Milhaus is an award-winning, mixed use development, construction, and property management company that specializes in Class A, urban, multifamily residential buildings. They provide exceptional customer experiences and create solutions for neighborhoods that positively impact communities with their expertise in real estate, investment, development, construction and management. Located in Fletcher Place near Fountain Square, Milhaus is made up of inspired and industrious individuals who are passionate about the development of mixed use and multi-family communities.
460 Virginia Avenue | Indianapolis, in
Square Footage: 12,000
Employee Count: 75
Year of Buildout: 2015
General Contractor: Milhaus Construction
Architect / Interiors: Blackline
Furniture: N/A - custom selections
How does your space drive productivity, collaboration and connectivity?
At Milhaus we have an open office with features that keep every department connected as well as promote personal productivity. Our wireless office allows us to work wherever the day may take us, whether that be a conference room, community space, phone booth or even the deck outside. Inside, our desks are organized by department for collaboration within and across teams. While we maintain an open environment at all levels, including the executive offices, our space utilizes white noise to drown out nearby conversations and phone booths are available for private discussions.
What is the one thing that is unforgettable when someone walks through your space?
Both visitors and passers-by will notice the overhead garage doors that open our office to Virginia Avenue. This unique feature is not only fun to point out to our guests, but our employees benefit from the natural light from the large windows while working from their desks. From spring to fall, the doors allow us to bring in fresh air to the office and use the outdoor deck space with picnic tables to host company events, eat lunch or have a quick meeting.
How does your space tell your company’s story and reflect its brand?
As a rapidly growing company, we created an office space that is not only symbolic of our history, but reflective of our vision and community. Our office space lives out our mission of revitalizing spaces and transforming communities with mixed-use projects. Our location was previously an abandoned warehouse that in the past had housed a laundry facility, a moving company and most recently Shirley Engraving before it sat vacant for 3 years. We maintained the historic brick front entry to our office and incorporated salvaged materials from some of our properties. Along with repurposed materials, features such as skylights for natural lighting, shared bikes and motion activated lighting demonstrate our commitment to operate as an eco-friendly company. The office also showcases concrete floors, exposed ceilings, artwork from local artists and designer lighting making the space visually appealing.
Each of our five conference rooms reflect the story of our history/growth. The artwork in our first conference room, 1700, features a person climbing up seventeen rungs reaching for a balloon, symbolic of our start on the 17th story of the Chase Building. The metaphor continues all the way though to our last conference room, Somerville, where the person has learned to ride a modern bicycle towards the future at the end of the rope.
How does your space engage your employee base?
A primary focus for Milhaus is to develop properties that will bring communities together and support local businesses. The place where we begin to develop, construct, operate and manage those properties is no different. Our open office has helped us create a community within our company that houses departments from development to property management and operations. While we perform vastly different functions, our office space helps us visibly work as one. As you enter the office, you will see our market wall that was created with the help of every employee at a company event.
Our space also gives us the opportunity to connect and revitalize while away from our desks. We keep bikes along the back wall that allow us to get out of the office and take a mental break, or pick up lunch without getting in the car. We also host monthly company events at the office that allow us to have a little fun and stay connected to each other as well as to our local community. Two of our favorites have been packing lunches for Wheeler Mission Ministries and having an ice cream social with gelato from our neighbor Café Nonna.