Walker Zanger’s global headquarters recently received three industry awards at the 2017 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show. Located in the central San Fernando Valley region of LA, the new 127,000-sq-ft facility won awards in the “Independent Retail Showroom–Large,” “People’s Choice” and “Overall Winner” categories of the Innovative Showroom Awards. Along with its corporate offices, the new headquarters also hosts a new showroom, an indoor slab gallery, and photo studio.
“We are honored to receive this prestigious recognition for our global headquarters,” said Jonathan Zanger, president. “Our design team wonderfully brought the artistry, history, and originality of our brand to life with this beautiful space that symbolizes who we are and serves as an innovative inspiration to the design community.”
“The spatial design and shape of the new headquarters was driven by our day-to-day functional and operational needs,” said Kim Bernard, executive director of facilities design. “We wanted clients to enter into a central point that became a terminus, allowing them to go directly into the showroom or have direct access to a conference room—all without disrupting the flow of traffic throughout the building.”
Working alongside LA-based design firm SRK Architects, Walker Zanger was able to transform a traditional industrial “tilt-up” building into a design space that is bright, spacious, and functional, while still remaining eco-friendly. The new facility is equipped with LED lighting and skylights throughout, electric car-charging ports, bicycle storage lockers, and drought-tolerant landscaping. Its two-story lobby features a grand staircase and 20-ft-diameter floor medallion made from a single piece of waterjet-cut limestone. The 91,000-sq-ft indoor warehouse includes an elegant “Slab Gallery,” 523-ft indoor crane, and wire-guided order-picking system that allows for narrower aisles and more room for product.
“Our team’s desire to manipulate light and space as well as Walker Zanger’s exemplary use of stone and tile create a new contemporary look, which is not only beautiful, but environmentally sensitive to its surroundings," said Brian Kite, managing principal, SRK Architects.
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