Humble Words February 2015


It's hard to believe that the first issue of our Humble Words newsletter was published way back in February 2010. We have enjoyed sharing information about our projects and capabilities with you, and we we have another great profile for you here. We often tell you about heavy industrial project or interesting commercial jobs. This one is a unique combination.


Tenant Improvement with Design Flair

Some tenant improvement projects only try to change the way an office space looks. But this was no ordinary project. It started by considering how people will feel while working in the environment. And every decision -- every detail -- was guided by that standard. As we work toward completion of this project, we already know it is one others will be interested to see.

Humble Construction was selected for this project initially based on our deep experience with industrial concrete. We profiled the first stages of the project in Humble Words newsletters previously. But as the additional phases of the project unfolded, the client was pleased to learn about our diversity, especially our work with interior spaces.

Four Construction/Design Principles.
As we learned about the office environment the client was envisioning, we were able to utilize our time-tested principles -- People Environment, Flexibility and Speed/Cost. When a project can be guided by these principles, the result is a much more pleasing experience for the office workers, more energy efficient, and easily adapted for future office space needs. In short, it's a much better long-term investment for the owner.

The owner quickly understood that Humble Construction was the right choice for the project because we have the great combination of construction craftsmanship and technical ability with an appreciation for the role of design and the impact an interior space makes on the people who will work there.

A Unique Set of Materials.
The unique interior space design dictated a unique set of materials. The client was motivated to keep a natural feel throughout the office environment, so they chose to use exposed concrete floors. Starting from the existing, renovated structure, Humble poured concrete to establish four floors in the new building. Exposed concrete is challenging because it is unforgiving. Any slight flaw or imperfection is highly visible and very hard to correct.

Similarly, the exterior walls are glass, which is important for the human experience inside, but it becomes a challenge for the fitment. Working with sheets of glass up to 10 feet long by 4 feet tall requires extreme precision. The concrete floors and walls need to be level to avoid any variance in the installation of the glass. And once the glass is installed, the heating and cooling system needs to accommodate the effects of the glass at both ends of the temperature spectrum.

Humble was fortunate to work with an excellent group of subcontractors to accomplish this work. One of them, Atlas Butler, installed a high efficiency heating and cooling system that will manage the highs and lows that will be introduced by glass exterior walls and multiple floors of office space. Likewise, Claypool Electric handled the challenging lighting and power systems in the building to achieve the right balance between natural lighting and energy efficency.

This project even challenged us to fit a square peg in a round hole -- in a way. The original structure included three former concrete silos that the client wanted to incorporate into the new office. Naturally, these silos are round, but they still wanted to have windows in them to make it suitable as a place where people will work every day. So the Humble craftsmen had to identify a crafty way to install square windows in these rounded walls so all the little installation details worked out just perfect. The little craftsmanship details matter to us and we always strive to come up with the right solution.

Stay Tuned for the Final Results.
Unfortunately, we don't have photos of the finished space today. But be sure to read future issues of Humble Words to see the final results.

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