3 CONSIDERATIONS WHEN INVESTING
IN AN AMENITY SPACE FOR YOUR WORKPLACE

We were recently reminded how aggressive the hiring landscape has become when one of our clients rattled off half a dozen Fortune 500 companies that were all pursuing the same potential hire. In today’s ultra-competitive arms race to recruit and retain top talent, companies are increasingly seeking new ways to differentiate themselves. By offering intuitive, meaningful comforts and conveniences within the workplace, companies have the opportunity to rally their staff and recruits around their distinct culture and brand ethos, while increasing efficiency and satisfaction. For executives who are considering hiring a design team to create a workplace that will best-serve employees and potential employees for years to come, knowing where to start or what is worth the cost can be challenging.

As designers, we help our clients stand out among the noise and determine how to maximize their ROI. Oftentimes, investing in amenity spaces provides the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to creating environments that boost productivity, collaboration and innovation. Here are three of the top things to consider when designing these spaces for your workplace:

Considerations

1. Quality Is King:

Prioritizing craftmanship and a high attention to the smallest details concerning construction, design and the creature comforts of an amenity space matter and can pay off in big ways. Rock-solid coordination between the design team, construction and consultant groups will ultimately save time, money and ensure a seamless, collaborative process with the best possible project outcome. With respect to the space itself, there is a balancing act between details that are beautifully-designed, but also highly functional and intuitive for whoever is using the space. From thoughtfully concealed yet accessible outlets, to millwork that hides trash, things that are used frequently are can be designed in a way that subtly brings them to the forefront to maximize efficiency while remaining aesthetically pleasing.

Amenity spaces are typically some of the most high-traffic areas in a workplace, which means a lot of wear and tear over time—Materials and finishes need to be durable, easily cleanable and designed with longevity as part of their aesthetic. These materials can also serve as a reflection of a company’s unique character, and high-quality design can help amplify a brand’s visual identity.

Lighting quality can set the tone and energy of an entire space, and has a tremendous impact on employee well-being, productivity and overall experience. Integrating as much natural light as possible not only achieves an open, inviting feel, but can help improve cognition and satisfaction for employees. Consider the temperature of lighting to reflect the mood of how a space is being used, and integrating functional lighting that supports activity based working styles.

2. A Purposeful Plan for Every Detail:

Designing an intentional experience for employees and visitors that provides a particular mood and atmosphere is yet another way to express a unique brand identity and values. Programing environmental stimuli such as temperature, music or aroma into an amenity space can enhance the overall experience.

The growing pressure to recruit and retain the best and brightest among the talent pool has led many companies to boast amenity spaces with bells and whistles that don’t ultimately serve the needs of their employees long term. Thorough workplace planning and strategy can uncover information to help determine what spaces are actually needed, not just wanted. Deploying surveys, for example, can mine rich data that helps inform what design solutions are the best fit for how the space is used. Observations and planning ahead provide foresight into a space’s potential and importance. A meeting space may not be used often, for example, but perhaps this space is where a company’s most innovative ideas are born. Understanding who uses a space and for what purpose can help to define a hierarchy of where to invest. Ensuring the most important spaces are accessible, centrally located and outfitted with appropriate audio and visual privacy can have lasting benefits on workflow and productivity.

3. Flexibility Means Future-Proofing:

In some ways as designers we’re asked to predict the future, as we’re often working on spaces that will not be inhabited for a year or more. While we can’t know exactly where technology and cultural attitudes will land, we can use flexibility as a hedge against the unknown. One of the biggest ways to achieve a high return on your amenity space investment is to design with flexibility in mind. A lounge space is no longer simply a place to chat with a colleague or sit with a quick cup of coffee—these social spaces are designed to meet different programmatic needs and have an elevated level of functionality and agility to accommodate different group sizes and provide different social atmospheres.

Company-wide meetings are increasingly taking place in high-visibility social spaces, and massive conference room settings are showing a decreasing real estate value. Adding nooks within a large open space supports the need for socialization, meetings or a place to make a quiet phone call. Providing a variety of furniture pieces such as high top tables, lounge seating or booths that can be easily moved can make a space transformable for a variety of use-cases. User-friendly technology, accessible power within a space, ample storage and furniture with capabilities to plug in remotely creates a greater user experience for a variety of needs. Ultimately, flexibility in the built environment offers greater employee choice, and choice leads to empowered decisions on the ways in which employees can do their best work.

TRANSFORMING TIPS INTO ACTION

MATTRESS FIRM - BEDQUARTERS

Rather than a typical corporate workplace, Mattress Firm chose to pursue a corporate campus that showcases the company’s vibrant culture and attention to employee well-being. The resulting “Bedquarters” features access to natural light, flexible workstations that include both standing and traditional desks, collaboration spaces and private areas. Bright colors and untraditional features like a nap room, swings and custom art by local artists were incorporated to showcase the client’s robust and vibrant culture. Raw materials including concrete and plywood were used to reinforce the casual environment. Personalized touches, specific to their company and hometown are intertwined throughout. Cloud-like light sculptures suspend from the ceiling at the entrance leading to the reception desk comprised of plywood and bedsprings. Stadium seating, a work café and coffee bar were also added for easier employee engagement. The result is a fun, branded “Bedquarters” that captures the culture and brand values of the client, allows employees to do their best work and has the capacity to expand.

