Perkins+Will Designed IFMA Office Recognized As Cool Office Space

10/16/2014 | Perkins+Will

The Houston office of Perkins+Will, a global leader in architecture and design, announced that the recently designed office for International Facility Management Association (IFMA) received recognition by the Houston Business Journal as one of Houston’s coolest office spaces.

Perkins+Will was hired to design the relocation for the International Facility Management Association Center of Excellence.  The challenge was to create a physical and virtual environment conducive to the work styles and settings that drive organizational innovation, support achievement of strategic objectives, and provide a world-class workspace for the staff that would add value for the worldwide members of the association.

Design principles that guided this process include visual connectivity, concentrative space, informal collaboration space, flexibility, and space allocation based on project teams.  Planning focused on integrating the agility necessary to support how employees will choose to work - from home, another location or anywhere within the new “living lab.” Mobility strategies are supported by technologies for all staff, and the space supports this mobile culture with a program that dedicates most of its square footage to shared or collaborative space rather than individual space.

Operational sustainability and a reduced footprint were accomplished through strategies including electrical metering, attention to daylight and views, and the use of low VOC materials, such as paint, wood and adhesives.

The new global headquarters showcases cutting-edge mobility strategies for people and ideas. It features some of the freshest ideas and technologies drawn from the expertise of IFMA’s 24,000 facility management members and offers a living example of what the workplace of tomorrow might look like.
A facility that supports human mobility offers a wide range of advantages. Operational environments change from week to week, while the day-to-day needs of individual employees change as well. By rethinking traditional fixed office layout and liberating employees from assigned workstations, IFMA helps to drive change instead of merely reacting to it.

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