Utilizing the hallmarks of the client’s global “Workplace 360” design standards, the new Phoenix office promotes flexibility, mobility, and productivity. Following an interactive visioning session, the team selected the theme “Metropolis in the Desert,” a concept which celebrates the diversity of Phoenix’s culture and society juxtaposed against the backdrop of the Sonoran Desert. To positively impact its occupants today and in the future, the workplace emphasizes plug and play technology, employee wellness, and provides a variety of flexible environments which will allow the workplace to stay relevant for years to come. Clients and guests enter through “The Heart,” a high-tech common area on the fifth floor with an open layout that doubles as a multifunction event space. From this central location they can easily navigate the open office which is designed to support all types of work, from distraction-free focus time to highly-social team meetings. With occupant wellness a top priority, the workplace was designed so all users have access to daylight and sit/stand desks. A new iconic stair spans all three floors, acting as a dramatic statement feature that ties the office together both figuratively and literally. The stair also has the added benefit of providing a healthier route between floors. Curated art installations provide additional visual impact and are designed to change over time, keeping the office fresh and unexpected.
Implementing the client’s office-of-the-future standards, the workplace is tech-enabled, free-address and paper-free– allowing staff maximum flexibility and freedom in where and when to work. No longer tethered to assigned desks, instead employees can choose from nearly a dozen collaborative and private work settings that align with their changing needs throughout the day. Greeted in “The Heart” by concierge staff, employees and guests are seamlessly connected to the office’s network and are given any assistance they might need in choosing or assigning themselves to a desk or meeting location. In addition to the more traditional focus, huddle and conference rooms, staff and their guests have a variety of additional spaces that support both work and socialization— from the bistro-style “RISE café,” to “The SET,” a lounge-style breakroom perfect for late-night team celebrations. Incorporating trends normally seen in hospitality projects, the lounges are centered around high-end comfort and encourage collegiality without having to leave the office. Empowering their employees to choose their work setting supports the client’s mission of creating a tight-knit, highly-productive team.