HFA Sustainable Design Receives Excellence Awards for Office Renovation Project by ASID

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The architectural and engineering firm of HFA (Harrison French & Associates) is pleased to announce the adaptive reuse project of their HFA Headquarters Office building was recognized for excellence by winning two Silver Awards for Design Excellence in the Sustainable Category and Custom Detail Category by the South Central Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). Since no gold award was presented, the silver award was the highest award for each category.

HFA Office Interiors, ASID Silver Award Winner

When using reclaimed materials in an environmentally sustainable design, you must also base your decisions on whether the materials are truly healthy for the users.

The architectural and engineering firm of HFA (Harrison French & Associates) is pleased to announce the adaptive reuse project of their HFA Headquarters Office building was recognized for excellence by winning two Silver Awards for Design Excellence in the Sustainable Category and Custom Detail Category by the South Central Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID). The awards were announced in September during the annual chapter event in New Orleans and were selected by an independent jury among entries from Louisiana, Mississippi and Arkansas. Since no gold award was presented, the silver award was the highest award for each category.

The HFA Office project was a complete renovation of the former vacant National Home Center building on a main artery of Bentonville, AR and was transformed into an active participant in the city fabric. The new space reflects a cultural shift within the company, embracing transparency, vibrancy and flexibility.

The Silver Award for the Sustainable Category recognized the creative design solutions to achieve the client’s goals of a comfortable and sustainable open office plan that supported the four work modes; collaborate, focus, learn, and socialize. The open studio makes up the majority of the interior space, providing a collaborative work environment facilitating cooperation between disciplines. Abstracted volumes at the perimeter of the open studio articulate the space and contain meeting rooms and offices.

A vibrant color palette and accents of reclaimed wood throughout the office embodies the energy of the large open studio and the provision of plentiful natural light throughout the studio was a priority, not only for LEED credit, but for a beautiful workspace. The project received a LEED CI Gold certification.

“When using reclaimed materials in an environmentally sustainable design, you must also base your decisions on whether the materials are truly healthy for the users.” says Alicia Wilgus, ASID, Interior Designer at HFA.

The Silver Award for the Custom Detail was awarded for the Conference Room design. The main conference room was enclosed with storefront windows on three sides. The two public sides were then wrapped with a custom semi-transparent reclaimed barn wood screen. The screen provides enough privacy while allowing daylight to create interesting light and shadows throughout the space. The texture of the barn wood provides a warm backdrop for both the lobby and the conference room. “We used 3D modeling and sketches to illustrate the design concept of the reclaimed wood screening.” said Wilgus.
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About HFA (Harrison French & Associates, LTD) is a multi-disciplinary design firm providing Architecture, Interior Design, MEP Engineering, Fire Protection, Structural Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Landscape design services to the retail, commercial and assisted living markets throughout the U.S. and holds professional licenses in all 50 states; and the District of Columbia. .

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