HOK’s design encourages a change in how this multinational consulting firm uses its workplace. The new space reflects its goal of moving away from closed, compartmentalized offices to adaptable, open settings.
The LEED Gold and Fitwel certified workplace places a high priority on employee health and well-being. The company occupies an urban setting in a building that overlooks Atlanta’s BeltLine Eastside Trail and sits next to the historic Ponce City Market. Floor-to-ceiling windows and a large outdoor terrace offer access to daylight and city views.
The office promotes teamwork and solitary work with library-style tables for desk hoteling, sit-stand workstations, discreetly partitioned workstations and phone booths. Flexible furniture enables private offices to serve double duty as huddle rooms when not being used by their regular occupants. Enhanced wall construction and sound masking techniques lessen sound transmission across spaces.
A large centralized community kitchen acts as the focal point of the space to bring professional colleagues together for food, drink, collaboration and community. A floating monumental stair links the work café to the training and collaboration spaces.
A “grit and charm” design concept contrasts natural and raw materials of the urban setting with sophisticated furnishings and finishes that highlight the company’s global and regional influence.
The design expresses the company’s goal to celebrate the culture in each region where it operates. The office includes pieces by local BIPOC artists, locally inspired wayfinding signage and custom Atlanta city photographs.