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How a Custom Metal Grille Can Elevate Your Lobby

Posted Mon, November 19, 2018

How a Custom Metal Grille Can Elevate Your Lobby text over photo of metal grilles in the Beacon project

A lobby is an extension of your business. After all, it’s one of your first opportunities to make a good impression. Your lobby should look appealing and make your visitors feel welcome. Imagine walking into a lobby with expensive furniture, custom flooring and a beautiful front desk, but along the walls you notice a white store-bought grille covering the air return – sticking out like a sore thumb. Despite being small, something as simple as a metal grille can make or break a lobby’s aesthetic. Investing in a custom metal grille is the finishing touch to elevate your lobby and impress your clients.

How Coco does custom grilles

Custom metal products are one of our specialties at Coco Architectural Grilles & Metalcraft. We have been perfecting the art of custom metal fabrication for more than a century. Our team combines time-proven metal crafting techniques with state-of-the-art technology in our all-inclusive metal fabrication facility to create high-quality products. We have the capability to create replicas for historic renovations as well as custom, modern designs. If you can dream it, we can fabricate it.

When you order a custom metal product from Coco Architectural, our team will work with you to design, draft and engineer it prior to beginning the fabrication process. This fully-dimensioned shop drawing will display all features for your review and approval. Upon approval, your product will be manufactured via saw cutting, notching, shearing, bending, perforating, welding, laser or waterjet cutting and final finishing.

We offer custom metal grilles in a variety of metals including aluminum, brass, bronze, stainless steel and steel. Finishing options include satin/brushed, mirror polished, anodized colors, duranodic, baked enamel colors, blackened, statuary/antiqued and oil rubbed.

Our team has created many perforated, linear and custom grilles for various lobby projects. Here are two of our favorites.

80 8th Ave, NYC

We created an assortment of custom metal products for a 2017 project located at 80 8th Avenue in New York City. Our team was tasked with creating custom products to enhance the building’s grand entrance including a custom ornamental bronze grille over the entrance, a custom bronze header and jamb assembly for the newsstand and a custom bronze radiator enclosure with bar grilles in the lobby.

custom bronze radiator at 80 8th Avenue project in New York City

The custom bronze radiator enclosure was designed with a satin finish and custom linear bar grilles. This elevated the lobby by increasing the aesthetic impact from that of a cookie-cutter HVAC product while maintaining optimal functional performance. Even a simple radiator enclosure can add a touch of elegance to a business lobby.

Beacon in Jersey City, NJ

One of our favorite projects is the rehabilitation of The Beacon in Jersey City. Between 2007 and 2014, various teams worked to renovate the ten buildings on The Beacon property to their original state. We partnered with Anthony Guglielmo of Metal Man Restoration to restore the buildings’ architectural grilles.

custom metal grilles by elevators at The Beacon in Jersey City

We recreated the original grilles by the lobby elevators by tracing the patterns of the original fixtures that had begun deteriorating. Our team was able to use the drawings to recreate and reinstall the grilles, restoring the original flare to the space.

As you can see, we can create almost any metal fabrication project your lobby could need. This flexibility streamlines projects for our architects and contractors. Our clients know they will receive expert workmanship and an understanding of how each grille is intended to work in a design. If you already know what product you need, our team is ready to give you a quote and see what touches we can add to your project. For ideas and inspiration, download our catalog or contact our office.

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