We made modifications to an existing retail space to make way for this new hip-hop bar without kitchen facilities. The exposed-brick and distressed wood night spot features music, a limited menu and art in an urban setting that draws an eclectic crowd looking for happy beats. We adapted existing HVAC, plumbing and electrical systems to integrate with the new architectural plans and satisfy code requirements.
Each Lime Restaurant is a total sensory experience. From the moment you enter until the hour you must drift out and take your leftovers home, you’re treated to a modern visual, auditory and gustatory experience. The vibe is youthful and the food is zingy.
We provided spicy design services for this new restaurant space within an existing building consisting of approximately 7,717 square feet. The original space was a vacant shell with a hydronic hot water HVAC distribution system and a minimal electrical distribution system. The restaurant will contain two bars, a commercial kitchen of approximately 1,000 square feet, a walk-in beer cooler, and men’s and women’s restroom facilities.
We designed multiple public and private dining areas including a storefront lounge area and patio dining. We planned an open-air concept with large front and rear restaurant-facing windows that will be open to allow cool breezes during warm weather.
We typically design each Larkburger restaurant in an existing core/shell retail space that is usually larger than 2,500 square feet. Each location includes a full commercial kitchen, cook line, dining room, support spaces, mop sink, and two single restrooms.
The brainchild of Denver restaurateur Steve Ballas, Steve’s Snappin’ Dogs offers a unique menu featuring Steve’s award-winning, gourmet hot dogs delivered directly from New Jersey. The restaurant offers a dine-in area, a bar and “Steve’s On the Go” for quick service.
Marco’s Coal Fired Pizzeria is located in one of the four-story residential condominium buildings with ground-level retail spaces at the Vallagio at Inverness. The Vallagio area was voted one of the top places to live work and play in Colorado by our local 9 News station. We have no doubt that the availability of great pizza pushed the vote over the edge. Marco’s includes an open-style kitchen with direct viewing of the two large, imported Italian ovens, an open seating area, bar, central host area, restrooms, kitchen and office space.
Mechanical challenges solved
This space posed a system design challenge: During original construction, it was provided with limited mechanical chases to the roof. Our engineers overcame this obstacle and provided an innovative solution. We located Indoor make-up air and space cooling units in the ceiling plenum of the space and supported them from the existing floor structure above. We also located supply and return air ductwork in the ceiling plenum. This required additional coordination within the plenum area. We provided code-complying ventilation through the installation of outside air louvers.
We designed the grease exhaust “ductwork” out of schedule 10, steel pipe which was sized appropriately for the exhaust volume and conformed to the requirements of the local authority having jurisdiction (AHJ). We routed the grease ductwork piping to the roof through one of the existing chases.
Of course, a pizza restaurant couldn’t succeed without producing tasty pies. So, we paid careful attention to the cooking area. We designed and constructed a fan-assisted grease exhaust system for the owner’s imported Italian pizza ovens and included a kitchen exhaust hood to provide exhaust for all gas-fired kitchen equipment. We connected the kitchen’s grease waste system to an existing, original grease interceptor. We provided natural gas to the kitchen’s gas fired cooking appliance and equipped the piping with automatic gas shut off valves for emergency purposes. We also provided ADA-compliant fixtures for the kitchen as well as the public restrooms to meet current code requirements. Buon Appetito!
The 12 buildings of Harvest Junction included dynamic retail space intended for multi-tenant use and the tenants have been flooding in. This area bustles with new businesses that include trendy eateries and apparel shops. We designed both the east and the west buildings and the plaza to cold dark shell level. We designed the DSW Shoe Warehouse location to warm dark shell level.
During the design phase of 365,515 square feet of building space, we made sure that design plans could easily welcome the future addition of bustling restaurants to several of the retail buildings.
We knew the environment surrounding this hub would help create a space where customers would want to relax and enjoy their shopping experience. We collaborated to create an LED illuminated obelisk surrounded by a rose garden to create a European-style courtyard. The garden featured integrated exterior lighting controls with holiday lighting receptacles, Musak systems, illuminated bus stops and illuminated signage.
We included a public art water feature with underground plumbing and electrical connections near the multi-tenant retail buildings. The light poles were controlled with three lighting panels at various locations throughout the site and interconnected using cat5 technology.
We designed water feature lighting to be economical, flexible and environmentally friendly. The individual light heads were zoned, wired and programmed to turn off at different times throughout the evening depending on tenant schedules.
According to the Building Owners and Managers Association International, “Class A” buildings are the “most prestigious buildings competing for premier office users with rents above average for the area. Buildings have high quality standard finishes, state of the art systems, exceptional accessibility and a definite market presence.
The LEED System is designed to rate new and existing commercial, environmental, institutional and high-rise residential buildings for environmental performance from a “whole building” perspective over a building’s lifecycle.