47,000 GSF, 4370 M2
Interior Architecture, Programming
LEED for Commercial Interiors (CI) (LEED-CI)-Silver
Award of Merit -- Interior Design, Interiors Award
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Austin offices for this health care and education consultancy were ineffectively programmed for a team-based organization. A boom in growth forced a relocation, and SmithGroupJJR set out to build a space dedicated to the Advisory Board Company's mission. The design team responded with a space to support a reinvention of the company's work process.
Swapping a private-office environment for "neighborhoods” provided an intuitive setting for software development by collaborative teams. Stained reclaimed Texas longleaf pine demarcates the plan's "spine”—an east-west ribbon extending through each floor, with team spaces and amenities branching to the north and south.
The design team's program also promotes the growing company's relaxed, team-based work culture. Clusters of benching stations mingle with break-out areas and phone rooms, while conference and interview spaces feature privacy curtains if confidentiality is required. The typical cafe/lunchroom setting is replaced by a large "family room” for working, meeting and relaxing, centered around a generous pantry island clad in the same Texas longleaf pine.
A Remodel of Success
The Advisory Board Co. renovation of its Austin, Texas office a "source of pride"
Interior Design magazine features the Crimson office reinvention.
Rethinking the Office
Four lessons learned in Workplace design aimed to help facility managers make smart choices for their space.