Octagon

  • Client

    • George Comfort & Sons, Inc.
  • Project Type

  • LEED Certified Silver
  • Opened/Completed

    • 2017
  • Area

    • 57,500 ft²

Design Achievement - This global sports and entertainment marketing company has dedicated decades to serving first and foremost its clients. However, with its new headquarters on the Connecticut coast, the company looked to turn their gaze inward to the employee. DLR Group’s design team helped transition the company from a closed, focused work environment to a shared, open collaborative workspace. By integrating a concept of group, loop, and gather, the team was able to organize employees with common roles, create shared circulation paths, and consolidate amenity spaces into a condensed zone. New signage, lighting, and material palette give the space a cohesive look and feel while allowing for playful user integration with “swag walls” to display personal and team achievements. A unifying spine stitches the different groups together with a fabricated baffle installation in the ceiling as an acoustic buffer and visual connector. Brand colors and sports graphics are integrated with coastal views and a boardwalk palette create a sense of retreat for high profile clients – and calm for nested employees.

Scope Summary - The scope of work for this project encompassed improvements to two floors totaling approximately 57,500 SF. This included new walls, paint, carpet, casework, furnishings and fixtures, and an experiential graphics package. The program includes a reception lobby; a “sports” bar; café; team and private offices; an executive suite; conference rooms – including phone, small huddle, medium, large, and flexible “hive” spaces; informal lounge and collaboration spaces; and a training space. Design choices upheld the client’s commitment to sustainability by pursuing LEED Certification. DLR Group provided planning, architecture, interiors, and experiential graphic design.

Designed to Grow
Following the successful completion of Octagon's headquarters in Norwalk, Connecticut, DLR Group was hired to design an additional 14,000 SF in Charlotte, North Carolina to support 50 employees – with room to grow. The firm's integrated team of architects, interior designers, MEP engineering, and A/V and security designers delivered a design experience focused on energy. Greeted by a “home base,” clients and employees enter directly into the buzz-filled heart of the office. This front-of-house space features informal picnic table and bleacher seating and “jumbotron” screens and speakers. It serves as both casual collision and after-hours event space. Throughout, supergraphics showcasing Octagon’s brand refresh tie this location to others across the nation. In total, project kick-off to move-in totaled 16 weeks, or twice as fast as the typical design and construction process.

Octagon

Client
George Comfort & Sons, Inc.