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Tuesday, 25 June, 2019 @ 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM EDT| $40
In the summer of 2018, international children’s charity, Smile Train, moved its Worldwide Headquarters to a newly renovated office at 633 Third Avenue. The modern, 20,000 square-foot facility was designed to provide flexible, collaborative spaces where nearly 55 employees could carry out the organization’s important vision.
Under the guidance of Jattuso Architecture and B&B Contracting, Smile Train set out to create a space that championed a sense of openness with as much natural light as possible, as well as the flexibility for space division and future growth. With the help of staff questionnaires and focused input from leadership, it was agreed that the new office needed to have spaces that could be easily configured to accommodate small team meetings, yet also hold large company-wide gatherings when necessary.
A flexible glass wall system with folding and sliding glass doors is used throughout, allowing the spaces to adapt while still maintaining a cohesive look and feel. Organic workstations (with standing desks for everyone) encourage connections between departments and integrated technologies throughout facilitate coordination and mobility for all.
The material and fixture palette is warm and vibrant, using details in key areas to create flexible zones for individual work and larger meetings and events, as well as a wellness room, all bridged by a vibrant communal lounge.
Polished concrete, walnut and blackened steel details, pops of color and an open office carpet design based on a map of Smile Train’s areas of work around the world, all come together to reinforce the charity’s identity and sustainable ethos.