New Cincinnati office building puts city in the spotlight

September 7, 2013 by  

New Cincinnati office building puts city in the spotlight

A newly-unveiled office building, the dunnhumby centre, is scheduled to open in downtown Cincinnati in 2015, and promises to put Cincinnati at the center of new designs in office spaces.

The building takes advantage of recent advances in office design to provide a pleasant work environment for employees. The new building features an open plan, with cutouts placed in all four floors to allow light from skylights to penetrate the entire structure. The plan also calls for 14-foot ceilings, a mix of single and shared work spaces, wide staircases to allow for rapid and easy movement between floors, and no executive offices. Gensler, a global architecture firm, is designing the building. Todd Heiser, Gensler’s design director, calls the building the “workplace of the future.”

Dunnhumby centre comprises 294,000 square feet, and it, along with the recently built Paycor headquarters, as well as a quantity of small open-concept offices, bring the new concept to Cincinnati in such a way as to make the city a leader in the field.

The open office increases productivity by increasing the opportunity for greater collaboration among employees, as well as allowing them to customize their work environment. It may mean the days of executive offices ringing the outside of a building while lower-level employees work in cubicles in the center are over, as companies pay more attention to the needs of their employees.

Gensler, as well as the building’s tenants, are creating an architectural showplace. They could work with brochure printers to create a piece explaining the building’s features to visitors.