McKee Wallwork Cleveland Advertising Agency

Home grown and nationally recognized McKee Wallwork Cleveland Advertising Agency decided it was time to create a unique “signature” space.

The challenge was to build a 12,000 square foot office building designed to promote and enhance creativity and collaboration while achieving the environmentally responsible LEED silver certification. Although completion time was a consideration, the “signature” design criteria and LEED certification took priority.

Extensive research and analysis helped us to understand MWC’s collaborative and creative work processes and develop innovative solutions for aesthetically pleasing, cost reducing, energy efficient and inspiring work spaces. The overall environment is very organic with light filled atriums, natural ventilation, curvilinear hallways, open workspaces and grand circular staircases. The power of this organic design to enhance creativity and collaboration is fully realized with the high level of craftsmanship achieved in executing the demanding construction details and finishes. The engineering of the steel and the complex calculations required to create the building’s geometric curves and angles added a few months to the completion time.

The success of the finished product in meeting the design goals while being completed at 28% under budget left no doubt that the time spent was well worth it. Since completion utility costs are running 40% below projected usage and are an added bonus. This building is a perfect example of how a concerted team effort on a design build project can result in an outstanding, unique and environmentally responsible building that significantly contributes to the ongoing redevelopment of this cultural community. The significance of this achievement was officially recognized by winning the 2008 NAIOP Merit Award for Small Office Building.

Project Location: 1030 18th St NW Albuquerque, NM 87102
Owner: McKee, Wallwork and Cleveland
Architect: Environmental Dynamics