Designing Offices to Place People First, published in OfficeInsight

The emergence of Covid, followed by the Delta variant, has raised many questions, including how to provide employees with a safe workplace that allows for productivity, efficiency and boosts employee morale. In an article published on 11/1, Ball Janik, LLP, is featured for its newly designed headquarters in downtown Portland, designed by LRS Architects. The main goal of the firm and the design is to place the people first.

“Diverging from the traditional law office mentality, there is a high level of transparency along the office edge, eliminating barriers for inter-office communication and allowing the stunning views and daylight to be visible from the interior of the floor plate,” writes LRS. ”These framed views of the Willamette River, the scattered city bridges, and a dazzling Mount Hood on good days are not reserved for the elite corner offices. They are celebrated destinations nestled at the ends of strategically placed “view corridors.” Cushioned bench seating positioned to capture these stunning vistas is open to all, providing much-needed individual respite away from the workstation or the perfect place for an intimate impromptu conversation. LRS and Ball Janik opted to maintain the traditional private offices elsewhere for health and safety reasons, staff comfort, and acoustical privacy during the now ever-popular ZOOM calls and teleconferences. Large relites allow daylight to puncture through the offices and bring light into the main circulation pathway encircling the space. The private offices are traditional in function but break the mold by embracing one size fits all. This approach foregoes traditional hierarchy office sizes found in most law firms.”

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