Designing Hurdles and Complications
Formcraft takes a custom approach to architecture and interior design by anticipating hurdles and complications. With over 25 years in business and hundreds of projects completed, Formcraft’s experience shines through. Throughout the coronavirus pandemic, Formcraft has helped companies pivot office space through WorkforceDiagnostics™. Our 6-week program provides qualitative and quantitative data to inform better workplace strategies and designs. Learn more about WorkforceDiagnostics™.
Making the Client a Part of the Process
At Formcraft, our team of architects and designers love to get into the minds and hearts of their clients and design exciting environments where people love to work and business thrives.
We start by understanding our customer’s current and future needs. Architects and designers begin the design process by engaging clients as early as possible and by asking all of the important questions to best understand the company’s vision, mission, culture, people, and their work. At your first consultation, meet with our designers and workplace strategists to discuss who you are as an organization, who your people are, and where you’re heading. Getting a clear understanding of your culture and how your people work is key to kicking off your design journey and to providing you with a design strategy that makes your office space work for you both now and in the future.
In the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, many companies were forced to figure out what business as usual, or more so “business as unusual” would be like for their office. Those companies that allowed work from home, had to distribute their culture amidst scattered homebases. There is the hope of reuniting in the office once again. Your company may have to redesign office space to implement new safety protocols that will boost employee confidence coming into the office. And Formcraft is here to help.
Whether your project drivers are creating a sense of community and safety, balancing work from home, or attracting talent, our design team will work with you to create a unique design solution that results in an amazing work experience with a thriving office space that inspires, engages, and connects your people.
Design Elements To Avoid
✓ Avoid giving valuable exterior window space and daylight to low-occupancy spaces like private offices, storage, or less utilized spaces.
✓ Avoid assigned offices or workstations for employees that may benefit more from working remotely
✓ Avoid building non-flexible workspaces
One way architects and designers make the client a part of the process is by drawing inspiration from company culture. Each company has a unique culture, defined by leadership and lived out through all employees. Define a workstyle, such as traditional, agile, modern, open-concept, or modular, that speaks to how you want your business and people to function.
Architects and designers work as one to infuse your culture into design elements. For example, office designs can include brand names, logos, and corporate mascots if desired.
To learn more about how Formcraft incorporates company culture into design, read our Amerisan case study. A food safety and sanitation company, Amerisan wanted their office to reinforce their values of safe and quality food.
Tying in Amerisan’s company color was important to make the office more personal. Pairing this with a subtle green seat on each chair connected the space and made it their own. Many new features such as modern bench style workstations, collaborative areas, designated focus areas, private offices and the lauded huddle room bring new energy to Amerisan’s office.
While our interior designers and architects are experts and highly skilled, they always heed customer’s feedback. The Formcraft process is rooted in two-way communication, respect, and accountability.