January 28, 2016
The Raben Group, a for-profit advocacy group consisting mostly of lawyers who represent large organizations, was focused on better efficiency within the office and company branding.
Working with The Raben Group for a fourth time in an eight-year span, OTJ witnessed the evolution of the organization’s culture. The first project had been the design of The Raben Group’s first offices when the organization had a total of 15 staff. Subsequent projects saw the organization expand its offices, taking pre-built space, as they grew to more than 50 staff. This latest project was an opportunity for OTJ to design a new space to fit the organization’s new non-hierarchical team-built culture.
Working closely with an eight-person staff committee that had been empowered by the organization’s CEO to make the critical decisions in the design of the new office space, OTJ developed multiple schemes that pushed the limits of a one-for-all culture. Recognizing that staff functions vary from those who need isolated privacy to get their work done to those who need to work in teams, OTJ developed schemes that allowed staff to choose their most effective setting for work. Staff that needed more privacy because of the sensitive issues that they dealt with could choose workstations in the interior atrium where noise disruption was minimized. More collaborative and team-based staff were given an opportunity to work along the perimeter where the noise of street activity blended with the activities of the work day. Social spaces then supported the idea of collecting staff in settings of two to four and up to full gatherings of 50 for office events and fundraisers.
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