OZ Architecture’s use of innovative workplace and commercial office design was featured in the July 2016 issue of Building Design & Construction, which highlighted the firm’s work on Trimble’s 125,000 square foot corporate offices in Westminster, Colo., specifically showcasing the design of a cutting-edge rooftop research and design laboratory. Trimble was in need of a way to test the receivers and antennas it uses in the GPS equipment it manufactures and expressed a desire to incorporate outside space into employee’s daily lives. OZ Architecture upped the ante and turned the company’s rooftop into an R&D testing lab, converting what is often unused yet highly appealing real estate into a functional workspace. Now, employees swap out equipment, work with antennas, and test Trimble’s GPS technology while enjoying blue skies and sweeping views of Colorado’s mountain ranges.
OZ’s office interior design team also eliminated walls of perimeter offices inside in favor of flexible, column-free, open workplaces that better accommodate temporary “touch-down” working arrangements. This set-up encourages collaboration and reflects the company’s entrepreneurial corporate culture by deemphasizing traditional corner office status designations. Purposeful incorporation of wide stairways lined with wall graphics that tell the company story help facilitate physical activity and foster the types of chance encounters and impromptu conversations that often lead to new ideas.
Creating interior and exterior office spaces that inspire innovation instead of stagnation and encourage collaboration, connectivity and creativity is a hallmark of OZ’s Workplace group, and something we put into practice in our own corporate offices in Denver’s RiNo neighborhood. Continual small changes in the way our space is set up give our employees new places to work and new ways to customize how they work. The addition of standing desks and community work tables has made it easy to work with different team members and practice groups on various projects and provides a welcome and dynamic alternative to hunching over a desk in an enclosed cubicle. We’ve also designed different types of informal seating areas with varying levels of privacy to allow spontaneous conversations and meetings to take place outside of conference rooms.
The best office interiors not only reflect and enhance a company’s brand, they are also thoughtfully designed to suit employee’s needs and give them the physical freedom and creative use of space – both indoors and out – that they need to do their best, most productive work. After all, a comfortable, adaptable and stimulating work environment not only makes coming to work every day more enjoyable, it can be an important way to help attract and retain top talent.
Read the article in the digital edition here (pg. 58 – 60).