Wednesday, March 04, 2009
We’ve been there for a month now, but I thought I should still share the news. My company (Spectrum Engineers) moved from the Historic [piece of crap] Walker Center (see picture above) on the corner of 2nd South and Main Street to a 5 story red brick building on the corner of State Street and 3rd South (the old location of Auerbach’s Department Store). At the Walker Center my company had 4 floors and we will now all share the same floor at the new building. In addition, our space is going for LEED Platinum (the highest possible honor, and only one other building project has been certified as such in Utah so far). Basically, this means that our new office space is about as environmentally friendly as is possible. The carpets are 70% recycled materials, the furniture is either recycled or made from renewable bamboo, the lighting is state-of-the-art (LEDs, daylighting and extensive occupancy sensor control), and all of the mechanical equipment is of the highest efficiency. The offices are quite a bit smaller (but they were really big at the Walker Center) and there is a lot more collaboration/conferencing space. Many of the employees were looking forward to moving from the Walker Center, but had a lot to complain about in the new space. Now that we have been there a month, I think that most of us like the new space quite a bit. So far, the downsides are that the bathrooms aren’t finished yet (we’ve got to trek down to the second floor) and a bunch of the other rooms and areas still have workers trekking through them. I also quite enjoyed having my 10th floor office overlooking Main Street. It’s more exciting than State Street. Did I mention I love my job?
My old office: