Interstruct HQ wins Best Redesign + Renovation at 2023 Golden Brick Awards
Interstruct had a solid showing at the Downtown Orlando Partnership’s 2023 Golden Brick Awards, presented Tuesday, May 2 at Steinmetz Hall in the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts. All project submissions were recognized as finalists in their categories, with the design + build firm winning Best Redesign + Renovation for its headquarters at 814. West Church Street in Parramore.
Finalist Projects included two hospitality construction clients, Stemma Craft Coffee and Bellhop Orlando; and new office design for digital marketing agency Purple Rock Scissors.
Interstruct’s ongoing Project 814 partnership with the Desire Foundation’s submission “For a Better Parramore” was also highlighted in the Community category. See the full event program here.
2023 WINNER: BEST REDESIGN + RENOVATION
Interstruct HQ @ 814 West Church Street
This 7,254 SF property is located on West Church Street in the Parramore Heritage Neighborhood. Rather than scrape the existing 1940s and ‘80s structures, Interstruct chose adaptive reuse for their new headquarters, to preserve the character, materials, and scale as relatable to the neighborhood.
The new façade was a significant architectural consideration. Rather than superfluously cover the structure, Interstruct embraced transparency, utilizing steel detailing with varied openness to complement the 1940’s facade by framing the existing structure’s silhouette. New fenestration and screening were necessary to readdress the sidewalk and relationship with pedestrians and the neighborhood/community as this building hadn’t had a street presence in +40years.
Overall, this project is a holistic look at a regenerative placemaking redevelopment which is respectful of history and place.
2023 FINALIST: HOSPITALITY
Stemma Craft Coffee
Stemma Craft Coffee is a seed-to-cup coffee experience located in the MMA Robinson building on Orange Avenue near Robinson in downtown Orlando. Interstruct provided design-build services to mother-daughter owners María and Rebecca Blandon who share their ancestors’ artisanal coffee-making legacy from the Alturas of Nicaragua. Stemma honors their late husband and father, Alvaro Blandon, whose portrait is featured near the entrance, and whose passion for the coffee industry and his family’s multi-generation coffee farm in Nicaragua is expressed through the beans that are grown and cultivated on the family farm and roasted at Stemma in Orlando.Stemma is also committed to showcasing talents from Orlando’s Hispanic and Latino community through its “family” of employees including chef, head barista, marketing and more.
See the full portfolio of Stemma Craft Coffee.
2023 FINALIST: HOSPITALITY
Hospitality has always been at the heart of the historic Angebilt, which opened as a hotel nearly 100 years ago in downtown Orlando. Now, continuing in that tradition, its lobby is the stunning cocktail lounge, Bellhop Orlando; with interiors by KAP Studio. Many misconstrue Orlando as a *new* city but downtown Orlando has deep roots. The project team is proud of its vigilance in maintaining the past, present and future narrative of Orlando’s historic structures, ensuring Orlando’s early character and history remain a bold design in downtown Orlando’s fabric.
See the full portfolio of Bellhop Orlando.
2023 FINALIST: NEW OFFICE DESIGN
Purple, Rock, Scissors (PRPL)
Purple Rock Scissors is an Orlando-based strategic creative agency led by founder Bobby Jones who moved PRPL’s office from downtown Orlando’s Plaza to the street-front retail space in Interstruct’s HQ in Parramore. Jones’s vision for PRPL’s 2022 post-pandemic office is a luxe lounge space designed for creative collaboration and courting new clients. This is a design-build project by Interstruct, who is also the landlord.
See the full portfolio for PRPL.
2023 FINALIST: COMMUNITY
FOR A BETTER PARRAMORE
The Desire Foundation’s “Boots On the Ground” approach makes a tangible difference in the lives of Parramore community residents. In an ongoing partnership with Interstruct Inc, the Foundation has produced annual events such as the Grocery Drive, A Holiday Hand, Project 814, Blessing Bags, and Thanksgiving with a Friend, which all make a tangible difference in the lives of those in need by providing access to basic necessities and promoting economic stability. The Desire Foundation‘s effort to provide employment opportunities is aimed towards breaking the cycle of poverty and forming a pathway to economic stability.
Learn more about Interstruct’s Project 814, supporting the work of the Desire Foundation in Parramore.