Oldcastle, the largest manufacturer and supplier of building products in North America, had grown incrementally over the years in its corporate headquarters. The result was a disjointed and inefficient workplace exemplified by redundant reception areas, support spaces and circulation. Additionally, through acquisitions, extra offices needed to be brought to one location to improve alignment among various departments and groups that worked closely together.
Heery provided design and engineering services for the client's new office. The design approach involved balancing Oldcastle’s long-standing reliance on private offices for its 290 employees with its need to encourage and support collaboration among individuals, departments and operating units. The design strategy was to create open, collaborative zones throughout the space that would foster this interaction.
The reception area, break rooms, pre-function areas, and conference rooms were expanded to provide employees with a variety of work venues that both encourage and support face to face meetings. One key element was the creation of a single “front door”, as opposed to the existing arrangement of multiple reception areas that were often confusing for visitors. The idea of a new centralized reception area also afforded an opportunity to reinforce the Oldcastle brand. The design of the space incorporates a variety of Oldcastle products including aggregate, split face block, concrete and glass. These materials have been integrated with more traditional interior finishes to create a sophisticated, timeless design that communicates the values and purpose of Oldcastle to its visitors and employees alike.