Architecture + Interiors

Providing a quality atmosphere to match the superb food service prepared for Capital One employees was the project goal. The design challenge was also to create a different environment than the Capital One building a few blocks away. A folding partition creates a large meeting room for various gathering types and sizes. In the dining area, some seating components are flexible for multiple seating configurations to support social functions within the space for Capital One and community partners. The space is surrounded with full height glass, allowing passing pedestrians to see some of the red pops of color in the floor, lighting, acoustical panels and fabrics. The bright airy palette is a great refresher for everyone using the facility.


SevOne, a digital infrastructure management software company with roots in Delaware, has opened a new Technology and Innovation Center at the University of Delaware’s Science, Technology & Advanced Research (STAR) Campus in Newark, Delaware. The Mitchell design team provided architectural, interior and graphic design sevices to create the 50,000 square-foot, 2-story space to include a first floor reception area, kitchen/break room, interactive game room areas, IT product manufacturing space, inventory storage areas and a receiving facility.

The second floor has an open office floor plan along with meeting rooms, conference rooms, an 800 square-foot training center and a 30-foot stainless steel spiral slide to the first floor – one of several amenities promoting the dynamic and collaborative culture at SevOne.
[Don Pearse Photography]


The completed space is a subtle, comfortable and effective working environment.Working with the EPD Group of Gore, an existing Butler Building manufacturing space was renovated into office space for an engineering group. The existing epoxy coated concrete floors, exposed steel and infrastructure were elements that inspired the design. The renovated space is adjacent to a production lab that leads to another office space, so creating a comfortable transition was one of the project goals. We increased natural lighting and views in the space by creating a lower band of windows that followed the rhythm of existing upper clerestory windows. Standards were utilized for carpet, paint finishes and furniture. New lighting and acoustical ceiling panels were designed to expose fifty percent of the existing structure and duct work.

Mitchell Associates, in collaboration with RPA Design who have since merged with Odell Associates, Inc., recently completed the new 80,000 square foot, $37 million CarolinaEast Cancer Center located in New Bern, North Carolina. Mitchell was retained as the interior designers in the fall of 2015 and ground was broken for the facility in January 2017. The first floor features a radiation oncology clinic and treatment areas, an infusion suite with six semi-private infusion bays and two private rooms, a specialty pharmacy, a cafe, a boutique with oncology-related supplies, group support session rooms, and palliative care. The Cancer Center’s second floor includes a medical oncology clinic with 12 exam rooms and six patient assessment bays, an infusion suite with both semi-private and private rooms, and a chemotherapy mixing pharmacy. The third floor is devoted to administration offices and an education department with classrooms and computer labs. A new $13 million diagnostic center adjacent to the Cancer Center was also completed. The Cancer Center’s spacious design features a bright, pastel palette, abundant natural light and artwork inspired by the region’s beaches and rivers.
An average of 1250 Harford County Maryland residents are diagnosed with cancer each year. Until the opening this past fall of the 75,000 square foot, 61 million dollar, two-story Kaufman Cancer Center, residents regularly traveled to Baltimore for treatment. The average cancer patient may make over 100 visits to their healthcare professionals during the course of care, as well as for a one year follow up. Being able to receive treatment in their own county saves patients energy, time and resources. The Kaufman Cancer Center provides multidisciplinary care in which specialists in medical, surgical and radiation oncology meet with patients in a single visit. This building was the final building on an existing campus which houses a 15-year old hospital and ambulatory care center. The completion of this final building allowed for the creation of a center courtyard. The symbolism for the Healing Garden was the center of the interior design for the Cancer center symbolizing renewal, hope and healing. It was designed for meditation and alternative health including a labyrinth, reflecting ball, waterfall with seasonal plantings. There are plenty of private areas where patients and their families can enjoy the outdoors in a private setting. There is also a private terrace outside the Infusion Suite, complete with sculptures and plantings that are interesting to view in all four seasons. On the interior, the garden theme was used in each modality: The Breast Center represents Shapes of Nature, Radiation Oncology represents Sounds of Nature, Hematology/Oncology represents Textures in Natures, Infusion and Stat Lab represent Color in Nature, The Multidiscipline Suite represents Pathways in Nature, and lastly Cancer Life Net represents Touch of Nature. A cancer facility needs to provide exceptional care as well as support the special physical and psychological needs of patients and their loved ones. Spaces that feature soothing reminders of nature seem to resonate with most patient populations. The Kaufman Cancer center also provides significant support spaces for patients and their families including a Resource Center, Massage and Acupuncture, a Wellness Center including wig-fitting/styling and prosthesis fittings. Conference center spaces can be subdivided into smaller rooms for the public as well as the staff. A small café is located within the lobby which families will appreciate so they do not need to travel to the hospital cafeteria of travel offsite to get food and beverages. Careful selection of original artwork was an essential component of this facility. This supports the theme of each space as well as adding to a feeling of hope and happiness. All design opportunities were selected with the exceptionally important element of infection prevention. Creating a design that is easy to maintain will cut down on concerns for these most vulnerable of patients receiving care. Trendy designs such as the current “white on white” color schemes, will date themselves easily as well as not performing. They also do not give patients a warm and comfortable feeling about their facility and treatment. It takes a health system a long time to obtain all the approvals as well as the money necessary to construct a facility and we as the professionals, owe it to them to create a space that will last for a long time to come.
The atmosphere of the new Santa Fe Mexican Grill was accomplished by creating a dynamic and visually stimulating space with layers of rich textures, special ceiling elements and a colorful palette. Guests have an opportunity to gather with friends and family in a space created to enjoy delicious Mexican food in a fresh, urban take on a traditional Mexican dining establishment. It was important to create a young and vibrant, yet relaxed guest experience that is unique and different every time customers come back to dine. This was accomplished with the use of special areas and selections such as the custom designed ghost wall, multi-leveled ceiling surfaces and elements, as well as unique statement lighting that is only found at the Santa Fe Mexican Grill.

The student run Vita Nova restaurant at the University of Delaware has established a young & vibrant new look with the help of the Mitchell Interior Design team. A wide variety of renovations, recent changes include custom decorative glass art, stained woodwork, and natural lighting in an effort to keep a mix of the old and new. Sustainable energy was put into place at minimal costs in order to comfortably uphold this high end look.  New equipment such as a state of the art cappuccino machine and gas fired pizza oven definitely add to the warm and inviting aura of the restaurant. 


A treasure trove of Modern Art pieces housed within a 100 year-old country estate, defined the project’s design criteria. This was not to be a ho-hum stately design; rather the requirement was outside-the-box thinking as two rooms became one, creating “The Family Bistro”. The home has Pop Art at every turn, but more importantly, it is the residence of a young family with many relatives and friends who love to eat, congregate and enjoy life around the family table.The central back-door entrance is mud room appointed with refreshed modern furnishings and an antique door suspended from brushed-stainless barn door hardware. The focal point is twenty-five linear feet of a professional stainless cook and baking line assembly. Two bar-top counters, a buffet counter segueing between the kitchen and dining,a laminated plywood puzzle table, and wall tile made up of skateboard decks are just a few of the many intricacies of the new space. No item was left for chance, as the team of builder, craftsmen, architect and designer were directed by a visionary and committed client who knew what he wanted.