Hybrid Workplace Design for a Utility Service Headquarters
JEA, Northeast Florida’s primary, community-owned utility, provides over one million residents with electric, water, sewer, and reclaimed water services. Adjacent to Duval county’s courthouse, a newly constructed 160,350-square-foot, eight-story office tower is now the headquarters for the electric company.
In partnership with RS&H, a national architectural, engineering, and consulting provider, Perdue cultivated an office furniture design concept ideal for JEA’s unique workplace environment and ‘work from wherever you work best’ mantra. JEA envisioned a modern workplace centered around employee wellness, flexibility, and collaborative culture. The goal was to create a hybrid work environment that enabled employees to work from anywhere, connect virtually and find solace throughout the workday.
As a company that prides itself on keeping costs low and making thoughtful long-term investment decisions that benefit the community, sourcing a cost-efficient solution was standard for JEA.
Being a leader in advanced workplace design and project management, Perdue curated a solution that supported project challenges, such as inflexible schedules and supply chain delays. The new workspace design provides employees WIFI connectivity throughout the building and a variety of work settings to match individual workstyles.
In the preliminary stage, Perdue established a versatile plan and communication structure that successfully managed furniture installation, storing FF&E offsite while construction took place. As the premier Steelcase provider in North Florida, Perdue utilized Steelcase’s valuable research and conducted an in-depth discovery process that helped JEA uncover a creative, hybrid workplace design inclusive of a diverse workforce.
“Much thought and effort were given to staying within budget and providing office solution selections to meet a variety of departmental needs and use of the workspaces,” said a JEA representative. “Perdue was flexible in accommodating schedule changes and following through on installations, condition, and quality.”
“The Perdue team did an outstanding job in meeting the challenges of the project’s ever-shifting landscape which included client revisions, supply chain issues, and construction delays affecting the delivery schedules,” said RS&H representative. “We were grateful to have an experienced and reliable team player in Perdue to ensure the success of the project.”
Steelcase Answer Fence, Flex Personal Spaces, Ology Height-Adjustable Desk, and AMQ Revi workstations were a few select products used to heighten privacy, control, and comfort in a hybrid office design. JEA’s new headquarters presents the flexibility to adapt and evolve as organizational needs, people, and culture shift.