Welcome back to The 4pt Report! We’re so glad you’re here…and we are thrilled to share this PROJECT REVEAL with you today!
Relevé is a classical ballet term meaning “raised.” It describes the action when a dancer rises up and seemingly is standing “on their toes” in a demi-pointe or a fully en pointe. Relevé is a ballet step that is taught to beginner’s in some of the earliest classes.
“…and that’s what we do. We lift up our members. Our goal is to foster a LOVE for creating and performing while building skills and confidence, I’m elated to say that I see that happening every day. It’s a joy to offer this private rehearsal venue for members only. We hope to add value and community for our private club members.” – Jodi Shilling
“Relevé Studios aims to nurture creative minds with enthusiasm and expertise, helping clients develop professionalism, versatility, and proficiency in all aspects of the performing arts, encouraging them to strive for excellence both in spirit and in their artistic endeavors.” – Jodi Shilling, Artistic Director/Owner, Releve Studios
THE BEGINNING // BEFORE
We started with a big, (icky), box…and an idea!
DESIGN AND BRAND CONCEPT
When our beautiful client came to us it was one of those magic moments. We both KNEW by the end of the initial meeting, that we were a perfect fit, and we jumped right in.
We quickly developed a streamlined and focused “new brand” concept based on our clients core values, a strong vision of their highly functional “dream” space, and our signature style, and began to sketch!
Once we defined the new brand standards, scope of work, and list of must-haves, we sketched out the environmental activity zones and goals with commercial code compliance in mind; with strategic consideration of the wide range of ages (from toddlers to adults) of the performers, attendees, staff, members, and students that would be utilizing the space. It was pretty amazing how it all came together so organically. It was, (dare I say), EASY.
Then, it was on to developing and finalizing architectural details, drawings, and formal construction documents.
Finally, it’s GO time. Once we had the green light, demo began and we moved FAST.
With concepts, floor plans, engineering, structural, and construction documents, budgets, timelines, and final permits in hand, we were off and running. However, there was one significant hurdle to consider, we were within two weeks from the onset of the holiday season and our client had to be open by January 5th. Yep. that’s about 10 weeks from demo to occupancy, holidays included. The timeline was CRAZY.
Now, I must say, this is not a typical (or suggested) schedule and certainly not the preferred timeline. However, sometimes things can occur during the pre-construction phase that are unexpected, unforeseen, and/or out of our control. In this case, it was the final release of the keys (due to 3rd party issues outside our client’s control, even after signing the lease) that delayed the process for almost three months.
But this brings me to the BEST part: the beauty of integrity and COMMITMENT. Keeping the faith, staying focused, supporting our client with weekly timeline meetings during the stress and delay, project and document front loading, the client’s relentless TRUST in our team AND process, and the ongoing maintenance of our team’s “state of readiness”, was the KEY to our timely success and completion.
Remove all (and I mean ALL) of the existing interiors; the t-bar ceiling, interior walls, all existing finish plumbing, gut all interior non-structural finishes, floors, walls, and clean up and haul all debris off site.
By removing the ENTIRE ceiling to reveal the FULL HEIGHT it gave us an opportunity to design custom ceiling layers, (both exposed and suspended), in order to design the lighting to serve not only the aesthetics of the concept, but the function. One important element of our space concept was the full expression of the brand, (Relevé), leaving plenty of height for the custom theatrical lighting, and the beautiful lifts the dancers perform.
Our team moved this project forward with so much heart and soul, working together in rain storms, from early mornings to late nights, some Saturdays, and even a very RARE an occasional Sunday to complete this project so our client could open on time.
For us, it is essential standard procedure to check all tiles prior to installation for chips and irregularity. The subway tiles rise 6′ high in the restrooms making the walls chic and easy to clean.
The beautiful five-layered maple professional athletic suspended flooring system installed throughout the two large studios and the corridor, while the professional vinyl dance flooring system was installed in studios THREE and FOUR.
So, with the flooring and lighting installed, and the construction complete it was time to load in and get this place open!
WE DID IT
Although there were still a few finishing details and furniture installations pending at the time of the “soft opening” our client DID OPEN on time. Take a look at the finished space!
SHALL WE DANCE // AFTER
The concept that drove this entire project (beyond our #cleanfreshmodern signature style), was the core values of our clients brand. We designed and expressed these values by installing custom beautiful inspiring 4” 3D matte words (you’ll see those in PART TWO), and 3M commercial glossy word decals in the client’s newly designed brand standards. They “float” seamlessly throughout the entire space, subtly inspiring everyone who meanders throughout the space.
DIVIDE AND CONQUER
We integrated acoustic paneling and a state-of-the-art theatrical lighting and audio system throughout the space, with stunning partition doors that lock in place creating an acoustically sound-proofed space, dividing the two LARGE studios into four separate spaces. The HUFCOR doors are easy to operate, with cleanable finishes, and the look is sleek.
HELLO AND WELCOME
The custom designed reception area includes a merchandise slat wall, a television monitor, a desk for two staff greeters and plenty of under-counter storage. An open grid lighting system reflects just the right amount of subtle “sparkle” in the countertops.
DANCE DANCE DANCE // STUDIO ONE AND TWO
And now it was time to DANCE! During the entire process it was always our goal to shoot the space with dancers, and here is that goal achieved. All the elements working in perfect harmony in this wide open, glorious, and heavenly space!
As an ex-professional dancer, (and as you can imagine), this project was a DREAM COME TRUE. Working with our client on this project, and creating a space that in her words, “far exceeds and surpassed any of my wildest dreams that I could EVER have imagined”, was a blessing even I could not have DESIGNED. The entire journey was a profound statement of faith, beauty, trust, fearlessness, and hope, which concluded with a MAGICAL photoshoot. Working alongside such creative talent, choreographing these two stunning professional dancers, and partnering with the mega-talented and intuitive Amy Bartlam, was (in MY own words), “PERFECT“; all of which was inspired by our beautiful client, Jodi Shilling.
I invite you to take a look at our behind-the-scenes VIDEO (click here) from our exciting photoshoot; made with love by the wonderful (and incredibly talented dancer, teacher, and videographer) Anthony Jackson of AJtwerks, featuring our photographer, Amy Bartlam, professional dancers, Dexter Green and Uliana Sáenz and our MUSE, Jodi Shilling.
I also invite you to please come back soon, when we present and celebrate PART TWO: LIVING THE DANCE, where we will feature these studios in full action. You will meet our client and see all the glorious finished details; the office, the staff lounge, the study nook, the Music and Media studios, and more!
FULL PROJECT PORTFOLIO // PART ONE here.
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