Office Space or ‘Functional Art?’ Designers Put Careful Consideration in Workspaces

More designers are contemplating their office projects as more "functional art" and that trend is quite apparent in North Texas, according to D CEO.

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Think an office is just an office? Think again.

More designers are contemplating their office projects as more “functional art” and that trend is quite apparent in North Texas, according to D CEO

Cultivating an office environment requires careful consideration to a companies’ specific needs, employees’ comfort and work efficiency, and how to integrate technology. Commissioned art, craft coffee and other amenities such as gym memberships are becoming the norm. 

“Don’t underestimate the power of a space and the aesthetics and what it can do to your workforce.”

HOLLAND O’NEIL

The end goal? Recruitment, retention, and work productivity. 

“Whether it’s a law firm or any company, your space can be empowering,” Holland O’Neil, Gardere’s board chair, told D CEO. “Don’t underestimate the power of a space and the aesthetics and what it can do to your workforce. I’m living a dramatic change.”  

In 2015, Hilti Group relocated its North American headquarters from Tulsa to Plano. The new Gensler-designed space features the tool manufacturer’s own materials and blends both open and private work areas. 

The Plano space has proved to be beneficial to the company’s retention rate, Hilti’s North American CEO, Cary Evert, told D CEO. Ninety-six percent of the 170 Hilti employees that made the trek from Tulsa to the Plano office have remained after the first year and those hired since the move have stayed. 

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