PennEnergy Resources is a Pittsburgh based independent oil and gas company focused on the acquisition and development of unconventional shale resources in the Appalachian Basin. They are committed to being a best-in-class shale development company that creates value for their investors, stakeholders, employees, and landowners through the safe and environmentally responsible development of unconventional resources.
PennEnergy Resources was looking to combine their two separate offices into one central location that would foster collaboration and create an inviting environment for both employees and clients. Their current office spaces were incredibly segregated with high cubicle panels, an abundance of storage, private offices, and underutilized collaboration areas – all which limited the amount of interaction employees had on a day-to-day basis. The goal of this project was to create a 45,000 sq ft professional, inviting, flexible environment that provided employees with a variety of work settings to support different shifts in work throughout the day.
The design process began with furniture typical development which is atypical for how projects are usually approached. In a post-pandemic environment, “the work” has changed and the furniture that had once supported their teams was no longer the solution needed. Our teams worked with PennEnergy to understand the storage, technology, mobility, and flexibility needed for their employees. Like most companies pre-pandemic, employees required more storage and space than they do today. Many employees are able to work from a backpack rather than several filing cabinets as they once had. This typical development was critical to determining square footage requirements needed for individual employees whether in workstations or private offices. Ultimately, this exercise affected the total square footage requirement for the project and proved to be an impactful process for PennEnergy.
When creating design options for PennEnergy, the Franklin and Desmone teams explored a “neighborhood” approach to the floorplan. For the collaboration areas to be most effective, we worked with each department on their allocated space to determine how they collaborate and planned the furniture & technology settings to best support their specific work.
Working with Desmone, ITS, and Falkbuilt were crucial in planning a successful project. All three specialties were able to come together and optimize the floorplan to ensure the necessary power sources were installed with the wall and furniture placements in mind. This allowed Desmone and Franklin to create a completely customized environment that was specifically tailored to the way PennEnergy and their employees work.
A large focus within the floorplan was the Work Café. Desmone strategically placed the Café in the center of the floorplan to bring employees together and have a central location where they could relax, socialize, and learn with teammates. Space planning and power locations within the café allow for this space to be used throughout the day for individual work as well as additional meeting space. This allowed the client to maximize their square footage dedicated to this area. By employing a neighborhood approach, the office becomes more of a destination where people feel comfort and confidence that they can find their teammates while having the tools they need to do their bestwork.
When planning PennEnergy’s new office, the Franklin team proposed an integrated solution that combined flooring, interior construction and furniture. By doing so, our teams were able create a highly customized environment while being able to meet the client’s tight deadline. Through the design planning process, the Franklin and Desmone teams leveraged Falkbuilt’s Echo technology to present a realistic video flythrough that showcased every tiny detail of the space down to exact finishes and power sources. This video flythrough helped the client visualize their space, suggest changes in a timely fashion and ultimately expedited the entire design process.
This created end-user buy in, helped the client to visualize the space and make changes prior to order placement that reduced change orders and surprises through the build-out.
By offering an integrated solution, Franklin and Sentinel were able to reduce the standard 15-week timeline down to just 9 weeks. Below is a timeline with weekly milestones for the 45,000 sq ft jobsite.
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