2018 Master Design Awards: Light Commercial

by Kyle Clapham
2018 master design awards light commercial


Architectural Workshop

Saunders Construction
Project name:
Archetype Distillery
Project location: Denver
Square footage before: 6,741
Square footage after: 12,050
Project cost: $4.2 million


Archetype Distillery offers a specialty experience that highlights “original style” gin and vodka. The renovated 1917 Webber Theater, located in the Baker neighborhood, provides visitors with insights into historical and contemporary distilling techniques. Designed to be more than just a bar, the fashionable space gives its community a destination for socialization and entertainment.

A design concept of elegant industrial combines steel, concrete and brick with the use of natural materials, rich textures and simple profiles. Locating the right products proved to be difficult at times because many readily available, off-the-shelf interior commodities fell short of the desired aesthetics. Exposing all systems required additional direction for the individual trade contractors.


Doors: Modernfold; Kawneer
Tile: Crossville
Flooring: Mannington
Moulding/trim: Johnsonite
Lighting: Lumos; Lumen Art; Elliptipar; Delray; Danalite; Tech Echo; Contech; Hudson Valley
HVAC: Trane
Roofing: Firestone
Brick/stone/stucco: Master Wall Inc.
Windows: Windsor
Locksets/hardware: Schlage
Skylight: Kalwall
Countertop: Senoma Stone
Toilet: American Standard
Sink: Senoma Stone
Sink faucet: Grohe
Lighting control: Equinox

Photos: LaCasse Photography


Scott Wilson Architect LLC
Franklin, Tenn.

Project name:
Mid-Century Reno
Project location: Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Square footage: 7,430
Project cost: $1.2 million


The building is located in a downtown area that was less than desirable and in a state of disrepair and partial neglect. The two-level structure had an interior with 1970s wood paneling upstairs and mold infested areas in the basement. The clients purchased the building with a desire to relocate their growing construction business in the building and lease the remainder to other tenants. The scope of work included a complete interior and exterior renovation to give new life to this mid-century building.

Both levels of the interior were completely renovated. The exterior was updated by replacing the exposed textured block sections with storefront windows that match the new glass entries. Canopies were added to accentuate the entries as well as provide protection from the elements. ADA compliant ramps and interior baths were added to further the updates, with the central stairway rebuilt with reclaimed wood and steel. The building now houses four separate office suites and provides enough natural light to make even the basement level spaces enjoyable environments to work in.


Locksets/hardware: Emtek
Paint/stain: Sherwin-Williams; Benjamin Moore
Windows: Aluminum storefront windows
Brick/stone/stucco: Existing CMU painted
Roofing: TPO roofing
Flooring: Reclaimed wood flooring

Photos: Reed Brown


Tru-Built Construction
Lincoln, Neb.

BVH Architecture
Historical storefront: Schamber Historic Preservation LLC
Tin ceiling: W.F. Norman

Project name: National Willa Cather Center
Project location: Red Cloud, Neb.
Square footage before: 22,700
Square footage after: 24,900
Project cost: $3.7 million


The restoration of the National Willa Cather Center took years of planning and fundraising to come to fruition. Tru-Built Construction took on renovating the nearly block-long structure, commonly referred to as the Moon Block building, which now includes the expanded Willa Cather Foundation as well as mixed use spaces that include additional museum space, archives storage, commercial storefronts, apartments and more.

An emphasis from the beginning was on the historical preservation of many of the building’s original features, so selective demolition for re-use of elements—such as wood flooring, brick, hardware, interior trim and more—was a challenge as far as storing on-site, or transporting off-site for repair and refinishing if needed. Specialized suppliers, artisans and subcontractors were sourced to fulfill the need of historic materials and methods. Like many older building renovations, unforeseen challenges arose in the form of floor elevations not matching, fire damage and diverse structural framing.


Wood restoration: Abatron Liquid Wood; Wood Epox
Roofing: Johns Mansville
Exterior paint: Tnemec
Interior paint: Sherwin-Williams
Interior wood doors: Supa Doors
Curtainwall system: Manko Window Systems
Skylights: Kalwall; Velux
Door hardware: Falcon; Glynn-Johnson; IVES; Johnson Hardware; Allegion; Pemko; Rockwood
Tile: American Olean; Caesar Ceramics; Dal-Tile
Resilient floor: Forbo
Carpet: Nexus
Toilet, bath, laundry accessories: ASI; Moen
Appliances: GE
Window treatment: Hunter Douglas
Cabinets: Merillat
Elevator: Thyssen Krupp
Plumbing fixtures: Kohler; Elkay; American Standard
Lighting fixtures: Lithonia; Pinnacle; Gotham; Elite; Lighting Science; Scott; bartco; Liton
HVAC: Carrier; RenewAire

Photos: Phil Daubman

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