The Challenge Prairie Farms Dairy, a farmer owned company producing high quality milk products, was relocating and consolidating their corporate headquarters from multiple locations into one by constructing a new building in Edwardsville, IL. When we approached the client, it was our goal to educate them on space planning approaches and how to allocate space to the different workplace ecosystems: nomadic, resident, resource, meeting, and social. All of these zones must be well thought out to maximize employee engagement, physical wellbeing, and emotional wellbeing. After our brief training sessions held at the Steelcase Headquarters in Grand Rapids, MI, the building was already under construction so modifications to the floor plan needed to be made to accommodate this updated approach to space planning.
The Challenge Midwest Railcar Corporation, a rail car leasing and management company had outgrown their current space and was obtaining permits to construct a new building in Edwardsville, IL. Midwest Railcar wanted private offices while still maintaining an open concept for their workplace culture. Private offices along the outside of the building encased in dry wall were going to make the space feel smaller and not share as much natural light into the interior of the building. Much of the actual day to day work in their office is heavily dependent on computers and integrating that technology into the space was an important aspect to ensure goals were met. Not all of their work was individual based projects and they needed some meeting space for team projects. Client wanted to maximize their space from a work flow perspective to fit more people in a smaller footprint while still maintaining privacy, positive attitudes and attracting top talent and clients to their business.
The Challenge Flint Law Firm, LLC, a law firm growing from 3 to over 70 employees in the last 10 years located in Glen Carbon, IL, had grown into two separate physical locations miles apart to accommodate their rapid growth. Their growing pains had led them into an inefficient work process managing clients and attorneys across two locations with duplicate resources in each location. An efficient "minimalist approach" to their workflow would increase effectiveness and reduce waste. Combining both offices into one in Edwardsville, IL was the goal and how to fit more people into less square feet while still providing workers with privacy, a comfortable workspace, and a clean modern look to attract clients and top worker talent was our bullet list of needs for the project. In addition, the furniture needed to be able to meet contractor time tables and work with the construction crew to deliver and install the furniture on time and budget to not delay the rest of the project.
The Challenge A Hospital's main campus is losing market share to changes in population trends moving geographically further away. The experience of healthcare is rapidly evolving and the changes in health insurance are forcing hospitals to improve the patient experience. Patients, families, and payers are all seeking improved safety, outcomes, and satisfaction with their healthcare provider. This Hospital understands that to be competitive a new campus is needed closer to the population with updated amenities.
From Overcrowded to Accessible The Challenge A local police department is operating out of an outdated and overcrowded facility leading to an inefficient workflow. Safety is a main concern for the city and their current facility has not been updated in over 50 years. Officers are wasting valuable time because their facility does not support today's technology. Offices originally designed for one person are now utilized by as many as ten times that amount through hoteling and office sharing. The department is looking to consolidate more aspects of its operation such as a forensics lab, dispatch center, sally port, community classroom, and storm safety areas for prisoners, and employees into one state-of-the-art facility to improve time efficiency for its officers and employees and into a more accessible resource for the public it serves.