Cenegenics Medical Institute Architectural Design and Interior Design – The architects on this project worked with the clients ideas and concepts to create an international headquarters for the Cenegenics Medical Institute. Cenegenics had many offices both nationally and internationally prior to deciding to redesign its corporate headquarters in Las Vegas. While their original corporate offices had been designed with an eclectic concept, Cenegenics had constructed many satellite offices elsewhere using a simple modern style that they wanted to being to their new headquarters.
Among the design challenges was the fact that the client needed to utilize the spaces as each was built out causing traffic flow considerations between their staff, clients and contractors. Also, their company logo colors are purple and green, creating challenges in interior color selection to match. As the acoustics were poor in their prior offices SSA incorporated forward thinking design concepts in the private offices and in the VIP rooms where clients frequently spend that day while visiting the institute.
While Ken Small has a great deal of experience in “B Type” medical occupancies this project turned out particularly well given the design challenges because the client was forward thinking and willing to think outside the box to achieve its aggressive architectural goals both in terms of time and work flow
Architect Ken Small was faced with a common design problem. This project was in a transitional neighborhood. Many of the homes in the area were being rezoned. The client had purchased a very tacky 1960’s stucco and brick home that had been a “Pirated” office. They directed the firm to ‘add on and remodel’. The client was looking for an end product that would present well to a few occasional customers visiting from out of town and be a home for a family owned and operated telecommunications related business. They wanted the clients to know that IGS had their own quality, modern office building by seeing the exterior picture of it in IGS’s brochure (not a converted house).
The solution is a stucco, galvanized steel and copper building that says “Quality Commercial Building” without overshadowing the nearby neighborhood. It exemplifies the idea that an office building conversion can uplift the neighborhood with the vision of quality office space. The clean horizontal stucco banding distances itself from the “Add paint and paving” house reconstructions that are commonly found in Las Vegas without overpowering the scale of the nearby development. Small wanted to convey the symbiosis of the simple use of technology and high standards that the company exemplifies to it’s customers by using simple forms and a limited number of quality materials in an imaginative way.
Adding to the quality of this building is an outstanding professional quality interior finish selection and artwork selection done by the IGS family group. The interiors are characterized by high contrast colors including black marble and brightly colored tile. A variety of spatial forms from intimate private offices to the shock scale entryway and “Command Central” completely conceal the original form of the structure and instead offer a wide array of areas for various sized working teams. The office space is well integrated with a luxury warming kitchen and huge family style back porch for the staff.
The 3400 square foot project was completed in 2001.