Commercial & institutional projects

"Although our previous lobby was a beautiful space with a lot of wood finishes, it was built in the late 1990’s and was definitely time for an updated and refreshed look. Arocordis Design was tasked with designing a new lobby that was warm and inviting but would also complement the progressive, current culture and atmosphere of the rest of our space. Not only did Steve meet that expectation, the new design was met with enthusiasm from those that were originally sad about losing the previous lobby. Our new lobby is beautiful and Steve was great to work with."

Jackie Crawford - Facilities Manager, National LIfe Group - Addison, Texas Offices

"As the Dean of Students at Vermont Technical College, I had the good fortune of working closely with Stephen Frey, LEED AP, from Arocordis Design who was collaborating with Ward Joyce Design to significantly upgrade one residence hall, the college dining hall and the student affairs office suite. Steve provided strong leadership, outstanding design concepts and timely and supportive follow-through on all three of these projects. In the course of one summer, he brought these three facilities from their original 1960s-1970s condition to comfortable, modern and student-friendly spaces. His efforts have given Vermont Tech the facelift it needed to recruit and retain students in a highly competitive higher education market. I recommend Steve and Arocordis Design without hesitation. " 

Eric Braun - Former Dean for Academic Affairs, Vermont Technical College


"I became acquainted with Stephen a few years ago. His approach to his architectural, interiors and planning work stood out to me because he takes a global view and works with his clients on solutions that facilitate better employee communications and engagement as a means not just to greater productivity for his clients, but for stronger recruiting and retention potential. I like that Stephen has been so open with his thoughts that go into his value proposition and the work that he does on his blog, and I have appreciated his willingness to help my organization, Winning Workplaces, reach a more diverse audience with content that resonates with them based on his focus. If you run a business in Vermont or the Northeast and want to rethink your office space with an eye toward improving employee interaction and quality of work, you should call Stephen at Arocordis Design. " 

Mark Harbke - VP Appliance Pro, (Formerly Marketing and Communications Director of Winning Workplaces)

"My name is Sarah-Lee Terrat. owner of YeloDog Design in Waterbury, Vermont. I have worked with Steve on several large, long term projects for Renewable NRG Systems in Hinesburg, Vermont. Steve was design director and project manager for Maclay Architects, and I designed and implemented many interior art installations within the complex. I also worked with Steve to choose finish materials for the interior. 

Steve is an extremely intelligent, focussed individual. His skills in architecture, art, and green building technology are vast, and his interest in constantly developing them is remarkable. 

I not only enjoyed working with Steve, I came to admire his technical knowledge as well as his incredible "designer's eye". I have never seen anyone with such an ability to take a complex concept and turn it into a set of concept drawings that describe and display it clearly and from many aspects. His draftsmanship skills are something rare indeed. 

I recommend Steve highly. If you have any questions feel free to contact me at  

Sarah-Lee Terrat, Owner, YeloDog Design - Waterbury, Vermont

Public speaking & workshops, consulting

“At a recent VBSR conference, Stephen spoke about how the nature of work is evolving and the office environment needs to adjust accordingly. The implications can be significant. Millennials regard their careers as flexible endeavors, and seek companies that respect and mirror their own values. Accordingly, workspaces need to be more fluid, where engagement is encouraged and rigid hierarchy is discouraged. The individual becomes the focus. Properly executed, a responsive work environment improves both productivity and employee well-being. From Stephen’s presentation I learned that we employers need to alter our thinking and plan seriously for a new mode of work.”

Ted Pritchard, CFO