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Monday, December 15, 2008

Troy Chamber Names Best Of Troy, Green Design Awards

TROY - For over 40 years, the Troy Chamber of Commerce has recognized the outstanding physical investments made by businesses in the city. The 2008 honorees were selected by the Best of Troy Committee of the Chamber and were announced at its annual Holiday Luncheon.

"The Best of Troy awards recognize completed projects that best exemplify financial investment and aesthetic enhancement within the city of Troy," explained 2008 Best of Troy Chair and Past Chairman of the Chamber Board Mike DePoli of Doeren Mayhew. "We all know how vital these investments are to the continuing prosperity of our city."

This year's winners are: The Boston Consulting Group, Ciot Granite & Marble, Franco's, Ocean Prime, Seco Tools Inc. and Walsh College.

The Boston Consulting Group's reception area incorporates white stone flooring with a curved wood wall that flows up from the floor to create a floating canopy ceiling with built-in seating. With high ceilings and beautiful views, these offices were designed with contemporary details including light wood and full height glass in all private offices and conference rooms to allow for natural daylight to flow freely through the space. The staff lounge holds tribute to the city of Detroit with the classic red 1957 Chevy and industrial feel for BCG to meet and have lunch as a group. Overall, the space brings a light, open, warm environment to the top floor of the Columbia Center Towers where Boston Consulting Group plans to expand and grow.

After 18 successful years, Franco's renovations began with a desire to create a casual, relaxing and modern restaurant with a lounge feel. The decor is abundant with rich colors, modern and cultural art. The color scheme is consistent and used throughout the restaurant that features comfortable and stylish seating. A U-shaped bar with large screen televisions and high top tables were also included in the renovations. As a result, Franco’s is still very rich in Italian tradition with warm personal decoration, although it has been transformed in a more refreshing and modern way.

Back in the day, nothing could beat an evening out at a prime supper club. The vibe was hip, the food amazing and the cocktails inspired. It was the place to be, and all who entered had the time of their lives. Entering Ocean Prime, you'll immediately feel the energy of this sexy and sophisticated supper club. Guests sense a welcoming yet energetic warmth surrounded by the retro modern decor built from warm tan finishes and rich woods, updated with draperies styled with a contemporary sheerness. Much of the energy comes from the lively cocktail lounge and piano bar, framed with luminescent blue light that accents the elegant granite bar tops.

Swedish-owned Seco Tools is a world leader in metalworking technologies. It was decided that its North American headquarters needed to project a more modern, high-tech image to the marketplace. This spurred Seco to move from its 1939 building located on 8 Mile Road, in Warren, to Troy. Seco's new facility is a state-of-the-art complex that truly reflects its global capability and technological excellence. The focal point of the building is the Technical Center, which offers a venue to demonstrate products and applications. Seco's Educational Center includes an auditorium with stadium seating, customer break-out rooms, and a private customer cafeteria, all equipped with high definition audio visual capabilities.

The Best of Troy Committee also recognized a company that is a leader in building “green” - Walsh College.

"Walsh College was highlighted for the local efforts it has made to help our environment and conserve resources," DePoli added. "Virtually all the building materials used have at least some recycled content, and at least 10 percent of materials used will be recycled."

The striking design of the Walsh College Barry Center alerts visitors to the unique mission of the building: sustainable design that supports a business curriculum and welcomes the community to partake of the Walsh experience. The Barry Center's success as a Green Building is achieved through a host of design strategies and construction practices. The storm water management consists of surface run-off from the parking lot being directed to bio swales, a constructed wetland and water efficient landscaping. Special attention was paid to the building's use of energy and its impact on the atmosphere and environment inside and out. Energy performance was optimized by 20 percent, in part by insulating the building with twice the standard level of insulation.

"We have a very diverse group choosing the Best of Troy winners each year," DePoli added. "This committee has thorough discussions about what makes for good design. Everyone has a unique perspective, too, because the group consists of an interior designer, an architect, an office furniture distributor, a city employee, a CPA and others."

To select the 2008 winners, nominated locations were visited by small groups of committee members who picked the finalists. The entire committee then visited those sites. Winners were chosen by votes from each committee member.


Author: Staff Writer
Source: MITechNews.Com

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