Coffee Bean International

Mackenzie provided full architecture, engineering, and planning services to transform an existing warehouse into a new corporate headquarters for Coffee Bean International, a roaster and distributor. The combined office and manufacturing/distribution facility includes 20,000 SF of flexible office space, 41,000 SF of production space, 22,000 SF of green bean storage, and 40,000 SF of storage for finished goods.

Designers viewed the vacant warehouse building as a blank canvas upon which they could start from scratch to create a sense of history. The key exterior addition is a new entry canopy of heavy timbers and custom metal brackets. A trestle-style addition along the entire north facade visually ties new with old. This wood and metal pairing is reiterated throughout the interior, balancing industrial with earthy.

A dark ceiling treatment, stained concrete floors, and a custom wooden chandelier in the lobby create a theatrical entry to the space. Wall coverings appear as a dressier take on burlap sacks, recalling the building’s function. Interior walls were deliberately pushed back to expose columns and reveal the building’s structure. Windows between the office space and roasting area create a visual connection, and offer all a glimpse at the heart of the operation.

Mackenzie engineers performed a seismic analysis and retrofit to support new equipment loading and code requirements.