A new Allsteel resource center was opened in the Dallas Design District. The interactive showroom, designed to serve as a resource for clients including dealers, architects and designers, features Allsteel furniture solutions. The venue was developed with design firm Benson Hlavaty Architects.
Included within the resource center is a complete library. The Discovery Room is an informal, reconfigurable space for training, client meetings or other events, and is enclosed on two sides with folding glass walls, allowing the room to open to the showroom. A Texas and regional reference is defined by a photomural of Big Bend National Park.
To allow natural light in, over half of the existing masonry-bearing walls were removed and replaced with an energy efficient glazing system and sunscreens to minimize heat gain. The resource center was planned with Allsteel’s products placed adjacent to the new exterior openings to expand the sense of space and enable favorable viewing.
The new Dallas resource center is built on a platform of sustainability, including such features as the installation of LED lamps and other energy efficient light fixtures. Additionally, a new wrap of thermal insulation around the building envelope, all new high efficiency air conditioning and electrical systems, water reducing plumbing fixtures and other state of the art sustainable design practices led to application for LEED Silver certification for the space. Also reused from the former location are the iconic Tumbleweed lamps and Allsteel monument signs that welcome visitors.
The resource center also has a coffee bar, kitchen and casual seating area. The space is equipped to set up remote workspaces. The new space occupies more than 10,000 square feet in the Dallas Design District on Oaklawn Ave.
Allsteel Inc., headquartered in Muscatine, IA, was establishedin 1912. As the originator of the lateral file, Allsteel was the first contract furniture manufacturer to have all products certified either Indoor Advantage or Indoor Advantage Gold. The entire product line can contribute to LEED credits.