Cherokee Northeast, LLC

East Rutherford, New Jersey

Cherokee Northeast, LLC retained SNS Architects & Engineers, PC to design a satellite office for the small creative group of a major national developer.  It is the working/weekday living environment for a number of intense workaholics whose days regularly run into the night.  The generous budget allowed for a social/work area for teaming and relaxing, complete with a food and beverage servery, a residential pantry and a cave-like library for small meetings, presentations or just getting away from the open physical and visual activity of the work area.

The views from the offices are the actual areas that the client was developing.  The client wanted an open solution affording these views while still providing private work areas for senior staff.  A manufactured glass wall/sliding door system optimizes natural light, views and communication from these private spaces.

The client’s work is heavily environmental in nature and a focus of the solution was a design which used systems, materials and furniture which fulfill the goals of LEED sustainability.

Lighting in the offices is occupancy controlled.  Lighting in the open areas is triple zoned to measure ambient daylight and automatically rheostat the indirect lighting for balance, minimizing the use of electricity.  To the extent possible in a commercial office building, the HVAC is digitally controlled to optimize performance and efficiency.

The solution is the physical embodiment of a prototype office environment to support the client’s developing culture of complete openness, staff support and communication.

Design dwells somewhere between the disciplines of science and art.  Although some firms may be content with functional solutions to problems at hand, SNS responds with designs that are pragmatic, valuable and aesthetic.  We incorporate solutions with a wide variety of human, physical, and external factors; this results in spaces that bear vitality, productivity, flexibility, identity and innovation.

With an 80% repeat clientele, we take our clients’ satisfaction seriously.  Our creative staff makes opportunities out of unexpected and limiting situations.  As a “can do” organization, we respond to our clients’ problems rapidly, with enthusiasm, clarity and innovation.  As a firm that has grown up with a developer and corporate clientele, we understand that a project is successful only when it is completed on time and on budget.
As part of a mature firm, we know that our value to our clients is measured by the value we add to their projects.  This may be by the materials or methods we select, or the innovative way we use them.  Good design has greater value and the results are visible.

We listen. Each project is unique and requires specific resolutions.

We listen carefully. Our clients’ objectives and ultimate goals determine our methods and solutions so that an effective and smooth transition can be achieved between intent, execution and realization.

Flexibility is of paramount importance in our design approach. Whether the project is large or small, the level of service and attention is the same. Each design must provide our clients with the comfort that the absolute best has been achieved; aesthetically, efficiently and cost effectively with rapid response and adherence to schedules.

We solve problems. Problems and unexpected conditions on a project are challenges we meet and resolve every day. It is not enough making the most of advantageous conditions and compensating for the limitations; we enhance each project by going beyond the obvious solution and provide value that goes far beyond the fee of our services.

This is done with our response to our clients’ human, physical or external programming factors.

By listening to our clients’ objectives and understanding our clients’ goals, we synthesize program and form, materials and methods with creativity and innovation to provide spaces of vitality and identity.

Such spaces remain cost effective, flexible, and efficient with proper project management – a trait we have learned well in our almost five decades of practice.

We design. Teamwork and personal responsibility are ingrained in our design philosophy with projects served directly by Principals and associates; we remain “on top” of all conditions that may arise.

We are collaborative. Relationships with our consultants and close coordination of their work result in excellence of the end product.

We are contingent on the mutual trust and respect of our team members and our clients. The success of the project and the level of satisfaction of our clients is the reason for our professional longevity and our continuing success.