SHP became both architect + designer and client when we moved into our new headquarters in 2018. Sustained business growth and a desire to return to downtown Cincinnati necessitated an office move that would support our diverse team of designers, architects, engineers, and sales and administrative professionals. Putting ourselves through the same design and development process that we use for clients proved useful, allowing us to step back to manifest our culture and our expertise in a space designed from the bottom up. We had two aims in mind: support our work and showcase our capabilities to current and future clients.
The new SHP space at 312 Plum features multiple on-demand meeting spaces, huddle rooms, even small enclosed private areas to make confidential phone calls or for nursing mothers. Our open floor plan is organized by service area, ensuring teams can collaborate in-the-moment as the need arises, but it also encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration and face-to-face engagement. While every employee has a desk, dedicated creative commons and hoteling workstations allow our teammates to work where they feel most inspired. We also dedicated space to our makerspace lab and virtual reality equipment, while biophilic elements were included to provide health and wellness benefits. Technology, too, is a key feature of the space, with meeting software providing in-the-moment scheduling updates for each meeting space and collaborative, 360-degree video conferencing tools in key spaces.
- Large, floor-to-ceiling windows line the building’s perimeter, providing bright daylighting and views of downtown Cincinnati and neighboring Kentucky.
- A large, communal kitchen space with beverage stations and multipurpose seating welcomes on-demand collaboration while providing enough space for large, enterprise-wide meetings.
- Living earth elements incorporating biophilic design—plants, repurposed wood tabletops, and other living elements—and serve as a design cornerstone, highlighting the firm’s cultural commitment to health and wellness