Situated in the Westinghouse HQ building, Branch HQ offers a unique take on the modern-day workspace. With 10,055 SF of space spread over the entire third floor, we helped to design a flexible serviced office with three private office suite size options: small, medium and large. As the architect, mechanical engineer and with interior design support, we worked closely with the owner to ensure a space that exemplified their contemporary style, with efficient and integrated mechanical systems that make the space safe and accessible.
These spaces target office users with a range of different layout size needs- from independent contractors, small startups to larger companies. Through thoughtful layout design, features shared kitchen, resource library and bathroom amenities allow for maximum usable office space without losing the collaborative benefits of a shared space. The kitchen, library, phone booths and lounge areas enable tenants to work in groups or independently.
The custom designed interior, a hands-on collaboration with the owner, maximizes natural light to emphasize the bright and airy space. Upon entry, the exposed clay ceiling and concrete floors, original to the 1917 historic building, limited the unnecessary use of new materials and increased the sustainability of the space. Beyond sustainability, these features add a fun, whimsical vibe that makes for a bright and relaxing work environment.
The mechanical systems were carefully designed to minimize developmental impacts thus maintaining its historical, iconic appearance. We used a distributed water-source heat pump, and the DOAS system was designed to provide demand control ventilation to each space of the building, making this space exceptionally well positioned as events such as COVID changed the way we view air quality. By maintaining operable windows, occupants further benefit from fresh air circulation, unique to many office environments.