For its Washington, D.C. headquarters, the Aspen Institute partnered with OTJ Architects to develop strategic solutions that would maximize the organization’s space utilization and produce an environment whose impact stretches beyond the confines of a lecture hall. The Aspen Institute’s former headquarters presented challenges to the fulfilment of the nonprofit’s goals: insufficiently sized and disconnected conference rooms failed to accommodate the volume of seminar attendees, leaving lectures to be broadcast from one enclosed space to another and depriving many of the ability to engage with a live speaker.
In order to realize the square footage necessary for a conference center that truly advances organizational objectives, OTJ worked with the Institute to standardize and reduce office sizes by implementing high-efficiency furniture layouts. This economy of space made it possible to create a flexible, multi-function conference center that spans two floors. Complete with moveable partitions and state-of-the-art audio visual capabilities, the Institute’s new conference rooms can now be rapidly configured to accommodate up to 350 guests on one floor and 200 on the other.