Mohawk Design Studio

Mohawk Design Studio

The Project is the interior renovation of an existing Mohawk Group showroom in Dalton, Georgia, into the new Mohawk Design Studio. The studio will occupy approximately 33,000 square feet on one floor of an existing building. At this time, the renovation does not include any alterations to the existing building envelope, and all existing HVAC equipment and ductwork will remain. The conceptual design of the Mohawk Design Studio has already been provided by students from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD). The Project Team wishes to pursue Living Building Challenge (LBC) Petal certification for the Project to include achievement of the Materials, Equity, and Beauty Petals.

Vital Stats
Certification Status Certified Petal 2016
Location Dalton, Georgia
Living Transect L3 Village or Campus Zone
Typology Renovation
Project Area 95,952 sf
Gross Building Area 33,874 sf
Start of Construction April 2014
Start of Occupancy February 2016
Owner Occupied Yes
Occupancy Type Commercial Office
Number of Regular Occupants 88
Number of Visitors 2 - 5
Hours of Operation M-F, 8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Project Team
Architect Mohawk Group
Contractor Mohawk Group
Mechanical Mohawk Group
Electrical Mohawk Group
Plumbing Mohawk Group
Lighting Mohawk Group
Interior Design Mohawk Group
Specialty Consultants Epsten Group (Atlanta, GA)
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Prior Site Condition

Greyfield – Landscape consultant completed a thorough site analysis and provided the team report documenting the existing conditions and recommended solution. Following which, the team removed all of the invasive plants that were surrounding and creeping onto the building and plants with native plants.

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For the Mohawk Design Center, the team wanted to create an open office environment that would allow ample amount of natural light and view to the beautiful greenery and mountains. The goal was to explore the strengths of the existing space to the fullest resulting into an inspiring, creative and collaborative atmosphere. Incorporating the six design elements of Biophilia such as the Natural Shapes and Form which the team has taken into consideration while arranging the furniture and flooring patterns. Natural pattern and processes are an integral part of the product design process at the Mohawk design studio and were incorporated in design the space as well. Some examples are the light beams that reflect a rapid flowing river, ceiling pattern reflects a bird’s nest.

Successful Red List Substitutions

Muller Pipe Fittings, PVC, Charlotte Pipe and Foundry, Cast Iron Fittings


Finding appropriate lighting that met all of the ingredient requirements was a particular challenge. Manufacturers were non-responsive and not forthcoming with information. HVAC equipment was a challenge to source without a Zone Jump.

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Useful Strategies

Fitting the design to the Living Building Challenge requirements, rather than fitting the Living Building Challenge requirements to the design, would be the preferred process in the future.

Lessons Learned

The most important lesson learned is that had the project team set clear design and material standards from the project on-set, documentation and design decisions would have taken much less time to compile and fewer confusions and inconsistencies would have resulted.