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After outgrowing its basement-level workspace, founders of the Atlanta non-profit organization Bearings Bike Works challenged us with expanding their footprint to better serve the local youth. The project is set to be completed in two phases: the first will include the renovation of an old auto repair shop that will be home to various workstations, storage space, and offices. The second phase will include the refurbishment of an old warehouse that will hold the organization’s new retail, service center, and co-working space to further develop their existing internship program.  

Founded in 2008, Bearings Bike Works offers a popular after-school program that teaches students how to build a bike from start to finish. The refurbished 7,000 square foot campus, consisting of two buildings, brings a new feeling of gratification to employees, volunteers, and students by having a modern facility to work, mentor, and thrive in. Bearings Bike Work’s new home, located near the iconic Atlanta Beltline, will feature an industrial theme with additional workstations and breakout areas for students and mentorship, while maintaining the rich context and fabric of the neighborhood. 

Part of the renovation will include preserving the building where the non-profit is located. It was important for our team to maintain some of the two structures’ standout-qualities. Arched metal ceilings and walls were integrated into the design and existing garage doors allow natural light to flow through the interiors and provide employees and students with a visual connection to their surroundings. While previously fenced in with thick, metal panels that created both visual and mental separation, phase one of the renovation will include a new fence and gate with fresh landscaping that will be more inviting.