Infrastructure Solutions Firm
- PDR Service Design + Architecture, Brand, Consulting
- Industry Sector Professional Services
- Office Houston
- Project Goal Employee Experience, Company Purpose, Collaboration
Creating a workplace that fully supports and embodies an internal team is challenging. Creating one that supports the internal team while also welcoming in clients and fostering a deeper level of community and engagement presents a unique set of design challenges. The layout, lighting, furnishings, and colors must reflect the company’s image, but at the same time give each client a sense of ease and belonging.
Our integrated team addressed these challenges when it revitalized the communal spaces of the new 200,000-square-foot headquarters in Houston, Texas. For 25+ years, our client has brought teams together to collaborate with customers to provide critical infrastructure solutions. It was time for the firm to reimagine its own internal infrastructure, in an effort to unite everyone in the company.
On top of their architecture and design needs, the firm’s leadership approached us with a challenge. They wanted their new space to serve as a better cultural fit than their prior building and desired a space they could call their own, yet could confidently and comfortably share with their external partners. Our design team worked with the firm’s Executive Leadership team to establish an agreed-upon architectural language and materials that would truly encapsulate the company’s brand story.
Our design input for the project encompassed a true integration of our expertise. To create the ideal collaborative workplace experience we utilized our knowledge of interior architecture, signage and wayfinding, design consulting, strategic programming, workplace strategy, and branding.
The industrial look is maintained with exposed ceilings and metals but is kept from appearing cold and harsh through the liberal use of wood paneling on walls, wood furnishings, and wood floors. In the boardroom, modern, angular tables are softened with seating with circular backs, and the overall impression is one of professionalism balanced with comfort. It instantly exudes a “let’s-get-down-to-business” attitude, but in a relaxed way.
The space is both professional and stable and consistent with the company’s culture while offering employees a welcoming respite from their routine workday activities.
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