Smart Design For Shared Spaces

Occupants thrive when they can move between private and shared spaces depending on their tasks. Other shared spaces include amenity spaces that open via movable walls to create room for staff town halls; and café, lunchroom and lounge areas that provide spots to work from or take a break. To accommodate, a shift to more shared spaces was realized. Stantec, a global design and delivery firm, combined two of its Portland, OR, offices into one 20,008-square-foot space on the 14th floor of the Moda Tower, the 10th largest office building in the city. The new office also features updated amenities, including two informal huddle spaces with casual seating for design discussions, client meetings and planning, and four non-traditional teaming areas that employees can use as breakout rooms, lounges and communication hubs. “Glass-encased phone booths provide private spaces for conference and telephone calls while providing unobstructed views of the surrounding city,” explain Jacqueline Castro, principal of Stantec, and Taunya Carra, the firm’s corporate real estate project manager, of Stantec’s combined Portland, OR, office. The design for the new space sought to remedy that with an “Inspiring, high-performance work platform and a more appealing, inviting interior, with a careful focus on interior acoustics, comfort and open, bright workplaces,” says Lynn Brotman, associate principal of Svigals + Partners.

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