Starting as a University of Waterloo project to search the Oxford English Dictionary, OpenText evolved into a global business productivity software developer. For their US Headquarters, Interwork worked with OpenText to develop organizational precepts that informed a variety of decisions: first, that “navigating” the space provide a series of paths with opportunities to connect with differing people and functional groups while exploring possibilities throughout the work day that may not have been obvious at the start of a “search”. And second: that the space’s layout express the loosely organized, somewhat idiosyncratic feel or a traditional university campus – classrooms that open to a ceiling less “sky”, conference rooms as forms within a landscape, work carrels and a “commons” dining hall. Interwork engaged in OpenText’s space search, provided office planning and interior design, furniture design and procurement and move management.
Moving on their 100th anniversary, the National Association of Boards of Pharmacy (NABP) their new headquarters integrates imagery of old drug stores and displays of organizational artifacts with corporate offices, cubicles and breakout areas. NABP’s space tells the story of the organization’s deep tradition while providing a modern, forward looking work place. An old sepia toned photo of a pharmacy used as a lobby wall mural provides a regular reminder of the values that underlie the modern organization. The space is lined with plaques, tributes and art received from the organizations member’s over the years. In addition to interior design, Interwork specified all the furniture and designed custom pieces, developed displays and art installations and helped manage NABP’s move to the new headquarters. Interwork has provided on-going support to remodel the balance of their building and for exterior maintenance at the masonry walls.
LLG was looking for a drastic change to their international accounting firm’s corporate culture allowing them to abandon the traditional office/cubicle environment and downsize from 20,000 SF to 7,000 SF. After extensive interviews, surveys and discussion groups a design was developed that went beyond “hoteling” to a more “coffee house” environment. The diverse and flexible office space’s organizational pattern featured in Inc. Magazine reflects their local community feeling as well as their international orientation by incorporating international iconography. In addition to change management and interior design, Interwork provided furniture design and specification.
Situated on nearly 7-1/2 acres at the edge of a creek, this office park includes almost 2 acres of unbuildable flood plain. Transforming the flood plain into a natural prairie formed a backdrop to the office park and inspired a Prairie Style feel for the buildings. The goal of providing condominium suites as small as 1,500 square feet for small medical practices and entrepreneurial businesses, and up to 9,000 square feet for professional practices led to building sizes of 6,000, 7,500 and 9,000 square feet. The building depth of 50 feet maximizes perimeter window lines, and the operable windows allow natural ventilation, scents of prairie flowers and a connection to the to the surrounding natural setting.