Norma Escandon Michaels of NM Interiors Group wins ‘2019 ASID First Place Public Space Design Award for Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center

NM Interiors is excited to announce that Norma Escandon Michaels has been awarded First Place, Public Spaces ‘2019 from ASID Arizona North Chapter for her design of the Interior Renovation of the Luke Air Force Base Fitness Center.

Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID Photographer: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.
Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID
Photographer: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.
Fitness Area David Schacher Photography LLC
Fitness Area
David Schacher Photography LLC

Interior Design services included interior finish specification/selections, signage, ceiling design concept and interior design drawings for the Renovation of a Military Fitness Center. The fitness center was in need of a face lift and “new look” for both the interior and exterior. The various activities being utilized in this building had changed over the years and the building was in need of a total renovation and re-imagination.

David Schacher Photography LLC
Fitness Area, David Schacher Photography LLC

There were many design and logistic challenges along the way, the fitness center renovation was completed in phases thereby allowing the building to be used during the entire renovation process. The approximately 39,000 square foot building was totally renovated. The interior spaces were completely re-conceptualized and designed in order to create a functional and flexible building. The goals were accomplished by opening up the building and raising ceilings in the exercise areas. Custom decorative life size figurative decals in various fitness poses were provided throughout the facility. The sense of movement and energy were further accomplished throughout the use of bright colors and round suspended circular acoustical ceiling shapes. All aspects of design were created with a tight budget in mind.  In the end, the users have been thrilled with their new facility.  At it is a hub of activity.

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Fitness Area, David Schacher Photography LLC
Front Desk David Schacher Photography LLC
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David Schacher Photography LLC

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Norma’s Trip to Prague, Czech Republic

Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID
Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID

Was in Prague for several days earlier this month.  What an amazing city!  The combination of historic buildings and  contemporary elements (such as modern interior spaces and contemporary sculptures) was quite striking.

My feet were sore from all of the walking on cobble stones for 5 days, but so were my eyes from all the sights.  Utterly amazing! First I got my footing and did some window shopping.  Amazing stores throughout the city with upscale brands near the river.

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Prague at night is quite magical!

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View from dinner on a River Boat.  Yes, I took this photo myself with my IPhone.  Could not have been more romantic!

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Lots of fun, whimsical sculptures located throughout the city!

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 Contemporary interiors are interspersed throughout the city.

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It’s all in the details!

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This was truly a holiday to remember! Later!

Norma…

Norma Escandon Michaels of NM Interiors Group wins ASID Design Award for TASC Inc. Corporate Offices

NM Interiors is excited to announce that Norma Escandon Michaels has been awarded Honorable Mention for Business Office over 5,000 sf at the recent ASID Awards Dinner.  Her award winning project is: the renovation of TASC Inc. Corporate Offices.

Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID
Norma Escandon Michaels, ASID

TASC Inc. is a non-profit drug testing and treatment service provider. After years of piece-meal expansion in various locations, this drug-testing and treatment facility headquartered in Phoenix found a building to house their corporate headquarters. The corporate leadership concluded that significant business efficiencies could be achieved by consolidating the multiple offices and facilities housing its corporate leadership, clinical laboratory and behavioral health services programs in a single, centrally located facility.

A 41,600-square foot building constructed in the early 1970s was found, the structure had been remodeled at various points and served as the headquarters for the local Channel 5 TV station. Nonetheless, much of the existing office space was dated or evidenced significant neglect. Its main elements consisted of a single-story office wing, a two-story office wing, and a high-bay area. award photo revised

To accommodate and welcome the range of clients and associates using the facility, the original lobby was expanded. As part of the built out, a drug testing and urine collection facility was created. Several large, asymmetrically located, circular surface-mounted light fixtures housed in a custom soffit area constitute the outstanding design elements in this area – bringing light and increasing the overall visual space. Extremely durable lobby seating was provided which was needed due to requirements requested by the client.

