Perkins+Will and Cobalt Win Top Award in the Workplace Total Category at Interior Design Award Gala

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Perkins+Will’s design for Cobalt Engineering’s new Vancouver corporate headquarters earns two honors from the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia

Cobalt is a creative and innovative company that believes strongly in collaboration and sustainability. We wanted their corporate interiors to reflect these core values.

The Vancouver office of Perkins+Will was recently honored by the Interior Design Institute of British Columbia (IDIBC), when they were presented with two awards at the Institute’s Awards of Excellence 2012 gala. An annual celebration of interior design excellence in British Columbia, this year’s IDIBC event highlighted the industry’s increased focus on sustainable design.

Perkins+Will’s design for Cobalt Engineering’s new corporate headquarters in Vancouver earned the only Award of Excellence in the Workplace Total Category and an Award of Merit in the Sustainability Category, one of only two projects that were recognized across multiple categories.

“We are incredibly pleased to have our work recognized as one of this year’s market-leading designs,” says Loren Cavallin, Perkins+Will’s Director of Interior Design and the lead designer of the Cobalt Office Interiors project. “Cobalt is a creative and innovative company that believes strongly in collaboration and sustainability. We wanted their corporate interiors to reflect these core values.”

Targeting LEED-CI Gold standard, the project was developed in close collaboration with the client, allowing them to showcase their leadership in sustainability. While the building site offers prime water and mountain views, strategic planning, low panels, and transparency maximize vistas throughout the entire space. A focus on daylight harvesting reduces energy consumption, and custom plywood lighting fixture in the reception area speaks to light and air, Cobalt's core business.

“We couldn’t be happier in our new space,” says Stuart Hood, Managing Partner of Cobalt Engineering. “The team at Perkins+Will worked closely with our mechanical and electrical engineers to design an office that is a joy to work in. We are able to showcase the benefit of collaborative integrated design with electrical, lighting, mechanical and interior design coming together as one. We have moved from an office where our clients would rarely visit to a place where we can host meetings with pride.”

The Cobalt Vancouver office will now join other Perkins+Will projects, such as TELUS House, Haworth Calgary, and the City of Vancouver Engineering Department, as IDIBC award-winning projects. With an expanding portfolio of workplace interiors, the firm is currently applying their innovative approach to the corporate offices of industry giants Microsoft and CBRE.

About Perkins+Will
Perkins+Will is a multi-disciplinary design firm with over 29 years of experience in Vancouver. The firm is known for design excellence and innovation, approaching the challenges of architectural, interior and urban design with a global vision and unmatched resources. Led by a strong leadership group who provide a range of expertise and diverse perspectives, Perkins+Will Vancouver is able to maximize its clients’ vision, transforming ideas into built excellence, on time and on budget.

Founded on the belief that design has the power to transform lives and enhance society, the office is deeply connected to its community, donating one percent of its design services to local, non-profit organizations every year. Committed to the 2030 Challenge, the firm is ranked among North America’s leading green practices with an in-house research department and one of the largest portfolios of completed, deeply sustainable buildings, interior spaces and urban plans.

As a testament to their commitment to excellence, Perkins+Will Vancouver has received more than 150 design honours, including 6 Governor General’s Medals in Architecture, 13 Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia Awards in Architecture, the coveted Royal Architectural Institute of Canada Firm of the Year Award, and has consistently been named one of Canada’s Greenest Employers by the Globe and Mail.

About Cobalt Engineering
At Cobalt, we give life to buildings. We're a member of Integral Group, a deep green engineering firm with a passion for innovation. We are a building services consulting firm providing mechanical and electrical building design, sustainable design, sustainable master planning, LEED® consulting, refrigeration design, commissioning, energy modeling, and reports and special studies. We're committed to expanding your possibilities in sustainable design, energy efficiency and cost effectiveness.

Cobalt has offices in Vancouver, Kelowna and Prince George and brings its cutting-edge ideas to projects across North America and around the world. We are a member of both the Canada and US Green Building Council, have 41 LEED® Accredited Professionals and more than 150 staff members. Together, we can turn an inspired design into an outstanding building.

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