The Offices of Bonsall Shafferman Architects
Bonsall Shafferman Architects and Space Planners
1640 Valley Center Parkway, #100, Bethlehem, PA 18017
Location: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Sep 2007
Construction Period: Sep 2007 to Nov 2007
Total Square Feet: 4,950 Site: 30,850 square feet.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 4,950; total, 4,950 square feet.
Building Height: First floor, 17’3”; total, 17’3”.
Basic Construction Type: Tenant Build Out.
Foundation: N/A. Exterior Walls: N/A. Roof: N/A.
Floors: Carpet. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.
General Contractor & Cost Estimator: Boyle Construction, Inc. -
1209 Hausman Road, Allentown, PA 18104
Electrical Contractor: West Side Hammer Electric - 1325 Clay
Street, Bethlehem, PA 18018
Mechanical Engineer: H. T. Lyons, Inc. - 7165 Ambassador Drive,
Allentown, PA 18106
Having outgrown their 2,500 square foot office space, Bonsall Shafferman
Architects and Space Planners, a local and regional firm of seven,
started searching for new space. They wished to increase their space,
reorganize their work flow and create a totally new working environment
close to their previous location. Less than a mile away from their old
offices, stood a completely gutted single story brick and glass office
building in a well manicured corporate park operated by Liberty Property
Trust. The “L” shaped building contained 30,850 square feet and they
were able to negotiate for one entire side of one wing which provided
them with just under 5,000 square feet. This rectangular space is
approximately 38 feet wide by 132 feet long affording a linear layout in
which everyone has window area including the conference room, while the
interior of the space houses the library, printing and filing functions.
Since the roof was pitched, they were able to use this to their
advantage and install a 14-foot-high sloped ceiling in the staff area
which gives a very dramatic feel to the space.
Entering the reception area from the building lobby through massive
eight-foot-high double doors, they continued the pattern of the 14- by
28-inch polished ceramic tile on the floor, and chose an Armstrong
“metalworks” ceiling. They planned to build with partial height walls
throughout the suite wherever possible to retain an open and dramatic
feeling. Even the offices have no doors and utilize aluminum and glass
storefront panels for further transparency. Ever mindful of
sustainability, they selected warm grey and beige patterned carpet tiles
by InterfaceFLOR, from the Frank Lloyd Wright collection, for use
throughout the remainder of the suite. Three colors of grey low VOC
paint were combined with red and yellow accent walls from their logo.
The third accent color, black, was used on the exposed spiral ductwork.
Energy efficient lighting was of both contemporary suspended pendants in
the vaulted space and deep cell parabolics in the print room and library
Formica was the plastic laminate of choice for the local custom
millwork, and combined with oak, matching the pre-finished doors from
Graham. Prior to the move Spacesaver metal library shelving was
installed. “Answer” by Steelcase was the answer for the versatile ninety
square foot CAD work stations which utilizes silver metallic perforated
metal panels and overhead storage. Seating comfort was supplied by Vitra
and Herman Miller with their “Vis-ŕ-Vis” and “Aeron” chairs
Construction of the interior fit-out, under the direction of Boyle
Construction, Inc., was started in late September, 2007 and completed in
an unbelievable eight weeks.
DIV. 8: Interior Storefront: Tubelite; Hardware:
8200 Mortise Lever Locks.
DIV. 9: Acoustical: Armstrong Cirrus; Paint: Sherwin Williams
Pro-Green 200; Rubber Base: Roppe; Ceramic Tile: Crossville Ceramics;
Carpet: InterfaceFLOR Robie House from the Frank Lloyd Wright
DIV. 12: Storage & Work Stations: Steelcase Answer System;
Library Shelving: Spacesaver.
DIV. 26: Lighting: Finelite.