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Nicholson Sheffield Architects Inc.

358 Talbot Street

London, Ontario

N6A 2R6

T. 519.673.1190

John Nicholson

Jim Sheffield

Gerald Gallacher

Walter Derhak

StarTech

London, Ontario

StarTech is a high-tech company whose success and growth has been spectacular. We were asked by a project manager and an executive, with whom we've worked before, to re-brand the rapidly growing Startech building. The building was a design-build project, so our involvement was for the design stage only. Designed to connect with and alter the existing building(s), the three storey design accommodates very flexible work areas in its centre, with supporting offices and meeting rooms along the north and south edges. The glazed west wall allows light into the open offices. A new entry, an elevator and stairs, coffee and copy areas, and a large eating/gathering area have been added.

From the exterior, the building has been broken down as it projects west toward Veterans Memorial Boulevard and the city entry feature. Solid fins, which define the separate volumes, lap the more transparent main floor while recalling the rhythm of windows from the first building. The original building has been upgraded to better contribute to the whole.