980 Jolly Road
Capital improvement project to update, activate and connect a suburban commercial office building in Blue Bell, PA.
Capital Improvements | 150,000 SF | Blue Bell, PA
L2P worked with Kairos Real Estate Partners to re-envision their investment in 980 Jolly Road. The design team was tasked with developing an interior and exterior renovation strategy to showcase the building as fresh, modern and interesting for prospective tenants. Major goals for the project included reviving the building’s appearance and creating competitive, beautiful amenity spaces.
Generous floor plates at the building’s two wings are joined by a central entryway and a distinctive three-story glass atrium. Key concepts of Simplicity, Activation and Connection organized the re-design inside and out. Repeating geometric shapes playfully take inspiration from the existing irregular glass façade, while clean glass, airy whites and deep blue accents celebrate height, sky and energy. Expanses of charcoal metal panel and warm walnut wood ground the space.
Exterior renovations primarily addressed the building’s two main entrances. Simpler, grand gestures create a sense of arrival, showcasing a new signature
canopy at the main visitor entryway and providing a more open, straightforward design for those coming from the main parking area. Collaboration with landscape designers, civil engineers and signage vendors for site renovations addressed the building’s presence on Jolly and Union Meeting Roads. Features include lively, multi-level green beds along the building and a new pedestrian access ramp.
Interior renovations included the creation of a training conference space available for tenant use, upscale retail-style café, food service Grab & G0 and a refresh of the existing fitness center. The central atrium shows a simpler, more open design bookended by custom multi-story, dimensional walnut panel walls. Soft seating arrangements provide touch down meeting spots for guests and a refreshed central courtyard offers outdoor access and new all-weather furniture. Refined material palettes, streamlined paths of travel and new graphic wayfinding throughout unite the building wings and create a more user-friendly experience.
Photography by Don Pearse Photographers, Inc.