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Lightspeed Technologies Interior Renovation

A. Pickett Construction

Posted: July 10, 2018 | Projects

The Lightspeed Technologies project was the interior renovation of an existing 12,100-square-foot space. The needs of the tenant for this project included large open areas for receiving and warehousing space, labs, and staging areas for computer equipment.

Most of the building is to be used as office space for employees; this includes standard grade finish in offices, planning rooms, open collaboration areas, game room, and whiteboard rooms. At the heart of this project is a modernized and improved entry / “core” area of the building that has an upgraded reception area, large conference room with interior storefront system, employees’ café area, waiting room, and some open collaboration space that is visible to incoming visitors.

The original building was constructed in the late 1990s. When A. Pickett arrived on the project, they needed to gut the interior of the building, preserving only about 10 percent of the existing partitions. Additionally, they needed to provide structural steel support at one column line where a load bearing wall was removed. This work consisted of four columns, two beam pockets in the existing masonry walls, and five beams totaling about 60 linear feet in total length. The columns sat on shallow concrete spread footings. Existing slab-on-grade demolition and removal was required for these new foundations.

After all existing ceilings, floor finishes, window treatments, and other finishes were removed, construction started basically from a blank slate. The slab-on-grade foundation was removed at the restroom areas to accommodate new plumbing layouts and sanitary tie-ins to existing mains. New framing for partitions was non-load bearing metal stud construction with sound batt insulation and drywall finished ready for paint.

The staging areas, testing lab, and inventory area are finished with standard 2×4 suspended ceilings with painted drywall walls and ground and sealed floors. The offices have Armstrong fine fissured 2nd Look II ceiling tile, painted drywall walls, and Mohawk Carpet tile.

In the core area of the building are solid surface countertops set on millwork with locally sourced reclaimed wood. The flooring consists of Mohawk Carpet Tile in the traffic areas and the lobby. In the café area, the flooring consists of Bentley LVT, walls are painted drywall, and ceilings are a combination of suspended drywall ceiling clouds and open painted structure above. 

The core area features built-in benches and planters that are clad in locally sourced reclaimed lumber and allow for an open collaboration space. The café area features a kitchen with tables, chairs, built-in banquet seating, dishwasher, refrigerator, microwave, upper and lower cabinets, and an under-mount sink.

One of the other main features upon entry is the large conference room that is partitioned off partly with the slim line PK-30 engineered aluminum glazing framework. This allows full views into the conference room through the glass wall. 

Both the walls and the ceiling clouds in the core area are fitted with black accent strips of medium-density fiberboard (MDF), along with lineal lighting by PMC Lighting to offer the appearance of data flowing through a network cable. 

Restroom spaces are finished with American Olean St. Germain 12×24 floor tile and the wet walls are finished with American Olean Color Appeal tile. Upgraded sink, water closet, and urinal fixtures are included in the restrooms as well.

The building was fitted with all-new plumbing fixtures in all four of the restrooms. New water supply lines were run throughout. Underground sanitary piping was modified and tied into existing waste lines wherever possible. The main lavatories include upgraded fixtures, while the two smaller employee restrooms have standard fixtures.

The HVAC system for the building used existing units, one of which was relocated. The ductwork was completely removed from the building during the demolition stages and was all rerun as part of the reconstruction. There is a combination of exposed and concealed ductwork, 25 percent of which is exposed, painted spiral duct.

The electrical service to the building was adequate for the building’s new use. New electrical distribution throughout the building was roughed in as construction was ongoing. The existing troffer lights were removed, retrofitted for direct wire LED lighting, and replaced. All specialty lighting (i.e., hanging lights and linear) were purchased new for the project. 

The building received a completely new fire alarm system that was purchased by the owner.


Windows: Trulite Glazing
Entrances & Storefronts: Haas Door, Steelcraft Door with Mohawk Veneer Surface
Flooring: Bentley, American Olean, Mohawk, Roppe
Interior: Sherwin Williams, Custom Millwork, National, Armstrong
Lighting: Amerlux, Trac-Master


General Contractor & Cost Estimator
A. Pickett Construction  
128 W. Vaughn Street
Kingston, PA 18704

D.X. Dempsey Architecture, Design & Planning
321 Spruce Street, #407
Scranton, PA 18503

Structural Engineer 
E.D. Pones & Associates, Inc.
70 S. Franklin Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18701

Mechanical Engineer
Air Excellence
913 W. Main Street
Plymouth, PA 18651

Electrical Engineer
Delta Electrical Systems, Inc.
11 Garfield Street
Nanticoke, PA 18634

Mornington Commercial Properties, LLC
1167 N. Washington Street
Wilkes Barre, PA 18705

Location: Kingston, Pennsylvania
Date Bid: Mar 2017
Construction Period: Apr 2017 to Nov 2017          
Total Square Feet: 12,100
Site: N/A
Number of Buildings: One; one floor interior renovation.
Building Sizes: First floor, 12,100; total, 12,100 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 16′; total, 16′.  
Basic Construction Type: Interior Renovation.
Foundation: N/A 
Exterior Walls: N/A
Roof: N/A 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

View full project details in magazine issue July-August 2018.