Designing Offices to Place People First

by Hayley Blair, Kelsey Loverro, and Amalia Mohr, LRS Architects The emergence of COVID-19, followed by the Delta variant, has raised numerous questions, including how to provide employees with a safe workplace that allows for productivity, efficiency, and boosts employee morale. Across the board, we see this cohort in many industries. Ball Janik, LLP, a law firm headquartered in downtown Portland, Oregon, sets itself apart as a progressive and inclusive law firm, and these people-centric values shined bright while designing their new office space. The main goal was to place the people first. Armed with the knowledge that the best employee-employer relationship is a two-way street, the Ball Janik team set out to create a space that welcomes all and provides the foundation for fruitful working relationships. The emphasis on the individual experience strengthens the design and company. This driving principle gave way to other key tenets of the design: …