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the initial space //

Silicon Labs has owned their space for over 13 years. Like many organizations, the needs of their team have evolved in that time frame — and continue to evolve. With that internal evolution, their space also has to change to continue being effective.

 

objectives //

  • Create a more open, lively and engaging workspace
  • Accommodate all employees with consistent furniture standards
  • Empower employees to manage their workspace configuration
  • Outfit space with products that can be easily reconfigurable to adapt to changing needs

 

services rendered //

  • Design Support
  • Furniture, Flooring & Architectural Walls Product Sourcing
  • Installation
  • Reconfiguration
Location

200 W Cesar Chavez Street
400 W Cesar Chavez Street
Austin, Texas

Architect

Gensler (2017-2019)
Mary Bledsoe (2017-present)

Size

43,000 sq. ft. (over 12 floors in two buildings)

Industry

Information Technology Services

Featured Manufacturers

Steelcase
Bernhardt
OFS
Watson

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the design //

While McCoy Rockford bid an initial single project, the scope was adjusted and now work is completed in phases aligned with Silicon Labs’ needs. The overarching goal of the project is to create a more open work environment that creates space for an increased headcount and supports a variety of purposes from focused work to collaboration. 

 

“My rep at McCoy Rockford is a rockstar. I can call her any time and she is quick to get me what I need. When I do engage an architect, sometimes the products she comes up with are so unique, but McCoy Rockford goes to any bounds to find the furniture. They always come through and work with these boutique furniture manufacturers as well as the larger ones.”
—Micah Branham, Facilities Manager

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the furnishings //

The entire space was outfitted with Steelcase or Steelcase Partner Network manufacturer furnishings and demonstrates product functionality and versatility. Unlike a typical lobby, 2 Houston Center was redesigned to provide options and uses furniture as an architectural way to separate space. 

The elevator opens to a large living room-like space with various seating areas complete with occasional tables. In addition to a series of round tables and chairs that promote two to three person meetings, the space offers booth-like, two to four-person sheltered conference tables, and around the corner another section features large café height tables. Larger conference rooms and pods are also available for private meetings.

Technology was just as important as the physical furnishings in the lobby. Access to power was a priority, not just in conference tables, but in occasional and meeting tables and collaborative and lounge spaces so people can plug in their accessories anywhere. 

featured products //

Steelcase Answer: The Answer panel supports individual workspaces, with the flexibility to adapt and evolve as needs shift. 

“I know I can give McCoy Rockford the parameter of any project and they run with it.”
—Micah Branham, Facilities Manager

the results //

McCoy Rockford was contracted to supply the furnishings, which included sourcing products that were specified or suggesting comparable alternatives, finalizing the order and installation. Although the initial phase is finished, Silicon Labs’ facilities manager continues to involve McCoy Rockford as their sole furniture dealer. Depending on scale, the facilities manager engages the team to specify furniture and finishes for a variety of spaces.