CannonDesign – Chicago Offices

  • Client CannonDesign,
  • size 60,500 sqft
  • Year 2012
  • Location Chicago, Illinois, United States,
  • Industry Architecture Firm,
  • Global architecture firm CannonDesign has developed a new office space for their Chicago operations.

    In its design of a new workplace environment for over 200 staff in Chicago, CannonDesign developed a dynamic workplace strategy for enhancing teamwork and performance that serves as a prototype for its multiple other locations around the world. The solution provides flexibility and diversity by moving all staff, regardless of rank or title, to open offices while also establishing over 20 different alternative workplace settings – including conference rooms, enclaves, and informal teaming areas – which encourage everyone to work in a manner that best suits their style and particular work needs.

    The LEED-CI Platinum office supports collaboration with integrated information and communications technology allowing local teams to work in real time with colleagues around the globe. Designers worked with manufacturers to customize a radial work area solution which improves team visibility and collaboration while also maintaining the same seat count as traditional layouts. This strategy has increased employee satisfaction by 86% and has also improved employee concentration (32%), ability to meet face-to-face (31%), ability to hold phone conversations (22%), and individual work in private areas (14%). The project utilizes regional materials (63 percent by value within 500 miles) and those with high amounts of recycled content (34 percent by value using LEED criteria).

    Lead Designer: Mark Hirons, AIA, IIDA, LEED AP
    Photography: Christopher Barrett