The spatial design and shape of the new headquarters was driven by our day-to-day functional and operational needs. - Walker Zanger Executive Director of Facilities Design Kim Bernard.
Los Angeles, CA (PRWEB) February 17, 2016
Walker Zanger, the world’s most comprehensive stone and tile company, has opened a new global headquarters that reflects its vision and ageless aesthetic. Located in the central San Fernando Valley region of LA, the new construction, custom-designed 127,000-square-foot facility combines corporate offices with an impressive new showroom, indoor slab gallery, and working photo studio.
“The spatial design and shape of the new headquarters was driven by our day-to-day functional and operational needs,” said Walker Zanger Executive Director of Facilities Design Kim Bernard. “We wanted clients to enter into a central point that became a terminus, allowing them to go directly into the showroom or have direct access to a conference room—all without disrupting the flow of traffic throughout the building.”
Working alongside LA-based design firm SRK Architects, Walker Zanger was able to transform a traditional industrial “tilt-up” building into a highly integrated, two-level facility that is bright, spacious and innovative, while still remaining eco-friendly.
"Our team’s desire to manipulate light and space as well as Walker Zanger’s exemplary use of stone and tile create a new contemporary look which is not only beautiful, but environmentally sensitive to its surroundings," said SRK Architects Managing Principal Brian Kite.
The new facility is equipped with LED lighting and skylights throughout, electric car-charging ports, bicycle storage lockers and drought-tolerant landscaping. Its two-story lobby features a grand staircase and 20-foot-diameter, custom-designed floor medallion made from a single piece of waterjet-cut limestone. The 91,000-square-foot indoor warehouse includes an elegant “Slab Gallery,” 523-foot indoor crane, and wire-guided order-picking system that allows for narrower aisles and more room for product.
Additionally, each of the deliberate design choices elevate the building functionality. The individual staircases were carefully placed to give a sense of volume to the space, as well as circumvent traffic. Also, the employee offices are located along the exterior, allowing for work spaces to be flooded with natural light.
To learn more about Walker Zanger and its line of products, please visit walkerzanger.com.
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About Walker Zanger
Walker Zanger, the world’s most comprehensive stone and tile company, combines traditional tile-making techniques with a modern sophistication that transcends any singular design style. A leading choice for design professionals and consumers, Walker Zanger natural stone and tile products can be found in luxury homes, trendy boutiques, lavish spas and resorts, famed museums and fine restaurants around the globe. Walker Zanger is available through 14 beautiful showrooms and more than 200 authorized dealers nationwide.
About SRK Architects
LA-based design firm SRK Architects combine more than 50 years of commercial and institutional experience featured recently in Bisnow, LA Business Journal and Downtown News as the firm to watch for 2016. Notable workplace projects include 9th District Court of Appeals, Pasadena; The Waterfront Building, Studio City; and a new corporate headquarters renovation for El Segundo-based Chipton Ross. Recently tapped to redesign the iconic San Pedro Elks Lodge and a comprehensive renovation of the historic LA Athletic Club, SRK is proud to play a part extending the Walker Zanger brand for the 21st Century. SRK’s Design Team includes: Brian A Kite AIA, Principal in Charge; Hugo Calderon LEED AP, Project Design; Chelsea Rafferty CCID, Project Interior Design and Ruben Haro, Job Captain. http://srkarchitectsinc.com/