Clockwork Architecture + Design

Clockwork Awards

Santina Cessor - Monday, October 19, 2015

Clockwork is honored by the recent recognition for our thoughtful design. We have graciously been presented with two major design awards; The Moosehead Dover-Foxtrot Mill received 2015 statewide Historic Preservation Honor Award for Stewardship; Baxter Springs Senior Residences received the 2015 Ad Astra award for Excellence in Innovation and Community Development.

The Moosehead Manufacturing Company, with the support of the Town of Dover-Foxcroft requested our help to explore the redevelopment of its former mill site, located at 5 East Main Street. The property consists of 80,000 sf on approximately 1.5 acres.  It is bordered on the east and south by the Piscataquis River (with approximately 850’ of river frontage), Main Street to the north, and residential properties to the west.

The project leveraged historic tax credits and numerous other private and public funds to create a rich mixed use solution anchored by multi-family residential. The project is under construction and has become the anchor for a rejuvenation of town center.

Baxter Springs Senior Residences is a historic adaptive reuse project, converting the original Baxter Springs High School into 28 affordable apartments for adults 55 and older. The local Baxter community is delighted to have this historic building thoughtfully reimagined, carefully renovated and remain a prominent landmark in their community.  The facility opens this November and we are eager to see the response to its new residents.  

For Clockwork, it’s not about the award; it’s about measuring real metrics of the powerful impact good design has on communities.  We do not design for design sake; we design with the next 15-20 years in mind – understanding how our design will function successfully and influence community growth.

While it does not take an award to know our impact is positive, it is encouraging to know all the hard work we put into listening intently to our partners and being laser focused on design details, really does translate into successful projects. This is what design is all about! Thank you, to our communities for trusting Clockwork, we are so proud. 

Case Closed - Good Design Will Positively Impact Your Business

Santina Cessor - Thursday, September 10, 2015
The proof is in the pudding, in fact good design will positively impact your business - here is the proof. We are thrilled to see our law firm clients enhancing their brands and experiencing direct business results. 


Neil Sommers - Entrepreneur of the Year 2015 Finalist

Santina Cessor - Monday, April 27, 2015

EY announces Clockwork Architecture + Design, Neil Sommers, Principal 
is an EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award finalist in the Central Midwest.


Kansas City, April 27, 2015 – EY today announced that Neil Sommers of Clockwork Architecture + Design is a finalist for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year® 2015 Award in the Central Midwest.  The awards program recognizes entrepreneurs who demonstrate excellence and extraordinary success in such areas as innovation, financial performance and personal commitment to their businesses and communities.  Neil was selected as a finalist by a panel of independent judges.  Award winners will be announced at a special gala event on June 25th at the Sheraton Overland Park Hotel. 

Neil co-founded Clockwork in 2005 with a desire to change the way Architecture and Interior Design services were delivered

Now in its 29th year, the program has expanded to recognize business leaders in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries throughout the world.  

Regional award winners are eligible for consideration for the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National program.  Award winners in several national categories, as well as the EY Entrepreneur Of The Year National Overall Award winner, will be announced at the annual awards gala in Palm Springs, California, on November 14, 2015. The awards are the culminating event of the EY Strategic Growth Forum®, the nation’s most prestigious gathering of high-growth, market-leading companies.

Local winner will be announced early May. Join us as we congratulate Neil on this tremendous honor! 

Sponsors Founded and produced by EY, the Entrepreneur Of The Year Awards are nationally sponsored by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and SAP America. In the Central Midwest, region sponsors include: PNC Bank, Smart Business, Common Ground, Lockton and Merrill Corporation. 

About EY Entrepreneur Of The Year®

EY Entrepreneur Of The Year is the world’s most prestigious business award for entrepreneurs. The unique award makes a difference through the way it encourages entrepreneurial activity among those with potential and recognizes the contribution of people who inspire others with their vision, leadership and achievement. As the first and only truly global award of its kind, Entrepreneur Of The Year celebrates those who are building and leading successful, growing and dynamic businesses, recognizing them through regional, national and global awards programs in more than 145 cities in more than 60 countries.

Kansas City Royals - New Craft Beer Bar

Santina Cessor - Thursday, April 02, 2015

When we say we can meet any budget on time and on schedule...we mean it. 

