The firm provided design services to create a new open floor plan for one of the only few two-sided buildings in the world. In the building referred to as the “boat building” within the City of Hartford, Connecticut, low height panel workstations and an open floor plan were used to replace tall cubicles and closed offices to employ a more modern approach in the work environment. This open floor plan concept allowed for more collaboration and flexibility amongst employees, assisted in maximizing daylight and opened up to the calming views of the Greater Hartford area including the Connecticut River. The colors and finishes were selected with the intention to promote a serene and comfortable workspace but also to stimulate and motivate employees. The subtle wave in the Scape carpet tile helped to create a sense of soft movement as well as lend to a soothing and timeless atmosphere. This project lead to the development of finish and furniture standards for the organization.
We were able to create different types of work environments for employees to use that promoted flexibility and freedom during the workday through different types of furniture. Employees have the choice of using a variety of open collaboration areas, shared high top tables, privacy rooms, large conference and meeting rooms, height adjustable workstations and more. The furniture wasn’t the only way we promoted this flexibility, the finishes also helped contributed to this concept by using particular colors, patterns, and textures. Different shades of gray carpet tile were laid out on the floor in such a way to highlight these open collaboration areas that could have otherwise gotten lost in such a wide open space. By doing this, this helped to create some boundaries for those work environments without having to use physical walls or barriers. We also differentiated private and public spaces by using different carpet tile colors for each. This helped to break up the open floor plan and add some pattern into the space and also to distinguish the different work areas.