Catapult 1.0 was the collaborative product of three local architecture firms under the guidance of the LEDC, a true community effort geared at kick-starting local entrepreneurs. After quickly outgrowing the capacity of a converted bank basement, the LEDC re-assembled the original design team to reinvigorate the 1920’s Lakeland Cash Feed building into an all-in-one launch pad for emerging entrepreneurs.
After Hurricane Irma decimated the Cash Feed building beyond repair, the LEDC weighed options and decided to rebuild a similarly sized building on the same site using the Cash Feed building as the design inspiration.
The Lunz Group wanted to respect and preserve the Mediterranean Revival style of the original building, incorporating curvilinear parapets and multi-lite arched windows. Using tilt up concrete slabs and steel frame construction, the 40,000 SF structure pays homage to the original building’s old Florida elegance with a chic, modern twist – a three-story transparent tower tapered to the original building, giving a stunning view to passers by on Lake Mirror.
The first floor features several lakefront retail spaces, classrooms, a spacious conference room, a large commissary kitchen, and a new addition to Catapult’s arsenal: the “maker’s space”, featuring specialized areas for:
- Multi-function crafts and rapid prototyping
- Electronics, computer, and media area
The second floor operates as a large open office space with different types of co-working spaces to suit any style of collaboration, more large meeting spaces, and a series of private offices.
The top floor features additional office space and conference rooms, and overlooks the second floor open co-working space.