Farmington, CT – For its new Farmington office, OneDigital, an employee benefits consulting business, was challenged with materializing these principal values into the design of its new Farmington office: strategic, fresh thinking, and big ideas.
QA+M Architecture’s visioning workshops resulted in a design that embodied OneDigital’s culture in a variety of flexible work environments. What emerged from these workshops were schematic plans that included public spaces for work and socialization, semi-private workstations, private huddle rooms, conference rooms, a cafe, podcast room, training/multi-purpose space, and reception. These spaces work together for an open office with ancillary furniture designed to foster collaboration and productivity.
COVID-19 emerged as the design neared completion. As a result of the pandemic, careful consideration was given to the space ensuring employees would feel safe and comfortable returning in-person to the workplace. QA+M Architecture brought its vision to life with gentle modifications: Furniture on casters accommodated safe distancing, and hygienic finishes promoted a cleaner environment.
Hosting clients and engaging community groups to use the space was paramount. QA+M Architecture created a training space to accommodate 60+ people that doubles as a yoga studio. Additionally, a telescoping glass wall opens to networking spaces and the cafe for ease of event flow. The design includes tech-friendly features and mobile white boards.
Principles of biophilic design were applied to the space, to capture OneDigital’s spirit while connecting building occupants to the outdoors. Mountain ranges, used to differentiate the work room and meeting areas, were also depicted on the glass to enclose these spaces. Other homages include the reception area’s moss wall, and wood panel wall accents throughout the office. The natural elements were intentionally selected to compliment the woodland views outside the office’s perimeter of ribbon windows.
Close attention was paid to OneDigital’s branding, highlighting its logo colors through the furniture and finishes. The ceiling was raised to expose the structure and to create a larger space that feels limitless, designed to be representative of the bold ideas that are generated in the office.