Loffler Companies, Inc., is a Minnesota family-owned business technology & service provider with presence across the Upper Midwest. Their customers rely on Loffler’s team for business-critical Print, IT and Security products and services. With their territory and company expanding, Loffler made the strategic decision to relocate their Twin Cities Headquarters to a larger, more team-friendly setting where vibrant customer spaces, their main warehouse, and multiple employee groups could all join together in a more efficient work environment. The site for this creative joining of forces: a 13-acre former Sam’s Club property in St. Louis Park, MN.
Rather than demolish the 150,000 sq. ft building and build new, Loffler re-imagined the space with sustainability and hybrid workers in mind–and partnered with iSpace Environments for key products and services to bring their vision to life. The resulting space is amazing: a mix of smart work environments, inviting client spaces, and common areas large enough for their full company to congregate.
Teknion Leverage panel systems from iSpace were integrated across much of the high-ceiling, open floor plan – with height adjustable desks, pedestal file cabinets and employee lockers providing flexible accommodations for on-the-go teams. The mix of wood-topped pony walls, glass-topped upholstered panels and oversized lighting creates comfortable touchdown areas adjacent to other collaboration and meeting spaces.
An ingenious mezzanine was added across the center of the space, allowing for a healthy mix of collaboration and private work spaces across two levels. In this area, Teknion Tek Vue glass storefront walls with a mix of pivot and barn doors—and frosted and clear glass—were used extensively to help create light-filled conference and meeting rooms, as well as quiet focus spaces. All in all, over 1,100 linear feet of glass were installed across 60 spaces – with mullions used extensively to match exterior windows. Private offices were provisioned with height adjustable L-shape desks, also from Teknion, providing ample surfaces for individual work as well as collaboration.
Beyond the 2-level mezzanine area, and surrounded by more Teknion architectural glass walls, is the expansive Unified Network Operations Center (NOC) where Loffler’s support teams are united. The workstations and private office furniture in this area were provided by iSpace, but in years past for their previous HQ in Bloomington. iSpace dis-assembled, transported and re-assembled these items in this project – helping Loffler to further their sustainability goals and control costs.
With a relatively short timeline (less than 10 months from RFP to completion) and multiple teams involved in the design, product selections and installs across more than 82,000 sq. ft workspace, the project is another shining example of iSpace Environment’s collaborative spirit and capabilities.
Photos by Aaron Smith / Smitty’s Workshop.