Properties Magazine May 2017 : Page 31

WORKING TOGETHER Lower height cubicles encourage more collaboration among employees. As an added touch, lateral files alongside employees’ chairs are also topped with an upholstered pad for guest seating. vative and creative thinking. Our training rooms are extremely important for both employee development as well as ongoing training.” “We had 350 employees in Lakewood,” says Tate. “Already, we now have more than 400 with adequate space for more.” All new furniture and technol-ogy equipment needed to be ordered and delivered, as none of the former furniture would make the move. All new workstations feature stand/sit desks from Steelcase with low glass partitions, atop royal blue fabric, tack board panels. With all employees and executives sitting in open offices, the glass increases visibility, but maintains acoustical privacy for those on the phone. Each lateral file alongside the employee’s chair is also topped with an upholstered pad for guest seating. “Many of New York Life’s key decision-makers were located throughout the country,” explains Spratt. “Turner was responsible for managing all of the com-munication between the owner, landlord and general contractor to expedite the decision-making process. In order to facilitate our design discussions, we fre-quently used Skype and Go-To Meetings to review drawings together to ensure everyone was on the same page.” “We did have a corporate furniture vendor to coordinate with, but we were free to create our own color selections in the design process,” explains Maxwell. “We used NYL’s blue and then accented it with vibrant colors in the furnishings and carpet squares.” As a plus for both schedule and budget, most of the full-height partitioning on Special Projects Division Turner Construction Company’s Special Projects Division completes an annual average of one million square feet of renovations, additions, and fitouts within all building types. We add value for our clients by self-performing much of the work. 31

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