14A — September 17 - October 21, 2021 — Owners, Developers & Managers — M id A tlantic Real Estate Journal


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Brixmor’s newly remodeled offices include SONEX AFS ceiling and wall systems JKRP Architects remodel offices located in the Plymouth Square retail shopping center

LYMOUTH TWP. , PA — Located in the Plymouth Square retail shopping center in Plymouth Twp., the newly renovated 45,000 s/f Brixmor office went from being a virtually un- rentable basement space to a dream office. In addition to installing glass curtainwalls on two sides of the building to allow natural light into the space, the design team created an inviting environment for approximately 200 employees. Planned for postpandemic employee safety and comfort, the office was designed with touchless doors, larger work P

stations and alluring amenity spaces. In addition to making sure that the facility had good air quality, sound quality was also addressed with SONEX Linear Absorbers and SONEX AFS Acoustic Plaster System from pinta acoustic, inc. JKRP Architects had been working with the previous owner of the shopping center on an updated design for the building when Brixmor, which owns and operates nearly 400 retail centers across the coun- try, purchased it. Once a base- ment bowling alley, Brixmor wanted to transform the lower levels of the space into offices.

To get as much light into the space as possible, JKRP Ar- chitects updated the design to add glass façades on the north and west sides of the building. And interior design firm, D2 Groups, LLC , transformed three very separate levels into one split-level office space. “The building was built in the 1960s with thinner slab construction. It was not built with acoustics in mind,” said DevonGray , project manager for JKRP Architects. “The new Brixmor office space is located directly beneath an REI re- tail store where rolling carts sounded like a freight train. We knew we needed to bring in an acoustical consultant to perform acoustical testing and make recommendations.” “All too often, clients don’t put acoustics in during initial design and construction,” says Josh Wilson , senior project designer from D2 Groups. “They wait until it’s a problem. Before the Brixmor space was remodeled, an acoustician from Metropolitan Acous- tics in Philadelphia provided preconstruction testing and guidance on where acoustical treatments would be needed.” The interior design team from D2 Groups contacted pinta’s representative, Jim Kolcun, at Applied Acousti- cal Group. After reviewing options, D2 Groups recom - mended SONEX Linear Ab- sorbers to be installed above the workstations and in the cafeteria. The absorbers were suspended from the ceiling to create an attractive design element while maintaining the industrial open ceiling look. In addition, pinta’s SONEX AFS Acoustic Plaster Ceiling and Wall System was installed in the boardroomand other meet- ing rooms. Across from another shop- ping center that the company owns, the new Brixmor office integrates two divisions into the same building for bet- ter collaboration and future growth. The office has been Fitwel certified and is being re - viewed for LEED certification. SONEX AFS Acous t i c Plaster Ceiling and Wall System typically adheres to gypsum substrates, SONEX AFS consists of single- or double-sided fiberglass-mesh laminated to WILLTEC open- cell melamine foam panels, offered in a variety of thick- nesses. MAREJ

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