Washington Federal Bank (WaFd) relocated its regional offices to an existing office building in the Boise Research Park, and they sought a modern, refreshed look that would accommodate an open floor plan with areas for breakout sessions, multi-purpose conference rooms, and small conference rooms for private phone calls. CSHQA provided architectural services and interior design for the remodel of the basement and first floor.
As a major component of the project, CSHQA provided visioning and environmental design to shape the space in a way that would foster collaboration, productivity, and satisfaction to achieve WaFd’s cultural and business goals. This also involved programming the space for best use to determine the functional relationships between open, shared, private, secure, and support spaces. An open environment requires excellent acoustics, adaptable lighting, natural light, space for meetings and privacy, and flexible thermal controls. Particularly with the exposed ceiling in this building, acoustics were important to consider for this working environment.
In addition to the basement remodel, the design team relocated the existing gym space and staff areas from the first to the second floor, while maintaining office occupancy throughout construction. The tenant improvement included modifications to the existing mechanical, plumbing, and electrical systems, as well as fire protection systems.