The Ames Chamber of Commerce had a vision to consolidate their separate offices to a singular location within Ames’s centralized Main Street Cultural District and seized the opportunity to move into this historic two story building. The Chamber also desired to creating an inviting space, open for use by all members and businesses, not just the Chamber staff.
The challenge of the project was to create a cohesive office layout between two levels and respect the historic character of the interior space. The solution was to create a receptionist desk on the main level to direct visitors either to the second level offices or to the first level conference rooms, creating a clear delineating line between public, semi-public, and private spaces.
The modern conference/board room on the main level utilizes a traditional material in white oak casework and accent walls, set in juxtaposition to the contemporary all glass corridor walls. The partial height walls of the board room with its “portal” ceilings expose and celebrate the historic tin ceiling. The overall effect is a modern and contemporary interior design that respects the historic character of the building, reflective of the traditional yet progressive values of the Ames Chamber of Commerce.