The Total Office staff always starts a project by placing the people who will use the space at the heart of their design.
They quickly visited the newly acquired site, met Centauri team members who would work onsite, and consulted long distance with the project manager about the types of activities that would take place in each area. They focused on the variety of ways in which the team would interact with each other in the course of their day.
The initial project was a sprint for everyone involved. Working very quickly, the Total Office staff identified furniture options that could be delivered within the required timeframe and would facilitate proper team interactions, and then put together renderings of the proposed furniture layout.
In addition to meeting the core functional needs of the space, the Total Office designers added interactive spaces to facilitate ideation and stylistic touches to reinforce the corporate image. The staff then consulted long distance with the project manager to ensure every room met the needs of the staff who would occupy the facility.
“Our assigned designer was so helpful. She knows architecture and design,” says Halkias. “For example, she gave ideas to the carpet layers about how to achieve a more sophisticated look with the pattern—even though another vendor selected and supplied the carpet.”
Centauri quickly realized they had found not just a furniture vendor, but a partner, who cared about the success of the project as well as the success of Centauri’s business. Despite the compressed timeline, the initial installation was so successful that Centauri immediately hired Total Office to equip a second, larger location in Colorado Springs.