You've got space...but is it working for you?

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Let's face it, space is expensive.  For a company to invest in a brick-and-mortar - whether that be corporate offices, a retail environment, or social gathering/services - there must be commitment to not only putting down roots but nurturing them to stay alive with, oftentimes, the hope of vast growth.

The really lovely thing about having your own space is gathering people.  People like employees, co-workers, clients, and communities are the fastest way to make a space come alive.  They are also the fastest way to make a space empty if it isn't serving them.  The trick is to make a space that puts people first.   

Unfortunately, it's all too common for decision-makers at the head of a business to make those decisions based solely on growing the bottom line - not people.  But in this mission-focused economy, that will only buy you a few years.  Consumers are steadily "voting with their dollars" and taking the extra time and money to support businesses that have integrity throughout their service experiences.  Employees are searching for a workplace that will foster a balanced, human lifestyle, especially if they are to invest in your company for more than 3 years (average stats?).  If your space is not reflecting your mission and your people at every touchpoint, you will lose staff and clients.  And that bottom line?  Non-existent.

For a company to connect their mission to their space, they must understand that there are a few elements at play: the culture/operations, the programming, and the physical layout.  They must also understand that there are a few groups to check in on: the stakeholders, the staff/employees, the patrons, and (sometimes) the public. If you can envision this as a multi-circle venn diagram, that space in the center is YOUR SPACE.  Where all of these stories meet is the one you want to tell through your experience.

Spatial Audit™

With our Spatial Audit™ package, you are able to see the site-specific story of cultural, programmatic, and spatial elements unique to your space - those that reflect the mission and goals, those that could use a little help, and a roadmap to help you align them moving forward. 

Understanding specific challenges with limited context, strategic direction, and how to design that improves the whole community - these are rare skills, and ones that Valerie displayed throughout our work together.
— JD Godchaux, Executive Director, NiJeL.org

How it works

We spend (1) day observing in your space and use a framework for cultural observation called AEIOU'S - Activities, Events, Interactions, Objects, Uses, and Sociopolitical context.  If you are open to having us talk with staff/patrons/etc, we time and space to gather comments and input.  After collecting data, we will compile all of our findings into a Spatial Audit™ Report, complete with narratives, diagrams, and images that document the key takeaways.  Each organization is different so each report varies in content but the goal is always the same - to illustrate how your space is currently functioning and give you a roadmap for future changes.

In addition to the AEIOU'S, we also use Architectural tools such as Circulation Diagrams (how people move through the space), Parti Diagrams (a high-level overview of the intention of the space/experience), and Programmatic Diagrams (where consistent program happens.)

At the end of our engagement, you will be have deep, documented knowledge of the spatial experience and culture in your organization. You will have the confidence to address issues and problems as they arise.  And you will have the tools to envision a new, more sustainable environment for your entire operation.

FAQs

Who is it for?

This service is for businesses and leaders who have existing physical space.  You know something could be better or you have a vision in your head of a future reality but you're unclear on how to get there.

What is the investment?

Packages start at $3,750.00 and are based on square footage, number of employees, and volume/type of traffic throughout the space.  Existing Plan Drawings, Test Fit Services, and more comprehensive Community Engagement Services are able to be added a la carte as needed (fee based on scope of work.)

What do I get?

At the end of our engagement, you will have a Spatial Audit™ Report with narratives, diagrams, and images that document the key takeaways.  Each organization is different so each report varies in content but the goal is always the same - to illustrate how your space is currently functioning and give you a roadmap for future changes.

Next Steps

Step 1: Fill out this Project Intake Form - you'll need to know general square footage of your space, number of employees, business and cultural goals, scope of project, etc.

Step 2: Reserve a spot on the Calendar - we will need at least (1) full observational day* in your space, from open to close, in order to fully document what is happening.  *Note: number of observational days are determined by size of space, number of employees, and volume/type of traffic.

Step 3: Pay the fee - the moment you submit the Project Intake form we start work.  The deposit holds space on the calendar just for you!

Step 4: Get ready for our visit - alert your staff or clients that we will be in the space.  If direct interaction is welcome, let them know what we are doing and that feedback is encouraged.