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The International Society of Explosives Engineers’ mission is to promote the safety, security, and controlled use of explosives. As the world’s largest professional association for its field, ISEE has 45 chapters with over 4,000 members across 90 countries. The society desired a new space that would better serve its current and future needs in serving its members. The priorities included space for collaboration, efficient space for the distribution of conference and research materials, and an engaging experience for visitors to its extensive archive.
A new building was selected and renovated. The entry canopy and vestibule were replaced with an airy, light-filled structure providing a welcoming new visual identity from the street. An outdoor space was enhanced by replacing and expanding an existing deck. On the interior, the new plan puts the archive front and center upon arrival as part of a lounge area with custom display cases. An additional room off of this space provides convenient access to additional archive research materials. A new community room and kitchen opens to the deck. A new conference room was created around an existing skylight that now acts as a central focal point in the space. A new assembly and distribution room was created inside of an existing warehouse space with access to a shipping and receiving area. The finishes throughout are based on the concept of unearthing materials including colors inspired by minerals.
INTERNATIONAL SOCIETY OF
LOCATION: WARRENSVILLE HEIGHTS, OH
SIZE: 9,115 SF
STATUS: COMPLETED 2018