AIA Cleveland, NAIOP Honor Vocon Projects

Vocon Receives Four Awards in Interior Design & Architecture

Vocon has received accolades from AIA Cleveland and NAIOP Northern Ohio for its recent work in the region. The awards recognize excellence in interior and architectural design work on four projects: Convergent, The Schroer Group, APG Office Furnishings and Dealer Tire.

NAIOP Northern Ohio recognized Vocon’s Convergent project with the Architectural Design of The Year award and the TSG project with the Interior Design of The Year. AIA Cleveland recognized Vocon’s APG project with a Merit Award in Interiors and the Dealer Tire Campus project with a Merit Award in Architecture. AIA also spotlighted Vocon employee Abby Baker with the Emerging Professional Award and Dave Robar with two awards for architectural photography.

Vocon was presented these awards at the recent AIA Cleveland Design Awards Gala and the NAIOP Northern Ohio Awards of Excellence Gala in Cleveland.

“It is an honor to receive this acknowledgment from AIA Cleveland and NAIOP as it affirms Vocon’s dedication to creating spaces that authentically reflect the brand, personality and goals of our clients,” said Debbie Donley, Founder and Principal at Vocon.

Convergent: NAIOP Northern Ohio 2021 Architectural Design of The Year

Convergent challenges the standard office narrative, with a design that transcends traditional approaches to merely provide practical office space. A bucolic campus blends into the existing landscape, with buildings that take design notes from the Cleveland Museum of Art, while seamlessly mixing classic office concepts with modern flourishes. A carefully curated world-class art collection adorns public spaces, channeling the vibrancy of nearby Crocker Park, where shopping, dining, entertainment and arts options abound alongside luxury apartments, retail and relaxing green spaces.

The Schroer Group: NAIOP Northern Ohio 2021 Interior Design of The Year

The Schroer Group’s (TSG) new headquarters consolidates their vast team to one central home in the picturesque countryside of Jackson Township. The program includes an office as well as a secure repackaging pharmacy to serve the TSG properties. The building design includes the additive and subtractive nature of agricultural vernacular forms, the relationships of those structures and the negative space and perspectives which they generate. The interior was designed to connect TSG’s employees to the people they serve. Warm finishes of colors and wood tones, comfortable settings throughout, an inviting lobby with a wood fireplace, a central dining hub, views throughout to the exterior wooded site all create this new place of work and home.

APG: AIA Cleveland 2021 Merit Award for Interiors

Vocon created a space mirroring the elegance and beauty of Herman Miller furniture sold by APG Office Furnishings when the firm relocated from a large industrial building with few views to Cleveland’s burgeoning Ohio City district. The company’s new window-filled first-floor showroom showcases some of Cleveland’s most prime real estate, including the Quarter, a transformative mixed-use development on West 25th Street and Detroit Avenue. The clean, modern white palette in the expansive new space celebrates the dynamism and simplicity of the Herman Miller brand’s iconic modern classics, while complementing existing furniture lines and anticipating future collections.

Dealer Tire Campus: AIA Cleveland 2021 Merit Award for Architecture

The first floor of Dealer Tire’s open-plan office space boasts the company’s innovation hub along with a fitness area and a walking track where employees can get a fresh perspective. Some teams use the space for walking meetings, while others huddle in the collaboration zones throughout the building or connect in conference rooms that bear the names of classic cars, longtime Dealer Tire customers and famous tire brands. The interior features natural lighting, exposed waffle-concrete slabs and exposed ceilings. To retain the look while softening the interior and exterior noise and creating a positive work environment, Vocon partnered with an acoustic consultant to install acoustic tiles. The team created a new entrance to provide better access to the new 650-space parking garage and installed subtle, themed art elements throughout the building such as the tire-shaped reception desk and wide street design that traverses the length of the building.