COMMERCIAL ARCHITECTURE

Work has changed. Your workplace has not.
You need a place where people want to be.
That takes more than just submitting plans to the city.

Together,
let's purposefully create peace by piece,
and exhale in a space that's
naturally drawn to you.

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From development of schematic concepts through construction documents, city permitting, and contractor bidding in all public and commercial spaces, choose to renovate, expand, and draw your new plans with Bloomington-Normal's design-first firm of imaginative architects.

Your plans
need floor plans.

Start with Scharnett, and explore every angle.

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Do you have
a space where
people want
to be?

What happens if you put effort, time, and money into this project and it just turns out...okay? 

Children's Discovery Museum entrance in Normal, Illinois near the roundabout
exterior view of Destihl Restaurant in Bloomington, Illinois

Why your Business Needs a Design-First Architect

Business is changing. The public environments of today and tomorrow will embrace an evolving set of priorities related to ease of access, health, safety, open space, and more. The old templates won't do. 

Additionally, with increasing options to work, live, learn, and shop from anywhere through screens, the public spaces of the present and future will need to give people a compelling reason to show up in-person. Whether guests, customers, patients, employees or new job candidates, the competitive and changing marketplace demands places where people want to be.

That takes design. Purposeful, functional, comprehensive design.

Nussbaum Transportation in Hudson, Illinois with visible walking path
exterior photo of the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington, Illinois

Now more than ever, businesses and organizations, in public and private sectors, are choosing design-first, imaginative architects to develop their new space, or adapt and redeem an existing one.

As Bloomington-Normal's design-first architects, Scharnett is the successor firm to the designs of Russel Francois and Arthur Pillsbury, advancing a legacy that designed much of Central Illinois.

Design is in our blood, with a passionate devotion to the details.

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Now's the time to prioritize a purposefully-designed space.

Start with Scharnett, and explore every angle.

Business Changes & Opportunities

Public spaces should enhance experiences for employees, volunteers, customers, and guests...not hinder them. A host of changing dynamics can make your workplace, church, school, or historic site less functional and appealing than it used to be. Sometimes the answer is to move, either with new construction or modifying an existing location. But sometimes a few significant redesigns can make the place where it all started...the place where you continue to grow. 

Identify which of these changes you’re currently facing, and then explore the Portfolio Gallery. Filter previous Scharnett architectural projects by these topics to see how imaginative design and devotion to detail have helped other organizations create innovative plans for their public spaces.

Storage

Growing Team

Fun and Function

Historic Preservation with Technical Improvements

Sound Considerations

Hybrid WFH and In-Office Needs

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Approach Your Landscaping with Purpose

Depending on your organization, being outdoors may be just as important as being indoors. Imaginatively designed and detailed outdoor spaces enhance the experiences of your team members, interns, volunteers, guests, patients, students, congregants, and customers. Public landscaping is more than planting flowers and building a parking lot with enough spaces. With your goals in mind, Scharnett Architects excel at commercial landscape design, down to every detail, with consideration for all four seasons.

Nussbaum Transportation in Hudson, Illinois with visible walking path
TEAMS WANTED TO BE ABLE TO WALK OUTSIDE ON A NICE DAY TO EASILY GET FROM BUILDING TO BUILDING
exterior photo of the Evergreen Memorial Cemetery Mausoleum in Bloomington, Illinois
THEY NEEDED TO INCORPORATE EXISTING OUTSIDE STRUCTURES AND ADD COLOR WITHOUT DISTRACTION
aerial view of the football views at Bloomington High School in Illinois
STUDENTS NEEDED VISUALLY SEPARATED SPACES TO GATHER WITHOUT OBSTRUCTING THE GAME
Aerial view of Nussbaum Transportation Headquarters in Hudson, Illinois
THEY WANTED TO KEEP THE WATER FEATURE  BUT NEEDED TO INCLUDE THE ARMY CORPS OF ENGINEERS

Architects consider structures, sunlight, greenery, foliage, pathways, sight lines, sign placement, gathering areas, and everything in between. That comprehensive approach optimizes time outside, making a powerful first impression. For commercial landscaping, start with Scharnett and explore every angle.

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Architects are the lynchpin of a community's character. Every house, store, park, and street was influenced by architecture. Whatever a city looks and feels like...that experience is the cumulative result of thousands of architectural decisions. But if you've never worked with an architect, you might think their role is simply to design a structure that won't fall down and submit documents for city permitting. Working with an architect on a commercial project, however, is far more. Here's what to expect at Scharnett.

Conversations
Schematic Design
Design Development
Construction Documents
bids
Build

When you start with Scharnett, the architect becomes the primary point-person for your project. Our role is to uncover and understand your goals through initial Conversations, and design the plans that accomplish it.

Typically, this process moves through two Design phases: Schematic Design (addressing the big picture scope & scale to create initial floor plans and elevations), and Design Development (where the project parameters are finalized, including schedule, materials, and budget). Then we arrive at a set of Construction Documents: the ready-to-build plans which are sent out to local government authorities for approval.

Construction Documents are also then sent to a list of proposed contractors for bidding. Based on how the bids come back, you decide which contractor you'd like to hire, and then your architect will work closely with them throughout the project to ensure the final result is built to match the design and detail...without cutting corners.

Your plans need floor plans.
Start with Scharnett,
and explore every angle.
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