Unico1110 Lincoln Mall
Lincoln, NE 68508
Design Achievement - When UNICO Group, a rapidly expanding insurance and financial company, acquired a local company and outgrew their former space, their chief goal was creating space that supports an optimized transition. The design team worked closely with the executive group from both companies to offer a peaceful transition and continuity to staff accustomed to two separate workplace environments. DLR Group’s solution delivers an expanded office with flexible and comfortable workspaces on a conservative budget. UNICO wanted to give space back to their employees with a balance of open office areas for group work and brainstorming, and quiet focus areas for heads-down concentration. The company values work station flexibility as well as natural light, abundant in this office. A large and engaging breakroom planned for maximum growth becomes a social hub, while supergraphics on targeted walls are more visually engaging than simple paint and tell UNICO’s brand story. UNICO has a growing art collection, to which the design offers many studied viewpoints. The new office is ready for the continued company growth thanks to programming and strategic planning exercises.
Scope Summary - The 32,000 SF tenant improvement was programmed to comfortable accommodate 85 employees, and provide flexible workstations for anticipated growth. DLR Group’s relationship with the executive group was established during the programming phase and lasted through construction to allow the design team to offer guidance on design options, and assistance in communication with employees about what to expect in this new workplace. A new workspace balance was set with the reduction of private office footprints, and increase of open office and collaboration areas. Key program spaces include open desking and private offices, small to large meeting rooms, and a social kitchen hub. Materials and finishes were selected purposefully to uphold UNICO brand standards. Switch glass was utilized in the large conference room that overlooks the building’s lobby and UNICO’s office lobby, allowing staff to dull the glass on command when privacy is needed. DLR Group provided interior design and architecture services.