New NY Office With an Open Collaborative Workplace Foster Community While Supporting Individual Work in One Work Location
Kostow Greenwood Architects designed the new office in NY for the financial research firm CreditSights. CreditSights is a leading independent financial research firm with a mission to provide value added input that helps their clients make prudent and profitable investment and risk management decisions consistent with their risk profiles. Founded by a group of analysts, the firm has grown from 8 original employees to over 130 employees around the world. CreditSights is purely a research firm and does not underwrite securities or manage assets.
CreditSights’ previous office occupied two separate floors. The planned relocation would allow the entire team to be on the same floor and in the same open office area. The new office at 2 Park Avenue, a building with a landmarked exterior, was a blank canvas presenting an opportunity, for the first time, for the firm to design an office environment suitable to the team’s work styles. In consultation with Kostow Greenwood Architects, the desired workplace plan would have fewer perimeter offices, more open collaborative workspaces and several breakout rooms. One location for the New York based team was also an opportunity to infuse subtle design elements in the design of the workspace to enhance the firm’s brand presentation.
Low beam heights and high windows presented issues in running mechanical systems, lighting and sprinklers without obstructing the abundant natural light.
The windows in this landmarked building reach very near the ceiling so a lighting/acoustic solution was needed that would not obstruct the natural light. The building did not permit electrical and data core drills therefore the design attempts to use as much of the existing floor power trenches with minimal additional trenches. Conceive of a workspace that will foster community while supporting individual work for a team that has never before shared one work location.
The single floor layout for the firm’s new location is a typical middle core of public restrooms and elevators so Kostow Greenwood programmed the space into separate wings.
To maintain the highest ceiling heights, the open ceiling was used. The space came with pre-built slab and beam gypsum enclosures. The contractor carefully opened up areas to run power and data to avoid exposed conduit.
Each break-out room features a decorative wall covering showcasing nature. Distinctive lighting and acoustic solution provides light and acoustic rating similar to a suspended acoustical ceiling without reducing the ceiling height. Each sections(workstations, conference room, lounge, cafe, reception) has its own distinctive selection of fabrics.
To balance the reduction of private offices, the layout focuses on providing easy access to small workrooms that can accommodate 2-5 people. This allows the firm to have the open collaborative work environment between the research and sales departments, who had been on separate floors, while still providing the ability for private meetings and phone calls in the work rooms.
Furthermore, incorporating technology such as broadcast studio and technology room schedulers at each work room and conference room, help increase work efficiency.
At the café and lounge space, plenty of seating area are provided along the southern windows to entice employees to take breaks away from their desk for lunch and snacks along with providing an informal gathering area for the team. Open metal upper shelving with live plants in front of a glass panel permits southern sunlight into the entire office while still providing a sound barrier between café and open office.
Design Team/Project Team
|Architect / Interiors||Kostow Greenwood Architects|
|MEP/FP Engineer||AMA Consulting Engineers, PC|
|Expeditor||Burnham Nationwide, Inc.|
|Audio / Visual Systems||Spectra Audio Design Group|
|Plant Design||John Mini|
|IT Consultants||Shen Milsom & Wilke, LLC|
|Security||PTS Consulting, Inc.|
|Signage/Privacy Film||Coyle & Company Graphics, Inc.|
|Project Manager||Gardiner & Theobald|
|Contractor||Vanguard Construction & Development|
|Furniture Dealer||WB Wood|
|Demountable System||Lane Office|