Wednesday, March 20 2013

Renovation Creates a New Home for Chrysalis


Chrysalis, a non-profit entity, which has created occupational opportunities through job training for thousands of clients since its formation in 1984, has doubled its space to almost 12,000 square feet.

Designed by KFA, the renovation utilized varying height sloped roofs for the central core of offices to give the interior space a village-like feel. Warm yellow paint envelopes the interior space while black, white and galvanized metal accents add a touch of modernity. Outside, layers of built-up building material were peeled back, exposing the building’s original façade which was painted white. New black-framed storefront windows span the distance between columns and the unsightly portions of the existing façade were disguised by simple black awnings.

“Thanks to KFA, our very limited budget enabled a remarkable transformation which will increase our efficiency and enable us to serve far more people who need assistance in procuring employment,” said Mark Loranger, Chrysalis CEO.

“To keep costs down, KFA used dark-stained plywood flooring, butcherblock counters from IKEA for desktops and donated lateral file cabinets powder-coated black for uniformity,” said Wade Killefer.

To bring natural light into the depths of the building while maintaining a sense of public vs. semi-private space, a large clear glass partition wall separates the lobby from the corridor and private offices.

Addressing Chrysalis client concerns about privacy, the new design provides 39 private offices in lieu of open cubicles. Training room, conference room and lobby capacity were all doubled.