New Headquarters for Office Resources, Inc.
One of Leonard Engineering’s 2016 projects was a new 34,000 square foot commercial building in Louisville, Kentucky. Leonard Engineering worked with EOP Architects to design a new building that will serve as the headquarters for Office Resources, Inc. in the Commonwealth. Leonard Engineering was responsible for providing structural engineering services for the development of this building.
Office Resources, Inc. (ORI) has expanded to five locations in the Commonwealth, but it started in Louisville. ORI is a privately owned Kentucky corporation, which was originally formed in July of 1993 by the merger of O’Connor & Raque (established in 1945) and Bosco/Intecon (established in 1966). In 2004, George Bell, a former Steelcase, Inc. executive purchased the company. ORI grew again in 2012 when it merged with Cardinal Office Systems to expand the markets served.
ORI sought a new corporate headquarters to serve as a sales showroom to showcase their innovative products, and also required space for their warehousing operations under the same roof. Currently, their warehouse is across the alley behind the company’s location on Broadway in the Smoketown Neighborhood of Louisville. This was the first ORI office, which is located in the old Broadway Theater. The Broadway Theater opened in 1915 and closed as a movie theater around 1959. ORI has been a good steward of the building since the 1990’s; however, the company has grown and needs a larger headquarters.
The new headquarters includes a finished office and showroom space, as well as, an attached warehouse for product distribution, and a potential future addition. The warehouse portion of the building has a tilt-up concrete wall exterior with steel-framed roof system consisting of bar joists and joist girders. The office space was designed using structural steel frames and light gauge metal stud curtain walls. Steel, or more precisely Steelcase, has been important to ORI, and the company has been named a Steelcase Platinum Partner.
The front 10,000 square feet of the building are the offices and showroom. This area features mock office environment setups and a café for guests and employees. The office and showroom space includes a 5,000 square foot second floor mezzanine with a flexible training and meeting space. There is a large patio on the main level with a balcony on the mezzanine level that overlooks the wooded creek running adjacent to the property.
The 24,000 square foot warehouse portion of the building has a minimum clear height of 28 feet. This is the area where new product will be received and assembled, and where client furniture can be stored indefinitely in the high rack system utilized for palletized product storage.
Design challenges included the precise layout of interior columns to accommodate interior layout requirements and the sloped roof structure that directs rainwater away from the exterior walls and is removed through internal building drains.
Leonard Engineering is grateful to have worked with EOP Architects to design this new commercial building that will support another Kentucky business, ORI, as it continues to grow as an industry leader in the office environment sector.