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Increasing Worker Engagement Through a Well Thought Out Space Plan

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 27, 2018 10:52:18 AM

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.

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Corporate Headquarters in Edwardsville, IL Improves Bottom Line

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 27, 2018 3:00:18 AM

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.

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A Growing Law Firm using Sit to Stand Desks in Edwardsville, IL

By Kevin Baltz on Feb 22, 2018 9:23:00 AM

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.

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Office Furniture Trends For the Needs of Today and Tomorrow

By Kate Rumatz on Nov 7, 2017 12:45:25 PM

The Challenge

Donco Electrical Construction LLC, a large electrical support service contractor in Edwardsville, IL was building a new headquarters building to allow for consolidation of all locations and make room for employment growth. The new building layout concept began with their architect, but realized further into the project their increasing needs were quickly outgrowing the space originally designed.  The decision was clear to either increase the square footage of the new building or re-think how they had their space for office furniture allocated to accommodate their growing needs without adding major construction cost to the project. To make those decisions, they needed a partner that could help them navigate the pros and cons of each option.  Decreasing the foot print of each workspace while still attracting top talent, increasing workflow efficiency, and meeting the demands of tomorrow's workers was a delicate balance.

Topics: Business Interiors Case Studies Design, Install, Project Management
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Consolidating Procurement for a Regional Bank

By Alison Baltz on Oct 29, 2017 12:07:53 PM

The Challenge

A banking customer with 15 locations was looking for a way to consolidate vendors and streamline their process across all offices. They wanted to use the buying power of all the banks to negotiate pricing rather than letting each office buy on their own. With multiple contacts at multiple vendors, the accounting department was cutting multiple checks for one category of business supplies. The spot buying of on-sale copy paper is causing prices to be inconsistent from month to month and the copy machines struggle with the inconsistency of quality leading to more technician calls leading to downtime of their machines.

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Partnering to Evolve the Healthcare Experience

By Kevin Baltz on Oct 28, 2017 11:10:15 AM

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.

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Building a Comprehensive Partnership in the Education Sector

By Caitlin Schauster on Sep 19, 2017 11:49:01 AM

The Challenge

A regional office of education is funded through multiple grants, donations, and tax payer money. This school is subject to an annual audit by the state. They have users at many different schools and offices and the accounting office is having to manage multiple vendor invoices. According to state law, any order over a certain dollar threshold must go out to a competitive bid of three vendors to ensure the ROE is getting the best value. The users are spending lots of time getting competitive bids to save less than their time is actually worth to put the bid together. The state is behind on their payments to the disctrict and now they are doing more work with less people.

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Updating a Government Facility for Efficiency and Accessibility

By Kevin Baltz on Sep 19, 2017 10:15:30 AM

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.

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