Weeks Marine

Cranford, New Jersey

25,000 SF

A collaborative workplace emphasizing communication while reflecting the client's state-of-the-art equipment and vessels
Weeks Marine, a proven leader in maritime construction and a family-owned business, wished to modernize their work environment which had received minimal improvements since 2000. They sought to create an environment that reflected the same level of their state-of-the-art equipment and vessels. They also desired an environment that integrated current trends in workplace design, emphasizing communication and collaboration.

With this in mind, The Switzer Group was inspired to draw from maritime associations. Materials reminiscent of cranes, boats, steel, rivets and other marine related elements drove the design direction.

The reception area is flanked by wood planks and houses a large display case exhibiting models of the client’s fleet The hanging ceiling emulates waves and light reflections. The reception desk itself is shaped like a ship’s hull and the floor is made of terrazzo, mimicking pebbles along the seaside.

Ceilings at the open work area were exposed to reveal the building framework and poured concrete was used along the corridors. The use of wood paneling inspired by boat decks continues the aesthetic.

Large scale graphics illustrating the client’s onsite works underscores their identity, and a boat-shaped island and biophilia inspired by estuaries was created for the multi-purpose café.

The office consists of an executive conferencing area and offices, large café, conference rooms, huddle rooms, open workstations, a wellness room, collaborative/meeting areas, and a large open work area.

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”

Walt Disney