HOK, global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm, designed this new high-performance workplace to engage employees, clients and the local community. Named one of the coolest office spaces by the St. Louis Business Journal, the facility integrates collaboration technologies with the firm’s bright, vibrant design to connect a network of over 20 global offices.
With more than 150 people in the St. Louis office and approximately 1,800 employees across the globe, reliable, intuitive virtual conferencing is essential for success. Over a dozen collaboration spaces of different sizes are equipped to transform meetings into true work sessions.
The Board Room includes several technological features creating the ultimate collaborative experience. An 84” SMART Board allows multiple users to select, write and erase on its interactive surface with digital ink simultaneously. A Christie Brio brings group members together with up to five computers, smart phones, or tablets, by wirelessly streaming content onto displays and channeling audio through the integrated sound system. Standard connections are available at the conference table for additional sources. A table-top touch screen gives the user control over all system functions including display power, content volume, source selection and microphone control with a simplified interface.
The neighboring Large Conference Room combines innovative technologies for effective communications. A 55” SMART Board with 4K ultra-high-definition resolution display provides optimal image clarity and wide viewing angles for great sightlines from anywhere in the meeting. An additional 55” Samsung conferencing display give users twice the digital workspace for video and intuitive and shareable annotation. Power and volume control for each display is available using independent wall-mounted keypads.
The Work Lab is a large two-story gathering space that fosters uninhibited collaboration with an open floorplan and presentation system for larger groups. Two 90” displays are suspended from articulating wall mounts for a flexible blueprint and great sightlines from anywhere in the space. Audio from the displays is reinforced through wall mounted stereo speakers. A handheld microphone paired with digital signal processing are part of a balanced audio system for optimal clarity and minimal feedback.
HOK highlights completed projects as well as art installations to foster the creativity and innovation that sets them apart. The Gallery features 55” Samsung LED displays with networked digital media players to complement the space. User-friendly digital signage management software allows HOK to easily customize worry-free content playback and focus on core business functions.