Establishing the right mix of conference and meeting spaces is an art and a science. We begin the planning process by drawing on metrics from comparable environments, and then adjust according to our calculations on the extent of need for private offices, prevalence of conference calls and video conferencing, and workspace culture. The shift to more open office space, benching systems, lower desk partition heights, hoteling, and video-conferencing has led to an increase in meeting rooms, small rooms, including one person ‘phone’ rooms, and one-on-one rooms.
While private meeting spaces are important for daily efficiency, bringing the entire workplace staff together builds community. At the Broad Institute in Kendall Square, Cambridge, the 200 person Genomics Platform group will shift from shared offices to an open workspace. Encouraging communication and collaboration. A mix of semi-divided team/brainstorming space and private meeting rooms will support the open office area. A key feature of this project is a flexible community space with stepped seating where the entire group can gather regularly. Overall, the design supports a cultural shift as much as a spatial change.