Introducing: The Lab Creative


How are you? Good? Great, us too. We’re fantastic, in fact. We are very excited to be officially launching The Lab Creative, a Syracuse-based creative outfitter, specializing in web design, development, logo design, and full on brand identities. Interested? Check out our services and get in touch. We’d love to hear about your project and discuss how we can help.


The Lab Creative – Syracuse, New York

The spot we chose to set up shop is on the 2nd floor of The Delavan Center in Downtown Syracuse, New York. The Delavan Center is a large multi-use building originally contructed in 1878. The building has a lot of character, which is what you’d expect from a building intended for manufacturing snow plows and tractor equipment, but now home to some of Syracuse’s creatives. The building houses artists, designers, developers, photographers, and many other small businesses. We’re extremely happy to call this place our new home, and we’re really looking forward to collaborating with the other artists and creators in the building.

The studio before renovations
Yeah…we have some work to do.

Cleaning Up the Space, Painting, and Building Things

As you can see in the photos above, the space had a lot of potential, but needed a lot of work to make it our own. Big items on the to-do list were tearing down the plastic covering on the ceiling, painting all the walls, cleaning and refinishing the floors, and building some of our furniture.

Office renovations
Taking down the plastic revealed a very old and very beautiful ceiling.


Andy Orr painting a wall
Painting is not super fun. Credit to Andy for doing 90% of it.


Custom built coffee table
We built a coffee table out of reclaimed tongue and groove wood from an old Central NY silo.


Close up of coffee table
Here’s a little detail on the character of this old wood.


Our computer desks
We built our desks out of galvanized steel piping and old-growth Douglas Fir wood salvaged from rafters of Griffiss Air Force Base.


Desk base
The galvanized steel was the most expensive part of the build.


Butcher block bar
We were able to pick up a large slab of butcher block and mounted it to a wall at bar height. Lucky for us, there is a cross-beam at just about the perfect height to help us with mounting. The top of the bar is only 1/2 inch off standard bar height.


Stained butcher block bar
A shot of the completed bar, with one coat of a darker stain. It’s already proven itself as a great place for a few people to work on projects together, and does a fine job of holding beverages in the evening.