About this project

Publication: Design Solutions

This project was published in the Summer 2015 issue of Design Solutions Magazine.
Project NameJohnson Securities Corporate Offices
LocationAtlanta, GA
Design ArchitectKendall/Heaton
ContractorHumphries & Company
VeneerMakore and Pomelle Moabi
PhotographerRobert Thein

Johnson Securities Corporate Offices

When the headquarters of a securities firm is in need of new office space, it wants a design that suits the weight and importance of a reputed financial organization. That’s why Johnson Securities Corporation, of Atlanta, Georgia, selected a traditional design featuring custom architectural woodwork for its newly renovated executive offices, corporate offices and retail banking facility.

The elegant boardroom features a luxurious long oval-shaped conference table showcased by Makore wall panels and columns, as well as a wood beamed ceiling.

To turn offices into a stately, rich-looking yet completely functional space, the architectural firm of Jova Daniels Busby, Atlanta, Georgia, was commissioned to complete the design of the 95,000 square foot space. In turn, custom architectural woodwork was fabricated and installed by AWI member firm, ONSITE Woodwork Corporation, headquartered in Loves Park, Illinois.

“Our design objective,” says architect Roy Abernathy, AIA, IDSA, “was to create a comfortable and inviting new office that portrays a culture of stability, strength and fluidity. The offices create a bridge between the traditional and transitional with the cues coming from the client’s pursuit of a modern but established nature.”

Warm Environment

According to James Maglott, ONSITE Woodwork’s project manager, the rich look of quartered plain Makore and Pomelle Moabi were selected for the project. “The woods were selected to create a warm environment where the depth and richness of the woods could be tied throughout the space,” adds Abernathy.

The woodworking firm fabricated the custom reception desk, secretarial desks, wall paneling, pilasters, oval ceilings, trim, doors and office bookcases.

“We assisted on the project by suggesting the best construction and installation methods,” explained Maglott. “We partnered together with strong preconstruction communication which enhanced design intent at the best possible savings.”

Visitors to Johnson Securities’ offices receive a warm, inviting welcome at the beautiful custom made reception desk.

A Beautiful Challenge

Elegance abounds in the financial offices. The gorgeous boardroom features a luxurious long oval-shaped conference table showcased by Makore wall panels and columns, as well as a wood beamed ceiling. The ceiling’s focal points are offset by inset oval domes.

The paneled reception area sports classic furnishings and a ceiling with oval and rectangular insets trimmed with rich wood. Custom built-in Makore bookcases line executive office walls.

“The amount of wood used in these spaces, the intricacy of the ceiling engagement and the coordination of the woods used throughout the architecture, furniture and finishes makes this space truly unique and noteworthy,” says Abernathy.

“One of the most challenging aspects of this project related to the schedule and coordination with a base building that was in its final construction stages as the design and construction offices were in progress,” he continues.

“Dealing with the environment necessary to do this type of highly detailed woodwork in a freshly completed new base building construction required a knowledgeable and experienced woodworking firm.”

ONSITE Woodwork Corporation was critical in assisting with detailing, finishing and coordination of the work, Abernathy adds. “The firm was a great partner on this project.”