Built on the simple concept of Quality Coffee, Cultivated by Good, Campos works hand in hand with coffee growers all over the world—investing in their communities and helping them nurture the best crops, maximize their incomes and care for their families. The Campos team puts their heart into everything from harvesting beans on the farms to roasting and tasting coffee in house, to serving customers the most flavorful, ethically and sustainably grown product possible. It’s exactly the kind of business Utah’s booming population of locals could get behind.
The Lloyd team dug in and created a pitch presentation for the building’s tenant-improvement fund, which included a 3D model of what the space could become. The turning point was an animated daylight study showing how a large skylight in the ceiling and massive windows along the front would allow natural light to move through the building over the course of a day. Everyone was sold on the project.
There were two sides to the 3,740-square-foot building, one built in the 1930s and one in the 1980s. The older side would become the coffee bar and café with a full commercial kitchen preparing hearty Australian fare. The smaller, newer side, which required an addition for green bean storage, would become the a full-operation roastery and training area. There would also be a rooftop terrace for seasonal use.
The team got the building permit in the fall of 2017 and started on the project in January 2018, demolishing the inside frame and exposing brick walls, wooden ceiling beams and other intriguing historical details. It quickly became clear that this wasn’t just a touch-up. It was a deep renovation. And the more of the building they exposed, the more they realized they’d have to put into it—much more than originally anticipated.
Upgrades involved structural stabilization like new concrete slabs in the flooring, as well as a new timber beam above the roastery to provide extra support for the rooftop. In addition, both sides of the building had to be insulated and re-roofed to improve drainage and reduce the urban heat-island effect. And the open-space floor plan and needs of the roastery called for a new VRF HVAC system to add high-efficiency, zoned temperature control throughout the building.
The team exposed and reused existing materials whenever possible, both for sustainability and to connect guests to the history of the building. So when health regulations required a slick wall that could be wiped clean behind the coffee bar, the team simply covered the exposed brick in clear glass to maintain its authenticity. In bringing to life the incredible natural lighting from the original pitch, they installed expansive, steel-framed hangar-style windows all along the front of the building.
Salt Lake City couldn’t be happier about all of that. After opening on November 19, 2018, the new Campos Coffee Roastery and Café instantly became a hub of local activity and excitement, offering coffee-related classes and other events, as well as some of the best brunch in town. Another inspiring example of Building from Here™.