Clockwork designers Kirk Chonis and Daniel Umscheid have been working diligently designing the new Royals Stadium Craft Beer Bar just in time for opening day. The Craft & Draft new concept will take the place of the existing 390 club. The bar will include tiered bench seating, quick fired pizza and 75 brew varieties sponsored by local Boulevard Brewery. 

A special thank you to the Kansas City Royals for bringing Clockwork in on this beautiful new concept. Be sure to check out the view from this newly renovated space on opening day at the K and tell us about your experience. 




10 for 10

Santina Cessor - Friday, January 30, 2015

When we sat down at the kitchen table 10 years ago to start this adventure, we never imagined we'd be surrounded by such a diversely talented group of people.

To celebrate 10 stellar years we are paying it forward in 10 big ways. Join us as we support several local non-for-profits, making an impact in Kansas City.

You can follow our #10FOR10 campaign through social media; navigate our progress so far by clicking on the interactive photo below; get involved by visiting our non-for-profit websites, or, reach out to us directly. 

Intouch Solutions - Kansas City Headquarters

Santina Cessor - Monday, November 10, 2014

Another Happy Customer...

“The previous office was very spread out,” explains Chris Jimenez, architectural project manager. “The company had to grow around it, and it lacked the feeling of a branded space. That’s why we put our main focus on collaboration.”

Light It Up

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 18, 2014

The key to taking a project from good to great is thoughtful lighting. 

It is no secret; lighting affects the overall success of every design. That is exactly why conscious lighting integration is at the forefront of every project we approach. Our diverse experience and integrated design approach yields innovative solutions and refreshing results that support our client’s business goal. We think creatively about each element of design, in particular quality illumination. 

Lucky for us and our customers, several members of our staff have an extensive background in architectural lighting, including Principal Neil Sommers.  With 20 years of lighting experience, Neil has remained active in IESNA and his work has won numerous awards including the prestigious international SEGD lighting award. The unrestricted creativity inspires guides and supports our team to pursue personalized lighting solutions in each project.  

The secret; we maximize the natural daylight with architectural elements and supplement with purposeful, energy efficient lighting.  Each space is analyzed in three dimensions and checked for color rendering index, lux results at the intended target workplane, and watts per square foot to verify energy efficiency.  This results in an environment that is both inviting and productive for its users.  

The given; good design leads to happy customers. Our customers are our largest asset, so striking the right solution is imperative. 

Pump Up the Volume 1NE

Santina Cessor - Monday, August 04, 2014
Located in Westport, Volume 1NE is a perfect fit for the surrounding fashionable boutiques and local eateries. The store owner, Justin Ji, came to the drawing board full of inspiration and an eye for quality design, details, and functionality.   

Volume 1NE is about more than retail. Justin and his team love what they do and are inspired by their products. The only way to succeed in this space was to join Volume 1NE in their passion for the finer things. Clockwork studied countless diagrams in clothing construction to reincarnate those characteristics into the Volume 1NE pilot store. Some materials are continuous throughout, like the sole of a shoe, yet bands of wall construction and thin metal railing profiles harken to the stitching and supports integrated into every clothing item. Floor penetrations connect both floors of the space similar to voids and opening in clothes. 

To capture the owner’s passion for quality craftsmanship, we spent our time in the details of custom, well designed solutions throughout the space. Simplistic in design, the space features a hand charred cedar walls, oversized and wood clad pivot door, metal racks that span between pilasters, and movable racks to allow sales floor adjustments. The cash wrap is steel cased and armourcoat plastered with a glass presentation case. The Volume 1NE branding wall was CNC routed, tiled, and lit with LED strips. Connectivity is maintained between levels by a custom open stairwell featuring tempered glass guard panels and locally fabricated raw steel rails.

We designed the space to be ever evolving. The store concept and displays were planned based on analytics and sales strategies for future growth from a shoe store, to an overall clothing store. In its local surroundings, it provides an eccentric and modern push that Westport visitor’s value and desire.

An International Design Perspective

Santina Cessor - Thursday, July 31, 2014

Our principal, Neil Sommers, recently traveled to Switzerland and Germany to advance our brands knowledge and perspective on cutting-edge Swiss design and building techniques. 

While in Europe Neil spent time touring several CNC wood forming factories to view how complex forms are created with features cut with a .5mm tolerance. Some other factories challenged the existing state of affairs by creating beams that could span 16 Meters with limited deflection. Beyond anything we have seen in the industry. 

At large, this trip has inspired Clockwork to activate designs using these new techniques, and we are thrilled to announce we will roll out products by the end of the year.