California-based Suitable Technologies pioneered and brought to reality the concept of Smart Presence. Beam Smart Presence systems combine mobility and video conferencing to deliver an immersive communication experience everywhere conversations take place. Recognizing a growing market in Kansas City, they desired to establish a local presence. Working with Sunflower Development Group, Suitable found a new Kansas City home on the top floor of One Kansas City Place; the highest occupiable floor between Chicago and Dallas. With expansive perimeter glazing, the space offers unparalleled views of Kansas City. Generator Studio was tasked with the challenge of designing a one-of-a-kind space for not only the local staff of Suitable Technologies, but also their innovative mobile robots that are available for demonstration purposes 24/7.
Unoccupied for over 15 years, the space required a total overhaul of MEPF systems and equipment to achieve the open to structure, loft-like feel desired by the client. New focal cloud elements, suspended light fixtures, and minimal dropped ceilings are used to maximize floor to ceiling height.
The design embraces the raw, industrial aesthetic desired by the client to culminate in a series of rooms that allow remote clients continuous digital access to the space for the purpose of test piloting mobile robots. Each demo room is themed on a particular environment: home, office and play; highlighted by accent colors and more extensive finishes. The remaining interior palette is neutral, with polished concrete floors, minimal interior partitions and glass.
Originally slated as a phased project, the client accelerated the project schedule to tackle the entire scope at one time. Timing became a critical factor in the design and execution of the project. Construction was complicated by construction materials being limited to delivery via freight elevator to the 42nd floor of the high-rise multi-tenant building.