Office of Sustainability

Florida A&M University

GRC loves to breathe new life into an old building. For the historical Lucy Moten building on FAMU’s main campus, we had the opportunity to do just that. The result: a modern and open work environment for the Office of Sustainability.


The Office of Sustainability was slated to move into a abandoned, partially demolished, damp and decrepit basement space located in the Lucy Moten building. The existing infrastructure was deteriorated. 


GRC was charged with designing a space that preserved original character yet promoted the department's mission of campus sustainability. The interior design concept was born from this and the need for an engaging space, one that encouraged collaboration amongst the staff. An open office area now accommodates ten workstations inclusive of a workroom and kitchenette. Two enclosed meeting rooms provide a space for intimate meeting sessions yet they maintain the User’s mission of being transparent in practice. A conference room, reception area, storage and code compliant restrooms are also included in the 3,000 sf of remodeled space. Envelope improvements included ACM abatement, waterproofing and new windows.  Mechanical and electrical improvements were also made. Leaving pipes and ducts exposed overhead served to increase the ceiling height for improved spatial proportions. 


Providing a much-needed accessible path to the basement level did not fit within the project’s budgetary constraints. GRC studied various solutions, offering a value-conscious single accessible parking space near the existing grade-level entrance. The resulting courtyard and parking modifications were code compliant and within budget.