September 18, 2015, Columbia, MO
PWArchitects, Inc., a commercial architecture firm that offers customized design solutions to their clients, announced today that they will be moving their architectural office to a new building in southwest Columbia. The office will be located in The Colonies development off of Forum Boulevard. The firm expects to move into its new building around the end of the year.
“We’ve been experiencing some growing pains for a while now,” said Erik Miller, Principal Owner/Architect for the firm. “Like many of our clients, it’s about finding the right balance of space, using that space efficiently, and creating an environment that truly reflects our business. The decision to move away from downtown was a difficult one,” said Miller. “We have been in the heart of Columbia for 37 years. Our new location, though, will give us room to grow and allow us to better serve our clients.”
The two-level office building will feature PWArchitects’ new office with additional lower-level units that will be available for lease. The exterior of the building is designed to blend with other neighboring buildings, while the interior of the office will reflect the firm’s architectural practice. At the center of the office will be glass-walled conference rooms with private and semi-private offices on the exteriors walls. “The best view, though, will be from a deck off the kitchen breakroom,” says Miller. “Overlooking the nearby ravine will offer up opportunities to observe wildlife. Even better – we will be minutes from the MKT trail, which will be an added benefit for our employees to enjoy.”
One of the most important aspects of designing the new office was involving the staff throughout the process. Employees were offered the opportunity to collaborate through one-on-one interviews and group design sessions. “Working collaboratively with our clients is a natural part of our design process,” says Miller. “It just so happens that this time we were our own client. Like any client, we had to make a lot of difficult decisions. Now we are looking forward to seeing the results of our efforts.”
Click here for more photographs of the project. Contact Erik Miller at PWArchitects, Inc. 573.449.2683 for more information about the project.
Founded in 1978, PWA offers architecture, interior, and sustainable design services to a wide variety of education, corporate, healthcare, government, and private clients throughout Missouri and the United States. The firm strives to incorporate sustainable design into all of their projects. Working closely with clients, they have created opportunities to trim utility costs, reduce energy usage, conserve water, minimize waste, and promote the health and satisfaction of building users and visitors.