JOHNSON COUNTY ARTS AND HERITAGE CENTER
The former site of the iconic King Louie bowling center and ice skating rink has been transformed into the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center after years of planning and construction. The $22 million project provides the county and the community with a new home for the County Museum, a multipurpose community center with office and classroom spaces, an events space, and a black box theater for the county’s Theatre in the Park programs.
Additionally, the new space is meant to be a community gathering place and a dynamic hub for cultural arts. For the Spaces, Inc. team, it was an honor to be involved with the project. The scope was to create a modern office space for the museum staff and program directors. It needed to fit in with the aesthetics of the new building, which emphasises inviting, modern design with lots of curves and edges to explore while at the same time accentuating the historical significance of the locations while also paying tribute to the county’s rugged history.
By using warm and inviting colors, the team at Spaces, Inc. added panel fabric and discreet file storage space to the offices. Furniture and materials from Knoll helped give the office spaces a connection between the staff’s lives, work and environment. And for the comfort of the staff, beautiful chairs were from Global Seating Solutions were selected not only to compliment the modern aesthetics of the space, but also to provide ergonomic comfort and productivity for the office workers.
“It’s about two-and-a-half times the space it was before, and a lot more environments for them to explore. At the Johnson County Museum, we’re most excited about the opportunity to be more visible to the community so we can better meet our mission of connecting people with the shared experiences and the heritage of our community.”
The bright colors and solid designs lend an air of comfort to the working spaces, and little touches like countertops and bar stools allow for quick and easy collaboration on the fly between employees. Space Inc. also helped costs low by repurposing some furniture that was still in excellent shape, sprucing up the pieces with touches of color or new fabric.
Mindy Love, executive director of the Johnson County Museum, indicated that a lot of families are looking forward to the new children’s exhibit, among other things. “It’s bigger and better than it was before,” Love said. “It’s about two-and-a-half times the space it was before, and a lot more environments for them to explore. At the Johnson County Museum, we’re most excited about the opportunity to be more visible to the community so we can better meet our mission of connecting people with the shared experiences and the heritage of our community.” says Love. “Our goal is to help visitors develop a deeper understanding and sense of place, especially for our young residents,”
The new Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center opens June 10, 2017.