When RapidScale outgrew their existing space, which iS design planned and permitted in 2018, the company returned to iS design when the need for a much larger option became obvious. They chose to relocate to the recently completed 301 Hillsborough at Raleigh Crossing office building in downtown Raleigh. The goal for the new location not only included increased square footage (approximately 11,000 to 26,000) it also included a desire to create a workplace environment that exceeded the expectations of their employees and clientele. Of course, the interval between the two suite’s design approaches included an international pandemic. As a result, the goal was not just to add much needed space. The shift in this new location was towards creating meaningful experiences for employees in the office – to not just create an expanded, well appointed space but to mingle dedicated work space with informal social settings throughout.
This has become the wellspring for leaders who want to future proof their organization. That is, how can you design a workplace that is attractive enough to retain and build allegiance, cohesion, productivity, dedication to team – and sustain it? The goal was to create an open and collaborative environment that focused on the 360° views afforded by their 13th floor suite overlooking downtown Raleigh. It was also to foster a level of interior finish that embraced vibrant color and polished elegance in areas devoted to leisure, informal gathering and even gaming.
Open office work spaces utilize low walled benching furniture and are gathered around the perimeter of the suite with ample natural light that the full height glass facades make readily available. Interior enclosed offices share the abundant natural light with their own glass walls facing the open work spaces as well as the exterior glass facades. Informal gathering spaces are not left out of the focus on exterior views, however. They are equally shared in break, gaming, small and larger collaboration areas as well as conference spaces.