery, and combined the various textures of substrates.
 
The IIDA North Florida Design Awards Competition annually recognizes exceptional interior design work by IIDA North Florida Chapter members and member firms. Judging is based upon innovation, functionality and implementation of overall design intent and brand. Individuals from the South Florida, Carolinas and Georgia chapters of IIDA served as judges for the 2017 competition.
 

“It is an honor to be recognized by our industry peers in North Florida. Our multiple awards are a testament to the talent and dedication of our designers who continue to raise the bar on the work they deliver. It took a great deal of collaboration to bring these projects to life and I congratulate the project teams on jobs well done.”

Trevor Lee, AIA, senior vice president, GS&P
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