TASC Main Lobby
TASC Main Lobby

A corporate administration area takes full advantage of the existing office space, re-purposed to provide a significant variety of office configurations and the flexibility that a growing organization needs. The new spaces include private and shared offices; an executive conference room; a secondary break out area, two multi-purpose meeting/training rooms; a large break room with a full kitchen; a mail, file and copy room; and staff restrooms. A large lounge seating area just outside of the boardroom serves as a private lobby and break-out space. This has proved to be a high-use area.

TASC Administration Area Waiting Area
TASC Administration Area Waiting Area

The first floor of the two-story office wing assigned to Counseling was re-designed to provide private and shared office spaces; a customer service “fishbowl;” a group meeting room with an operable partition; a large corporate training center; a small break/coffee room; and public restrooms.

Much of the second floor of this wing was gutted. The resulting reconfiguration resulted in the creation meeting rooms and offices. An elevator was added to provide accessibility to the second floor, and the stairs were modernized with frosted glass panel and stainless steel railings.

The furniture package created for this busy, high-traffic facility emphasized extreme durability, personal comfort and safety. To ensure visual consistency and comfort, the client was provided with a standardized color palette. This color palette is now used at all of the client’s new facilities and coordinates with the corporate brand.

TASC Boardroom
TASC Boardroom

Throughout the design process, special emphasis was placed on security. Distinct security requirements were defined and implemented for private spaces and public spaces, with strict attention to HIPPA regulations and specifications. Applicable security features included secure file rooms, quadrant-specific, key-cards for doors ensuring limited access to approved individuals, and appropriate monitor-installations.

 

Tenant Improvement Checklist by NM Interiors Group

I have been asked so many times over the years, what is the process involved in designing and building a commercial space, a Tenant Improvement.  So I collaborated with a contractor to create a checklist which explains every step of the process.  Below is the first page of the checklist.  For the full checklist refer to our Tools page on the www.nminteriors.biz website.

Later!

Norma…

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Tenant Improvement Process

 

 

Interior Design Review of Best Western Premier Property-Santiago, Chile

Was in Santiago, Chile to review a Best Western Premier property and extended my visit time and was able to spend a week in Chile.  The hotel was lovely, below are some photos.  This property is located in a upscale area in Santiago not far from the main business district and a few blocks from a very large mall and park.  The views from the hotel were stunning. The Best Western Premier Marina Las Condes Hotel was a wonderful experience!

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Architecture – Santiago, Chile

The architecture in Santiago, Chile was contemporary and beautiful. Green practices were incorporated in most of the buildings – predominately high rise buildings.  Both business and residential buildings were multi-level.  The infrastructure and transportation system for the city was amazing. 

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Interior Design Sketches-Retina Group in Mesa, AZ

I have been working on a total remodel of an Eye surgeons office in Mesa over the last several months.  Quite excited as the design is developing nicely and the colors/finishes/textures are going to be fantastic.  The waiting room desk was a challenge.  The client/Dr. wants a nice separation between the waiting room and office area.  The solution is custom sliding glass window system which will serve to create some privacy and also give the client the spa-like appearance she wants.  See sketch above! Some of the glass panels at the sliding windows will be frosted.  I am excited to see the final product!

 

Later!

Norma…

Retina Rendering

The Retina Group- Sketch at Doctor’s Office Workstation

For the doctors private office the goal is to create a space that is somewhat flexible and open.  I designed an L-shaped workstation in order to keep the space open in the center of the room as much as possible.  The Doctor will have a small table in the center of the room for small meetings.  She likes wood furniture, but for her needs a wood-look plastic laminate is the answer.  See my rough sketch below and a photo of a similar workstation she liked.  So nice that the options keeping increasing so that we as designers can truly create a space that is specific to the needs of the user!

 

Later! Norma…

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Remodel of the Glendale, AZ Civic Center – signage and carpet design package

We recently completed the partial remodel of the Glendale Civic Center.  The design services included custom carpet tile at the common areas and ballroom – the carpet manufacturer is Milliken which has great color options and a new signage program – Century Signs.  This provided a fresh look for the existing facility.  The Glendale Civic Center is a lovely facility which has large interior and exterior spaces which are available for corporate events, weddings, reunions and other functions.  Located about 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix with ample parking I was impressed with this gem when I was first approached by the city for assistance in improving their facilities.  

 

Later!

Norma…             

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