The Chicago Tribune’s Blue Sky Innovation team spent Monday, Feb. 8 touring CannonDesign’s Chicago office to learn how the firm uses the workplace to empower its people, test new ideas, host events and inform client efforts. The team liked what they saw and has published a photo tour of the office on their website: CannonDesign’s office is workplace, laboratory and showroom
CannonDesign’s Chicago workplace enhances teamwork and performance and serves as a prototype for its multiple other locations around the world. The solution provides flexibility and diversity by moving all staff, regardless of rank or title, to open offices while also establishing over 20 different alternative workplace settings – including conference rooms, enclaves, and informal teaming areas – which encourage everyone to work in a manner that best suits their style and particular work needs.
The LEED-CI Platinum office supports collaboration with integrated information and communications technology allowing local teams to work in real time with colleagues around the globe. Designers worked with manufacturers to customize a radial work area solution which improves team visibility and collaboration while also maintaining the same seat count as traditional layouts. This strategy has increased employee satisfaction by 86% and has also improved employee concentration (32%), ability to meet face-to-face (31%), ability to hold phone conversations (22%), and individual work in private areas (14%). The project utilizes regional materials (63 percent by value within 500 miles) and those with high amounts of recycled content (34 percent by value using LEED criteria).