The CareerBuilder HQ in Chicago occupies 75,000-sf across three and a half floors at 200 N LaSalle Drive. The renovation project turned the workspace into an open-plan concept that houses executive staff, administrative staff, and sales in an inclusive and non-hierarchical workplace.
Visitors and employees are welcomed into the space via a multi-use lounge and pantry space and a wide reception area that serves as a large hub. Deeper into the space, a centrally-located feature stairway functions as a main artery to connect all of the levels. The stairs are framed by two exposed columns, encased and illuminated within corrugated polycarbonate sheets that display the building’s industrial interior. A training center is separated from other areas with a garage door to allow the center to be acoustically isolated when needed and open when not in use.
Tall partition workstations and private offices were eliminated to strip the space of hierarchical design elements and were replaced with low partitions and benching-style workstations for a more horizontal organizational structure. The workspace is split into neighborhoods to promote movement and employee connections through spatial planning and vertical connections. Conference rooms, which were wrapped around the core to allow natural light to permeate the office throughout, and phone rooms were integrated into the floor plan to provide employees with breakout spaces for meetings and quiet focus.
In order to help with employee health and wellbeing, uplighting was installed to help reduce glare and eye strain, workstations were outfitted with height-adjustable desks, and the dispersion of smaller breakout spaces encourages employees to move around the office throughout the day.