Some of the key design elements thatare common throughout this design proj-ect are:•
The Ofﬁce needs a“ﬂexible generic footprint for its spaces”said Noorbakhsh. Then work areas canbe reorganized without damaging over-all space. When work stations are thesame size, their function can changebut the size can remain the same. Forexample, in the new Ofﬁce, divisionreception areas will have basically thesame physical conﬁguration but will bedifferentiated graphically.•
Now all the walls are the sameneutral color. The team plans to breakthe solid color with more glass andopenings and use color and graphics wherever possible to give the building a visual identity.
Goals include providing lightﬁxtures with a lens to diffuse the light,switches to turn off selected lights asneeded, and more transparency in theform of open space, glass, color, andmaximum utilization of existing windows.
Resurfacing will cut down onsound transference through walls andechoes that result from the metal wallsand high ceilings.•
A string of powerand data outlets along the perpendicu-lar panels of walls will give ﬂexibility in the location of work stations andremove outlets from ﬂoors.•
“It is crucial to separatematerial handling paths from staff circulation routes,” said Goetz. In theOfﬁce of the future, space will be orga-nized in grids with uncomplicated andeasy-to-understand patterns that repeatthroughout the Ofﬁce.•
Public viewing areas will be consolidated into a single spaceon the fourth ﬂoor. “This will eliminateunnecessary doors, enhance security,orient visitors to the public space, andlimit public entrance,” said Noorbakhsh. A result of the redesign will be a num-ber of gains giving employees space thatthey did not have before. Employees willhave a centralized conference center of upto six rooms on the ﬁfth ﬂoor, an enlargedCARP room, consultation rooms in eachdivision, an enclosed pantry, centralizedcoffee areas, and a centralized copy/faxroom.
Leo A Daly facilities design team members
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Saeed Noorbakhsh, Marie Velez, Lida Dersookian, Eileen Elevado,Mercedes Goetz, Mervet Ayad, and Samuel Gyulnazarian.
Artist’s conception of a proposed Division ofﬁcereception area.
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