This beautiful office space is like no other in Tucson. The nationally award-winning building features 2,060 square feet of modern, unique, energy-efficient office space and is move-in ready. Close to downtown without the hassle of being in the core of downtown. Designed to LEED standards, the space features generous natural light and the coolest ceiling in Tucson (think violin). The space currently has 6 private offices, a conference room, reception area and desk, open workspace and a kitchenette. There is a shared bathroom core and Rob Paulus Architects occupy the adjacent space. Parking is on-site with plenty of street parking as well. We have an organic garden, courtyard and fire pit for all to enjoy. Designed by Rob Paulus Architects and developed/managed by the R+R Develop team of Rob Paulus and Randi Dorman. Design modifications can be accomplished in-house by Rob Paulus Architects should that be required.
990 East Seventeenth is the re-adaptation of an existing auto repair shop building into modern professional office space. Taking advantage of the efficient and open structure a unique office space was created to serve creative users.
The Transformation begins with the exterior skin. In place of the existing standard metal building panel, a new skin of lightweight aluminum panels form a rain screen over a heavily insulated wall system. A bright white roof with high R-value encloses the building with south-facing shaded monitor skylights at each of the four bays. Each of the original 10’x10’ Roll-up doors along the north façade is replaced with clear glass to provide views to the landscaped courtyard and mountains beyond. Additional apertures are inserted along the East and West of the building to expose hints of structure and activity inside. Along the South facade, a thin strip window runs high along the length of the building to maximize the natural lighting possibilities within the interior.
Inside, an undulating wood slat ceiling; think violin, creates an organic flowing space providing spatial interest and acoustic relief. A shared restroom core at the center of the building frees up the interior work areas. Outside, lush desert landscaping and re-purposed concrete hardscape enliven the outdoor spaces throughout the site to create a virtual oasis with shade and plant color, including a fire pit and organic garden for all to enjoy.
The building is very energy efficient and care was taken in its construction to be sustainable. Extra steel formed the organic garden beds, the former roll-up doors were transformed into fencing, and walkways are made from the former concrete driveway material.
The building plays off its neighbors including other award-winning projects by Rob Paulus Architects: to the north, the re-adaptation of the Ice House and Cold Storage Building into the successful Ice House Lofts, and to the east the popular Barrio Metalico residential development. This third project completes the block with complementary design and a common sensitivity to smart urban development.