What is the correlation between providing the appropriate percentage of collaborative workspaces to the effectiveness and well-being of a workplace environment?
I sit in a corner of an open office environment with natural light surrounding me on all sides. My project designer is situated about five feet away from me, only separated by a low partition but often times, she, a millennial, wants the separation between us to dissipate. I know she would gladly squeeze into what little counter space I have left to enhance our connections of working together. This demonstrates her willingness to give up her “I” space to create “we” space.
Collaborative workspaces should not merely be defined as open area work stations but as a gathering place to initiate creativeness, engaging with people on a one-on-one basis, and fostering meaningful communications. Some diverse forms of collaborative environments may include:
- Soft seating groups for informal interactions, could also function as a no technology zone (people express themselves more freely when they feel comfortable).
- Social areas where integration of technology provides real time information and the ability to remote access in (natural progressions of being flexible and opening up communications): indoor/outdoor spaces, staff break rooms and various types of video conferencing to join the interactions.
- Develop pods of locations of varying adjustable chairs and tables.
- Provide benching style workstations for customization of personal space.
It is difficult to pinpoint the exact percentage a company should calculate for collaborative workspaces, whether it’s new construction or an interior renovation. As each firm varies from size to the nature of their business, it is best to consider the following when developing the program:
- Think of collaborative workspaces as intimate spaces to foster and develop innovation
- Promote “we” spaces
- Evaluate the percentage of Millennials, as they will drive and initiate the evolution of the workplace
Change is not easy to embrace, but a better way of living in the workplace is, and any initiative to incorporate intimate space will have long lasting results in the overall effectiveness and wellness of the workplace.
Chung Gobell is the Director of Interior Design at Heath Design Group, Inc.
Heath Design Group has been selected as the Interior Designer for Remington Row in northern Baltimore. Heath will team with Hord Coplan Macht to provide interior design services for the lobby, leasing office and building common amenity areas. Heath Design Group will also be responsible for the selection and specification of all freestanding furniture, accessories, artwork and window treatments.
Remington Row is Seawall Development’s latest mixed use project featuring 15,000 square feet of retail space, 108 apartments and 30,000 square feet of office space in Phase I. The project is being designed for LEED Silver certification.
Alan Kirkwood and Dwayne Lawrence join the firm to assist with the design of numerous restaurants and cafes throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia. Alan and Dwayne will also assist with base building drawings for Westfield’s Montgomery Mall in Bethesda, Maryland. Alan holds a Master’s in Architecture from Southern Illinois University. Dwayne is a graduate of Howard University with a Bachelor’s of Architecture.
Amanda Bomberger will be working with the interior design team on a variety of projects including senior living, multifamily, high end healthcare and corporate office interiors. Amanda is a graduate of High Point University – a CIDA-accredited interior design university in High Point, North Carolina.
Jennifer Hensel will be focusing on corporate office, healthcare and new construction projects at Heath Design Group. Jennifer has a background in both interior design and architecture with a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts in Interior Design from the University of Louisiana Lafayette and a Master’s in Architecture from the University of Houston.
Heath Design Group, a full-service architecture, interior architecture and interior design firm in Baltimore, has selected Chung Gobell as Senior Interior Designer.
Gobell started her career as a design intern for Heath Design Group in 1997 after graduating from the Maryland Institute College of Art. She then went on to work for both BSA+A and CSD Architects. For the past eight years, Gobell has been working on her own and collaborating with firms such as Marks, Thomas Architects, Hord Coplan Macht, and of course, Heath Design Group.
With over 15 years of experience, Gobell has been instrumental in the success of numerous projects in the Baltimore region; including the renovation ofTessco Technologies corporate headquarters in Timonium, Maryland and the new McHenry Row development in South Baltimore.
“Chung is recognized throughout the industry as an incredibly talented and creative designer,” explained Brian Laug, Principal of Heath Design Group. “Chung’s diverse background, her body of work and her ability to actively listen to a client’s needs will bring value and innovation to our future projects.”
Heath Design Group provides architecture and interior design solutions for the corporate office,retail, healthcare & senior living markets. The firm handles pre-design, design and project implementation assignments throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. For additional information, please visit www.HeathDesignGroup.com.