Macalester College recognized the need to have a destination for students to collaborate and congregate on campus and decided to renovate  their 10,000 SF DeWitt Wallace Library into a place for all students to work alone or together thought the day.

Partnering with HGA Architects and Engineers, General Office Products was brought on board in the very beginning as the project timeline was on an accelerated schedule.  GOP’s collaborative approach while providing clear communication through the process only increased the efficiency and the success of the project from all parties’ point of view.

Understanding the project goals and sharing the same vision of the space allowed for a clear direction through the entire endeavor.  Through multiple user workshops and organizing furniture demonstrations, the furniture settings provided remained flexible and on point with the design leading to a very highly used campus hub.

THEIR UNDERSTANDING OF THE CLIENT’S NEEDS AND APPROACH TO THIS UNIQUE PROJECT GREATLY CONTRIBUTED TO THE SUCCESS OF THIS EXCITING NEW SPACE ON CAMPUS!” 

Dani Peterson (HGA Architects and Engineers)

PROJECT: 

Macalester College, DeWitt Wallace Library Renovation, St. Paul, MN

GOAL:

To have a destination for students to collaborate and congregate on campus.

SCOPE:

(1) Community Hub

(1) Maker Space

(2) Reading Lounges

(4) Interview Rooms

(2) Offices

(1) Classroom

(1) Café Study Room

TEAM:

HGA Architects and Engineers

TIME:

Start March 2017

Complete September 2017

SUCCESS:

  • Usership in the library up 22% in the first four weeks after opening
  • Feedback included comments such as “…the most exciting academic space seen” and “..it feels like Macalester; warm, lived-in, not static”.

Ascend Learning was moving into a new space and needed new furniture to reflect their current company culture and to attract and engage the best talent. Together with GastingerWalker and JLL, General Office Products worked through several iterations of workstation design and tailored unique solutions to fit the project needs.  The scope of the project included everything from workstations and private offices to collaboration spaces, focus rooms, and even a wellness room.  As the project got underway, GOP provided the contractor with all pertinent information on the front end to make sure the installation went smoothly.  GOP was able to partner with the design team and stayed engaged throughout the entire process to ensure Ascend Learning was satisfied all the way through to the final details.

“GOP WAS A GREAT PARTNER…AND WAS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE PROJECT’S SUCCESS.”

Sommer Reece (GastingerWalker&)

PROJECT: 

Ascend Learning, New Office Space, Minneapolis, MN

GOAL:

Moving to a new space and needed new furniture to reflect their culture and attract/engage talent.

SCOPE:

(5) Conference rooms

(19) Private offices

(86) Workstations

(10) Collaborative spaces

(1) Work café

(1) Training room

(3) Focus rooms

(1) Wellness room

TEAM:

GastingerWalker&
JLL

TIME:

Start May 2016

Complete February 2017

One MarketPointe (OMP) set out to upgrade the common areas of its multi-office tenant building to attract new and retain existing tenants.  Their project goals identified updating the spaces to feel fresh, vibrant and be an energetic place to meet.

Partnering with OMP and design firm NELSON, General Office Products was engaged early in the process and provided the team with multiple different furniture solutions.  GOP’s existing partnership with NELSON allowed for a smooth process and was an integral part of the overall project’s success.  OMP was able to update several common areas including:  two lobbies, training center, large work cafe and an outdoor patio space.  After the project was complete, OMP is proud to have inspiring community spaces which support the necessary requirements of today’s tenants.

PROJECT: 

One MarketPointe, Common Area Refresh, Bloomington, MN

GOAL:

To upgrade the common areas of its multi-office tenant building to attract new and retain existing tenants

SCOPE:

(2) Lobbies

(1) Training Center

(1) Work Café

(1) Outdoor Patio Space

TEAM:

NELSON
CBRE

TIME:

Start March 2016

Complete January 2017

AVI Systems needed to expand their current workplace and focus on bringing people together.  With technology changing the way we work, AVI knew this project would be a perfect opportunity to demonstrate how their services impacts today’s working environment.

General Office Products continues to work with AVI to implement the workplace furniture solutions.  As an ongoing client, our process has remained seamless as our relationship continues to build.  As an outcome for this specific project, AVI’s workplace includes multiple casual furniture solutions, lowered panel heights at workstations, and a centralized gathering space with the ability to open and close large garage style doors in order to expand to right-size for the group’s needs.  All of these spaces support and promote community and productivity in the workplace.

PROJECT: 

AVI Systems, Corporate Office Expansion, Eden Prairie, MN

GOAL:

To create an energetic workplace reflecting their company brand while expanding their real estate portfolio and adding collaborative communal areas for all employees.

SCOPE:

(105) Workstations

(18) Private Offices

(16) Open Collaborative Spaces

(1) Large Gathering Space

(3) Expandable Enclosed Classrooms

(2) Wellness Rooms

(7) Conference Rooms

(8) Phone Rooms

(1) Café

TEAM:

Perkins+Will

AVI Systems

TIME:

Start January 2017

Complete September 2017

Partnering with Cuningham Group on their Minneapolis office remodel was a true success!  By having previous partnerships through past project experience General Office Products was able to fully focus around understanding Cuningham Group’s own project drivers and embrace the company’s essence: Collaboration.

Through a collaborative approach, we worked in tandem with the design team to understand what types of furniture would best fit their office project goals.  Cuningham Group knew they wanted to accommodate every employee in an open benching workstation and eliminate the hierarchical private office of the past.  In order to balance the open office and provide the right types of spaces, both private and shared, a variety of furniture styles were incorporate around the floor plan and allows the users choice and control while also encouraging an engaging place to work.  The full furniture solution was also carefully selected as the Minneapolis location is only one of many office sites for this national company.  As they have embarked upon celebrating 50 years of service, this furniture solution displays a consistent firmwide brand, promotes their office culture and solves for their daily office workstyles while providing a simple organized facility standard across all locations.

“GOP IS A TRUE PARTNER, THEY UNDERSTAND THE DESIGN INTENT, FUNCTIONAL NEEDS AND BUDGETARY RESTRAINTS. THEY ALWAYS COME TO THE TABLE WITH SOLUTIONS. WE CONTINUE TO APPRECIATE THEIR EXPERTISE AND COLLABORATION ON OUR OFFICE PROJECTS.” 

– Brittany Johnson, Cuningham Group Architects

PROJECT: 

Cuningham Group, Minneapolis HQ Renovation, Minneapolis, MN

GOALS:

Accommodate every employee in an open benching workstation, eliminate the hierarchical private office and accommodating more spaces—both private and shared.

Set a furniture standard to carry through their multiple locations nation-wide, promoting a consistent brand and simplifying facility’s needs.

SCOPE:

(145) Workstations

(4) Huddle Rooms

(6) Conference Rooms

(15) Open Collaboration Spaces

(6) Spaces for Privacy

(1) Library

(2) Café

TEAM:

Cuningham Group

TIME:

Start June 2017

Complete January 2018