ABA Insurance Services aspired for an office design that would attract and retain young talent, improve efficiencies, and bolster their culture. Self-described as “sophisticated, but fun”, ABA looked to retire their aged space to one that felt welcoming, upbeat, and collaborative.
Spatially organized by the notion of “neighborhoods”, the design solution groups departments with similar work styles, and connects them through a clear circulation path, just as a road does. Visual barriers were significantly reduced to promote staff connectivity. This meant eliminating high cube walls and bulky 5-high laterals, and instead incorporating low panels that allow for better daylight and views.
Expansive floor-to-ceiling windows on all sides of the floorplate pull in natural light to workspaces. The design solution offers a variety of environments to work and collaborate that promote a palette of postures, including a lounge, standing desks, and bar-height spaces.
Set within the hip new Van Aken District, ABA occupies 16,000 SF within the bustling mixed-use development. Upon entering ABA, the lobby sets the color palette of textured neutrals and pops of rich blues. Carried throughout the space, blues, teals, and seaglass colors signal gathering and collaboration spaces. Notable examples are informal pockets of workspaces with colored carpet and beautiful glass pendants, and the café / multipurpose space with deep blue upholstery, and a colorful communication wall. This space is the “town center”, the hub where all departments socialize and gather. Flexible furniture and movable partitions allow this space to morph as needed. Most days, it is an employee café, but provides the perfect backdrop for company pot-lucks, workshops, and ping-pong tournaments.