How does your space drive productivity, collaboration and connectivity?
A lot of coordination goes into the structures we build, so collaboration and connectivity were a main focus when designing the floorplan and features of the Shiel Sexton Headquarters. The building’s floorplan encourages collaboration with open ceilings, built-in cubicle style workspaces, a central spiral staircase to connect the first and second floors, and multiple collaboration rooms on each floor. The collaboration rooms are equipped with large screens and built-in audio-visual technology to support virtual communication and real-time information sharing with our employees, clients, and partners to streamline communication processes and enhance productivity. Connectivity amongst employees is also encouraged by the centrally located communication wall, which is an open magnetic white-board space that spans an entire wall – a place where employees can share information with one another.
What is the one thing that is unforgettable when someone walks through your space?
By far, the most unforgettable feature of Shiel Sexton’s building is the 44’ 8” tall street sculpture of Structure Man outside, which was designed by David Young of 2nd Globe and constructed by Shiel Sexton Company. The sculpture, which weighs 3 tons, is essentially a steel post between two I-beams and is made of steel, wood, 700 SF of lead coated copper… and he comes with his very own lunch box. Structure Man’s expressive simplification and abstraction merge human and structural elements. His gesture – pressing an I-beam – suggests strength, permanence, and alludes with tongue-in-cheek to a super hero. Structure Man is a demonstration of our expertise, an integration of art into our building’s architecture, and a landmark for Indianapolis. He has become not only a part of the Shiel Sexton family, but also a prominent part of this community. Structure Man is a super-size example of the growth of a company, a community and a city.
How does your space tell your company’s story and reflect its brand?
We build for people who expect more. As builders, our Headquarters is not only home to the Shiel Sexton family – it also reflects who we are and what we do. As visitors enter the main lobby they are immediately offered a rare glimpse into the complex building systems that go unseen behind the walls of the buildings we live and work in every day. This feature wall showcases steel framing, electrical runs and complex information technology cabling; all of which are encased in sheets of clear glass. Upon entering the reception area they will find a reception desk designed and built by our own concrete craftsmen using decommissioned steel cast-in-place concrete forms and concrete.
As visitors make their way through the building they will find the company’s famed “S” logo displayed as tangible pieces of art. The image of the “S” is the representation of our logo, and that image is illustrated on seven different sculptures that were created using actual building materials. These sculptures were then photographed and graphically designed as logos. Current logos include structural steel, concrete and rebar, electrical conduit, HVAC duct, safety tie-offs with shatter proof glass, fastener systems and circuit board.
The company’s long history is also exemplified throughout the building with artifacts and relics that tell the story of our company and the story of our craft. Antique tools, interesting finds from job sites, and old logos and signage from the company’s past decorate the walls. Photos of our projects, new and old, are showcased on rails installed throughout the entire building, hard hats of retired employees hang proudly in the T.J. Sexton conference room. For our employees, visitors, and those passing by, our building always has a story to tell.
How does your space engage your employee base?
The stories and history behind the building’s decor are meant to engage interest, encourage thought, and provoke question. Shiel Sexton’s culture is exuded throughout the space and the stories beg to be told. We build for people who expect more and the space exemplifies that.