Thinking outside the big box.
OHM Advisors had to think creatively to make the required program fit into the existing structure, including adjusting large meeting rooms and council chambers to fit between the column bays. Beyond getting the pieces to fit, we had to make sure the building worked for how the public would use and access it. At the main entry, we put all of the city’s services along a large, arcing counter, providing the convenience of one-stop shopping for the community. We placed the city council chamber off the main entrance, separated by a glass wall to create a sense of transparency. The mayor’s administrative offices are also just off the entrance, implying a direct relationship between the mayor and his constituents.