Rediscovering a Historic Gem

540 Madison Avenue is a 39-story, 291,000 SF Class-A office building in New York City situated in the Midtown neighborhood at the corner of Madison Avenue and East 55th Street. Originally built in 1970, Vocon worked with the DivcoWest team to complete a lobby refresh and create the “Water Tower Lounge,” a duplex conferencing, collaborating and convening amenity space that features a secret stair and celebrates the building’s original water tower. The softly curated palette and organic details embody the new, “fresh collegiality” persona, bringing life back to this classically designed building.

Energizing Bodies, Minds & Business

When AmLaw 200 firm Benesch, Friedlander, Coplan & Aronoff LLP’s Chicago office could no longer accommodate their growing team of attorneys, paralegals and legal assistants, they sought Vocon’s expertise to facilitate the relocation of their practice to two floors within the skyscraper 71 South Wacker Drive. Vocon’s team incorporated areas for attorneys and their staff to relax, recharge and find respite – from wellness spaces to prayer rooms – situated along the office circulation path.

Design & Practice

Full-service corporate law firm Calfee, Halter & Griswold LLP continued their long-standing partnership with Vocon to transform their Columbus, OH office. With a dramatic view of the Ohio Statehouse, the Huntington Center provides the optimal location for Calfee’s Government Relations and Legislation practice.

Modern and Timeless

Vocon maintains an on-call agreement with a global financial services firm, providing services for numerous branch offices on a national level since 2007. 

State-of-the-Art Service

As part of our ongoing partnership with Bernie Moreno Companies, Vocon facilitated the design of their new Mercedes-Benz dealership in Fort Mitchell, KY.

A New Home for the Future

While stay-at-home orders and a sharp embrace of remote working cast an uncertain light for the summer of 2020, the Corcoran Group saw a monumental opportunity to pivot its operations and stay at the forefront of the new global working climate. Their previous headquarters at 660 Madison Avenue was spread over non-sequential floors, was overcrowded and quickly became non-functional for the company’s fast-growing team of employees and agents.

A Neighborhood Transformed

Phase I of The Quarter development sits at the significant intersection of West 25th and Detroit Avenue in Ohio City, the gateway intersection to Cleveland’s west side neighborhoods. The Quarter Phase II expanded on the urban success of Phase I, to create a complimentary, yet entirely unique sister project across the heavily trafficked Detroit Avenue.

Building Communities at the Office

Bellwether Enterprise is one of the country’s largest commercial and multi-family mortgage banking companies in the country. Vocon reflected their story throughout their space by creating neighborhood, community, and home zones that support different types of work styles.

State-of-the-Art Spaces

Flatiron Health is a health-tech company dedicated to improving cancer treatment and advancing research. As a pioneer in real-world evidence for oncology, they provide technology and services to support patient care and make every patient story count. They partner with hundreds of cancer centers, 20+ top global developers of oncology therapeutics, and researchers and regulators around the world.

Young, Trendy, and Eclectic

When music industry giant 300 Entertainment sought to remix their space, Vocon’s team of experts evaluated their existing conditions and worked closely with the client to design a space that would be as diverse as their artists – Young Thug, Megan Thee Stallion, Fetty Wap, and Cheat Codes – among others.  By integrating their brand as the focal space of the design, their office was transformed into a young, trendy, and eclectic environment.

Celebrating Identity Through Design

When two thriving global offerings announced their merger, WPP sought Vocon to create a workplace responsive to their new end-to-end Creative Commerce Company, Geometry, as well as their new cohesive identity.

A Humble Honor

Under the guidance and experience of Rabbi Eliyahu Stern, Mikvah Consultant, Vocon had the privilege to create a Mikvah facility available to all members of the Jewish community.

Form, Craftsmanship & Materiality

The new Marous Brothers Construction Headquarters encompassed the transformation of a vacant car dealership and service center into a state-of-the-art office environment.

A Representation of Excellence

Manufacturing titan Swagelok partnered with Vocon to create a dynamic Global Headquarters that would become the physical embodiment of their brand, reputation, and customer commitment.

Through the efficient and effective deployment of real estate assets, technology, and department vicinity their Solon, OH campus became a thriving environment that enables connection – inspiring innovation, productivity, and problem-solving, while enhancing internal and external collaboration amongst Swagelok’s employees, customers, and suppliers.

Writing our New York story

Having outgrown our previous space, it was time for Vocon’s New York office to write its own story at 530 Fifth Avenue. With 15,000 SF, ingenuity, and an eye for cutting-edge design, our offices now accommodate over 80 employees within a flexible and responsive workplace. Our space tells the story of our relationships – our commitment to clients and employees, our ability to challenge the status quo, and our gratitude towards the community.

