Design for Innovation



WSA Studio was charged with transforming an abandoned former car dealership in Whitehall into a new office space, design studio, conference center, and fabrication studio. Priority Designs asked for a cutting-edge facility to reflect their unique design approach, yet they also wanted the design to support their atmosphere of acceptance. The team blended natural materials, vibrant colors, and project display space to connect multiple levels and programmatic requirements. The design elevates all the moving parts of their organization while promoting an atmosphere that blends work and play.



Owners Lois and Paul Kolada have stated that the space has improved internal communication, driven creative results, and helped to improve clients’ understanding of the Priority Design process. Employee satisfaction has improved, in large part due to the improved project process flow. The City of Whitehall has cited the renovation as a model for community improvement and the value of public/private partnerships.

Read our recent Reclaiming Columbus post on Priority Designs here.


Year Completed: 2015
Location: Whitehall, Ohio
Client: Priority Designs
Square Footage: 50,000 SF
Consultants: Schaefer
Construction Manager: Maverick Builders