Studio

An Extreme Makeover Story

Most Floridians remember the Fall of 2004, when in just two months 4 devastating hurricanes tore through Central and North Florida leaving a state of emergency. This was the same time R. Miller Architecture was renovating its new office. The project was an extreme makeover with the biggest challenge being Mother Nature!

Somewhere between Hurricanes Frances & Jeanne, the office was to be completely renovated within a restrictive 30 day schedule. While the project had been thoroughly planned months earlier there was no way to anticipate Mother Nature’s storms, the 30 day timeline became very challenging.

The scope included a partial interior demolition, building out offices, and completely new finishes from floor to ceiling for the 4,000 s.f. professional office.

The design goal was to create an open “industrial-like” studio. The final design incorporated etching large geometric shapes and staining the concrete floor a resin color. The common spaces would serve as a gallery and feature space for displaying international architectural masterpieces. The interior lighting is gallery quality, using commercial grade suspension lighting. And, a custom 1,200 pound Indian granite triangular desk designed by Artist Chris Scala which is a main focal point at the office reception.

The project encountered many difficulties throughout the 30 days of construction including 10 days of no electrical power due to the Hurricane damages. The project seemed impossible, but the end result was an extreme makeover success story. The offices were renovated within the 30 day schedule thanks to the commitment not only of the subcontractors but to many hours volunteered by R. Miller Architecture’s staff members.

R. Miller Architecture, 125 S. Swoope Avenue, Suite 105, Maitland, FL 32751 | License #AA26000866

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