BUSINESS NEWS WARE MALCOMB ANNOUNCES CONSTRUCTION IS COMPLETE ON RELOCATION OF KEY FOOD CORPORATE OFFICE IN NEW JERSEY Ware Malcomb , an award-winning international design firm, announced construction is complete on the relocation of Key Food’s corporate office located at 100 Matawan Road in Old Bridge, New Jersey. Ware Malcomb provided interior architecture and design and branding services for the project. Founded in 1937, Key Food Stores Co- op, Inc. is a cooperative of independently owned supermarkets located in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, and Florida, with the corporate office located in New Jersey. The mailing address for the new corporate office is 100 Matawan Road, Matawan, New Jersey. The relocation of Key Food’s corporate office from Staten Island to a Class A office building in Old Bridge covers two floors. The space is over 38,000 square feet and includes a reception area, open and private offices, conference rooms, fitness center, wellness room and multiple break rooms featuring custom millwork. The project also features a dedicated executive suite and a test kitchen facility. The first floor has a designated waiting area for vendors and consultants visiting Key Food. The test kitchen is used to create new
recipes to carry in store and functions as a demonstration area that allows vendors to experience food preparation firsthand. Ware Malcomb took advantage of the window line in the cafe and workplace to provide ample natural light to flow throughout the office. Sit- to-stand workstations and a fitness center were designed for employee comfort and overall well-being. “The new corporate office was designed to promote Key Food’s strong company culture and tell a story throughout the space,” said Marlyn Zucosky, Director, Interior Architecture & Design of Ware Malcomb’s New Jersey offices. “Ware Malcomb focused on creating a space offering productivity and efficiency throughout the departments for their growing team, while upholding the innovation and values of Key Food.” Inspired by Key Food’s culture and history, Ware Malcomb’s in-house branding studio designed environmental graphics into the workspace and amenity areas. The graphics celebrate Key Food’s strong New York roots, long-term success and visually convey the company’s spirit and culture. Historic black and white large format graphics in the workspace serve as a nod to the company’s history and longevity. The meeting rooms are thoughtfully named after the New York boroughs to pay homage to
the company’s roots. The branding solutions seamlessly tie in the interior design and weave the workspace and amenity areas together to create a unified experience. CBRE was the broker and project manager and Unity Construction Services, Inc. was the general contractor on this project. Established in 1972, Ware Malcomb is a contemporary and expanding full service design firm providing professional architecture, planning, interior design, civil engineering, branding and building measurement services to corporate, commercial/residential developer and public/institutional clients throughout the world. With office locations throughout the United States, Canada and Mexico, Ware Malcomb specializes in the design of commercial office, corporate, industrial, science and technology, healthcare, retail, auto, public/institutional facilities and renovation projects. Ware Malcomb is recognized as an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and a Hot Firm by Zweig Group. The firm is also ranked among the top 15 architecture/engineering firms in Engineering News-Record’s Top 500 Design Firms and the top 25 interior design firms in Interior Design magazine’s Top 100 Giants.
industry, relationships, or jurisdiction. Having a diversity of backgrounds as part of our organization allows us to be nimble and capable to pair the right person with the right project to ensure success. In terms of thinking critically and comprehensively, we have spent time as an organization collectively brainstorming motivators for building success within the company. By including everyone, we get a more comprehensive or creative list of ideas, for example, versus just a higher bonus or salary which typically comes to mind as a carrot. With greater representation, you learn other things that make people tick like having more vacation time, more celebrations, better work/life balance, or more funding for professional development opportunities. “If you find yourself in a place or job that you don’t feel fits you, don’t immediately search for another career. It may be that you just haven’t found your niche or the right organization where you can be fulfilled and flourish.”
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until I was an adult looking for a second career after working in marketing and research roles. UrbanPlan is a great program to introduce students to the field of planning in high school. I think scholarships are a great idea and so are high school internships. At my company, Matthews Design Group, we hire high school and college interns, giving opportunities for young people to learn and be exposed to the industry early on. Their roles are not making copies and getting coffee. They are learning how to use software, designing site plans, and even researching local codes to develop an understanding of planning and engineering. TZL: Improved representation – regardless of gender, race, or age – benefits everyone in the workplace. What examples have you seen of this? SA: Improved representation improves the ability to problem-solve, to be strategic with our strengths, and to think critically and comprehensively about topics. An example of strategy may come with how we assign project managers for new clients and projects. There may be specific needs for a project related to location,
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