Office renovation challenge: How to incorporate modern technology in a historic building

Founded in 1950 in Columbus, Ohio, Plaskolite is the largest U.S. manufacturer of continuously processed acrylic sheet products. The firm currently has more than 630 employees and operates manufacturing facilities in Ohio, Texas, California, Mississippi, Mexico, and The Netherlands.

Plaskolite’s Ohio facilities include a 350,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution headquarters in Columbus, and a 245,000 square-foot manufacturing facility in Zanesville. The firm opened its new corporate headquarters in Columbus in the historic Buggyworks building, named for its history of manufacturing carriages used in horse-and-buggy transportation.

Integrated Building Systems provided a comprehensive, design-build solution, including the structured cabling, telecommunications room, audio-visual solutions, access-control system, security cameras, WiFi, sound masking, and digital signage.

Technology impacts every space in the new 29,000 square-foot headquarters—work cubicles, the fitness center, café, meeting rooms, private offices, the lobby. David Dennis, CEO of DMD Equities and Plaskolite's consultant, said the greatest value of working with IBS to plan technology came from “the professionalism with which IBS managed the process and nailed down every detail. We really didn’t have to worry about anything with the IBS piece of this project.”