Florida Gold Exchange publicly buys precious metals and diamonds in a safe and clean environment. We focus on providing a welcoming alternative to the pawn shops and other gold buying stores. We operate 3 smaller locations (750-1200 square feet) in shopping plazas and possibly stand alone locations in the future. The existing locations are furnished similar to a standard office space (potted plants, pictures on the wall, desk, seating area, etc...). Going forward we want to develop a simple and modern design that can be easily reproduced, and because we lease existing space it is imperative that the concept be able to applied to a variety of areas. The initial design will be for our newest location which is approximately 1150 square feet. We have included a sketch below.
We want a design that will streamline the process of opening additional locations. The nature of the business requires that the space be welcoming and that it instill trust between the seller and Florida Gold Exchange. The current locations are nice but without an introduction or explanation it can be unclear the type of business that actually takes place, we do not want that to be the case going forward. It is important to keep the space simple and modern, this should allow it to appeal to a larger customer base. Each location needs to have a greeting/waiting area, 2 buying stations, a private buying room, and a break area/storage space. For this locations disregard the small utility closet and hallway towards the back, we will use those at the break area and storage. We want to keep the space as open as possible but still have some separation between the greeting/waiting area and the 2 buying stations (smaller partitions walls could be an option). The greeting/waiting area should have enough room to seat 4 comfortably. Each buying station needs to have a desk/workstation and seating for 1 employee and 2 customers. The private room should have a desk/workstation and seating for 1 employee and 2 customers. Below are some things we would like to be considered in the design:
-Prominent display of logo and tag line (light wall sign, graphics on desk, personalized door mat, printed canvases, etc)
-In wall/ceiling speakers for store audio system (main components to be kept in storage area).
-Wall-mounted TV for customer viewing
-Color scheme that compliments company logo and promotes trust and relaxation
We do plan to execute the design in our new space in the coming month. This project will be part of a larger project; We would like to consult the 1st place winner as we open new locations and have the concept scaled or custom fit to the specific space available. At this point it is hard to determine the exact number of locations that will be opened but we do ask the if you submit a design you be opening to working with us to implement it in future locations.
We are open to different flooring, lighting, and color options for the space. No window dressings are necessary, we would like good visibility through the store front. All interior and exterior walls must remain in place. We can build out additional walls in the space if necessary. The desks/work stations must have some storage capability (2 or more small drawers). We like the idea of having printed canvases of gold and other precious metals around the location as a visual reminder of why they are there. We have set a budget of $9,000 for flooring, Ceilume tiles, lighting, paint, and furnishings. This does not include any labor costs.
When choosing a winner we will be focusing on the following criteria:
1.Which design best utilizes the available space and maintains the outlined zones/areas and stays under the outlined budget.
2.Which designer provides all the necessary parts to execute the design
3.Could the design be reproduced in a variety of spaces.
All necessary views with text descriptions for completion of design by a general contractor. Itemized list of necessary furnishings including flooring, lighting, desks/workstations, paint (do not worry about model of television or audio equipment/speakers) Please include quantity, item number, and link to where it can be purchased.