Small Business

More Than Words, social enterprise

More Than Words had an expanding program and needed a multi-functional space to meet their short- and long-term goals. It was important to provide an open floor plan to allow for supervision, but also to consider that the space would be used for a variety of tasks. Considerations for noise level, traffic flow and temperature control was essential.

They needed a space to warehouse the donated books, which could be transformed into a “store” where customers could shop. They also needed offices for one on one meetings, a large conference room for training and an area to sort, scan and receive donations by the truckload. In addition, a place for answering phone calls and emails and a coffee / break bar were included in the design.

The final design included a warehouse/bookstore, four offices, a training and conference room, a coffee bar, a computer area for receiving and shipping, a reception area. The design focused on making the pedestrian traffic flow patterns efficient and noise levels at a manageable decibel for the multi-use, but kept an open floor plan.

A bright color palette was chosen to create an energetic, fun environment where youths wanted to work.