Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll desired a new space that would align their workplace with their strategy. OPX used its Integrated Operating Environment (IOE) analysis to help identify the most important factors required to design a new space that supports Cohen’s strong culture and their strategic goals for the future.
Beginning with a Vision Session, followed by an Operating Environment Survey, Focus Groups and other key data gathering, OPX identified important strategic and decision-making criteria: efficiency, more effective work processes and return on investment. In the Scenario Planning phase, OPX used these results to craft multiple scenarios to help find the best solution, and Cohen used the Vision Session criteria to select the final scenario.
The selected scenario was used to test multiple buildings including their existing space. After the analysis, Cohen Milstein elected to stay in place, recognizing that a new plan in the existing building could accommodate all of the important criteria required for the firm to work better.
OPX designed a new space to provide the firm with better flow, visibility and access to natural light. The new layout positions the conference rooms and lounge area along the atrium windows, which provides the interior with access to natural light and leaves the perimeter for private offices. The glass panels and doors of the exterior offices allow for maximum visibility and access to natural light across the 45,000 SF floor plate. The team used ‘art walls’ to designate public areas and to serve as way-finding.
The working lounge/cafe gives Cohen Milstein staff a place for interaction and connectivity, formerly accomplished by the newly re-purposed library space. A large multipurpose conference room opens to the reception area, creating a large entertainment and business development venue, which increases the flexibility of the space and saves Cohen Milstein real estate costs and maximizes the firm’s return on investment.
Design decisions were made to enhance the firm’s ROI and to encompass the culture the of Cohen Milstein.
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