Mexpo International: Project Profile
Project By: Lawrence Rugg Architecture
Mexpo International is a company that provides supplies for the medical industry and is located in Union City. They recently purchased a 28,000 square foot tilt-up concrete structure that had been a supply depot for the trucking industry, which included 2,000 square feet of office space on the ground floor and a mezzanine at one end of the building.
The location was ideal for Mexpo since it was located near I-880 and had sufficient square footage for their warehouse and shipping/receiving needs, however, the building’s office space was dark, cramped, and uninviting and the exterior and grounds needed refurbishing. Mexpo also planned to have their clients and business partners visit their facility and wanted to have a facility that provided a progressive image. The result was a commitment to completely retroffiting and expanding the office area to receive visitors and to provide a productive and attractive workplace for their employees.
The existing mezzanine was removed to create a 25-foot, floor-to-roof open space for the reception, open office, and break areas that runs from the front to the back of the structure. Skylights were added to the roof, existing mezzanine windows were retained, and new windows were added at the front and back of the space. A small, open mezzanine was added near the back that houses an employee conference room above and an I.T. room below. This mezzanine also divides the open office from the break room at the rear, which opens onto a new back patio for employees. At the front, a seven-foot-high partition screens the open office from the reception area, private offices, a conference room for visitors and new restrooms. The entire exterior was painted, landscaped, a new screen for the building transformer was added and the parking area was resurfaced and restriped.