This project included the complete renovation of 16,000 SF of former office space in the FirstMerit Tower to be utilized as a conference center for meetings and training sessions for FirstMerit employees. The space now provides 4 conference rooms, a computer training facility and a large training room which can accommodate up to 200 people. The large training room and one of the conference rooms also have moveable partitions to separate these areas into smaller spaces providing greater flexibility for training depending on the size of the groups. A large reception area furnished with soft seating also allows users to congregate between meetings and during breaks. Finishes and furniture were carefully selected to give the space a contemporary yet classic look.
The existing constraints of the building which included minimum floor to floor heights and points of egress required creative design solutions with regard to ceilings to accommodate new ductwork and lighting as well as to achieve the desired occupancy load for the floor. New restrooms, catering and vending areas were also provided to serve the space.