IIDA Cleveland Honors Vocon with Four Design Awards

Design and Architecture Firm Receives Awards in Interiors and Architecture Categories

IIDA Cleveland honored Vocon, a leading national architectural and design firm, with four design awards for its workplace strategy and interior design for the offices of Compass in New York City and Saucy Brew Works in Cleveland. Nicole Galuschik from Vocon was also recognized for the 2019 IIDA Student award.

The annual awards, which celebrate the best interior design projects in the local market, were presented at the Agora Theater and Ballroom in Cleveland, Ohio on Thursday, 24th January.

“We are honored to receive this recognition from IIDA Cleveland,” said Debbie Donley, Founder and Principal at Vocon. “It is deeply satisfying to help advance the missions of these great companies by creating dynamic environments that enable employees and clients to create, collaborate and achieve their business goals.”

Compass, New York sought a design strategy that would create a multi-functional space positioned to accommodate brokers and staff, activities, internal meetings and formal events. The company wanted an office that was visually open and with diverse and dynamic environments that would foster creativity and collaboration.

The Vocon design team achieved this goal by striking a balance between different spaces, offering settings for a variety of different experiences within the workday. Specifically, the Vocon team designed a series of interlocking zones that include a central collaboration zone, interconnecting stairs, a work-cafe, and ancillary coffee Bars to support employee interaction and innovation.

Saucy Brew Works is housed in a 14,000-square-foot, single-story building in the heart of Hingetown, originally built in the 1950s in the Ohio City neighborhood. The Vocon design team highlighted the raw elements of the interior, celebrating and reusing existing structures and machinery as feature elements. With an abundance of windows, natural daylight filled the open central space containing the main bar area and brewhouse. In addition, the team incorporated a mezzanine level with a lounge and private seating to provide a birds-eye view of the brewery. Additionally, Nicole Galuschik’s senior thesis project was a collaboration of Kent State University Interior Design program and the Chestnut Street Arts District to develop adaptive reuse solutions for existing vacant buildings, create an arts district and master plan for Ravenna, Ohio. Nicole was awarded the 2019 IIDA Student Award.