A VARIETY OF SPACES, including huddle rooms for up to three
people, public lounge areas, and full-size conference rooms, provide solutions for different work styles at the Datacert facility.
As this global software and analytics provider relocated to a
primarily open layout with increased collaboration areas, there
was still a need for quiet and privacy. Each department required
a unique workplace design with customized configurations and
varied furniture solutions tailored to its needs.
The Datacert project focused on several facets, including:
■ Make sure solutions are flexible and adaptable.
■ Maintain quiet and privacy in a transparent environment.
■ Understand work processes to provide a variety of spaces.
While programmers, HR employees, and call center workers still
work at open workstations and cubicles, some of them have
the option of sliding a cubicle door shut, increasing visual and
Throughout the two floors, all workers have access to smaller
huddle or breakout spaces when they don’t need a full 14-person
conference room. Going to these spaces provides a quiet environment while preventing them from distracting other occupants.
Equipping the rooms with technology is a bonus.
Privacy doesn’t always mean private office (although it can),
but sometimes it simply allows a couple of employees to engage each other away from the group at large. Lounge areas
featuring whiteboards support one-on-one sessions.
“Owners assume that if one group has a certain space or amenity, then they should provide it for everybody. That comes from
the erroneous one-size-fits-all mentality,” says Jim Hanlin, corporate interior design principal at Ziegler Cooper, the project’s
designer. “There’s a right solution for each group or team. You
don’t get into the trap of backlash if you understand people’s
work processes and support them accordingly.”
SOFTWARE COMPANY STRIKES BALANCE
BETWEEN OPENNESS AND PRIVACY
To achieve success, let work style dictate space
LOCATION: HOUSTON, TX
ARCHITECT: ZIEGLER COOPER
SIZE: 50,280 SQUARE FEET ON TWO FLOORS
SCHEDULE: 16 MONTHS
CONSTRUCTION COST: $82 RSF
FF&E COST: $24 RSF