Efficiency, Effectiveness, Engagement and Environmental Sustainability
Accenture was looking to relocate and reduce its real estate footprint in Houston while continuing to support a growing workforce. The location became the pilot project in Accenture’s Workplace 2.0 strategy to create a new office tailored to meet the needs of its mobile workers.
A high percentage of its employees travel to and work in clients’ offices and do not need permanent workstations in their home office. Unique project elements included:
- reception, café and lounge
- boardroom and conference rooms
- collaboration areas and shared enclosed spaces
- no internal columns; all structural support is at the perimeter
- elliptical and sculptural walls
- color-coded “neighborhoods”
- sound masking system
- “walkstations” (treadmills) to promote movement during the workday
- state-of-the-art audio/visual equipment, including the first web-based room scheduling system
During the preconstruction phase, Structure Tone and PDR began a collaborative relationship that flourished throughout the project. Working closely, we overcame the four main challenges:
- floor leveling—the wall system had tight tolerances, therefore the floor had to be completely level. After discovering variances of up to two inches, Structure Tone established a consistent finish line for the subcontractors to work off of and the floor level was adjusted accordingly.
- graphic wallcovering—the custom graphic wallcovering was a challenge to lay out and install due to the .16-inch in 10-foot tolerance.
- ceiling layout—the floating acoustical ceilings required exacting coordination of the MEP work and numerous layout meetings were held to make sure that the supports would not be visible.
- schedule—the only way the aggressive 10-week schedule could be met, without disrupting the existing tenants, was to run two shifts for five of those weeks
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