Transcending the Tradition

Convergent challenges the standard office narrative with a design that transcends the traditional approach of practical office space. Taking inspiration from the timeless design of the Cleveland Museum of Art, Convergent seamlessly integrates classic office concepts with modern flourishes. A blue-chip art collection adorns the public spaces, channeling the vibrancy of nearby luxury retail, dining, living, and entertainment options.

Mirroring Elegance and Beauty 

When APG Office Furnishings relocated to a large industrial building in Cleveland’s burgeoning Ohio City district, they sought out Vocon to design a space that would mirror the elegance and beauty of Herman Miller furniture. 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.

Reflecting Ingenuity, Promoting Flexibility

Process Technology was committed to their community when it was time to update their historic Willoughby headquarters. Our design honors their commitment to the community by repurposing the site of a former used car dealership into a vibrant, open, and bright contemporary office. The existing building was the place for auto sales and the site consisted of outdated and utilitarian structures. Our design connects structures that were constructed over the years, creating a cohesion that reflects the progressive technological identity of this forward-thinking company.

Making Connections

With their sights set on 2024, One Madison Avenue is in the midst of a major re-development – renovating 17 floors of office space. Once complete, the rentable space will total 1.4 million SF. Public spaces on the ground level will be completely re-designed to harmonize with this transformation. Under-utilized retail opportunities within the property will be explored and expanded to better serve the needs of the anticipated tenants and the dynamic neighborhood near Madison Square Park.

Premier Timeless

The Altus Suites on the 54th Floor of One Vanderbilt are turn-key ready fully furnished suites with breathtaking 360-degree views across all of New York City.

Designing for the Future

Westfield isn’t just an exemplar for safe, modern, flexible, pandemic-age designs. It’s a testament to the power of a truly egalitarian space for its fast-growing workforce. We helped the super-regional insurer envision a futuristic, flexible work environment emphasizing optionality, choice and technology while recalling the organization’s rich 175-year history.

Luxury Transitional Community Living

The Luxe at Pepper Pike is a new transitional townhome community. All eighty-two luxury townhomes are finished with premium fixtures and unique interior spaces. Vaulted ceilings and individual outdoor decks provide spacious zones for living, making The Luxe a truly unique development.

A Workplace That Feels Like Home

The Schroer Group is a family healthcare company dedicated to delivering quality care to patients and residents through skilled nursing, assisted living, outpatient rehabilitation, pharmacy, food distribution, group purchasing and Institutional Special Needs Insurance.

All Under One Roof

Vocon collaborated with NewBrook Partners to develop a former parking lot located on 1.4 acres adjacent to the campuses of Cleveland Institute of Music and Case Western Reserve University into a student housing development with 64 units, 240 beds, classroom space and a parking structure.

Built for Flexibility

Avison Young is a global commercial real estate services firm, headquartered in Toronto, with more than 100 offices in 15 countries. Avison Young was founded in 1978, with legacies dating back more than 200 years. The firm’s purpose is to create economic, social and environmental value for its clients and communities.

Authentically awesome

When you create shows for millennials, appearances are everything. We helped AwesomenessTV create a space that is as youthful and fresh as their programming.

Start-Up Meets Sophistication

For the renovation of their New York City headquarters, Compass, a nationally-renowned real estate broker, wanted to create a multi-use space that would serve both brokers and staff. The space needed to be visually open, with a range of environments that could foster collaboration and creativity while also celebrating the tech-first and forward-thinking nature of their brand.

Location, Location, Location

In addition to their NYC headquarters, Vocon also partnered with Compass to design their San Francisco offices. As a broker of top properties, their new offices needed to reflect the company culture, the quality of the properties they list, and the history of the location they chose in Ghirardelli Square, the landmark public square surrounded by shops and restaurants in the Fisherman’s Wharf area of San Francisco.

Home for the Mobile Workforce

Home to the firm’s second-largest North American office, this confidential global professional services firm office needed a highly flexible space to manage differing workloads at different times of the year. The busy tax season is particularly demanding on their space, while during the remainder of the year they need to accommodate a typically off-site workforce.

Employee-First Design

C.H. Robinson came to us with a very specific request: make employees happy. We couldn’t have been happier to help.

Happy People, Happy Earth

Cleveland mainstay Oatey wanted a new corporate headquarters that was both sustainable and inspiring. We partnered with them on the design, and the result was a sustainable space that is one with its surroundings.

When Work Follows Design

Forest City Realty Trust, now Brookfield Properties, needed a new way of working. Their existing space didn’t serve their new goals and failed to live up to the vision their work promoted. We helped them change where they work, so they could change how they work.

Raising the Flagship

When this confidential management consulting firm relocated their flagship offices, they needed a design partner that could create a space that lived up to their reputation. What started as a single project with Vocon turned into a global partnership.

Think Global, Look Local

When CRH wanted to expand their offices into the U.S., they needed a space that felt unique, but was consistent with their international locations. We helped them bring their style to the States.

