Public/Private Client: Public
Completion Date: April, 2004
Location: Tallahassee, Florida
Construction Cost: $236,400
Role in Project: Principal
Architect: Manausa Lewis & Dodson Architects
Jodie Dodson, AIA Principal / Project Architect
Iain Harnden, IIDA Project Manager
This project was developed when Florida State University decided to relocate the existing University Computer Store to a more central location. The University chose the old post office, located in the heart of the Oglesby Student Union, for the Computer Store’s new location. While presenting an ideal location, the building, which had been used for campus mail processing, was very dark and uninviting.
It was our task, as the Architect and Interior Designer, to transform the interior into a vibrant space conducive to selling computers. The space’s synergy had to parallel with the technology of the computer age and the ever-growing focus of merchandising.
Our original concept divided the space into two main segments, the public merchandising area and the private storage and repair area. While the employee portion remains utilitarian, the public areas incorporate upgraded finishes and a more organic design. Curvilinear lines accentuate the ceiling and cabinet edges, lighting focuses the eye, and perforated sheets of metal emphasize technology. This is also enhanced by the openness provided by the new window openings.
In addition to full service building and renovation design, MLD Architects has extensive experience in roof design and consultation. Randy Lewis is a recognized roofing systems expert, and has written articles for Florida AIA magazine and Florida Roofers magazine. MLD Architects has earned an excellent reputation for diagnosing roof problems, and offering corrective solutions. Due to his expertise, Mr. Lewis has provided expert testimony on numerous cases.