48C — March 29 - April 11, 2019 — The Best of 2018 — M id A tlantic

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The BEST INTERIOR ARCHITECTURE of 2018 Murray Associates Architects, P.C. Benchmark Construction Corporate Office Lancaster, PA Steven Kratchman Architect, P.C. The Apogee 250 Gorge Rd., Cliffside, NJ

Location: Lancaster, PA Type of project: Office Expansion Size: 22,066 GSF

Type of project: Lobby and Entrance Renovation Size: 103,000 SF

This project encompassed the renovation of the entrance and lobby of a 1970’s New Jersey Gold Coast apartment building to create a heightened level of luxury that rivals neighbor- ing cooperative residences. Using a design strategy focused on crafting an eye-catching exterior and distinctive interior, SKAPC employed an inclusive process that involved on- going feedback from Board constituents, management and shareholders. The rebranded Apogee was transformed into an elegant hi-rise featuring a dramatic entranceway with a distinctive glass, metal and wood marquis, revitalized lobby and resort-style amenities. The result exceeded the client’s objectives of increasing shareholder value and enhancing the resident experience. Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? From the outset, the client wanted this project to be a “wow” for residents and award-winning for our firm. To that end, they continually challenged our team to push the envelope. For example, we initially presented modest improvements to the existing canopy that were less expensive, but they asked us to come up with more exciting solutions because they wanted to make a dramatic impact. Working with a client that encouraged us to hold nothing back made the design process fun, the presentations enjoyable and the end result that much more rewarding.

In 2015, Benchmark restructured its operations to reflect the markets they serve. Murray’s created an architectural response to support that structure, reflecting how they work, com- municate and collaborate. Every market sector now has areas for collaboration. Perimeter offices have large glass open- ings into the interior spaces while multiple glass enclosed conference rooms, kitchenettes and a lounge were introduced. Controlled natural light fills the hallways and there is corporate branding throughout the entire building, further reinforcing Benchmark’s culture. The reno- vated building now reflects Benchmark’s spirit of creating exceptional experiences for their clients. Photograph by Robert J. Polett Why was this particular job your favorite/most unusual? The project is unique for us, as the addition utilized their previous warehouse space. Design- ing a work environment for such a successful organization allowed us create one-off design ideas that support Benchmark’s future goals.

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