First Niagara Bank Interior Renovations - various locations
As an on-call architect for First Niagara Bank (formerly New Alliance Bank), Maier Design Group was responsible for the interior design of multiple bank branches and facilities. Branches vary in size from less than 1,000 SF to 5,000 SF. Some projects are freestanding buildings; others are contained in malls and even grocery stores. Projects have ranged from full gut renovations to changes of use of existing building to teller line replacements.
In an effort to modernize their administrative offices, Parker Hannifin commissioned Maier Design Group to design a lively and open environment for their various departments at their Skinner Valve Division plant in New Britain, Connecticut. The 31,000 square foot space consists of glass walled administrative offices and conference rooms, along with solid gypsum board partitions and open office system furniture partitions. A new entry addition was also added to the building to improve security and access to the facility.
Part of the historic Colt Gateway complex in Hartford, the Machine Shop, or Sawtooth Building was built during World War I for firearms production and related manufacturing work. The building gets its name from the “sawtooth” shaped roof consisting of seven north-facing light monitors which were designed to maximize the amount of natural light entering from above. The 90,000 SF one-story building is supported internally by a reinforced concrete and exposed structural steel frame and is one of the largest remaining buildings of its kind in the United States.
Abandoned and open to the weather for a decade, we converted 56,000 SF of this former factory into a state of the art facility for an insurance data management company. In order to preserve the unique nature of the building, we worked with the mechanical engineer to design a HVAC system that minimized overhead ductwork that would otherwise have blocked the abundant natural light from above. The result is a wide open office expanse that is heated and cooled from below by utilizing a computer access floor system to distribute conditioned air throughout the space. Inside a selection of richly toned materials are juxtaposed with the stark painted structural elements of the original building to create a dynamic space.
Wiremold Product Showroom
The Wiremold product showroom was designed to be inspiring, functional, productive and flexible to relate to the company’s corporate motto. The 2,400 SF space is located in the lower level of an existing turn of the century administration building and includes multiple display areas designed to showcase Wiremold and partnering companies’ products and devices in a controlled and informative setting.
Foley Carrier Services
Central Emergency Generator Facility
Constructed to support emergency power requirements for an international corporation this 10,600 SF, Tier 4 emissions, 22.5mW generator plant includes space for nine (9) diesel powered generator sets equipped with particulate filters, selective catalytic reduction (SCR) systems and urea and compressed air delivery systems to reduce emissions. A 2,700 SF switchgear room contains all of the necessary electrical switchgear to connect the generators to a redundant campus-wide medium voltage electrical power system. An extensive mechanical equipment platform integral to the roof truss system allows for safe access to the engine emission control systems by technicians. The structure is made of solid filled concrete masonry to reduce noise pollution while the generators are operating and is divided into three fire areas. The design of the building was driven by the engine air intake system which requires several thousand square feet of free area for proper operation and had to be designed to minimize water infiltration into the building while reducing sound emissions to an adjacent residential neighborhood.