Taking a Team of Travelers Somewhere New

As one of the world’s largest travel sites, Agoda needed a space that was as cosmopolitan as their business. We helped them make work feel like a vacation.

Bringing History to Life

The GBX Group revitalizes historic buildings to breathe new life into older areas. So it was only natural they would do the same when they relocated their headquarters. They asked us to help turn their historic investment into a modern paradise.

In the Pocket

When Droga5 updated their NYC offices, they turned to Vocon to create a range of work areas that offered employees more flexibility. From “pocket lounges” to client-facing areas, we created a space that’s built for collaboration.

Road to Innovation

As one of the largest tire distributors in the U.S., Dealer Tire knows all about putting the rubber to the road. So when they were ready to get going on a new, open-plan office space, they turned to Vocon to get them up to speed.

Collaborators Thrive

Collaboration is at
the core of what made Doner a renowned global branding agency. Since Vocon
shares their commitment to collaborating, they turned to us to design their new
creative incubator space.

Where Living Meets Learning

For today’s college students, dorms are more than just a place to live. So when the Cleveland Institute of Art wanted to create new housing, they turned to us to create something that would enhance student life and entice new applicants.

The Toughest Client is Yourself

We hold our work to very high standards. So when it came time to redesign our own office, we had a lot to live up to.

Flexibility for the Long-Term

Located at 300 Madison Ave. in New York City, this confidential global professional services firm’s largest North America office also serves as its global headquarters. With over 1 million square feet on 30 floors and a 30-year sublease, they needed flexible, fluid options for every part of the space.

Let There Be Light

The Quarter, a mixed-use building in Ohio City, is an architectural landmark at the heart of a revitalized neighborhood. We helped make it a vital space that shows the best of the new Cleveland.

How Less Became More

Through thoughtful strategy and a strong partnership, Vocon helped Jones Day to reduce their office footprint and simultaneously expand their presence.

A Home For Health

Trips to the hospital can be stressful. So when the Cleveland Clinic wanted to remodel the InterContinental Hotel and Conference Center on its campus, we helped them to bring a sense of wellness and serenity to every part of the space, all while keeping the hotel open during renovations.

A Century of Innovation

As one of America’s most storied brands, Goodyear’s new campus needed to highlight their past as well as the innovative spirit that is leading them to the future. We worked with them to create a space that celebrates their story and encourages greater collaboration.

Many Stories, One Space

Cleveland’s Global Center for Health Innovation helps show the world the biggest new developments in healthcare. Since their building is constantly featuring new companies and innovations, they asked us to help create a space that is consistent yet flexible enough to accommodate a range of occupants.

The Formula for Innovation

When OMNOVA Solutions
relocated to a new town and office space, they needed a new building that would
encourage collaboration and help attract top talent.

Flexible, Mobile, Local

As Vocon’s first significant project for this confidential global professional services firm, the Chicago office renovation set the pace for our future work together. The multiphase renovation encompassed nine floors and 335,000 SF, all designed for optimal functionality and flexibility.  

Tapping Into the Next Big Thing

Based in an up-and-coming part of Cleveland, Saucy Brew Works represents the best of a booming new neighborhood. We helped them create a space that is true to its historic roots yet still cool and modern.

Setting the Standard

As an ongoing partner with Willis Towers Watson for over a decade, we help the leading global advisory, broking and solutions company update and improve their offices around the globe.

Putting People First

Davis Wright Tremaine is an international law firm that prides itself on close relationships with clients and a commitment to supporting its employees. They asked us to design a New York office that showcased these values and brought them to life.

Fashionably Up-to-Date

It’s no surprise that a powerhouse fashion brand needs a space that’s as cool as the clothes they carry. So we partnered with a London-based design firm to build them runway-worthy offices.

Health by Design

As one of the nation’s best health care systems, the Cleveland Clinic holds itself to high standards and a culture of excellence. When they moved their team to a central campus, they turned to us to design a space that lived up to those standards.

The Home Team Advantage

When our hometown team asked us to help with their new headquarters and training facility, we couldn’t have been more excited to help them get in shape. The result was an award-winning facility that helped the team take it to the competition.

Next-gen tech meets old-school style

As one of Cleveland’s oldest law firms, Calfee has been serving the city for more than 100 years. When they needed a new office space, they asked us to help them create something that showcased their history while also highlighting their 21st-century capabilities.

The Power of Relationships

KeyBank’s approach is built on maintaining strong relationships with their clients, employees, and communities. When it was time to update their spaces, Vocon’s relationship-focused approach made us a natural partner.

High Energy Meets High Design

Keeping up with the worlds of sports and fashion is a full-time job. So when IMG tasked us with creating a new office for their sports marketing department, we created a space that was both connected and contemplative.