Working on this project, Virgin Mobile outlined the attributes of their company culture that they wanted reflected in the office design. They were seeking an office space where their people were easy to access, collaborate, encourage entrepreneurial thinking, and have fun. All workspaces access windows for both daylight and sweeping views of downtown from the 24th floor. The collaboration stations were outfitted with cutting-edge technology and glass-marker boards to easily share and express ideas. The open floorplan and workspaces, including the meeting rooms and collaboration stations allows for everyone to be seen and heard. The conference rooms have glass walls and doors to observe each other working, creating and pitching new ideas. The kitchen area doubles as a place for the staff to both eat and unwind with panoramic views and a layout that accommodates large gathering.
The Sprint Living Lab at the Overland Park Campus was recently completed.
The goals were to achieve densification in the workspace, take down barriers, foster collaboration, provide a more modern design aesthetic and add a strong focus on integration of collaborative technologies, while retaining the existing walls, doors, ceilings, and lighting, with very minimal modification. The firm was also directed to look at a broad range of furniture solutions for workspaces, collaborative and ancillary areas. As a result, the firm incorporated 9 different types of individual workstations and a large variety of enclosed open office meeting and collaborative furniture solutions. The firm approached the project as a “showroom” environment, showcasing a variety of manufacturers’ products and solutions, with each of the 4 unique spaces flowing into each other in a coordinated way. The color palette is scattered throughout the spaces, with each area having one or two prime colors.
Virgin Mobile USA’s new Downtown Kansas City headquarters is taking shape, with 42 employees hired and the buildout of its 11,000-square-foot office at One Kansas City Place fast-tracked for completion by this summer.
The British, no-contract mobile provider was purchased by Sprint in 2009 for almost $500 million and is in the process of consolidating its coastal offices into a US headquarters closer to its parent company. But Virgin Mobile is taking pains to ensure it keeps a separate brand and identity...read more
As One On The 25 Must See Buildings In Missouri
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Missouri has successfully lured Virgin Mobile USA to downtown Kansas City.
Baited by $1.87 million in incentives through the Missouri Works program, the telecom company has agreed to create at least 84 jobs over the next five years at its new Kansas City home at One Kansas City Place, 1200 Main St. The selection comes months after Virgin Mobile announced its search for a new home base in downtown Kansas City...read more
Virgin Mobile USA will locate within One Kansas City Place at 1200 Main in downtown. The skyscraper is the tallest building between Chicago and Dallas.
Thomas Edison was the inspiration for the design and industrial lab environment materials such as concrete floors, ceilings that are open to deck, brick and wood wall features, and Edison style lightbulbs are used throughout
The concept behind Edison Spaces is an office that leases small interior suites to startup companies on a monthly basis. The structural deck and exposed metal columns were painted black for a vintage industrial accent trim.
Open areas are communal spaces for sub-tenants to share, including conferencing rooms, open collaboration spaces, printing room and break room. Space and design challenges included creating a welcoming entry and impressive common areas that would be inviting to both existing and potential sub-tenants to lease.