Architect: Foundation Architects
Contractor: Titan Building Company
HellermannTyton’s North American headquarters is inspired by creating space that reinforces the employees’ ability to communicate, collaborate and strive toward continuous excellence for their customers. This interior alteration project transforms an existing one story office area constructed in 1977 into a world class collaborative space.
The program is organized as a string of collaborative spaces that mediates between managers and associates along secondary walkways. Glass enclosed conference rooms punctuate the walkways along the primary circulation route that connects departmental areas within the facility around a customer experience path.
The design is heavily influenced by incorporating employee engaging devices such as a variety of work spaces from informal collaboration zones; to traditional workstations; to specialized task areas. Cubicle partitions are lowered to a height that maintains privacy and fosters collaboration with neighboring associates and allows for views to the exterior from the entire open office. Workstations include custom job-specific storage, including a height adjustable main worksurface for a more efficient and ergonomic workstation for employee comfort.
The interior design is infused with artwork and branding that reinforce the company values and pride in their work. Company values such as Excellence, Innovation, Engage, and Develop are expressed as oversize graphics on the glass conference room walls which serves to also name the rooms. Company taglines further infuse the conference rooms with crisp and modern die cut aluminum letters on back painted glass trimmed in aluminum and surrounded by richly stained wood interior cladding feature walls.
Collaboration areas are home to casual seating including high-backed sofas and chairs as well as bar-height tables and video monitors. They serve as an alternative work space and provide a place for informal meetings and discussion. Carpets from each zone stitch the work areas together along an irregular path acknowledging the free flowing environment required for creative work. The structured bold blue folded planes define the collaboration zone area from above. Company patent drawings are brought out of the books and into the light to create a mediating visual screen between the collaboration zones and the work areas. The white resin printed glass panels provide a varying degree of privacy, which when visually focused upon provide inspiration and a sense of company pride.
The new office layout supports a more efficient organizational path and workflow. The mix of collaborative, focused and task specific work environments are unified by the palette, including the bold corporate colors red and blue, company inspired art and branding. Access to daylight and views outside, staff interconnectivity and future growth were intentionally designed into the renovation. The result is a contemporary, unified and efficient office that exemplifies HellermannTyton.
Photos: John J. Korom Photography