American Light Moves to Dramatic New Showroom
Facility Solutions Group Subsidiary Debuts 20,000 SF Location
ARLINGTON, TEXAS - October 21, 2004 - Since 1982, American Light has promoted new lighting products and lighting design for clientele in the US, Canada and Puerto Rico. American Light, Inc. is a subsidiary of Facility Solutions Group (FSG), the "umbrella" company for it and sister company Design Electric. American Light showcases its products in eight highly stylized, cutting-edge showrooms in Texas and the Midwest that display the latest lighting technologies for office, retail and industrial / warehouse environments.
When American Light outgrew their 12,500 SF Fort Worth showroom, they chose to relocate to a beautifully finished 20,000 SF suite located in Mercantile Center's Building B, in northeast Fort Worth. FSG and American Light, with their tenant agent Banner Commercial, worked with developer Mercantile Partners on this finish-out project. Bob Moore Construction was the general contractor and Fort Worth's RDF Architects and California firm After Image and Space were the architects.
"The new showroom is tremendous," said Jim Whelan, Branch Manager for American Light. "We're excited about it. Our customers and our employees have commented that they feel like it's a much nicer environment now than what we had before, a better environment to display what we do. As the manager, it's great for me to walk in every day to such a beautiful facility and hear the comments from customers, visitors and employees alike. In all of our showrooms we have tried to create THE place for the commercial public to shop for lighting and electrical products."
The new showroom features 6,600 SF of retail space. The design features a high tech architecture, with an open suspended ceiling grid, several dozen different types of lighting fixtures and 30' curved walls that extend above the open ceiling grid. The exposed mechanicals above the grid and brushed aluminum and metallic laminate millwork further enhance the modern and industrial look. A large, barrel arched ceiling conference room allows employees to provide training seminars for their clientele, as well as doing in house meetings for staff. Three color booths demonstrate how various types and temperatures of light affect the visual presentation of product displays. The suite's remaining 13,400 SF of space is dedicated to product warehousing, with three loading docks for shipping and receiving inventory.
"This was a very dramatic architectural project," said Ed McGuire, Vice President of Construction for Bob Moore Construction. "The aesthetic features showcase the incredible lighting products that were provided and installed by the tenant. I think we were very successful at delivering a showroom that is high tech and modern, that gives customers a good visual feel of the fit and finish for American Light's various products and services in a real world application."
"Working with Bob Moore Construction was terrific," said Whelan. "It wasn't the easiest finish-out project. We had a very tight timeframe when we need to be in our new space - we needed to move in at the end of September and construction didn't begin until August. There were also some intricacies to the construction above the normal finish out, with the high curved walls and extensive millwork. The superintendents and everyone else did a bang-up job and really stayed on top of things to get it done on time. Bob Moore was a pleasure to do business with."
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