Gensler Newport Beach
Newport Beach, California
20,000 SQ FT
Year completed: 2013
Project architect: Gensler
Project partners: Innerspace, Glumac
Gensler realized the firm’s “Healthy Workplace Initiative” through the extensive renovation of their own office space. The Initiative is the result of Gensler’s workplace research, captured in its Workplace Performance Index, which records office behaviors to better understand movement throughout the day. One component of this initiative is to promote greater employee activity. The office was programmatically organized to encourage employees to actively move about the office throughout the day.
Company-owned scooters, bikes, and sometimes skateboards, are routinely used for inter-office travel. The production room is on the first floor and the break room on the second. Recycling and trash bins have been removed from individual desks and centrally located instead.Additionally, recognizing that certain types of work are produced better in different environments, the open office plan provides places for focus and collaboration. This further encourages staff to move away from their desks and into alternative work environments throughout the day.
The firm has established follow up evaluation systems to track the impacts of these strategies on employee health. The “Healthy Workplace Initiative” was launched as a design approach to assist corporate clients who seek to improve the wellbeing of their employees. The project received LEED Innovation Design Credit 1.5: Healthy Workplace Initiative.
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