Facility Designs new showroom covers 7,500 square feet, up from 4,000 square feet previously. Photo contributed by Facility Designs
Written by Frank Lopez
Facility Designs, an interior design firm in Fresno, will be hosting a launch for its new showroom on Thursday.
The open house event is 4-7 p.m. at 7511 N. Palm Bluffs Ave. Suite 101.
After a yearlong renovation, Facility Designs will finally unveil its new office space, which doubles as a living showroom, highlighting the team’s talent as a full-service interior design firm.
The new showroom covers 7,500 square feet, up from 4,000 square feet for the previous show room.
Before, there was only once conference room, but renovations expanded the office to feature one large conference room and two medium-sized meeting areas for small group conferences.
While the previous space had only one, the office now has two large libraries where the team could meet with clients, show them design samples and do presentations.
To facilitate more collaboration, the office has a larger open space for the team to work together, but also to be able to sit and discuss projects with clients.
Clients of Facility Designs include OK Produce, JD Foods, Clovis Community Hospital, Agrian and Fresno Dental Professionals.
Carrie De Young, director of operations for Facility Designs, said the type of work that the firm does helps create a conducive environment for employees, but also helps business perform better.
“Something that we are known for doing is branding an entire space,” De Young said. “What’s that doing is helping to attract and retain talent locally. Work has changed and most offices haven’t. The technology has changed, and the need to stay competitive in business is a priority now. It allows clients moving from cubicles to more open offices and allows businesses to better manage their real estate and make them more profitable.”
Suzanne Byrnes, principal for Facility Designs, started the firm with Founding Partner Kay Garabedian in 1991. Both of them had previously worked for three other furniture dealerships, and after they went out of business, Byrnes and Garabedian decided that, with their great clientele, they would keep going and opened up Facility Designs.
The company grew steadily until the economic downturn of 2007, and in 2010-2011, after the economy started to pick back up, Facility Designs began to grow once again and has been “in growth mode ever since.”
“We’re hoping that everyone is going to love it as much as we do, and that clients will get new ideas from what we’ve done, or tell their friends about it so they can come see what we have and work on their office,” Byrnes said.