Client: Associated Engineering
Associated Engineering (AE) is an established, national engineering firm that has been growing and expanding its sector capabilities. Local Practice was retained to create an Office Planning Guide that would provide a framework for new office development, expansions and renovations. Through a series of user interviews, AE’s offices were identified as no more than neutral platforms, absent of an expression of core value, with little role in shaping the culture of the company. The goal of the Office Planning Guide was to create offices that have a net positive effect on collaboration, wellness and sustainability at AE. In order for the project to be a success it was crucial for the guide to be an expression of the needs of the company as a whole, not the result of individual tastes or trends.
The Associated Engineering Office Facilities Planning Guide was developed following an intense period of research and engagement with a representative cross section of the company. Using the Regenerative Design methodology, Local Practice Architecture supported AE in defining the purpose and principles of their office spaces as a resource to the company, then developed the content of the Facilities Planning Guide in response. This guide includes office location selection criteria, standards for space types, workspace variations, adjacencies between spaces, furniture specifications and implementation strategies. A key concept was the creation of the “Hub” space an assigned team workspace that supports collaboration and accommodates different work styles. The same footprint can easily be reconfigured by using systems furniture and demountable partitions.
Design Team: Local Practice
Project Completion: 2015