Debra– the new office

Finally!  We’ve moved the staff into the new office space which feels like we’ve been building for years.  Can I say that I just hate construction?  And all the millions of decisions that go into creating a new office space.

I think we tested 3 colors on the wall and that was after a number of paint chip discussions.  File cabinets and furniture that were supposed to take forever arrived in mere days.  We had to rent a trailer to store the mountain of incredibly large boxes.  Those were the tiny bumps in the road.  One of the fun bumps was the security installation that put its glass break detectors in spots that screwed up the ceiling lighting plan.  Arrghh.  Delays were the order of the day.

And we decided to bypass the local rep and direct order the office system.  That meant installing it ourselves (hiring the contractor to do it).  Seemed like a good idea until we saw the instructions were well less than stellar.  Let me just say that they look easy to assemble, but not so much.

The cubicles in the bull pen area (pictured) turned out awesome.  Not quite as “sound deadening” as promised but the cubicles are large, with great work surfaces and a large “binder bin” on each side.  For now, the staff has more space in their cubicles than they can even imagine filling.

We’re still organizing, changing out old file cabinets, loading in the supplies and the kitchen items, figuring out that I can’t walk into the bull pen and shout someone’s name because people are on the phone.  Ahem.  That’s a hard one.

But we’re in.  We’re operational and only hideously behind instead of non-functional.  Once the contractor does about ten tiny chores, like putting up the blinds, we’ll be completely finished with the office.  We had to move in before they finished everything.  Shelving in the supply closet was only finished the end of last week!

Isn’t it lovely?  (Remember this is like someone asking you if their baby is pretty.  You say, “Yes.”)

For those who may know some of the staff:  Brittany on the left has her back to camera and the summer intern is on the right.

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15 Responses to Debra– the new office

  1. Kylie Brant says:

    Looks fantastic, Deb!! And space that hasn’t been filled yet is music to my ears. Oh the possibilities….! I hate dealing with details like that. Where to put the outlets, paint samples etc. I especially hate when my husband has his own opinion, which rarely matches mine!

    • debradixon says:

      Thanks, Kylie! OMG. The outlets, which cabinets for the kitchen, how many drawers, how many doors, handles, what kind of sink, what vanity. Construction went so long that the vanity had to be reselected, etc. And I did not have time to sit on top of them so some things just aren’t what I wanted (a few light switches weren’t optimally placed.)

      Fortunately, I got to have the final say on everything since Deborah Smith our other “managing parnter” isn’t in this office.

  2. Trish Jensen says:

    Wowza, DD! The place looks fantastic and so spanking new and airy! In all of my dealings with your office staff, they’ve always been so happy and upbeat and so excited to be working there. Now they’ve got to be delirious. 🙂 Lucky them.

    • debradixon says:

      Trish– The staff loves the new space. Loves it. 🙂 What’s not to love and they had some input. After narrowing the selections on the office system, they got to look at the finalists and give their opinion on the workstation components, layout and which system had the look and feel of what they wanted for their “offices” which is the approach we took. Tall dividers, semi-enclosed.

  3. Pat Van Wie says:

    Looks great!!! I want to come visit.

  4. loisgreiman says:

    Huge congrats, Deb!! It does look spacious and relaxing. World domination next.

    • debradixon says:

      It is oddly relaxing. I think the color scheme and open space help. The buzz word/sentence during construction was “Yes, but is that going to create more visual noise?” We did try to think very hard about streamlining and keeping the space open, uncluttered.

  5. Eve Gaddy says:

    It looks great, DD! Congrats!

  6. Congrats Deb! This is a huge step. Looks great!

    • debradixon says:

      Thanks! We’ve needed to make the move to bigger digs for a while but we’re the “cautious and steady” type of company. Glad we finally pulled the trigger late last year and got the ball rolling.

  7. Beautiful! It looks so calm and quiet and professional. I can’t imagine how much thought had to go into every detail. What a great sense of satisfaction and relief you must all feel!

  8. debradixon says:

    Yes! Satisfaction is definitely on my list of emotions about this place.

  9. cindygerard says:

    Lovely, Deb. Congratulations on the new digs. Nothing like a bright shiny new space to make one feel cutting edge and organized!

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