After JC Penney department store closed its location in the failing Military Circle Mall, the City of Norfolk decided to pursue different uses for the space. Through a partnership with the Commonwealth of Virginia and the City of Norfolk, Movement Mortgage invested in the space to relocate its operations center. Tenant improvements involved the redevelopment of the former anchor store into leasable tenant space.
With its open plan, high ceilings, and adaptable structure, the space provided the perfect core and shell to accommodate a new office. The goal of the project was to completely transform the first floor of the vacant space into a contemporary, open office for one the country’s fastest growing mortgage companies; however, the team was up against an accelerated schedule and tight budget to help Movement Mortgage seamlessly transfer its operations and more than 800 employees into their new home.
The primary design concept was to convert a building with an internal focus – no windows and primary entrances oriented toward the internal mall and remote ends of the building – to an external focus. This was achieved through making large openings in the exterior façade, replacing blank brick veneer and concrete masonry unit walls with large portions of glass curtainwall. These new openings bring natural light deep into the space, making a visual connection from the exterior to the interior and to the work activity happening within.
The building was created to accommodate multiple tenants, thus the overall building envelope and common spaces were designed to provide a singular identity, while being neutral enough to support the unique branding of the tenants, such as Movement Mortgage.
The style and aesthetic of Movement Mortgage’s new office followed that of the company’s headquarters located in Indian Land, S.C. The industrial feel of featured wood tones, exposed ceilings, and the company’s distinctive red brand, added a sense of energy and strength to the atmosphere.
From the owner and the architect, to the construction team and interior designers, all parties were brought into the project early, allowing the entire team to work together to pro-actively address issues and improve the quality of the project. Specifically, the architect and interior designer worked together to ensure that all power, data, security, and A/V requirements were thoroughly coordinated with furniture placement. The team also devised solutions to upgrade the building in an economical way, yet improving upon energy-code requirements in the 47-year-old building. LS3P
– Interior Designer 7 Hills Advisors
– Owner’s Project ManagerUP Studio – Photography