BRS Office Redesign

Office Redesign

After five years in our office, it was time for a facelift. Bicycles were taking up walkways, meeting rooms had become storage closets, resources were no longer needed in hardcopy, and there wasn’t nearly enough space in the kitchen for everyone!

As part of our series of monthly art projects, we broke into teams and brainstormed ideas for improving our space. After coming up with a lot (and I mean, A LOT) of ideas, we gathered together and shared our thoughts, developed concepts and assigned tasks. Once the office redesign teams were assigned their spaces, we honed our concepts and then went shopping to create more functional spaces within the tight budgets we were given.

After numerous trips to Ikea, Home Depot and other stores, it was time to build! One Thursday afternoon in July became our designated “Office Build Day,” and our digs soon resembled a construction zone. We built a second counter space in the kitchen; added a bike rack and storage cubbies for the summer commuters; converted a small meeting room into a four-walled chalkboard for design charrettes; remodeled another small meeting room, adding a touchscreen computer for virtual meetings; turned a small corner into the office “living room,” with photographs from our events and soft seating for casual meetings; and assembled wheeled carts to present our construction administration materials in an orderly fashion rather than heaping them atop unused desks and forgetting about the mini landfills we’d created.

Everyone in the office was able to participate, design, work as a team, and witness the awesome final result… but hey—isn’t that what we do every day?!

Posted on October 26, 2012 at 11:41am

Tags: teamwork (9), office redesign (2), interior space planning (7), flexible workspace (2), firm culture (13)

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