Donco Electrical Construction LLC, a large electrical support service contractor in Edwardsville, IL was building a new headquarters building to allow for consolidation of all locations and make room for employment growth. The new building layout concept began with their architect, but realized further into the project their increasing needs were quickly outgrowing the space originally designed. The decision was clear to either increase the square footage of the new building or re-think how they had their space for office furniture allocated to accommodate their growing needs without adding major construction cost to the project. To make those decisions, they needed a partner that could help them navigate the pros and cons of each option. Decreasing the foot print of each workspace while still attracting top talent, increasing workflow efficiency, and meeting the demands of tomorrow’s workers was a delicate balance.
How to fit more people into a building originally designed for less workers while still supporting how people work.
Office Furniture Provided
To begin with, our initial step was to educate everyone involved by touring our showroom. On display, we have all of the latest office furniture trends so clients can “kick the tires” and see how our solutions might fit into their own workplace. We knew to get more people in their space and maximize their real estate, we needed to deviate from their plan of many traditional private offices to a more open concept layout. Removing walls and private offices improved their real estate by nearly 50%. In addition to increasing their return on investment for real estate, we also helped them acquire a custom discounting program from Steelcase to get the best price possible on furniture.
With 3D space planning software, we created a plan that has resident cubical stations, privacy areas, lounge areas, and team huddle spaces, all providing integrated technology. Especially relevant, this combination of work spaces allows for more choices of how to work and cultivates a collaborative environment. As a result of going to the open office concept, we could still accomplish the advantages of a private office layout but reduce the foot print to meet employee head counts in their new space.
Maximizing real estate to allow for cost savings and creating multiple choices for ways in which to work.
Maximize Real Estate. To fit more people into their space we moved from private office furniture to open concept.
Multiple Ways to Work. When moving to an open concept layout, new challenges arise and space needed to be allocated to meet worker demands.
Streamlined Project Management. Turn key solution working directly with builder to keep project on schedule.