United Way of Central Indiana fights for the education, financial stability, health and basic needs of everyone in their community.
2955 N meridian st, suite 300 | Indianapolis, in
Square Footage: 40,000
Employee Count: 150
Year of Buildout: 2016
General Contractor: Capitol Construction
Architect / Interiors: Rowland Design
Furniture: RJE Business Interiors
How does your space drive productivity, collaboration and connectivity?
The collaborative office is the result of a collective process between the design team and staff. Employees voted on several features and furnishings, and six committees helped make decisions about the space.
The office is abundant with choices, from a blend of meeting rooms and enclaves surrounding the reception area to flexible furniture solutions that accommodate different ways of working. The new office includes 45-square-foot sit-to-stand workstations organized in neighborhoods—a dramatic shift from the 120-square-foot offices in United Way’s previous location. The floorplan allowed square footage to be reallocated to a variety of meeting spots, increasing the accessibility and availability of space. Centralized areas for printers and trash/recycle stations and the addition of a business center increase chance meetings and improve United Way’s operational efficiency.
Promoting a culture of trust and transparency, executive’s offices and associated meeting spaces are highly visible. Each office features two doors, allowing the leadership team to connect with each other and with the rest of the staff.
What is the one thing that is unforgettable when someone walks through your space?
Upon arriving on the third floor, visitors instantly connect to the two-story social hub. The United Way mission “Live United” is boldly displayed under a bank of windows featuring larger-than-life graphics of United Way staff, volunteers, and community leaders. The space fosters impromptu gatherings and provides a place for lunch breaks and small events.
How does your space tell your company’s story and reflect its brand?
United Way’s brand, colors, and imagery are critical design components apparent upon arrival at the third floor, where visitors instantly connect to the two-story social hub.
At the office entrance and continuing throughout, locally fabricated graphics, signage, and lighting reinforce United Way’s history and relationship to central Indiana. For example, a custom lighting feature designed by the interior architecture firm represents United Way as a connecting thread that spreads light to the community. The reception features United Way’s visible pillars: Education, Financial Stability, Health and Basic Needs. Design elements throughout the space—on walls, doors, and computer screens—recognize donors that made the project possible.
How does your space engage your employee base?
Faced with a segmented office with aging systems, United Way of Central Indiana needed a space that promoted its culture and supported the working styles of its employees, now and in the future. The ideal solution was to relocate to a third-floor suite in the State Auto Building. The goals for United Way’s new, 40,000-square-foot headquarters included:
• Creating a modern, efficient, and collaborative space reflecting the vital, innovative work United Way does for the community
• Reinforcing its mission, culture, values, and “New U” community impact strategy
• Recognizing volunteers, donors, and advocates
All around the office, bursts of colorful furnishings and finishes punctuate a canvas of neutral hues. While the executive team resides in a central location, the other employees’ workstations are arranged so that everyone benefits from natural light.
Since moving into the new space, United Way has witnessed an increase in staff energy and pride, efficiency and effectiveness, and collaboration to solve problems and foster creativity. Employees have described their new workplace as cheerful, motivating, collaborative, high-tech, comfortable, inspiring, healthier, and vibrant.