Baptista Tile & Stone Gallery
Baptista Tile & Stone Gallery is a high-end showroom with two generations of commitment to Bend’s commercial and residential communities. To continue its tradition of excellence, Baptista Tile desired a combined showroom and warehouse for their customers to engage with premier materials that will become a part of the spaces in which they work and live.
Pinnacle Architecture recognized that, above all, Baptista Tile & Stone Gallery values their relationships with community businesses and residents. Thus, Pinnacle partnered with Baptista Tile to design an attractive industrial space that would allow their customers to see, touch, and experience building materials at their finest. “It was important that our building design matched the high-quality materials, fixtures, and finishes that we display in our showroom,” states Manuel Baptista, owner of Baptista Tile. “Our goal is to provide the best materials and quality installation for our customers, so we wanted to ensure that they could access the look and feel of each product.”
With the customer experience at the forefront, Pinnacle designed Baptista Tile as an ADA compliant, pre-engineered steel building with bold colors, trim, and textures on the exterior. The interior showroom features vaulted ceilings and open industrial windows so that natural light illuminates the stone and tile products. As a leading supplier tile and stone, it was critical that Baptista’s building accommodate materials storage and fabrication so that once customers make their selections, Baptista could provide timely delivery and installation. The warehouse provides ample operational space for materials inventory and preparation. In addition, a separate loft may be used for offices or converted to overflow warehouse space in the future. The building’s flexible floor plan can be modified as business needs change or as customer demands grow.
Along with a commitment to the customer experience, Baptista Tile also wanted to their building design to demonstrate environmental responsibility. Energy modeling was completed to accommodate compliant HVAC systems and all electrical components. The building also incorporates solar panels and passive solar features to maximize benefits of southern exposure and day lighting. Retaining walls were erected to help maximize use of the industrial site. Other landscaping features, including shallow stone beds and bio-swale, facilitate natural drainage and reduce rain water runoff on the property during inclement seasons.
Overall, the new Baptista Tile & Stone Gallery emphasizes their commitment to providing the best selection of materials to help clients make their work and home space dreams come true.
Images taken by Alan Brandt Photography