Sweet Sparkman provided architectural and interior design for the renovation of the Franklin Templeton Building, located at Eckerd College. The existing Franklin Templeton building is approximately 12,800 SF per floor with administrative offices and classrooms. The renovated area is approximately 7,000 SF, primarily located on the west side of the first floor. It extends into the Main Lobby, central circulation space, and a small area within the east office suite.
The project focus was to enhance the incoming student and family experience, by renovating and expanding the first floor Admissions Department. Building improvements and modifications included the demolition of ceilings and the installation of LED lighting in the Admissions Lobby and Presentation Space. New insulated impact storefront doors at the north and south building entrances were installed. Tie-ins to the existing heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning (HVAC) system were also needed.
Sweet Sparkman performed an HVAC analysis and report for total building comfort improvements. New components for the existing electrical systems included lighting, power, data, electrical distribution, and raceways for other low voltage systems. Interior furniture and finishes were selected for the new Admissions Lobby, Presentation Space, and associated building circulation areas on the first and second floor. Custom interior details and close coordination with local woodworking and concrete fabricators played an important role in both the design and construction phases of the project. Sweet Sparkman also performed an existing furniture inventory to aid in the coordination of relocation and purchasing.