Solid Light, a full-service firm that plans, designs and builds exhibits and visitor destinations, recently opened its new showpiece headquarters in the “SoBro” (South of Broadway) neighborhood of Louisville, Ky. The design was led by staff architects and designers; the furnishings, finishes and cabinetry were built by Solid Light’s fabrication team.
Using the same design-build process the company employs for clients, the Solid Light team breathed new life into a historic 1940s-era industrial warehouse to create a modern office and fabrication space that includes a 20,000-square-foot open-concept main office building and a 20,000-square-foot fabrication shop, with 15,000 square feet for expansion.
“Our new headquarters is a game-changer for us. Through our design and construction, we turned a vintage warehouse into a hub of creative energy that gives us room to grow, collaborate and better serve our clients,” said Solid Light Owner and President Cynthia Torp. “We knew the headquarters would be a visual representation of our company. What we didn’t fully appreciate until we moved in, was just how much having an open space designed specifically for our needs would improve collaboration among departments as well as enhance our creativity and what we’re able to accomplish for our clients.”
As part of its investment to help revitalize Louisville, Solid Light collaborated with the Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District and the Louisville Metro Government’s Office of Sustainability to install several green infrastructure solutions for stormwater management on the property.
The public/private partnership is projected to have a substantial cost-saving and environmental impact. The project will prevent about 1.75 million gallons of stormwater from entering the local sewer treatment system per year and save MSD customers close to $25,000 in water-treatment costs. The green infrastructure manages approximately 64,000 square feet of “impervious surfaces”—surfaces such as asphalt or concrete that cannot absorb rainwater.
The new building also includes a flexible black-box theater, a media studio for audio/visual editing and meeting spaces with state-of-the-art technologies.