Sleek headquarters for coal mining company

by Keith Powell
Vancouver-based design-build company Fusion Projects created this snazzy and modern office space for Conuma Coal Resource Ltd.

Vancouver-based design-build company Fusion Projects created this snazzy and modern office space for Conuma Coal Resource Ltd. — Photo courtesy Conuma Coal

As a start-up mining company looking to build its first head office in downtown Vancouver, Conuma Coal Resources Ltd. wanted to make a splash. Conuma president Mark Bartkoski said the company — which deals in high-quality metallurgical coal and has approximately 520 employees — was looking for something with a “special flair” for its 1177 West Hastings Street address. Bartkoski reached out to Fusion Projects, a Vancouver-based design-build company who has worked for such clients as Raymond James, Cadillac Fairview, Sony Pictures and PwC. He said the result matched his original vision, which encompassed 3,000-square feet of office space, plus it came in on time and budget.

“Our ask was a four-month completion time, reasonable economics, and high on creativity,” said Bartkoski. “We wanted a clean, crisp look with a specific industry signature”

What was he looking for specifically regarding design? Bartkoski said he gave Fusion some general ideas and they ran with it.

“Elegant but solid,” he said. “Refined but out of the box.”

One of the focal points of the design is the smart glass boardroom walls, in which the light transmission properties are controlled manually. Bartkoski said the idea is to “command a strong first impression” with the technology and Fusion nailed it. The lobby features distinct red carpeting and chairs, offset by the company’s logo in silver off on one wall. The sleek design has a distinct postmodern look to it, but the splashes of colour add a new bold element to the industrial stylings. Bartkoski said Fusion was “professional” from the start right until the very end and couldn’t be happier with the outcome.

“I would strongly recommend a Fusion partnership, as they were very receptive to owner design criteria and ideas, yet very creative in accomplishing the final product,” he added. “Their resources and vendor relationships were a huge asset.”

Soruce: Conuma Coal

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