The client contributes to the growth of our communities both locally and nationally through providing environmental, geotechnical material and facility engineering solutions. While designing the client’s corporate headquarters, we knew that we needed to create a fresh, welcoming, functional and productive space that would serve as the heart of their 140 offices. This would be a space that touched all parts of the company and needed to reflect the core purpose of the company. The initial design challenge was taking a building with a large, 32,500 sq. ft. footprint and planning how to best accommodate the need for training facilities, meeting rooms, open office space, private office space and other shared community components. Creating an intentional natural flow for this two-story, multi-purpose space was crucial to support the end user’s unique needs. We needed to establish the separation between public and private offices, as well as guide the constant number of new employees visiting this headquarters.
The client’s final design is one that supports its Kansas City employees and its constant inflow and outflow of visitors from around the country. We solved the need for intentional natural flow and guidance through creating a custom carpet pattern out of four different carpets from the Shaw Vertical Layers collection. The layering of different carpet patterns implies an obvious change between public and private spaces, easing way-finding and creating a seamless transition without using hard walls that separate the environment. This unique carpet pattern, used in conjunction with areas of exposed structure in the ceiling, serve to define the changes between different areas of the office. We also chose this Shaw collection because we thought it told the client’s story through subtle allusion to their involvement in the geotechnical world. The carpet’s layering progression mimics the layers of the earth, relating to the client’s expertise in soil and earth composition. This carpet material allowed us to use visual interest to purposefully direct and transition users throughout the space.