How does your space drive productivity, collaboration and connectivity?
We designed our space to be full of natural light and interesting architectural details. We tried to anticipate the many ways someone would spend the work hours of their day and designed our space to accommodate those. We have both seated and standing desks (individual and community), as well as soft seating alcoves in more private space and in an open community space. Our shared kitchen serves as a hub and gathering space, as well. Research indicates that connection to nature increases productivity. We've filled our common spaces with plants and created outdoor seating/work spaces that are well used throughout the day. Our wide front porch is also our base for monthly happy hours.
What is the one thing that is unforgettable when someone walks through your space?
We chose to source and purchase only place-based art from local professional artists living and working in the Fountain Square area. Our space is filled with beautiful and unique pieces which reflect this neighborhood's soul. Additionally, our co-working tables were built by a neighbor, our desks were built by a neighbor, the building was designed by a neighbor, our landscaping was designed by a neighbor, and most of the people involved in the construction and management of the space live within walking distance of Switchboard. This space embodies all aspects of this particular community.
How does your space tell your company’s story and reflect its brand?
Our brand is warm, professional, community-driven and firmly rooted in the Fountain Square neighborhood. We chose the name "Switchboard" to represent a communication hub, a place of connection. Our logo has art deco elements, referencing the golden age of Fountain Square. Throughout the clean, modern, light-filled space, are splashes of our signature orange and bright, original art by Fountain Square connected artists.
We believe that a lot of neighborhood community building happens on front porches and added seating to our wide front porch in the form of porch swings crafted from church pews salvaged from a neighborhood church.
How does your space engage your employee base?
Switchboard lives in a repurposed turn of the last century church and parsonage. Our community manager/director works in the center of the re-configured building, at the intersection of the office and co-working spaces. Every tenant passes through this corridor multiple times a day, from walking in first thing in the morning, to collecting photocopies and refilling coffee throughout the day, to leaving for the evening. New clients and guests are welcomed, connections are made, and tenants are engaged throughout the day from this central, welcoming hub.