INCLUSIVE DESIGN – Office Renovations that Promote Employee Engagement

Office culture, department consolidation, personal work styles, collaboration, better use of space…all important concerns we wanted to address in our office renovation. The question became how to embrace positive change while retaining the things that still work, and of course, all on a shoestring budget. It’s a familiar challenge. We are Architects and Engineers, we do this every day for our clients, but could we do it for ourselves?

Schemmer is a full-service architectural, engineering and planning firm representing different disciplines, generations and personalities. The reality is we don’t all work the same way. Our previous office layout and furniture intended to treat everyone the same. The regularity had become uninspired and it was time for a fresh approach.

Inclusive! This was the motto of our renovation design process. We wanted a high level of buy-in from all our employees. It started with a survey giving every employee a voice. Then, an evening charrette with our Architects freely dreaming and analyzing the ideas we might implement. Floor plan pros and cons were evaluated at a Saturday morning open forum. Next, our strategy was refined with preliminary budgeting and individual department head interviews. A final Saturday forum was held to report back and unveil the final floor plan. Now, several months later, the dust has settled and our goals are met. We appreciate that the office is a work in progress and ultimately our employees are the daily spirit of our firm.

Schemmer - Design with Purpose. Build with Confidence.

Schemmer continues to study and implement renewable energies when possible. We are dedicated to ongoing education for our professionals. If energy costs rise or regulations require lower consumption, we’ll be ready. It is our responsibility to identify where we can help clients save energy, conserve the natural environment and look for sustainable solutions.

OPERATE Services Include:

  • Energy Modeling and Benchmarking
  • Load Matching and Peak Load Reduction
  • Water Conservation and Quality Strategies
  • Daylighting and Occupancy Controls
  • Life Safety Systems Review and Analysis
  • Envelope Analysis
  • Systems Commissioning
  • Building Envelope Commissioning
  • Six Sigma Process Review
  • Power Generation/Distribution Review, Testing and Analysis

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