130000
SQUARE FEET
HOUSTON
TEXAS

MATTRESS FIRM - BEDQUARTERS

Rather than a typical corporate workplace, Mattress Firm chose to pursue a corporate campus that showcases the company’s vibrant culture and attention to employee well-being. The resulting “Bedquarters” features access to natural light, flexible workstations that include both standing and traditional desks, collaboration spaces and private areas. Bright colors and untraditional features like a nap room, swings and custom art by local artists were incorporated to showcase the client’s robust and vibrant culture. Raw materials including concrete and plywood were used to reinforce the casual environment. Personalized touches, specific to their company and hometown are intertwined throughout. Cloud-like light sculptures suspend from the ceiling at the entrance leading to the reception desk comprised of plywood and bedsprings. Stadium seating, a work café and coffee bar were also added for easier employee engagement. The result is a fun, branded “Bedquarters” that captures the culture and brand values of the client, allows employees to do their best work and has the capacity to expand.

130000
SQUARE FEET
HOUSTON
TEXAS

MATTRESS FIRM - BEDQUARTERS

Rather than a typical corporate workplace, Mattress Firm chose to pursue a corporate campus that showcases the company’s vibrant culture and attention to employee well-being. The resulting “Bedquarters” features access to natural light, flexible workstations that include both standing and traditional desks, collaboration spaces and private areas. Bright colors and untraditional features like a nap room, swings and custom art by local artists were incorporated to showcase the client’s robust and vibrant culture. Raw materials including concrete and plywood were used to reinforce the casual environment. Personalized touches, specific to their company and hometown are intertwined throughout. Cloud-like light sculptures suspend from the ceiling at the entrance leading to the reception desk comprised of plywood and bedsprings. Stadium seating, a work café and coffee bar were also added for easier employee engagement. The result is a fun, branded “Bedquarters” that captures the culture and brand values of the client, allows employees to do their best work and has the capacity to expand.

130000
SQUARE FEET
HOUSTON
TEXAS

Fiserv

Fiserv, a leading financial services technology firm, desired a solution for combining multiple office locations around Atlanta into one hub in Alpharetta. They called in tvsdesign to custom create a multi-functional environment that encouraged mobility and supported plans for a sustainable future growth. The resulting 390,000 sf campus is state-of-the-art, tech-friendly and filled with unique design elements that accommodate a variety of working needs. With an immersive brand presence, the workplace delivers an unparalleled experience for both clients and employees.

45000
SQUARE FEET
ALPHARETTA
GEORGIA

Fiserv

Fiserv, a leading financial services technology firm, desired a solution for combining multiple office locations around Atlanta into one hub in Alpharetta. They called in tvsdesign to custom create a multi-functional environment that encouraged mobility and supported plans for a sustainable future growth. The resulting 390,000 sf campus is state-of-the-art, tech-friendly and filled with unique design elements that accommodate a variety of working needs. With an immersive brand presence, the workplace delivers an unparalleled experience for both clients and employees.

45000
SQUARE FEET
ALPHARETTA
GEORGIA

Fiserv

Fiserv, a leading financial services technology firm, desired a solution for combining multiple office locations around Atlanta into one hub in Alpharetta. They called in tvsdesign to custom create a multi-functional environment that encouraged mobility and supported plans for a sustainable future growth. The resulting 390,000 sf campus is state-of-the-art, tech-friendly and filled with unique design elements that accommodate a variety of working needs. With an immersive brand presence, the workplace delivers an unparalleled experience for both clients and employees.

45000
SQUARE FEET
ALPHARETTA
GEORGIA

LPL FINANCIAL

LPL Financial desired a new campus that would be a landmark destination of their portfolio and serve as a location for future expansion. Their chosen site for development, located on a new town master plan in Fort Mill, South Carolina, was the first commercial office space near a new hospital, residential neighborhood, and downtown district with retail and bars. The custom-designed building consists of two slender buildings, one at 320000 sf. and one at 150000 sf with outboard service and elevator cores. Designed around energy conservation and employee wellness goals, the floor plate configurations maximize workplace natural light and views to the wooded setting for all employees. The core and shell and interior design teams collaborated from the beginning to produce a unique design solution that reflects the clients values and mission to promote success and creativity for their employees.

450000
SQUARE FEET
FORT MILL
SOUTH CAROLINA

LPL FINANCIAL

LPL Financial desired a new campus that would be a landmark destination of their portfolio and serve as a location for future expansion. Their chosen site for development, located on a new town master plan in Fort Mill, South Carolina, was the first commercial office space near a new hospital, residential neighborhood, and downtown district with retail and bars. The custom-designed building consists of two slender buildings, one at 320000 sf. and one at 150000 sf with outboard service and elevator cores. Designed around energy conservation and employee wellness goals, the floor plate configurations maximize workplace natural light and views to the wooded setting for all employees. The core and shell and interior design teams collaborated from the beginning to produce a unique design solution that reflects the clients values and mission to promote success and creativity for their employees.

450000
SQUARE FEET
FORT MILL
SOUTH CAROLINA

LPL FINANCIAL

LPL Financial desired a new campus that would be a landmark destination of their portfolio and serve as a location for future expansion. Their chosen site for development, located on a new town master plan in Fort Mill, South Carolina, was the first commercial office space near a new hospital, residential neighborhood, and downtown district with retail and bars. The custom-designed building consists of two slender buildings, one at 320000 sf. and one at 150000 sf with outboard service and elevator cores. Designed around energy conservation and employee wellness goals, the floor plate configurations maximize workplace natural light and views to the wooded setting for all employees. The core and shell and interior design teams collaborated from the beginning to produce a unique design solution that reflects the clients values and mission to promote success and creativity for their employees.

450000
SQUARE FEET
FORT MILL
SOUTH CAROLINA

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