Interior Design

The professional skill set you need to make the best use of your space, addressing the overall look of your interiors.

Our Interior Design Services help facilitate our projects through the creation of conceptual and design drawings, furniture, fixture and finish selections, millwork drawings, carpet, lighting and flooring designs. Projects can be very simple from helping owners make the best re-use of what they presently have, to completely re-working the interiors to re-define their environment. Our team utilizes the expertise of a licensed architect to ensure structural integrity and code compliance.

We typically start by establishing the programming requirements of the client, followed by establishing the desired reflection the organization wants to have with the customer, the community, and their staff. We create conceptual plans, in tandem with establishing budgetary expectations to ensure our selections are consistent with the funding available. Once design priorities are established, exciting space can be created even on the tightest of budgets. As designs develop and selections are made, we continue to test against the client’s budget and delivery timeframe. When materials arrive and undergo installation, we confirm our specifications have been met, and if necessary will advocate and support our client to ensure they receive every aspect of what they have purchased. Our ability to transform a space translates into an elated response from occupants, while eliciting a pleasant response by patrons and community.

Interior Design Case Studies

Holy Childhood Main Lobby & Conference Suite Renovation

Holy Childhood is a non-profit agency, which serves individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.   Children and adults are prepared for maximum independence and integration in the community through individualized programs and services provided by the school.  Inspired by the amazing work of this organization, Vargas Associates donated Interior Design Services for their recent lobby renovation.  Our team re-designed the main lobby and office suite of school to create a warm environment with enhanced functionality for students, families, and faculty. A custom wood crafted reception desk now greets families and guests alike.  Interior finishes were selected for new flooring, new highly durable FRP entrance doors, and new walls.  A warm color scheme was introduced on new furred-out walls which transformed the feel of the lobby from an aging elementary school to a sophisticated entrance that welcomes the community and school visitors.  Soft recessed lighting replaced bright fluorescent fixtures.  Accent lighting was installed in strategic areas to enhance the main lighting and support essential tasks within the lobby.  Mechanical ventilation was updated and streamlined within the new reflected ceiling. New branding was then installed on the main focus wall to high-light the organizations updated name and logo.  New lobby furniture was installed for visitors and casual internal meetings.  The Conference Suite and staff offices were renovated in conjunction with the creation of the new lobby.

***If your not-for-profit organization is in need of Interior Design or Project Management on an upcoming renovation or expansion, please email us to see if we can help support your initiative:

Genesee Valley Park Pool & Ice Rink Renovation

Our team designed the interior renovations which introduced a fresh artistic element, bringing new energy to a well-known public ice rink frequented by local hockey teams and aspiring skaters alike.  New finishes were established throughout the facility and included materials such as slip and cut- resistant flooring which were introduced by coordinating colors and shapes in the lobby, corridors, and locker room areas.  City of Rochester branding was highlighted within the flooring design of the central lobby area.  New materials were introduced in various areas of the building including new tile in the shower areas, new benches and shelving in the locker rooms, and new work surfaces in the snack bar area.  We worked with the architect to create supporting construction documentation for the public bidding process, including flooring designs, interior finish schedules, and material specifications and worked with the construction team throughout implementation to ensure the design was implemented in accordance with project documents.

Episcopal Home – Rockwood Center

Rockwood Center is a facility for Assisted Living and part of the Episcopal Home Senior Life Communities in the Greater Rochester area.  Our role was to work within standards, previously established by the construction manager, to create an Interior Design which would create a warm atmosphere for residents to call home.   After creating a preliminary color scheme throughout the entire building, finishes were selected for the floors, walls and light fixtures.  The interior design reflected the surrounding environment to provide continuity to the space. Our team also helped the client with the selection of furniture for the Community Areas throughout the building, which coordinated with the building finishes throughout each area of the facility.

Genesee Regional Bank

This office building serves as Genesee Regional Bank's corporate headquarters which needed to function as both private offices as well as space for company-wide collaboration. After creating Architectural CAD drawings for their new space, we completed an assessment of their existing furnishings. Vargas Associates determined the best scenario for re-use of furniture for open plan cubicals, hard wall offices, and conference rooms. Genesee Regional Bank was able to realize significant savings with the furniture solutions that our team recommended for their new locations including the purchase of new furniture for Senior Management offices, the Executive Board Room, Conference Rooms, the Main Lobby, break room and waiting areas. The furniture and finishes in their new space present the environment of a successful banking operation with a flourishing future ahead.

Auburn Nursing Home

The Auburn Nursing Home contacted Vargas Associates when they were interested in updating their facility. We were asked to prepare schematic designs for the main Dining Room, Patient Rooms, and Main Corridors. After creating CAD drawings of the existing building we prepared several finish and furniture options as well as a detailed floor design that helped provide way finding for the residents of the Nursing Home. We also created renderings to help the client visualize the design intent. Project budgets were prepared which helped the client understand funding requirements and determine how they wanted to prioritize the phases of project implementation.

University of Rochester - Saunders Research Building

The University of Rochester selected Vargas Associates to assist them with the space planning of their faculty offices for the new Saunders Research Building. Vargas was responsible for inventorying and assessing the condition of all existing office furniture for allocation in the new building. Furniture layouts were prepared for ten departments utilizing the inventory of over 7,000 furniture items. Our Project Manager and Interior Designers met with each end user and Department Head to review their office layout. The re-use of existing furniture in good condition provided a large cost savings to the University.