The Trane Company NY relocated their sales and marketing offices to a loft building in Long Island City. Like most loft buildings originally built for light industrial use in the area, the first floor is over 15 feet high and supported by 2 foot diameter concrete mushroom columns. The design of the new office relies on exposed ductwork and pendant light fixtures to maintain the ceiling height and full daylight exposure from the existing tall windows. The concrete structure has been repaired and refinished, partitions between work stations are kept low and enclosed rooms are roofed to become independent structures in the space; these design decisions compliment the character of the existing building.
A main design feature of the space is a large seminar and training room articulated by a red curved wall and located at the end of a central promenade. This area is fondly referred to as “Central Park”. The promenade has several informal seating areas where visitors and employees can gather before and after training sessions and during breaks. Aluminum and glass storefront partitions are used to enclose a conference room adjacent to the reception area to preserve the feeling of openness.