A growing Phoenix tech company expands into a former tortilla factory to create a workplace that is uniquely them.
WebPT specializes in providing web-based electronic medical record systems tailored to the physical therapy community. One of the first tenants in the Phoenix Warehouse District, they were committed to staying in their quirky warehouse space, but were growing fast and filling it to its limits. When the opportunity came to expand into the adjacent former factory, they asked us to help them enlarge and refresh their headquarters.
WebPT’s 300+ employees needed spaces to support individual and team productivity, and bring them all together for meetings and activities that unify their corporate culture. Inspired by an employee-created core value, “Do Más with Menos” (a Spanish-English hybrid meaning “Do More with Less”), the new material palette makes use of utilitarian materials inspired by the factory setting. Plywood millwork, blackened steel details, and high-bay lighting make the most of off-the shelf materials.
Upstairs, a mezzanine holds open tent-shaped structures sheathed with plywood and covered in tackable felt acoustic panels to create a playful environment for casual meeting spaces.
Multiple solutions for multiple ways of working
The new workspaces address the variety of departmental work styles through multiple solutions. Conference rooms and private offices were intentionally placed to subdivide the warehouse, creating an open common space with visual privacy for the open offices beyond.
Addressing challenges like acoustics, different environmental needs for various departments, and maintaining privacy for HIPAA requirements, we designed an inviting space that supports their operations at all levels.
Workspaces range from open-office workstations to private telephone booths, private and collaborative offices, strategically placed meeting spaces, and more. For example, a previously owned shipping container was converted into a conference room. The space also provides the privacy needed for public tours, which serve to engage with the community—one of the reasons they moved into the Warehouse District and have invested in staying in the area.