111 FOUNDERS PLAZA
East Hartford, Connecticut
A tired corporate high-rise lobby and cafeteria is bursting with fresh energy and fresh food options after a re-imagining by Amenta Emma Architects. The 19-story, Class A, office building at 111 Founders Plaza in East Hartford shed its dowdy 1972-era interiors and now boasts a light, airy color palette of materials and finishes.
Existing gym facilities were relocated, allowing cafeteria seating area to be expanded for alternative seating options. Banquette seating and farm-style tables function as collaborative meeting spaces for building tenants during off hours. To reduce crowding at peak times, the servery was expanded and new stations such as “grab & go” self-service, soup, beverage, condiment and large salad bar were added. A new tile floor connects the building lobby to the cafeteria via a new glass door entry. The main seating area and servery ceiling is exposed to the metal deck above, with a linear metal ceiling cloud connecting the two spaces.
111 Founders Plaza is an example of a radical transformation with a limited project budget that will pay big dividends to its tenants.