The lobby and entryway of Solutions Place owned and operated by Allied Logistics in Waynesboro, Va., Monday Feb. 16, 2015. Hays+Ewing design studio.

C-ville: Fresh Face: Waynesboro Factory Solutions Place Gets a Second Life

It’s easy for a lobby to go nearly unnoticed; it’s just a place to pass through or wait for a few minutes before moving on to the real destination. But for small startup companies, a lobby can be significant. “You don’t necessarily want to spend a lot of money on a fancy lobby, but clients want it,” said Rebecca Polan with Solutions Way Management.

Charlottesville architects Hays + Ewing provided a master plan for the property (including flex space to be built in the future, plus open acres on which the local soccer club plans to build new fields). Chris Hays also helped design the lobby. “We reworked the entry and lobby space consistent with what we understand from original drawings,” said Hays, pointing out that trying for historic tax credits dictated much of his firm’s work.

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