Highly classified “Special Ops” training is not uncommon in the Hampton Roads region of Virginia. Our client falls directly in the middle of this confidential category. Our anonymous client reached out to one of our favorite designers, Monique Rizzo, at JRML Associates to handle their interior finishes. In addition, Monique worked closely with the architect to revise the layout to better suit the executive’s needs. The owners wanted the designer to create an upscale residential feel while maintaining the blues and grays that are so often associated with the military.
As their high-profile clients explore this exclusive 3-story building, they will find three very unique styles on each of the three floors. The wall graphics on the ground floor are extremely powerful and lifelike. The second floor houses the administrative areas and evokes a comfortable, welcoming, and serene atmosphere. The third floor boasts the most opulence and is where you’ll find the executives of the business. Monique’s approach created a posh setting that resembles a luxurious home. These executives appreciate her dedication spent on the third floor, knowing the long hours they will spend here.
Covid presented many challenges and material delays. However, this exclusive company is poised to grow in their new space. We were proud to be a part of their team!
Unique Installation Challenge Strategy
This project presented two major challenges. The first challenge was the delay in the client’s necessary water permits. This meant that the building had no access to water for several months, during the most critical “interior finishes” portion of the project. The lack of water created significant headaches for the flooring contractors, wallpaper installers, painters, and any other trade that depended on H2O to perform their duties. A neighboring business was generous enough to allow these skilled tradesmen to fill up their buckets with water and carry them back to the job site, and up 3 flights of stairs.
This segues into the second major challenge of this project. Elevator Access! Final inspections and permits for the elevator were not granted to the client until two months after W.C. Carpenter completed their flooring portion of the project. Cranes and lifts were utilized for the larger portions of the job.